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January 2018

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018 in Durham Region. It might be cold outside, but there is so much to see and do this January in Durham. From ice fishing and tobogganing, to skiing and skating, winter in Durham is full of adventure! After a day out in the snow, why not head indoors and share a snack at one of Durham's many fabulous bistros, cafes or local breweries! Visit for more ideas on how you can embrace the elements and plan an exciting winter adventure, indoors or out!
P.S. The new year always brings change, and Durham Tourism is excited to reveal our new website, which recently merged with the new Our current URL will redirect you to the new Durham Tourism section on We encourage you to check out the new site, which we continue  to build with the latest information, news and events!
What's on this month?
2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships

The 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships come to the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa from February 23 to 25. This is a great opportunity to see one of the sport's most exciting disciplines, which was last in Oshawa in 2009! Skaters from across the country will compete for team national titles in the senior, junior, open, intermediate and novice categories. The top two senior teams will represent Canada at the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships. Tickets are available through the  Tribute Communities Centre website .
Winter adventures

There is no shortage of adventure in Durham Region in the winter. Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and fat biking are all activities open for you to explore! Check out the January 1 launch of York Durham Headwaters winter website for more ideas on what to do in Durham this winter.
Whether you are an experienced winter sports enthusiast or just trying something new for the first time, our world-class hills and trails offer something for everyone, and the winter website site is designed with you in mind.
Consider skiing, snowboarding or tubing at one of our four ski resorts, see the article "See you on the slopes!" for more information. Or, hit the trails for a fun winter adventure. Our Durham Region Trails guide and interactive online trails map introduce you to a variety of trails, many of which offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing routes. Don't forget to dress for comfort, but also be aware of wind-chill factor and icy surfaces. Consider visibility, comfort and layering when choosing clothing and footwear for your outdoor adventure.
Mahler's Celestial Fourth with Maija Kovalevska

The Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes the heavenly voice of world-renowned opera diva Maija Kovalevska for Mahler's Celestial Fourth with Maija Kovalevska. Ms. Kovalevska joins conductor Marco Parisotto and the Ontario Philhramonic for her Canadian debut at the Regent Theatre in Oshawa on January 27. Tickets are available through the Ontario Philharmonic's website at 
See you on the slopes!Slopes

If you ski, snowboard or tube, then Durham's ski hills are the perfect place to start your adventures this winter. Embrace the elements at our four local ski resorts:  Brimacombe, Dagmar, Lakeridge and Skyloft. Durham Region offers a wide selection of world-class hills for all types of skiers, from the experienced to the beginner, as well as cross-country trails throughout the region, for a true winter adventure.
Ice fishing

It's an ice fisher's dream: a massive ice fishing village housing thousands of portable and permanent huts; the possibility of catching the famous Jumbo Perch. This is Lake Simcoe and Lake Scugog every winter. The brave anglers who face the cold for the perfect catch are duly rewarded when they bring up a massive perch from the lake, or a Steelhead from Durham's creeks.
With the ice fishing season poised to open this month, be sure to check out the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry website for official season dates, as well as ice fishing rules and regulations. Visit and check out our Durham Region Fishing Map for an overview of fishing in the region.   Remember to exercise caution and safety while on the ice.
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