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July 2017

We kick off this issue with a very happy birthday to Canada! If you're looking for Canada Day events, or want to get in on the Canada 150 action, visit for a full Canada Day event listing, as well as ongoing information on Canada 150 activities in Durham Region.
Summer is here, and it is time to savour those sunny skies and warm breezes. Adventures await you in Durham this summer--there are festivals, open-air theatre and dining experiences, even live history events to enjoy. We've covered a selection of exciting activities in this issue, but there is so much happening this month; we couldn't possibly cover it all! To find out what's happening in your community this month, visit the  Durham Tourism events calendar.
We're also excited to announce that Durham Region will be welcoming the 2019 Ontario Parasport Games. While we're just under two years away from this exciting event, preparations have already begun!
Need help in planning your July outings? Two new resources are available to help you do just that! The Brewery Discovery Routes Map will take you on an adventure that includes some of Durham's best craft breweries. The 2017 Discovery Guide, your insider guide to discovering Durham, is now available in Mandarin. You can find the Discovery Guide and more resources, such as our Cycling, Fishing and Trails maps, on the Durham Tourism website at
What's on this month?
Lavender Blossom Festival

This July, the Lavender-Blu Lavender Artisan Studio and Farm celebrates the Lavender Blossom Festival, showcasing this most aromatic plant in full bloom. The farm and studio are open Fridays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the month. The "golden hours" of early morning and late afternoon are also open to artists and photographers.
This small family run lavender farm is located in Seagrave, on the shores of Lake Scugog. The farm's focus is on unique hand-made products and education on the beauty and benefits of lavender. The farm attracts artists and artisans, photographers and lavender lovers alike. The studio features over 50 handcrafted lavender-inspired products, as well as artisanal items from local artists that blend well with lavender, such as local pottery, woodwork, and cement planters and bowls.
For more information visit  
Rural Routes and Dirty Boots

Durham's award winning craft breweries and cideries are officially on the map! The new Greenbelt Brewery Discovery Routes Map features Ontario's independent craft brewers, cideries, distillers, Feast On restaurants, farmers markets, and the bounty of Ontario and its protected Greenbelt. Durham's Rural Routes and Dirty Boots is one of nine featured routes.
The Rural Routes and Dirty Boots discovery route stretches from the waterfront shores of Lake Ontario to the rural sites of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Experience fresh artisanal beers, ciders and local flavours of the Greenbelt. Take a tour; meet the brewer or grower; discover their partners' offerings like beer butter tarts and wholesome spent grain bread; and even check out the brew school. The route is available to view online at or call 1-800-413-0017 for a copy of the map.
If you'd like to enjoy a pint without the travel, then Boxcars and Beers: The Cheese Train might be more your speed. Hop aboard the York Durham Heritage Railway on July 16, 30 or August 27, and experience a 90-minute "Taste of Ontario" with fromager Cecilia Smith and brewery owner/certified beer judge Joanne Richter. You'll enjoy five pairings of delicious Ontario cheeses with artisanal craft beers from local brewery The Second Wedge Brewing Company. Tickets are $75 plus HST, available at
There's something for everyone in Uxbridge

There is something for everyone in Uxbridge on July 8! Stop by the second annual Family Kite Festival between 1 and 4 p.m. for a fun afternoon on historic Quaker Hill! Join the Township of Uxbridge's Take T.I.M.E Program and the Uxbridge Historical Centre for arts and crafts activities, giant games, face painting and healthy refreshments. Bring your kites to fly on the windy and panoramic Historical Centre grounds for this free and fun family event. Don't have a kite? Township of Uxbridge staff will be on hand with materials to help you make one!
Music lovers should head over to Elgin Park for the first annual Hitsfest, featuring headliner Platinum Blond. This music and arts festival features plenty of local bands, artists, food vendors, a VIP section, and beer garden. Tickets are $20, or $75 for VIP tickets, available through .
Epic Lake to Lake Adventure Ride

