Freshly harvested maple syrup? Well, you can’t get more Canadian than that! On May 2, celebrate the start of spring at the annual Maplefest in historic downtown Bowmanville! Arrive early to enjoy the famous hot pancake breakfast, then spend the day delighting in treats like maple doughnuts, cheese, candy, nuts, fudge and more! Admission and parking is free. 



Celebrate Whitby’s heritage by participating in Doors Open 2015! This popular event welcomes you to tour unique, local historical sites, many of which are not normally open to the public. Some must-see stops along the way include: Trafalgar Castle, Port Whitby, Camp-X and many more! Doors open takes place on May 2. Admission is free.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park


Engines will be revving from May 15 to 17 in Bowmanville, as the annual Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend takes place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The return of racing season will feature the thrilling NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the Pirelli World Challenge. Fans will feel the accelerated adrenaline as Four Canadian Series events round out the on-track action. Plus, you won’t want to miss the fireworks display on Saturday evening!



Feel the rhythm of the blues at the second annual Durham West Blues Fest! On May 23, head to Esplanade Park with the whole family and enjoy live musical performances on an outdoor stage, from award-winning and emerging blues artists. The festival will also include a blues guitar workshop and a unique musical instrument-inspired art project where artisans bring music to life through creative expression. Admission is free.



Durham Region is home to some of the most spectacular trails around. With more than 350 kilometres of recreational trails that intertwine throughout our communities, the whole family will enjoy exploring the great outdoors that make up our own backyard. Durham abounds with wonderful spaces to discover, from the waterfront trails, to the lush forests of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Visit our interactive trails map, and plan your adventure today!

What's Happening in Durham Region


Until May 7                          

 Closeups Film Festival

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

May 1                                   

RMG Fridays: National Youth Arts Week

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

May 1                                              

 Monday Morning Singers Spring Concert

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Uxbridge

May 1                                        

 Mad Dogs & Englishmen- The Music of Joe Cocker & Leon Russell

St. Francis Centre, Ajax

May 2                                              

Maple Festival

Downtown Bowmanville

May 2 and 3                                             

2015 Girls Frank Sobil Spring Classic Tournament

Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club

May 2 and 3                                          

16th annual Lake Scugog Studio Tour

Various studios in Port Perry

May 2

Doors Open Whitby

Various locations in Whitby

May 2                                            

Camp-X Walking Tour

Camp-X, Whitby

May 2

Whitby Chili Cook-off

Royal Canadian Legion, Whitby

May 2 to 16

The Whole Ball of Wax – Art Exhibit Open Reception

181 Perry St., Unit G-1, Port Perry

May 2

British Home Children – Sandra Joyce

Solina Community Centre

May 2                                          

Youth and Community Leaders Dinner in Partnership with the Rotary Club of Courtice

Courtice Community Complex

May 2

Ontario Philharmonic Concert

Regent Theatre, Oshawa

May 3                                          

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Put Some Spring in your Step!

