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About Durham Tourism

Durham Tourism is part of the Planning and Economic Development Department of The Regional Municipality of Durham. Our objective is to develop and market the region's tourism, arts, recreation and cultural facilities.

Our Community

The Region of Durham is situated in the highly developed and populated economic centre of Ontario, known as the Golden Horseshoe, that stretches from Oshawa to Niagara Falls. Durham Region lies immediately to the east of the City of Toronto within the Greater Toronto Area and encompasses an area of approximately 2,590 square kilometres (1,000 square miles). The area is characterized by a variety of landscapes and communities. A series of major lakeshore urban communities contrast with a variety of small towns, villages, hamlets and farms. The relatively flat lakeshore area contrasts with the topography of the Oak Ridges Moraine to the north. This diverse landscape of woods, headwaters, ridges and hollows gives way to rolling farmlands and lakes to the north. Here the municipality spreads into the prime recreational lakelands of Simcoe, Scugog and the Kawarthas.

The Region lies along a continuous urbanized lakeshore and shares prime access to the Great Lakes and northeastern markets of the continent, encompassing some 120 million persons. The area is well known for the strength of its manufacturing sector that is continually undergoing rapid diversification. Durham Region is endowed with a young, skilled labour force. It has all the utilities, transportation and social infrastructure associated with modern metropolitan communities. The single most significant economic factor for the Region has been the dramatic increase in residential development.


Durham's population has increased significantly from 247,473 in 1974 to 656,055 at the end of 2014. Growth was greatest in the 1986 to 1991 five year period, when the population increased by 25.4%. Immigration continues to be a significant contributor to growth in the GTA. Nearly two-thirds of population growth in the last five years has come as a result of immigration.

The Community Vision

Durham Region will be a united group of vibrant and diverse communities recognized for their leadership, community spirit, and exceptional quality of life.

Durham Region's Corporate Mission

Meeting the needs of the Durham community through leadership, co-operation and service excellence.

Durham's Community Strategic Objectives

History of the Organization

The Regional Municipality of Durham was created on January 1, 1974, as a Regional Government in the Province of Ontario, under The Regional Municipality of Durham Act, 1973 of the Ontario Legislature.

The Act provided for the formation of the eight local municipalities (The cities of Oshawa and Pickering, the towns of Ajax, and Whitby; the Municipality of Clarington and the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge), by the annexation and amalgamation of 21 former local municipalities in the Counties of Ontario, Northumberland and Durham, excluding a small portion of the former Township of Pickering, which was annexed by Metropolitan Toronto.

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