Fine art is celebrated this month in Oshawa

The Oshawa Art Association is celebrating its 50th Anniversary by hosting the Juried Art Exhibition Gala, taking place at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on April 6.

Enjoy an evening dedicated to celebrating local creativity; complete with awards, music and refreshments.

Later on this month, head to the popular Spring Art Festival! This show and sale will be hosted at Camp Samac, from April 27 to 30, and will display the creative work of more than 70 talented Durham Region artists in all mediums.

Both events are free to attend.


Swing into Spring

Experience sensational spring activities at the annual Swing into Spring event, hosted at WindReach Farm in Ashburn.

On April 29, bring the whole family to visit with the adorable new chicks and lambs, explore the petting zoo, and enjoy an interactive wool demo, sheep shearing, wagon rides, a vendor market, crafts and more!

This event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $20 per car.


Tourism businesses motivated to reach new heights at #DTsymposium2017

The promising future of Durham Region’s tourism industry was showcased among local tourism stakeholders today at the annual Central Counties and Durham Tourism Partnership Symposium, held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington.

In order to facilitate the growth and development of Durham Region’s economy, the 2017 Symposium hosted an engaging industry speaker series and a networking session for local tourism businesses—presented by Durham Tourism and Central Counties Tourism. The theme of the day was Elevate Your Experience, and participants were inspired to take their businesses to new heights and connect with ideas, opportunities and their peers.

This year’s event featured three dynamic keynote presenters: Todd Lucier, co-founder of the Tourism Café Canada and Northern Edge Algonquin; Andrew Wiens, International DMO Manager for TripAdvisor; and John Draper, founder of Together We Rock! – a socially responsible business committed to creating accessible and inclusive communities. Other speakers included:

  • John Henry, Mayor, City of Oshawa
  • Kathy Weiss, Director, Economic Development and Tourism, The Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Kristyn Chambers, Manager of Tourism, The Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Lori Talling, Sport Tourism Coordinator, The Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Chuck Thibeault, Executive Director, Central Counties Tourism
  • Ron Fellows, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

The presenters updated participants on current industry initiatives and programs; encouraged collaborations as part of individual business strategies; and provided local tourism businesses with practical advice to help further their success and elevate their businesses to new heights.

For more information about Durham Tourism, visit www.durhamtourism.ca or call 1-800-413-0017.

Photo credit: Central Counties Tourism


March Break in Durham Region

March Break always feels like the gateway between winter and spring. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to experience a winter adventure with the whole family! Get out and enjoy the slopes, plan a walk along one of our many idyllic trails before the thaw, or indulge in Durham Region’s famous maple syrup season to welcome the arrival of spring! To see more of the events taking place during March Break and throughout the rest of the month, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.


2017 Discovery Guide, Fishing Map and Durham Cycle Tours Maps are now available!

Durham Tourism is thrilled to release three all-new guides this month, promoting spectacular tourist experiences within Durham Region!

The 2017 Discovery Guide provides Durham residents and visitors with an in-depth look at our fantastic tourism attractions. Available online and in print, it features a calendar of events, plus insider information on where to eat, what to do, and where to stay in beautiful Durham Region!

For fishing enthusiasts, the Fishing Map is a must-have for planning your ideal fishing experience – any time of year. A four-season fisherman’s paradise, Durham Region has a large and welcoming fishing community, offering world-class fishing opportunities for family fishing trips and seasonal anglers alike. Prime time is all the time in Durham!

The Durham Cycle Tours Map is your perfect road cycling companion. Printed on waterproof paper for improved durability, cyclists will love using this map to curate their own unique adventure, while exploring the natural beauty that Durham Region has to offer. Updated features include new route suggestions and an excellent section on trip planning!

To view these guides online, or order your personal copy, visit www.durhamtourism.ca!


Maple Syrup Celebrations

March marks the beginning of maple syrup season in Durham Region! It doesn’t get much more Canadian than tapping your own sweet maple syrup straight from the tree.

Maple syrup celebrations are taking place across Durham this month. These events are sure to provide you and your family with special memories, and may even become a tradition you look forward to each spring! Be sure to mark your calendars for one, or all of the following:

Brooks Farms Maple Syrup FestMarch 4 through mid-April

Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festivalstarting March 11 through April 2

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Maple Syrup DayApril 1

Sunderland Maple Syrup FestivalApril 1 and 2  

If you are interested in purchasing tickets in advance for any of these events, you are encouraged to visit their websites.


Sport and Leisure Fair

Interested in becoming more active with your family this year?

Stop by the annual Sport and Leisure Fair on March 5, at the Newcastle and District Recreation Complex, and learn about the many sport and leisure opportunities available in your community!

Community displays offering everything from basketball, figure skating and model railroads, to painting, music and baton, will be set up from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Bring your swim suit and enjoy a free family swim from 2 to 4 p.m. Pizza will be provided courtesy of Bowmanville Boston Pizza.


Pancake and Family Fun Day

Who doesn’t love a pancake breakfast with the whole family?

If you are looking for something fun to do on March 5, fill your morning with delicious pancakes and family friendly fun at the second-annual Pancake and Family Fun Day!

Hosted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sunnybrae Golf Club in Port Perry, families can also enjoy snowshoeing and sleigh rides, as well as free kid’s craft activities.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.pancakeday.ca. Kids age five and under eat free.


Tackle Swap and Fishing Show

Calling all anglers! The 5th annual Bowmanville Tackle Swap and Fishing Show returns on March 12, at Clarington Central Secondary School, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s show will have double the floor space and include more vendors to accommodate growing attendance for 2017! The show will include fishing companies and clubs, pro-staff, popular fishing personalities, guides, and plenty of new and used fishing gear for sale at great prices.

Kids age 13 and under will receive a free fishing product, and there will be plenty of free draw prizes for some great fishing tackle. The cost of entry is either a non-perishable food donation, or $3 per family.


Bubble Guppies LIVE!

Line up everybody, line up, line up, it’s time to see the Bubble Guppies LIVE!

The hit Nickelodeon television show is coming to life at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa on March 25. Your little ones will love singing and dancing along with Molly, Gil, and the whole gang in the live theatrical production, Ready to Rock. Get ready to dive in and enjoy this swimsational show with your family.

Visit the Tribute Communities Centre online to purchase tickets.