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Downtown Uxbridge
June 2022
Durham Tourism Industry Report
Welcome to Durham Tourism's June Industry Report e-newsletter! With the arrival of summer in Durham Region, outdoor activities and events are shining bright. There are plenty of exciting new programs, business opportunities and sports events happening this June. 

If you're hosting an upcoming event in Durham Region, remember to visit Durham Tourism to submit your event to our free, online Community Events and Festivals calendar. You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @DurhamTourism and connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DurhamTourism.
10 ways to support Uxbridge this summer
Recently, Uxbridge—The Trail Capital of Canadawas impacted by a significant weather event that left behind widespread damage throughout the township.

What was supposed to be a “return to normal” May long weekend, quickly turned into a very scary and surreal situation.

As businesses and tourist attractions opened with anticipation of “summer of the staycation” in Ontario, yet another devastating impact was felt.
As the township continues its efforts to clean up and rebuild, we’ve put together this list of 10 ways that you can support the community by shopping local this summer. 

To learn more about how you can support Uxbridge, read the full blog post on DurhamTourism.ca.
Aspire Climbing Whitby
Aspire Climbing Whitby first opened their doors in October 2020 as the first-ever full service indoor rock climbing and Ninja Warrior facility in Durham Region. This multi-purpose 15,000 square foot facility offers Top Rope Climbing, Lead Climbing, Auto Belays, Bouldering and Ninja Warrior in addition to programming, camps, birthday parties, competitions and more.

The Aspire Climbing Whitby team is actively involved in the community, raising awareness about charities and initiatives they're passionate about. Aspire Climbing Whitby are actively involved with the Durham Community Foundation, Durham Sports, The Canadian Mental Health Association of Durham and other local charities such as CARE4ASH1L. It's always been part of their mission to make climbing accessible to everyone and this summer, Aspire Climbing Whitby will launch an Adaptive Climbing Program. This will allow climbers of every ability to enjoy the many benefits climbing has to offer.  

To learn more about Aspire Climbing Whitby, please visit AspireClimbing.com/Whitby.
2022 Region of Durham Business Count
Now through August, Durham Region is conducting its annual Business Count to gather information from local businesses about their operations.

The information being collected will be used for a variety of purposes:

  • Monitoring local economic trends.
  • Preparing the Durham Region and local municipal business directories.
  • Analyzing and promoting local business sectors for either tourism or business generation.
  • Developing business attraction and retention strategies.
  • Forecasting infrastructure and hard service requirements.
  • Transit service planning.

Learn more or take the survey at durham.ca/BusinessCount.
Third intake for Central Counties Tourism (CCT) 2022 and 2023 partnership applications is now live
The third of five intake periods is now live with an application deadline of July 15 for projects beginning August 1 to September 30, 2022. Details, resource help sheets, and the application can be found online at CentralCounties.ca.

Get started by completing the Tourism Ambassador Program. This CCT course is required to qualify for partnership funding. At least one person from each organization in the partnership application is required to complete the self-guided, interactive course.

To begin, sign up for an account through the CCT Learning Lab.
Tourism Growth Strategy –
priorities for Tourism operators
In its recent budget, the Federal Government stated that “to continue supporting Canada’s tourism sector, the Minister of Tourism will work with the tourism industry, provincial and territorial counterparts, and Indigenous tourism operators to develop a new post-pandemic Federal Tourism Growth Strategy, which will plot a course for growth, investment, and stability.”
The government has initiated national consultations. The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) will be actively participating in these consultations, including drafting a detailed submission that reflects the tourism industry’s priorities for moving toward growth, investment, and stability. To assist TIAC in this regard, complete the survey by June 17.
Race car
Sport event radar
As the summer weather heats up, so does the sport event action across Durham Region. We’re so excited for the return of the sights and sounds of outdoor sports in our community.

Get ready to help us warmly welcome and host thousands of visitors here to compete in a variety of sports over the next month:

  • June 17 to 19: VARAC Vintage Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington.
  • June 25: Uxbridge Run for the Diamond, Elgin Park in Uxbridge.
  • July 1 to 3: National Basketball Training Center Global Games Canada Qualifying Basketball Tournament, Durham College and Ontario Tech University gyms in Oshawa and other gyms in Durham Region.
  • July 1 to 3: Chevrolet Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington.
  • July 8 to 10: Ted Stone Memorial Under 18 Midget Classic Baseball Tournament hosted by Oshawa Baseball, Kinsmen Stadium and Ritson Field in Oshawa.

If you're hosting a sport event in Durham Region, please submit it to our Durham Tourism events calendar so we can promote and support it!
Trail Hub
Nestled in the centre of the East Duffins Headwaters and Durham Forests network of trails, Trail Hub is a community hub for mountain bikers, hikers, nature lovers, snowshoers and cross country skiers to access over 240 kilometres of local trails. 

From special lifetime events to everyday casual meals with friends and family, the grand post and beam chalet is the perfect place to enjoy delicious local cuisine, inspired by its surroundings, plus an incredible view.

Trail Hub is your access to nature. The view is magical. The trails are epic. The food is delicious. Your adventure awaits.

Learn more at TrailHub.ca.
History Channel television series, Salvage Kings, seeking historical buildings in Uxbridge
In wake of recent severe weather events that impacted so many local businesses in the Township of Uxbridge, History Channel’s series, Salvage Kings, is looking for buildings that need assistance with rebuilding and restoring. These buildings will spotlight Uxbridge and the resilience of the community when faced with the devastating aftermath of the recent storm.

The ideal building has items, and or architectural salvage, that the Salvage Kings team can remove for a fee. Compensation for salvageable items is provided to each property owner on a case-by-case basis.

Salvage Kings is an exciting series that follows Ted Finch and his salvage team on a mission to save unique items from buildings to give them new life, while sharing the history of each property and community they visit.

For more information, or if you’re interested in participating, please reach out to the below contacts as soon as possible as filming will commence in July:

Bonnie Burak
Story Producer, Salvage Kings


Eileen Kennedy
Film and TV Specialist, Invest Durham
For unique trip ideas or to plan your perfect day, visit DurhamTourism.ca, or call 1-800-413-0017. If this information is required in an accessible format, contact Durham Tourism.