Il Divo is coming to Durham Region! Touring to promote their seventh studio album Amor & Pasion, the talented group will be sharing their music with fans for one night only on Oct. 12, at the General Motors Centre.

With 12 new songs spanning a century of traditional tangos, smoldering boleros and classic mambas, audiences can look forward to an evening filled with flavour and sultry rhythms.

Tickets are available at the General Motors Centre Box Office, by phone or at



Historic Downtown Bowmanville will be the place to be on Oct. 15 for the annual AppleFest!

This tremendously popular street festival is the ultimate celebration of all things apple — our specialty here in Durham Region!

This free event is a showcase for our many local apple growers. In addition to freshly picked apples, you and the whole family will get to enjoy fresh-pressed apple cider, homemade pies and crisps, candy and caramel apples, cider doughnuts, famous hot apple fritters, and so much more!

Plus, live entertainment and plenty of children’s activities such as carnival rides, jumping castles, pony rides and more. AppleFest is a favourite family tradition you won’t want to miss!



If you’re looking for a frightfully fun haunt this Halloween season, head to the Cannington Haunted Trail and Maze in MacLeod Park — if you dare!

On Oct. 28 and 29, your spine will tingle as you wander along the popular Haunted Trail. Be prepared to scream your way through the darkness in the intense Manic Maze, and bring your courage because there will be new scenes and scares around every corner!

Note: this event is not recommended for children under eight years old.



Have you ever wondered what it might be like to race a bicycle around the track and trails at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park? Now is your chance!

This year marks the second year of the Overdrive Race and Relay Series taking place Oct. 30. Participants will have the opportunity to mountain bike, trail run, road cycle, road run, recumbent bike and even duathlon!

A vendor expo will also be held in the event centre on Oct. 29 from noon to 4 p.m., and will include race registration, volunteer orientation, training and food!


Plan an adventure on the Durham Region Waterfront Trail

Have you had an opportunity to check out the Map Your City (MYC) Durham Waterfront Trail lab? This online map and mobile app showcases the Durham section of the Waterfront Trail, and provides residents and visitors with a truly interactive experience like no other.

Trail explorers have been enjoying this exciting map and app for a few weeks now, using it for pre-trip planning, to guide explorations and share experiences while travelling along the stunning Durham Region Waterfront Trail!

This online, interactive map and mobile app project is a work in progress! It relies on feedback from users to enhance content and add new locations. If you haven’t explored the map already, be sure to do so and let us know what you think!

If you map your location between now and October, you will be eligible to win some excellent prizes such as a GoPro camera and a Fitbit!

For more information, or to provide feedback, contact Sport Tourism Coordinator, Lori Talling.

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


Durham at the Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games are underway in Rio, and we are excited to be cheering for two Team Canada athletes, and a coach with roots in Durham Region. And with more and more inclusive sporting opportunities available here in Durham, we expect to see even more of our athletes at future Paralympic Games.

Pickering resident, Mitchell Chase is a 19-year-old middle distance runner who won a gold medal in the 1500-metre event at the Toronto Parapan Am Games last summer. Considered one of Canada’s up-and-coming competitors, Mitchell will be running in the Men’s 1500-metre T38 in Rio.

Isaac Bouckley is an Oshawa-born swimmer who developed as a member of the Whitby Dolphins Swim Club. He won a silver medal in the 100-metre S10 breaststroke and bronze in the 400-metre S10 freestyle at the Toronto Parapan Am Games. Isaac is a returning Paralympian after competing in six events at the London Games in 2012. He reached the finals in the 400-metre S10 freestyle and the 200-metre S10 individual medley.

Mike Frogley is participating in his fifth Paralympic Games as a coach. This Whitby resident is working as a coach and high performance director with men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams. Both teams are perennial medal contenders. Mike has great experience and perspective to share, as he was a player at the Barcelona Games in 1992. He has coached the men’s team to gold medals in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, plus a silver medal in Beijing in 2008.

We appreciate the athletic ability, the hard work, and commitment it takes to qualify for the Paralympic Games. We wish our athletes good luck and hope they embrace the experience. You have already made us proud!

With facilities like the Abilities Centre, and the ever growing list of inclusive sporting opportunities like Challenger Baseball, All Abilities Soccer, and Frame Football in Durham Region, we hope to see even more local athletes competing at future Paralympic Games.

