Attention adrenaline junkies! Canada’s top motorcycle riders are roaring into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) from Aug. 14 to 16 for the National Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. This is the premier stop of the Superbike season, along with several other national classes.

There is plenty of entertainment happening off-track as well. Enjoy BMW Motorrad Days, with on-and off-road bikes to test, live music and riding merchandise, as well as demonstration rides featuring the latest bikes from the top manufacturers.

For more event information and to purchase tickets, visit the CTMP event page.

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Lights! Camera! Action! Second-annual Durham Region Film Festival to take place in September

The second-annual Durham Region Film Festival will take place Sept. 16 to 18, and will bring the magical experience of film—both on-screen and behind the scenes—to local residents and visitors through a variety of demonstrations, workshops and film screenings. Taking advantage of Durham’s cultural landscape, the film festival will have screenings and activities at the Regent Theatre and Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Docville movie set in Clarington, and historic St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts and Culture in Ajax.

Throughout the three-day festival, there will be activities for people of all ages, including a family friendly event featuring workshops, kids’ activities, food trucks, and a special movie screening of a film made that day. Ticket holders will have the option of watching short films, animations, documentaries, student films, and feature films that were submitted from all over the world. There will also be an opportunity to vote for the festival’s People’s Choice Award and attend an exciting after party.

Tickets sales will begin in early August. Visit for more information about the Durham Region Film Festival.

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Culture Days: Play your part in 2016

The scope of Culture Days is as limitless as your imagination. From photography to performance art, culinary arts to creative writing, new media and interpretative dance to comedy improv — whatever your passion or organizational mission, Culture Days is your chance to shine.

Any arts or cultural activity — professional, community, amateur, educational, etc. — can be promoted as part of Culture Days as long as it meets the basic criteria:

  • Is free to the public.
  • Takes place on Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and/or Oct. 2, 2016.
  • Involves audience participation or reveals a behind-the-scenes aspect to give the public a better understanding of the inner world of arts and culture.
  • Is registered (for free) online at (and, which will allow it to be promoted in national and regional campaigns through which the public can acquire information about your event.*

The seventh edition of Culture Days (taking place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2016) will surely be bigger and better than ever! For more information on registering your event, visit, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or


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Challenger Baseball free for all

There’s a new baseball game in town and everyone is invited to join the fun.

Challenger Baseball is a national program that has been launched in Whitby with hall of famer Roberto Alomar and the Toronto Blue Jays as partners.

Children with special needs get a unique experience at Challenger Baseball. Every player gets a “buddy” that stays with them for the entire game, helping them to get the most out of their time on the field.

Anyone between five and 18 years of age is invited to participate as players. Anyone, any need. And there’s no cost. It’s absolutely free, and they receive a team jersey. Weekly games are held on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at Peel Park (Diamond 3) in Whitby.

But this coming Saturday (July 9), a tournament will be held at the Country Lane Diamonds from 10 a.m. to noon. There’s still some spots available for players who will receive a t-shirt and a baseball cap. And there will be a barbecue for everyone afterwards.

Volunteers are welcome to serve as buddies, coaches or cheerleaders.

You can get more details by visiting: To register, follow the link and e-mail the registration form to

– Don Terry, Sport Durham Advisory Committee Chair

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Why organize a Culture Days activity?

Culture Days has a real impact on the vibrancy of arts and culture in Canada. Following their Culture Days experience, event attendees in 2014 reported the following:

  • 57 per cent reported that, as a result, they attended more arts and cultural events throughout the year.
  • 88 per cent of all activity organizers thought their event was successful.
  • And… 80 per cent believe that Culture Days is having an impact in their community!*

The seventh edition of Culture Days (taking place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2016) will surely be bigger and better than ever! For more information on registering your event, visit, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or



Summer adventures in Durham Region

Now that summer is in full swing in Durham Region, the festival frenzy continues and outdoor activities are abound! July is brimming with opportunities for the whole family to enjoy some fun in the sun. The beginning of the month also means there are plenty of celebrations for Canada Day taking place throughout the region. For a complete list of events taking place this July, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.



Durham Tourism is thrilled to announce that the all-new 2016 Discovery Guide is now available in Mandarin! The guide provides Durham Region residents and visitors with an in-depth look at our exciting and unique tourism offerings.

It is available online and as a brochure, and features a calendar of events, as well as information on dining, arts and culture, heritage, shopping, outdoor adventures, accommodations and much more! To order your copy, click here.



The beginning of July is always marked by a long weekend filled with gatherings of friends and family to celebrate Canada Day. There are plenty of events happening throughout the region once again this year on July 1, and below is just a small sampling.

Ajax – Canada Day Celebrations

Brock – Beaverton Canada Day

Clarington – Celebrate Canada Day at Bowmanville Museum

Oshawa – Canada Day

Pickering – Canada Day Celebration

Scugog – Canada Day Celebration

Uxbridge – Canada Day at Elgin Park

Whitby – County Town Carnival

For a complete list, check out the Durham Tourism events calendar.



Attention all beer aficionados, the third-annual Durham Craft Beer Festival (DCBF) is coming to downtown Oshawa on July 9! Featuring a premier selection of Ontario Craft Brewers and Cideries, the DCBF is a celebration of local talent, ingredients and passion.

Exclusive VIP access starts at 11 a.m., with General Admission at 12:30 p.m. For more event information, and to purchase tickets, click here. Enjoy responsibly!



Looking for a fun activity for your kids this summer? Day Out With Thomas at the Uxbridge Train Station is taking place on select dates during August and offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Afterwards they can meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway!

The Imagination Station has lots of Thomas-themed activities, including face painting and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. The York-Durham Heritage Railway will also have live entertainment, a petting zoo, ride-on motorbike scooters, a hay maze, jumping castles and more. There will be food vendors on-site.

For more information on event dates, train departure times, and to purchase tickets, click here.