Durham Region

Lacrosse players

An invitation to see the game at all levels

The national summer sport of Canada. Five hundred teams. More than 10,000 athletes and 1,000 games over 10 days. This was the 14th annual Ontario Lacrosse Festival. Known as the world's largest youth lacrosse event in North America with an estimated attendance of 55,000, this festival enjoyed its fourth consecutive year in Durham Region from August 4 to 13.

Kids aged 5 to 21 participated in 44 provincial and national lacrosse championships over the course of the event, which took place at venues across Durham:

  • Iroquois Park Sports Complex (Whitby), the largest municipally-owned recreation centre and the festival hub;
  • McKinney Arena and Luther Vipond Arena (Whitby);
  • Legends Centre and the Children's Arena (Oshawa);
  • Garnett B. Rickard Recreation Complex (Bowmanville);
  • Don Beer Arena and the Pickering Recreation Complex (Pickering); and
  • the Darlington Sports Centre (Hampton).

In addition to the indoor tournament, the festival features an outdoor Festival Fun Zone with activities for the whole family. More than 30 sponsors and exhibitors provide unique and engaging experiences and opportunities for participants and attendees.

"It's very important for us to work with the event organizers, the local support organizations, the volunteers, the officials…" says Brandon Pickard, Manager of Tourism for Durham Region. "Everyone comes in and really does their part."

Of course, the event could not be possible without the support of our local tourism stakeholders, from the hotel and hospitality industry, to local shops and attractions, who welcome the athletes and spectators to the Region each year. Thank you for helping to make this festival a success year after year. The businesses who participated in the Show Your Badge and Save Program, a program that saw discount coupons distributed to players, also did a fantastic job of welcoming players and their families while increasing visitor spending in the region.

The festival, launched in 2004, is estimated to reach $5.5 million in economic impact in 2017, according to the Canadian Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model.

Clarington

A woman and two young boys picking apples

Fall Apple Harvest and Driving Tour

A Country Path is hosting their annual Fall Apple Harvest Driving Tour on September 23 and 24. Take a lovely day trip through the country and savour the sights, sounds and smells of apple season with lots of activities (and treats)! Enjoy apple picking, local fresh cider, cider donuts, and apple preserve tastings. Peruse nature-inspired pottery and see a beehive. Just follow the Country Path Road signs leading to tour stops at:

  • Gallery on the Farm: this fifth generation family-owned business raises certified organic beef. The farm store offers local artisanal products, ranging from maple syrup to handcrafted cards and Thornloe cheese. Stop by the shop gallery to see the work of in-house artist, Eric Bowman.
  • Archibald's Orchard and Winery: start your harvest memories here; apple picking, cider pressing, fresh baked pies, and kiddies' play area. Peruse the 19 wine and cider selections, as well as sparkling non-alcoholic ciders.
  • Tyrone Mills: one of the last water-powered mills in Ontario, this picturesque mill produces flour, fresh baked goods, jams, preserves, baking mixes and other local products.
  • Knox Pumpkin Farm: this fourth-generation farm nestled into the countryside, offers lots of fun for the whole family. Stop by and visit the barnyard pals.
  • Geissberger Farmhouse Cider: Try apple cider made from apples from the Region of Durham at Ontario's first (and still only) Mobile Apple Cider Mill.
  • Model A Acres B & B: experience old world charm in a quiet, country setting. See replicas of five of the most famous planes of WW1 and WW2, the Sherman Tank, jeeps, Model A Fords and a U-Boat (in the pond!).
  • Rosemary Jenkins Pottery: meet an artist who is truly passionate about pottery and discover individually handcrafted and decorated pottery.
  • Timeless Essentials: discover handmade all natural soaps, bath and body products, homemade jams, jellies, marmalades, preserves and gourmet mixes.
  • 3Beez.buzz: visit this small local producer and learn about different methods of taking care of bees; shop for pure natural raw honey, pure Ontario beeswax candles and beautifully turned local Enniskillen wooden products.

Whitby

A little girl dressed up sitting on straw bales

Whitby Heritage Day

On September 30, experience a taste of Whitby's past, present and future at Heritage Day in the heart of downtown Whitby! Discover some of the town's architectural treasures and watch local history and culture come to life through historical re-enactments and the new Historical Talking Plaques booth. Try your hand at some of the free Culture Day activities – including old-fashioned dinner triangle making, corn husk doll making, ice cream making, spinning demonstrations and interactive hand drumming. This annual event is free to attend. Event goers are encouraged to walk, bike or use other forms of transportation to access Whitby Heritage Day.

Durham Region

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Putting Durham's Waterfront Trail "on the map"

Two exciting events are putting Durham's stretch of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail on the map this year.

