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January 2022

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2022 in Durham Region. Though we are being encouraged to stay close to home this winter, getting outside offers many benefits especially in these cold winter months.

Natural light will help boost your mood and energy, fresh cold air is invigorating, and exercise is one of the most effective antidepressants. A change of scenery will do you some good and help reduce stress. With that in mind, visit DurhamTourism.ca for more ideas on how you can embrace the elements and plan an exciting winter adventure for the entire family!
Enter a Winter Wonderland on Horseback
Horseback riding in the winter offers scenic views and provides a new experience to a year-round activity. Ride into a winter wonderland with guided horseback trail rides and see what nature has to offer during this snowy season!

Pathways on Pleasure Valley in Uxbridge has over 225 acres of breathtaking scenery and amazing tranquil forest trails. Take a winter ride and see how the snow transforms the forest.

Kuzenko Stables in Hampton is fun for the whole family. Ride through scenic snow-covered trails for a true country experience.
Take a Winter Walk Along a Durham Region Trail
Feel like going for a walk? Enjoy a walk, hike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe along one of our beautiful Durham Region trails. It’s a great way to spend your winter in Durham!
The Township of Uxbridge is the Trail Capital of Canada for a reason! It has over 300 kilometres of trails running through its historic communities and rural forested lands.
The Waterfront Trail—part of the 730-kilometre trail that extends from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Ontario-Quebec border—is known for some of the most panoramic views in southern Ontario.
The natural core area of the Durham East Cross Conservation Area, located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, has vital forests, meadows, cold springs and beautiful wetlands for you to enjoy. Get outside and experience seven kilometres of marked trails!

If you’re looking for something more adventurous, the Seaton Hiking Trail is full of tricky climbs, steep bluffs, twists, turns, ups, and downs! Put your endurance to the test and explore this scenic trail in the City of Pickering.
To find more trails near you, visit DurhamTourism.ca/Trails or download the Durham Trails Guide.
Winter 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 21.

Enjoy activity stations like shelter building, snow painting, kicksleds, wagon rides and more! Then eat a picnic lunch while warming up around a cozy campfire!

Choose your own family adventure, with instructor led cross-country ski lessons, snowshoe nature hikes or access more than five kilometres of trails.

Pre-register online to book tickets.
Top Ski Resorts in Durham:
A Thrilling Winter Experience
By: Chris Mitchell, Traveling Mitch

Winter is a season to get outdoors, explore and have fun! Skiing offers an adventure to be enjoyed all season long, and in Durham you have three resorts to discover. So, rather than hide indoors and wait for winter to be over, get outside, enjoy the crisp winter air, hit the slopes, and experience the thrill of skiing in Durham instead.

This year, it’s not about looking back on winter memories from the past, it’s about creating new memories that you can look back on years from now. One of the best ways to fully welcome and embrace the wonders of an Ontario winter is to head to the ski hill. Here in Durham Region, we’re lucky to have great options that are located nearby, while simultaneously allowing you to feel world’s away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Ice Fishing in
Durham Region
No matter the season, Durham Region is home to the best fishing in the Greater Toronto Area. You will find world-renowned multi-species fishing on Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe, Lake Scugog, Bowmanville Creek and a number of other connecting tributaries.

This winter plan a trip to Beaverton and experience the best ice fishing on Lake Simcoe. Beaverton is home to decades-old ice fishing businesses, coupled with some of the best fishing spots in Ontario. Anglers target trophy lake trout, whitefish and jumbo perch during the winter months.

Experience the snowy landscape and serene, invigorating sport of ice fishing on Lake Scugog in Port Perry. Anglers target bluegill, perch and crappies during the winter months.
Want to Support Local?
Skip the Delivery Apps and Order Direct
From the February 2021 archives, but still relevant, is the importance of supporting local businesses through restrictions in their services. Read on to learn how ordering direct can help support your favourite foodie destinations.

By: Katherine Ryalen

Shop local. Support local. These calls to action are resonating with the public more than ever during this time when the economic survival of our communities, as we know them, depends on all of us. It is unfortunate (though not surprising) that restaurants and dining establishments are so significantly impacted by COVID-19. Many restaurants in our Downtowns of Durham rely not only on exceptional food and customer service, but also on their charming or convenient locations. In the interest of public health and safety, however, many of our downtown restaurants have had to shut down their dine-in operations for the time being.

At least there is delivery and takeout, right? Several establishments that have managed to stay open have experienced a significant influx of takeout and delivery orders placed through popular delivery apps. It appears that Durham residents are rallying en masse to support their local eateries, which is excellent.

But… is it?

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.