Please let us know about other inclusive sporting groups available in Durham Region. We would love to help with promotion and growth, because “we all win when we all play.”


Bushels of fun this month!

It’s official – apple season has begun! Mother Nature’s bounty is overflowing this time of year, and apples take centre stage here in Durham Region. As we say goodbye to summer over the next few weeks, the crisp autumn season will enter and provide endless fun for the whole family.

Crisp, delicious and ripe for the picking – Durham is known for having an abundant selection of homegrown apples to enjoy. Local orchards have started opening their fields to those interested in picking their own fresh apples, and will remain open throughout October.

Getting out with friends and family, and enjoying the fresh orchard air, is a favourite tradition among families in our community. If you have never done it before, it’s a fantastic way to spend an afternoon outdoors!

Whether you’re a fan of Spartan, sweet Ambrosia, or can’t resist a good, old fashioned Macintosh, Durham’s local orchards grow a variety of apples to suit your taste buds. Love to get creative in the kitchen? Check out Foodland Ontario for some excellent recipes featuring apples.

If you don’t have time to pick your own, you can always pop in for a quick visit to a local orchard, and pick up some pre-picked apples.

 Be sure to visit the Durham Farm Fresh website to learn more about our local producers or to view the Durham Farm Fresh brochure.   

Pick your own:

Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery
6275 Liberty St. N., Bowmanville
Starts Sept. 10

Brooks Farms
122 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert
Starts Sept. 10

Nature’s Bounty Farm
651 Scugog Line 2, Port Perry
Starts Sept. 7

Pingle’s Farm Market
1805 Taunton Rd. E., Hampton
Starts Sept. 10

Watson Farms Ltd.
2287 Hwy. 2, Bowmanville
Starts Sept. 3

Have any Durham Region locations to add? Leave us a comment below! Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for even more ideas on how you can explore Durham!


Durham Tourism encourages the community to celebrate Culture Days

Durham Tourism is inviting residents and visitors to participate in Culture Days — an interactive, free celebration of local arts and culture, taking place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

This annual, nation-wide festival is a collaborative movement designed to raise awareness, accessibility participation and engagement of Canadians in arts and culture within their communities. Culture will be celebrated by a number of communities across Canada, including Durham Region. Durham residents and visitors are encouraged to explore their creativity during the celebration, and experience creative expression through the region’s talented artists, musicians, creators, historians and more.

More than 60 events throughout all eight area municipalities have been registered on the Culture Days Ontario website. Visit, for an updated listing of these events.

Durham is proud to host a variety of Culture Days events across the region again this year. For more information, contact Durham Tourism at 1-800-413-0017 or email


Plan an adventure on the Durham Region Waterfront Trail

One of Durham Region’s most majestic attractions is the Waterfront Trail. Stretching along the shore of Lake Ontario, this beautiful trail starts at the Pickering border and takes travellers through each of Durham’s waterfront communities, all the way to the edge of the Clarington border.

There is so much to see and do while taking in the picturesque scenery; you almost wish you had your own personal guide to ensure you don’t miss anything!

Now with the help of the online, interactive Map Your City (MYC) Durham Waterfront Trail lab, you can view trail access and way-finding points, read interesting stories, see pictures, access web and video links, and identify all of the amazing amenities near you.

This virtual guide is part of a pilot project that will continue to be a work in progress. Be sure to share and favourite your locations as you go, and get in touch with us by email if you have new locations to add or feedback to give!

Not one to plan ahead? A mobile app has also been created to be your travel companion while out on your trail adventure. You can download the app from the MYC website for free on your Android or iOS devices.

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



Lights. Camera. Action! The Durham Region Film Festival (DRFF) is taking place Sept. 16 to 18. Film lovers will have the opportunity to view more than 50 hand-selected films from around the world, offered in categories such as: animation, documentaries, features, shorts and student films.

Over the course of three days, DRFF will offer official film screenings at the Regent Theatre, Docville Wild West movie set, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and the historic St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts and Culture. Families can also enjoy a fun-filled day at the Docville Wild West movie set to see how a movie is made from script to screen, and attend creative workshops.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the Regent Theatre box office, both in person and online. Visit the DRFF website for full details about this event, or check out #FocusOnFilm via social media!