Oshawa

People playing quidditch

Quidditch

Quidditch. You may know the name from the famous Harry Potter book series and blockbuster movies. What you might not know, is that Quidditch is hugely popular on the post-secondary sport circuit, played on college and university campuses across the world. And it's coming to Oshawa when the region welcomes the 2017/2018 Eastern Regional Quidditch Championship on November 11 and 12. The championship games sweep into Oshawa's Civic Recreation Complex, and spectators and students are welcomed and encouraged to come out and check out the action of this up-and-coming full contact sport.

"Sport Durham is excited to partner with Quidditch Canada, the City of Oshawa and other local organizations to host the Quidditch Canada Eastern Regional Championship at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex in November," says Brandon Pickard, Manager of Tourism for Durham Region.

"We hope to garner interest in this unique, gender-integrated sport among Durham students, from elementary to post-secondary, and inspire the creation of quidditch teams in Durham in the future."

This is an amazing opportunity for Durham residents and visitors to come out and experience the exciting game of quidditch! Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit the Sport Durham section of durhamtourism.ca and the quidditch Canada website at: quidditchcanada.com.

Photo courtesy of Stephan Kim.

Brock

Haunted house

Happy haunting

Those looking for something spooky to do this month should head up to MacLeod Park in Cannington on October 27 for the Cannington Haunted Trail and Maze. The event offers a fun, frightening haunted Halloween experience for those who love a good scare! Bring your family, friends, and your courage … you're going to need it! New scenes and scares are already brewing for two fantastically frightening attractions – the popular Haunted Trail and the intense Manic Maze.

Scugog

150 Years Canadian Farm Family

150 years of Agriculture

Explore agricultural industries, farm families and farm organizations that have shaped Durham Region and the farming industry over the past century and a half through the "150 years of Agriculture" exhibit. Delve into the region's agricultural history at the exhibit, which runs to October 27 at Scugog Shores Museum, and then moves to the Clarington Museum until December 2017.

Whitby

Five women dressed for a race on a trail

Devil's Den Trail Race

If you're looking for something sporty to do this month, consider one the following fantastic athletic adventure. Join the Brooklin Run Club, Copper Branch (Brooklin) and Running Free Ajax at Heber Down Conservation Area on October 21 for a great trail race, featuring 5 km, 10 km and a children's 3 km route. The first 100 people receive a free running buff. Whether you are a runner or a supporter, come on out and enjoy a beautiful day/morning in one of Whitby's conservation areas. All proceeds support the Abilities Centre in Whitby.

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.

We are proud to partner with the Ontario Lacrosse Association to welcome this fantastic event to Durham each year. Check out this video for a taste of the festival experience!

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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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...
MORE »

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...
MORE »

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