Weekends Worth Exploring

Recharge with an overnight escape in Durham Region. Enjoy afternoon adventures, delicious dinners, great night life and warm hospitality at every turn.

horse race
The trails and the tracks in

Walk, in-line skate or cycle along the 90 kilometres of trails and shared-use lanes in Ajax, including the beautiful Waterfront Trail that winds along the shorelines of Lake Ontario. Admire the view during your picnic lunch at Rotary Park. If action is what you crave, try your luck at the slots or horse track at Ajax Downs. Whatever your style, savour your day over dinner at Safari Bar and Grill in the heart of the historic Pickering Village. In the summer months, catch an outdoor concert in Heritage Square, Movies in the Park or Driftwood Theatre's annual Shakespeare productions. Stay the night at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Icy adventures in

Begin the day with breakfast at Barney's, at the mouth of the Beaver River in Beaverton. Then head up to the Lake Simcoe shoreline and visit Floyd Hales Fish Huts, where you'll get everything you need for a productive day of ice fishing. Celebrate your catch–and your perseverance–with a steaming cup of coffee at Rachel's Books and Beans or Lagos Gourmet Café. Stay the night at the Grant House Bed & Breakfast in Beaverton.

harvest antiques
Treasure hunting in

Wander through rooms brimming with restored and rustic treasures at Harvest Antiques in Hampton. Head to historic downtown Bowmanville for coffee at Rose's Bistro and browse the main-street boutiques. Further along, stop in Newcastle for an authentic pub lunch at The Snug. Wander though local craft displays at A Gift of Art before heading to Orono to get lost in the antique shops lining Main Street. Skip back to Bowmanville for dinner at Chanterelle Bistro or take in some local music at The Village Inn.

Urban flavour in

Enjoy a tour of the grandeur of the historic Parkwood Estate and for lunch, grab a homemade organic burger at the Patty Shack. In the afternoon, find inspiration by the water at Lakeview Park, and visit the beautiful heritage museums. After a delicious dinner at Avanti Trattoria or Stuttering John's Smokehouse Bar and Grill, catch an act at the newly restored Regent Theatre, or a concert, hockey or basketball game at the Tribute Communities Centre. Indulge in some local nightlife music at the Thirsty Monk gastropub. Stay the night at the Holiday Inn to rest up for a shopping spree the next day at the Oshawa Centre.

Playtime in

Spend the morning at the historic Pickering Museum Village for a glimpse into days gone by. Sun worshippers can head straight down Liverpool Road to Beachfront Park for some sand and sun. Don't forget to make time for ice cream, gelato or a refreshing cup of tea among the boutiques and cafés of Pickering's charming Nautical Village. Finish the day with dinner on the patio overlooking the Frenchman's Bay Marina at the Waterfront Bistro. Culture lovers will also want to see what's playing at the beautifully restored Herongate Barn Theatre. Enjoy home-cooked food and live entertainment in the charming old bull pen or manger. Stay the night at the Comfort Inn.

Easy, breezy browsing in

Browse the charming boutiques in historic downtown Port Perry, stopping for lunch at Marwan's Global Bistro. Save room for ice cream from the Nutty Chocolatier before watching sailboats and shorebirds at Palmer Park. Pay an afternoon visit to taste the best of Ocala Winery, then for dinner, catch a local band over gourmet pub grub at Harp and Wylie's. Test your luck at the Great Blue Heron Casino and stay the night at the celebrated Nestleton Waters Inn.

Indulging in

Enjoy a chic brunch at Urban Pantry, then browse the many boutiques along Uxbridge's main street. Once you've worked up an appetite, pause for lunch at Frankie's Mediterranean, or grab a fresh pastry from Baked by Frankies. Stop for coffee or ice cream at Tin Cup before heading to the Thomas Foster Memorial to take in some local heritage. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at Tin Mill. Stay the night in nearby Zephyr at the HighFields Country Inn and Spa, among 175 acres of fields and forest. On Sundays, the York-Durham Heritage Railway runs to Stouffville, before returning to Uxbridge again.

Waterside living in

Meet the Lake Ontario waterfront on the Lynde Shores, pausing to greet the curious chickadees that will famously land on your hand for seeds. Watch the boats–or take a sailing lesson at the Whitby Yacht Club. Head up to Whitby's Four Corners to shop the local boutiques. Don't miss the warm hospitality at the treasured Nice-Bistro. Spend the afternoon exploring the art collection at Station Gallery. Enjoy dinner at Marca Pizza in downtown Whitby before staying the night at the Holiday Inn Express.

E-Newsletter Sign up for the monthly E-Newsletter

Sign up and be the first to find out about the latest details on events and attractions.

View current e-newsletter »

Industry Insights e-newsletter Sign up for the monthly Industry Insights E-Newsletter

Sign up for the monthly business to business e-newsletter.

View current e-newsletter »