Arts, Culture, Outdoor Pursuits, Entertainment
Arts, Culture, Outdoor Pursuits, Entertainment
Durham Region offers a long list of attractions and experiences sure to keep your family entertained. In fact, Durham Tourism’s (www.durhamtourism.ca) slogan sums it up nicely: ‘Good Natured, Good Times.’
Arts and culture: Durham is home to downtown galleries and private studios and is the setting of art in the park and live performances, including the following:
- Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa features a permanent collection of 4,000+ works of art and four galleries of changing exhibits.
- St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture is a unique performance venue in Pickering Village.
- Station Gallery in Whitby, a charitable arts organization, showcases works from local, regional, national and international artists.
- Culture Night in Oshawa is a celebration of all things art, music, drama, dance, literary and more.
Museums and heritage: The following are among the places that offer a sneak peek into Durham’s rich history:
- The Canadian Automotive Museum showcases more than 65 cars of various makes from 1898 to 1981.
- Visit Leaskdale Manse, the homestead of Lucy Maud Montgomery from 1911 to 1926. The renowned author of Anne of Green Gables wrote 11 of her 22 books while living here.
- Visit Oshawa Community Museum to learn more about Oshawa’s history, from First Nation settlements to the arrival of the Europeans and the industrialization of the 19th century when Oshawa was known as the ‘Manchester of Canada.’
- Tour Parkwood National Historic Site, former home of Samuel McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada. The 15,000-square-foot mansion boasts 55 rooms and its architectural, landscape and interior designs are based on those of the 1920s and 1930s.
Theatre and arts: Here’s a sampling of ways to experience theatre and arts:
· Enjoy musical and dramatic presentations at Oshawa’s Little Theatre, Port Perry's Town Hall 1873, Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre in Pickering, and LIVEact Theatre and Centennial Building, both in Whitby.
· The Ontario Philharmonic in Oshawa offers dazzling performances.
· The Oshawa and District Council for the Arts, the Durham West Arts Centre and the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region are part Durham’s creative community.
Outdoor adventures: Durham is home to a wide variety of picturesque golf courses that offer manicured grounds and breathtaking views, as well as opportunities for golfers to challenge themselves on the links or enjoy a leisurely game with friends or business associates. Durham has also been recognized as one of the best and biggest four-season fishing destinations in North America.
Trails, cycling, skiing: From waterfront trails to the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Durham Region boasts more than 350km of recreational trails home to wetlands, woodlands and parks. Durham also offers excellent routes for cyclists that let you enjoy a variety of landscapes with varying altitudes. Local ski resorts include Brimacombe, Dagmar Ski Resort, Lakeridge Resort and Skyloft Ski Resort.
Sports and gaming: Tribute Communities Centre (formerly the General Motors Centre) in downtown Oshawa is home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals. The 5,500-seat venue also hosts the Canadian Lacrosse League and many musical acts.
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park north of Bowmanville is a world-renowned facility that hosts weekly stock car racing, major North American championships like Canadian NASCAR and Grand Prix events, kart racing and driver training programs.
Ajax Downs is home to live quarter-horse racing and a gaming facility. The Great Blue Heron Charity Casino in Port Perry is home to 60 gaming tables and 545 slot machines.
Wineries, breweries, culinary delights: Durham College’s Centre for Food is focused on the field-to-fork concept, which is based on the production of local food for local consumers – a growing culinary trend in Durham.
Savour food festivals for every appetite, from the Oshawa Food Festival (Taste of Durham) to food trucks, rib fests, barbecues and cultural fiestas. One of the perks of living in a region with significant farmland and rural areas is fabulous farmers’ markets.
Durham is home to Ocala Winery in Port Perry and Archibald’s Estate Winery in Bowmanville and several local craft breweries, including Brock Street Brewery in Whitby, Old Flame Brewing Company in Port Perry and All or Nothing Brewhouse, Oshawa.
Festivals and events: Here’s a sampling of just a few of the many events and festivals held throughout Durham:
- The annual Brooklin Spring Fair in north Whitby has been a rite of passage for area residents for more than 100 years. Enjoy the midway, local and farm fresh product displays, and a live demolition derby.
- The Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge is Ontario's premier competitive dragon boat festival of the racing season, showcasing the world's fastest dragon boat club crews.
- The City of Oshawa hosts an annual tree-lighting ceremony.
- Applefest in Historic Downtown Bowmanville is a free annual street festival that showcases local apple growers and offers fresh-picked apples, treats and unique handmade crafts.