Join t he first-ever Epic Lake to Lake Adventure Ride on Saturday,  August 26. Cycle from Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario along Durham Region's section of The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail), in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday! Travel the Beaver River Trail from Beaverton to Cannington to Blackwater, and The Great Trail from through Scugog, Uxbridge, Pickering and Ajax. Participants can experience the epic 95 km route or simply ride a section of the route. The $20 registration fee includes a t-shirt, lunch at the Second Wedge Brewing Co. in Uxbridge and refreshments at rest stops along the route. For $25, riders can take a bus from the Ajax Community Centre to begin the ride at Beaverton Harbour or in Cannington. Register online on the Township of Brock's website at Volunteers are also needed.
Local food, local flavours

The field-to-fork movement is alive and well in Durham Region, and summer is one of the best seasons to savour our local fare.
Bistro '67 in Whitby is hosting its 100 Mile Dinner on July 20. This field to fork-inspired menu celebrates local food and the people that grow it. Bistro 67 will source all food and wine for the evening from within a 100-mile radius of the bistro! To make a reservation visit
On July 23, the We Grow Food Urban Farm Tour will visit some of Oshawa's most interesting and beautiful vegetable gardens. Meet the local urban farmers who care for nine private gardens and three local neighbourhood gardens, and participate in family friendly activities. Following the tour, enjoy a Harvest Feast at Memorial Park in downtown Oshawa with live music. All of the food for the feast is sourced from Urban Farm Tour participants and local farmers.
What dost thou say?

The Driftwood Theatre Group's annual Bard's Bus Tour comes to Durham Region this July and August. The troupe presents Othello, William Shakespeare's blistering tale of race, jealousy and revenge, set against the backdrop of Canadian history, when in 1974 Canadian soldiers are caught in a life or death struggle on the small island of Cyprus.
Admission is pay-what-you-can, and all performances are accompanied by a special audio installation, The Cyprus Project, beginning at 6:30 p.m. nightly, followed by Othello at 7:30 p.m.  Performances take place:
Experience history
The year is 1837. William Lyon Mackenzie is assembling the militia for the Battle of Montgomery's tavern. However, the Loyalist Mr. Jabez Lynde (1773-1856) and the housemaid, Mary, are hoping to stop the battle. When participants arrive, the house is in chaos. Will Mr. Lynde make it to the meeting and stop the battle? Will Mackenzie march from Montgomery's tavern? Or will you change history? 

On July 7, 8 and 9 experience history "in time"--think "Escape Room" with actors. This unique plot, focused on the Lynde Family, created especially for Lynde House Museum, and is available only on this weekend. Tickets are $20 per person. To purchase your tickets, visit the Lynde House Museum and Visitor Centre or order online at .
The race is on!

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix zooms into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park from July 6 to 9. The biggest sports car race of the year features the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for exotic prototypes and GT racecars, in its only stop north of the border. World-class drivers from the likes of Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Mazda and Porsche will get their race on. And the action doesn't stop there! The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge Series are events you don't want to miss! For ticket pricing and information, visit .
Ride4UnitedWay Gran Fondo

On August 13 , the Ride4UnitedWay Gran Fondo che i benefici  is back. Join cycling enthusiasts in Whitby for this charity event, supporting the United Way of Durham Region, while promoting the recreational aspects and benefits of cycling. Riders can register online, between July 1 and August 12 ,  for $70, or on the day of the event for $80. Please note, for those participating in the TT Challenge competition (chip timed), there is an additional $20 fee.
Blackstock Truck and Tractor Pull

The Blackstock Fairgrounds host the Blackstock Truck and Tractor Pull on July 7 and 8. Classes include Local 4x4 Diesel trucks, Single Engine Modified Tractors, Super Modified 4x4, Modified Farm Tractors, Pro Street Diesel Trucks and Pro Street Semis. A beer garden and food concession stands are on site. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 5 to 12, and kids under five enter for free.
Mark your calendar and come back for some summer fair fun, when the 152nd annual Blackstock Fair returns on the weekend of August 25 to 26.
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