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November 2017

Before we head into the holiday season, Durham Tourism would like to take the time, this month, to recognize the courage and sacrifices made by those who served their country; fighting for peace.  Remembrance Day is a time to remember, reflect and honour our heroes in the Canadian Armed Forces. This November 11, ceremonies will take place across Durham Region honouring Canada's veterans and remembering the sacrifice they have made for our freedom, as it stands today.
For a full listing of events taking place in Durham Region this November,
 visit Durham Tourism's events calendar at .
What's on this month?
Follow our trails

November  is a great time to get outside and experience the outdoors before those frosty flakes of snow arrive! Durham Region has some of the best trails in the province. W hy not bring your bike and check out some of our super cycling spots in Ajax, Clarington and Uxbridge, among others in Ontario, recently  featured in Tourism Ontario's latest video "Ontario Cycling." Visit their YouTube page at to view the video!   If you're interested in hitting the trails by foot, check out the Trails section at for more information and helpful resources.
Santa's on his way

Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing? Santa will soon be on his way to Durham Region. Be sure to stop by and check out the Santa Claus Parades at these locations:
December 6: T.H.E.E. Farmers Parade of Lights (Enniskillen and Tyrone)
December 9: Sunderland Santa Claus Parade
Quidditch is coming

The 2017/2018 Eastern Regional Quidditch Championship sweeps into Oshawa's Civic Recreation Complex on November 11 and 12. Spectators and students are encouraged to come out and check out the action of this up-and-coming gender-integrated sport. This is an amazing opportunity for Durham residents and visitors to come out watch and even try out this exciting game, inspired by the popular Harry Potter book and film series! Admission to the event is free. For more information, including game times and try-it session schedule, visit and the Quidditch Canada website at
Photo courtesy of Stephan Kim.
Deck the Halls with Dirty Dishes

The Toronto-based folk-roots-country-bluegrass band, Dirty Dishes, backed by their rhythm section, "The Plate Rails," is back at the St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture on December 9. The band will present original songs, delightful covers and a collection of holiday favourites with their down-home music, tight harmonies, and unforgettable charm. Tickets are $35 (HST included) and are available at the St. Francis Centre Box Office, the Ajax & McLean Community Centres, the Audley Recreation Centre, online at or by calling 905-619-2529 ext. 2787 (ARTS). The band's wish for you this holiday season is that your lights never tangle, your tree never tips, your in-laws be cordial, and you see lots and lots of Dirty Dishes...the band that is! Cash bar and concessions are available.
Get ready to ride!

With its crisp autumn air and beautiful colours, fall is one of the best times to hit the trails for some serious riding. Did you know that a number of amazing athletes use and train on our trails right here in Durham? Two time Olympian, Pan-Am gold, national champion, mountain biking athlete for Red Bull and Trek Factory Racing and Durham resident Emily Batty can attest to the beauty and diversity of our trails. Emily grew up riding and training on the trails in Durham ----as seen in Sport Durham's latest video. These trails have so many elements, that from beginner to professional athlete, there's always something to do and ways to challenge yourself. From Durham Forest to Ganaraska Forest to the Dagmar North Trail, there are so many options to try out for a great day of mountain biking. The 13-kilometre Dagmar North Trail in Uxbridge was built in 2015 through an incredible amount of volunteer hours by members of the Durham Mountain Biking Association (DMBA). Visit Discover Uxbridge or DMBA's web page at for the latest on local trail conditions, maps and mountain biking-related news and events.
Santa trains

Santa Claus is coming to town, and when he arrives he'll be riding the York-Durham Heritage Railway! Bring the whole family for a special train ride complete with on-board entertainment. Santa will visit each child at their seat ----a great photo opportunity ----and each child receives a gift bag upon departing the train. The Santa Train is a one-hour round trip train ride, departing from Uxbridge at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on November 25 and 26, and December 2 and 3, 9 and 10, 16 and 17. Book your tickets online at
Christmas is in the air!

There are tree lightings, holiday concerts and Christmas festivals galore in Durham Region this year. Get into the Christmas spirit at one of these fantastic holiday events:
November 17: Oshawa Tree Lighting
November 17: Port Perry Candlelight Tree Lighting
November 25: Old Fashioned Christmas Concert (Leaskdale)
December 1: Christmas Moonlight Magic (Bowmanville)
December 1: Tree Lighting and Fireworks (Pickering)
December 3: Christmas in the Village, Winter in the Woods (Pickering Museum Village)

A feast for the taste buds
Durham chefs serve up some of the best fine cuisine in southcentral Ontario, as f ood and travel blogger Christopher Mitchell can attest to. Mitchell recently covered some of Durham's tastiest spots in his travel blog "Travelling Mitch." In his post titled "A Feast for the Taste Buds: Exploring Durham Region's Finest!" Mitchell writes that "Durham Region has its own culture, which is seemingly strengthening by the day, and that's coming out in what it's producing from a food and beverage standpoint." With a focus on restaurants that source locally produced food, as well as innovative and interesting spots, Mitchell visited such local favourites as Bistro '67, Urban Pantry, Brock St. Brewing Company, 5 Paddles Brewing Co., Ocala Winery, the Second Wedge Brewing Co. and even a visit to Hayfield Farm as part of a special event for the Orono Fall Fair. Check out Travelling Mitch's second Durham-themed post, " Farm to Table, Ontario Style," or better yet, get out and discover some of the finest food in the province for yourself. From luxurious fine dining to diverse bistros and cafes ----you won't be disappointed!
905 Comedy Festival

Join your fellow comedy lovers for some side-splitting laughter at the live CBC taping of the 905 Comedy Festival. Stand-up comics from the Rick Mercer Report, Air Farce, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Yuk Yuk's, Just for Laughs, and more come together on November 24 and 25 at the Harmony Creek Community Centre. Visit the 905 Comedy Festival website at for tickets. Proceeds from ticket sales will help fund the programs at Community Living and families at local abuse shelters.
Skate Canada

Mark your calendar s for the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships taking place February 23 to 25, 2018 at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa. Skaters from across Canada 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 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. This is a great opportunity to see one of the sport's most exciting disciplines, which was last in Oshawa in 2009. Tickets will be available by presale to Durham Tourism e-newsletter subscribers on November 13, and to the general public on November 14, through the Tribute Communities Centre website at .  
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