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February 2023

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, we’ve paired each chocolate shop with a local craft beer selection to help you plan the ultimate date night in.


Click here to read the full blog post on DurhamTourism.ca.

Cheer on the athletes at the Durham Region

2023 Ontario Parasport Games!

The Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games are just days away! Help us deliver the best Games yet by attending sport competitions from February 3 to 5. We want our athletes to experience the thrill of competing in stands filled with fans.

We encourage you to come see how the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games are about more than sport competitions and winning medals. You’ll leave with fresh perspectives on inclusion and memories for life.

The competitions will be fiercely contested, friendly and joyous. We will welcome around 500 visitors to our community. Athletes are travelling from across the province to compete in 11 parasports, plus four demonstration sports, at nine accessible venues.

Parasports fuel athletes’ passion for sport and provide physical, psychological and social benefits. We look forward to awarding medals to the athletes who work so hard to earn them. The theme of our medal is “Sport is Life.”

For some athletes, these Games will be the pinnacle of their athletic experience. For others, a stepping-stone on their way to national and international experience.

To learn more about the Games and view the schedule, visit DurhamRegion2023.ca.

You're invited to Durham Region's Black History Month celebration!

Join us on February 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa. The Together We Rise Durham: Excellence Through the Arts celebration will feature keynote speaker, Cameron Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The evening will highlight Black talent and showcase artistic displays with live music, performances and more! Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit durham.ca/BlackHistoryMonth.

Film submissions are now open for the Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF)

DRIFF brings the film festival experience to diverse audiences in Durham Region and beyond; nurturing community connections, learning and the development of local talent through a shared love of film.

It's time to get your film ready for DRIFF! The early bird submission deadline is April 3. Find submission rules and details at FilmFreeway.com.


To learn more about DRIFF, sign up for email updates and become a DRIFF insider to stay up-to-date on special offers, festival news and events.


Learn more at driff.ca.

Spend Family Day at

Fair Glen Outdoor Education Centre

Fair Glen Outdoor Education Centre invites local families to enjoy a Winter Family Day in the snow on February 20. Enjoy activity stations including shelter building, snow painting, kicksleddings, wagon rides and more, then warm up with a campfire picnic together! Build your own family adventure with instructor-led cross-country ski lessons, nature hikes and access to more than five kilometres of trails.

Tickets are $15 per person. Children five and under are free.


Register online at FairHavens.org.

Actor Wellesley Robinson and Playwright Uju Umenyi, The Story of Samuel Stout, September 2022

Theatre on the Ridge brings two unique stories

to the stage for Black History Month

This February, Theatre on the Ridge in Port Perry recognizes Black History Month with two unique theatre events.

The Story of Samuel Stout – Next Stage (February 10 and 11)


In the Story of Samuel Stout – Next Stage, the journey toward a full production of this compelling new play by Uju Umenyi continues. Audiences will remember the powerful first public presentation last September during Ontario Culture Days. Theatre on the Ridge now brings Ms. Umenyi and musical director, Christopher Lucas, together for a second workshop to explore the role of music in the play and in the life of Samuel Stout, Port Perry’s first Black resident. The weeklong workshop will culminate in two public staged readings on February 10 at 7:30 p.m., and February 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and available at TheatreOnTheRidge.ca.

The Adventures of the Soul Sistas (February 25)


Join author Newton Vanriel and actors Audra Gray (The Drowning Girls) and Amanda Jane Smith (Cottagers and Indians), for a very special reading of this delightful new bestselling book for children. The Adventures of the Soul Sistas celebrates diversity and the true meaning of family through the eyes of two wonderful superheroes, Charm and Dawn. Adopted at birth and soul sistas from the heart, Charm and Dawn share everything and have the best adventures on their Spirit family farm.


Admission is pay what you may at the door. No advanced tickets. Signed copies of The Adventures of the Soul Sistas will also be available for purchase.

Beaverton Lions

Winter Carnival

Join the Beaverton Lions Club for their annual Winter Carnival taking place on February 4 throughout Beaverton in the Township of Brock. With the purchase of a Winter Carnival button for $2, guests will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of fun activities for the entire family. Experience kid zones, live entertainment, horse and wagon rides, barbeque, public skating, face painting, a pancake breakfast and much more!

Visit the Beaverton Lions Club Facebook page for a complete schedule of events and where to purchase your Winter Carnival button.

Winter fun awaits in the Municipality of Clarington

There's so much to do this winter in the Municipality of Clarington from outdoor fun on the slopes or trails, to indoor activities for the kids. Read for a list of activities and highlights to keep you busy this winter.

Hit the slopes at Brimacombe for fun and affordable skiing and snowboarding for "kids" of all ages!

Bring the kids to the Clarington Entertainment Complex for a mix of indoor recreation and entertainment activities that encourage exercise, while having fun! The complex features locations Joey’s World PlaygroundPinnacle Indoor Climbing, and Stoick Axe Throwing.

Meet friends for a delicious coffee or grab one to go at Roam CoffeeThe Toasted Walnut, or Deadly Grounds.

Talk a walk along one of Clarington’s scenic trails. Experience the winter beauty of more than 20 kilometres of off-road recreational trails through creek valleys, wetlands and forests.

Warm up after your walk in the woods with craft beer and comfort food. Visit one of Clarington’s craft breweries including Chronicle Brewing Co.Tilted Glass Brewing Co., or Sir Monty’s Brewing Company for a pint, or grab a bite at The CourtyardKSJ Monster Pub & RestaurantThree-Six Kitchen Lounge, or Walsh’s Snug.

Book a visit to Wild Hearts Farmstead and learn what it takes to care for a wide variety of farm animals.

Visit The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington for their inaugural exhibition of the 2023 season: Maria Simmons’ Anoxic Memory. The exhibit opens on February 4 with a reception and artist talk on February 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more to do in Clarington, visit Clarington.net.

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