Ganaraska Forest Centre, Clarington

May 3                                          

Chocolate Lovers’ Luncheon

Ajax Convention Centre

May 3                                           

WWE Live

General Motors Centre, Oshawa

May 8 to 10                                           

Ajax Creative Arts Show

Ajax Community Centre

May 9 and 10                                            

2015 Boys Frank Sobil Spring Classic Tournament

Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club

May 9 and 10                                         

Gourmet Food Truck Frenzy Whitby

Iroquois Sports Centre Parking Lot, Whitby

May 9                                     

Historic Walking Tour

Clarington Museums, Bowmanville Branch

May 9                                        

Mother’s Day Victorian Tea Experience


May 9

Celebrate Mom – Wine Tasting & Feast

Patios, Pickering

May 9

Artist talk and opening reception: Eric Rosser

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

May 9                                            

Durham Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

St. George’s Memorial Church, Oshawa

May 10                                             

Mother’s Day Brunch

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

May 10                                         

Mother’s Day Brunch and Lunch

Trillium Trails Banquet & Conference Centre, Oshawa

May 10                                       

Mother’s Day Tea

Pickering Museum Village

May 10 

OPG Second Sundays: Free Family Fun

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

May 10                                          

OPG Second Sundays: Mother’s Day

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

May 11

Precious Minds 10th Annual Golf Classic

Wyndance Golf Club, Uxbridge

May 12                                           

VOLBEAT with special guests ANTHRAX and CROBOTS

General Motors Centre, Oshawa

May 15 to 17                                          

Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Clarington

May 16

Garden Party and Teddy Bear Picnic

Clarington Museums, Bowmanville Branch

May 21 to 30

FAME The Musical

Uxbridge Music Hall

May 23 and 24

Hy-Hope Farm Blossom Festival

Hy-Hope Farm, Ashburn

May 23

May Court Festival

Trafalgar Castle School, Whitby

May 23

Durham West Blues Fest

Esplanade Park, Pickering

May 23 to June 2


Station Gallery, Whitby

May 25 to 27 

Special Olympics Ontario’s 2015 Provincial School Championships

Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex

May 27 

Their Opportunity’s 4th annual Charity Golf Classic

Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility, Ajax

May 30 to June 13 

Wilfrid Village Festival & 2nd Historical Walking and Driving Tour

Wilfrid Community Centre, Brock

May 30

Pickering Swim Club Last Gasp Swim Meet

Pickering Recreation Complex

May 31

Ajax Trailfest

Ajax Town Hall


Green acres: Golfing in Durham Region

You don’t need a long drive to find good golf in Durham Region! Pull out a putter, and hit the green. Durham’s wide open spaces create the perfect environment for world-class golf courses, and an exceptional golfing experience.

Whether you’re looking for a quick round with friends, or you want to experience championship courses, you can’t miss at these clubs in Durham Region.









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Trek the trails: Explore environmental wonders in Durham Region

Durham Region offers more than 350 kilometres of recreational trails that intertwine throughout the community. From waterfront trails to the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Durham abounds with wonderful spaces to walk, jog, hike, bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe and in-line skate.

Our trails will lead you through a variety of pleasant landscapes. Explore urban centres, small hamlets, wetlands, lush green forests, and reconnect with the fresh outdoors.

And, did you know, that the Township of Uxbridge has received federal designation by Industry Canada as The Trail Capital of Canada? Learn more.

Be sure to order a copy of the Durham Trails Guide at so you can explore all of Durham Region’s lush trails, year round.

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for even more ideas on how you can explore Durham!

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Delicious cuisine in Durham Region

World-class chefs are serving up the finest food in welcoming restaurants across Durham Region.


Gather with loved ones or that special someone over crisp white linens, flickering candlelight and a fine glass of wine. There’s always a reason to go out and celebrate in Durham, where fine food is just around the corner.


Whether you’re hosting a business meeting, catching up with friends or fuelling up before a big day, spend your midday break among good food and great company at a local bistro.


Nothing beats a succulent cut of meat, long-marinated, then prepared to perfection over a fiery grill. Durham is home to some of the world’s best barbecue masters, and they are on a mission to provide maximum flavour in every bite.


People love to visit Durham’s ambient cafés for more than just a decadent cup of coffee and baked goods. Our cozy coffee shops provide a warm environment for catching up with friends, getting into a favourite book or maybe even meeting that special someone!


Durham heats up in the summer with our sizzling Ribfest events. Along with an array of succulent eats served hot off the grill, these lively festivals include activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as carnival rides and games, live music and more!


From street festivals, to multicultural food festivals, to food truck frenzies, flavour is something we love to celebrate in Durham. Enjoy fresh produce, maple syrup, comfort cuisine, Caribbean and international fare, along with street vendors, live entertainment and more.


Doors are open at Durham College’s Centre for Food! The unique teaching-inspired restaurant, Bistro 67, invites guests in for a delightful field to fork experience, featuring produce and delicious flavours from across Durham Region.

Be sure to order a copy of our 2015 Discovery Guide for more information on what to see and do in Durham Region. Visit or call 1-800-413-0017.