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The Durham Advantage

LIFESTYLE - SPORTS & RECREATION

SPORTS & RECREATION FACILITIES

The Region of Durham is home to some of the GTA’s best and busiest recreation complexes. Friendly, courteous and professional staff strives to exceed customer expectations. The region’s top-quality facilities are available to the residents of Durham Region, and to national and international organizations that use our local facilities for a variety of events.

Ajax

Brock

Clarington

Oshawa

Pickering

Scugog

Uxbridge

Whitby

Skiing

Durham Region has great, local ski accommodations, including downhill, cross-country or grind rails in a terrain park.

Golfing

Durham’s wide open spaces create the perfect environment for world-class golf courses, and an exceptional golfing experience.

Cycling

From the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine to the picturesque Waterfront Trail, Durham Region will have a route or loop for all cycling skills. For more information about routes and bicycle friendly stops along the way, to order a copy of the Durham Cycle Tours map visit www.durhamtourism.ca.

  • Beaverton/North Brock Loop
  • South Brock Loop
  • Uxbridge Loop
  • Pickering/Ajax Loop
  • Whitby Loop
  • Oshawa/Courtice Loop
  • West Clarington Loop
  • Scugog/Caesarea Route
  • East Clarington Loop
  • Waterfront Trail

Local Sports

They shoot, they score! Spend the afternoon with family or friends rooting on Durham Region’s home teams. Whether its hockey, lacrosse, fast cars or horse racing, we’re lucky to have some of the best professional sports teams around.

Trails

Durham Region offers more than 350 kilometres of recreational trails that intertwine throughout the community. From waterfront trails to the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Durham abounds with wonderful spaces to walk, jog, hike and bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe and in-line skate. Explore the wetlands, woodlands and parks along the natural trails and reconnect with nature. To order a copy of the Durham Trails Guide visit www.durhamtourism.ca.

Conservation Areas

The Region is home to numerous parks and conservation areas featuring countless natural landscapes, from wetlands to wilderness and farmland. For more information visit one of the region’s local conservation authority.

Fishing and Ice-fishing

Durham Region offers fishermen a world-class sport fishing experience that is second to none! With its major rivers starting in the Oak Ridges Moraine, the waters are cold and pure enough to support resident brook, brown and rainbow trout year-round.

During spring and fall, rainbow and brown trout, coho and chinook salmon ascending the rivers on their spawning runs provide excellent sport. As well, there is Lake Scugog—shallow and weedy, perfect for walleye, perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass and the mighty muskie, and all only a short drive from Toronto. Farther north, Lake Simcoe’s southeastern section in Durham Region can provide year-round fishing for lake trout, whitefish, bass, perch, walleye, panfish and burbot. To order a copy of the Durham Fishing Map visit www.durhamtourism.ca.

Star Attractions

There is so much to discover across Durham Region, where to begin? Why not start with some of our famous, much-loved attractions. These one-of-a-kind destinations can only be found here in Durham, and we’re proud to have them!

Shopping

From large shopping malls like the Oshawa Centre and Pickering Town Centre to historic downtowns and unique markets, Durham Region is a shopper’s delight!

Zoos

Get up close and personal with the amazing wildlife found at Durham Region’s local zoos. Come see animals—big and small—including elephants, tigers, reptiles and everything in-between. These animal hotspots make a great summertime activity, as your family gets a chance to interact with some of Durham Region’s furry friends.

Camping

When the weather is warm, the days are long and summer has officially arrived, where will you spend the season? If you’re looking for a mini-getaway or outdoor adventure close to home, check out one of the many campgrounds in Durham Region.

  • Darlington Provincial Park
  • Cedar Valley Resort
  • Heber Down Conservation Area
  • Goreski’s Landing Resort
  • Greenwood Conservation Area
  • Glen Rouge Campground
  • Spring Water Trailer Resort
  • Trout Water Family Camping

Agricultural Fairs

Our numerous agricultural fairs are a great way to embrace local agriculture, heritage and have plenty of fun! Celebrate the change of seasons with spring and fall fairs in Durham Region. Enjoy the carnival rides, demolition derbies, spelling bees and tracker pulls in what is guaranteed to be fun for the entire family.

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