In late August, a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers mapped a significant portion of the off-road sections of Durham's Waterfront Trail using the Google Trekker – the same device used for mapping and photographing streetscapes since 2007.

This futuristic-looking 40-pound device, connected to GPS, is equipped with 15 cameras and captures a 360-degree panoramic view of the trail. Thanks to the volunteers who trekked the off-road sections of the trail through Clarington, Oshawa, Whitby and Pickering. Mapping of the Ajax portion of the trail is happening this fall. You'll soon be able to virtually "walk" the trail from the comfort of your own home. Visit the Google Maps Treks at google.ca/maps/about/treks for more information.

The trail also received official designation this summer as an Ontario Trail of Distinction, from Ontario's Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Waterfront Regeneration Trust, which works with stakeholders across the province, announced the news that the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail received this first-ever honour, which marks it as one of the best trails the province has to offer.

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail protects, connects, and celebrates the world's largest group of freshwater lakes. More than 1,900 kilometres long, it connects more than 116 communities and First Nations from the eastern border of Ontario to Lake Huron.

In Durham Region, the trail travels through five municipalities and is approximately 84 kilometres long.

Visit the Durham Trails website at durhamtrails.ca, or call 1-800-413-0017 for more information. Our website has an interactive map to help you plan your route. You can also order the Durham Trails Guide through the website.

Durham Region

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Fall Fairs

Sept 2 to 4: Port Perry

Sept 7 to 10: Orono Fair

Sept 8 to 12: Uxbridge

Sept 12 to 14: Sunderland

Sept 15 to 17: Beaverton

Oct 7: Newcastle Harvest Festival

Midways, funnel cake and tractor pulls-who doesn't love fall fairs? Come on out and celebrate agriculture at Durham Region's fine fall fairs. Sample delicious farm fresh and classic fair foods, or take in one of the 4-H or livestock shows. From musical entertainment and demolition derbies, to local vendors and agricultural displays, there is no shortage of fun.

Durham Region

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CULTURE DAYS 2017

Get ready to create, participate and share at Culture Days 2017. From September 29 to October 1, more than 7,500 free activities are taking place in hundreds of communities from coast to coast. Join local arts and heritage organizations across Durham Region as they come together to share their cultural spirit and passion. This annual celebration of culture showcases free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to the behind-the-scene world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers in their home communities. Vist www.durham.ca and www.culturedays.ca for a full listing of events.

Durham Region

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DURHAM REGION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 2017 Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) is back for its third year, running from September 18 to 24. Experience seven days of carefully selected films, industry workshops and a one-of-a-kind movie-making experience at Docville's Wild West movie set.

Taking full advantage of Durham's cultural landscape, films will screen at Landmark Theatre in Whitby, the Regent Theatre in Oshawa, Docville's Wild West movie set in Clarington and Ajax's historical St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture, with industry seminars at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Tickets are available for purchase through the Regent Theatre's Box Office.

DRIFF is a local non-profit dedicated to promoting arts, culture and community in the region. The festival not only showcases great films, but puts an emphasis on community involvement.

For more information on the festival, visit driff.ca, or follow the festival on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CatchTheDRIFF/ or through its Twitter or Instagram accounts.

barn Pickering

Dinner and a Show

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skiing Durham Region

Hit the Slopes

While the season was short last year, this chilly winter has brought us lots of fluffy white snow and is laying the groundwork for a busy and long ski season. We are incredibly lucky to live in Durham Region, where we have four ski resorts that make for a world-class...
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musicians Oshawa

RMG Fridays tonight!

Happy second anniversary! Come out to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa tonight (Feb. 1) as they host a community-themed Block Party, co-hosted by Oshawa Mayor John Henry, Dr. Steven E. Franklin of Trent University, Dr. Tim McTiernan of the...
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skiing Durham Region

Hit the Slopes

While the season was short last year, this chilly winter has brought us lots of fluffy white snow and is laying the groundwork for a busy and long ski season. We are incredibly lucky to live in Durham Region, where we have four ski resorts that make for a world-class...
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musicians Oshawa

RMG Fridays tonight!

Happy second anniversary! Come out to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa tonight (Feb. 1) as they host a community-themed Block Party, co-hosted by Oshawa Mayor John Henry, Dr. Steven E. Franklin of Trent University, Dr. Tim McTiernan of the...
MORE »

barn Pickering

Dinner and a Show

Cozy up to a delightful dinner and show at a 150-year-old dairy barn in Pickering this winter. Herongate features delicious buffet dining and hilarious, full-run theatrical comedies in a unique and rustic setting. Cozy up to a delightful dinner and...
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