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February 2024

Floral bouquet from Aspen Florist and heart-shaped cookies from Coco Cake Co.

The Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Love is in the air! With local love in mind, we've compiled a list of the best confections, flowers and dinner spots to help make your Valentine’s Day in Durham Region the sweetest ever! Offering dine-in, takeout and delivery, there are several spots in Durham Region that can’t wait to make your Valentine’s Day special.

Want to know where to shop locally for your Valentine’s Day goodies, but not sure where to start? With more than 100 local businesses featured in our guide, we’re making it a breeze to love local with the one you love!

Plan your Valentine's Day in Durham Region
Group of alpacas at Forget-Me-Not Alpaca Farm

Escape To The Township Of Brock

Winter is a wonderful opportunity to spend time outside in the snow, exploring nature and learning new skills, with the whole family!

Nestled on the shores of Lake Simcoe and the Trent-Severn Waterway, Brock's scenic landscapes, Victorian-era heritage villages and quaint countryside make it a wonderful winter destination.

Explore Brock's new website and use the "plan your trip" tool to discover historic hamlets, shoreline parks and a whole lot of country charm. Create your own itinerary and map out an adventure that's unique to you!

Plan your trip

Fun Ideas For Family Day

Graphic with text that reads, "Disney on Ice at Tribute Communities Centre, February 15 to 18, 2024"

Discover the magic of Disney with hosts Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disney on Ice: Into the Magic! Enjoy action-packed performances from Disney’s Moana, Frozen, Coco, Beauty and the Beast and more, from February 15 to 18 at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa.

Learn more.

Group of people running in the snow at Fair Havens Outdoor Classroom

Spend the day embracing the great outdoors at Fair Havens' Winter Family Day on February 19 in Beaverton! Choose from adventures like cross-country ski lessons, snow painting, skating, kick-sledding, wagon rides, bird feeding and more. Mornings and afternoons are available.

Learn more

Three people jumping on trampolines at Flying Squirrel

If winter hikes, skiing and ice skating have you saying, “snow thank you”, then perhaps our list of indoor activities will help you plan the perfect Family Day. If you’re looking to get out of the house (but not outside), there are plenty of attractions in Durham Region to keep the whole family entertained.

Learn more.

Explore more fun things to do
Honey French Toast Casserole with Fruit Wine Spiced Berry Syrup

Page's Platefuls: French Toast For Family Day

Looking for new and exciting recipes to make with the family? What better way to spend the weekend than exploring some of the great growers and producers here in Durham Region!

Spend the day on Saturday collecting your ingredients and prepare this easy Honey French Toast Casserole by Chef Alex Page for your Sunday brunch. This recipe is prepared ahead of time and left to sit in the fridge overnight. Come Sunday morning, all you have to do is simply place your dish in the oven and bake—leaving you extra time to relax with your family.

Featured ingredients include eggs and honey from Villa Vida Loca Market, jersey milk from Sargent Family Dairy, and maple dessert wine from Archibald's Estate Winery.

View the full recipe

#ShopInDurham: Local Businesses To Explore

Stack of Jamaican patties and mango juice from Patty Gyal in Ajax

Craving a Jamaican patty? Patty Gyal in Ajax is an authentic Jamaican patty shop with a mouth-watering menu. The shop features soups, sandwiches and more than ten different flavours of patties, including beef, jerk chicken, vegetable, shrimp, and even a vegan option. Learn more

Owner of One More Cocoa in Ajax with a box of chocolates

One More Cocoa mixes in a sprinkle of Jamaican flavours to create decadent chocolate bars, bonbons, and even hot chocolate (recently featured in Oprah’s Favourite Things!). Enjoy hot chocolate to make at home, and—before you cocoa—grab some Valentine’s Day sweets. Learn more

Aerial view of various meals on a table at Beryl's Pepper Pot

Feast your eyes on Beryl’s Pepper Pot in Ajax! From fresh, authentic jerk chicken to barbecue, curried goat, stewed oxtails and everything in between—this is a must try if you’re out exploring Durham Region. Dine-in or grab a bite to go. Event catering is also available. Learn more. 

Discover more local businesses

Lunch Date Ideas In The Downtowns of Durham

Two sets of hands grabbing food from a plate at Street Momo in Oshawa

Looking to spend quality time with your best friend? Plan a friend date in one of Durham Region’s downtowns! From fresh sandwiches to combo plates and tasty tacos, we’ve curated a list of restaurants with delicious lunch options, and  paired them with something fun to do. From hikes and hot yoga, to thrifting and bowling, grab your bestie and head out for a local adventure.

Read more on the Downtowns of Durham blog

Plan The Ultimate Date Night In With Local Craft Beer And Chocolate Pairings

Chocolate: is it the unofficial fifth food group? For us, it is! Up your chocolate game with local finds from chocolate shops in Durham Region! Whether you like your chocolate dark, milk or filled with caramel, there are so many unique treats to savour from our region’s many chocolatiers.

And since it’s no secret that beer and chocolate are a match made in heaven, to help you plan the ultimate date night in, we’ve created a list pairing local chocolate shops with local craft breweries.

Discover the pairing that's right for you

Upcoming Events

February 1: Together We Rise Durham: Black History, Intersectionality and Joy

February 3: Black History Month Celebration at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate 

February 3: Scugog Pond Hockey Tournament 

February 3: Beaverton Lion’s Winter Carnival 

February 4: Books and Brunch at Trail Hub 

February 4: Back to the 80’s Tribute Band at Regent Theatre

February 8: Curatorial Tour at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery 

February 9 to 17: Doubt: A Parable by Ajax Community Theatre 

February 16: Country Music Night at Trail Hub 

February 18: Coin-A-Rama at LVIV Hall 

February 19: Town of Ajax’s Family Day Winterfest 

February 24: Nocturnal Night at Reptilia Zoo 

February 26: Book Drunkard Festival at Uxbridge Music Hall

Find more events in Durham Region this month
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