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We hope you safely enjoy your experiences in Durham Region. Remember to follow Durham Region Health Department guidance: Stay home if you are sick, wear a mask when required, and wash your hands. Please respect the health and safety rules of any venue or facility you visit. For more information please see the COVID-19 case and contact information hub.

January 2023

Happy New Year!

Durham Tourism is wishing you health, happiness and plenty of adventure in 2023. Make your resolution this year to get out and explore Durham Region. The winter months are full of fun-filled activities (both indoors and out) for the whole family. Cozy up and read on to find out what’s happening in your community, and find local events by visiting the 

Durham Tourism events calendar.

Bird watching in Durham Region

By: Will McGuirk

A good book, good coffee and the sound of a birdsong. Is there anything better? Durham Region has long been a magnet for birdwatchers—the Lake Ontario shoreline has been a stopover for the spring and fall migration for many different species flying south and north again.


Local Oshawa author, Steve Burrows, knows this well. In his series of “Birder Murder Mystery” novels, his Detective, Domenic Jejeune, is an avid birder. In Burrows’ ‘A Siege of Bitterns,’ his first in the now seven-book series, Detective Jejeune mentions Thickson Point in Whitby as a keen observation point.

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

Boxing week sale on now!

Durham Tourism is having a sale on the Durham Is Home Collection!

Show your love for local and enjoy up to

50 per cent off site-wide until January 2!

Stock up on your favourite Durham Is Home hoodies, T-shirts, totes, wine glasses, coffee mugs and more!

Proceeds from the sale of items will be invested into the recovery and restoration of our tourism industry, promoting the businesses, destinations and events that make Durham Region wonderful.

Shop the Durham is Home collection and share your community pride with us on social media.

Don't miss the 2023 Canadian Tire

National Skating Championships

The 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships will take place in Oshawa at Tribute Communities Centre from January 9 to 15. The weeklong event will feature the best Canadian figure skaters in the men, women, pairs, ice dance and, for the first time ever, synchronized skating disciplines.

Two-time Canadian champion, Ajacian Nam Nguyen, will be the in-venue host. Single session tickets are on sale now.

Please join us in providing participants and visitors here for this historic event with a warm welcome!


For more information, visit Skate Canada's event page.

The countdown is on to the 2023 Durham Region Ontario Parasport Games

More than 550 participants, including more than 300 para athletes, from across the province are coming to compete in the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games from February 3 to 5, 2023.

The Games will feature 11 sport competitions at eight venues, as well as three demo sports. Attend the Games for free and come out to cheer on athletes! Food bank donations are encouraged.

You can dress in style with official apparel that is on sale now. Browse the site to purchase official Games-branded hoodies, long and short sleeve T-shirts and more in a variety of styles and colours.


Orders can be picked up at the Abilities Centre (55 Gordon Street, Whitby) atrium on February 4 and 5, or shipped directly to you. Guaranteed delivery to Abilities Centre is provided for orders placed by January 5.


Visit DurhamRegion2023.ca to learn more about the Games. Competition schedules will be available soon. It's going to be #Paramazing!


Connect with us on Sport Durham TwitterFacebook and Instagram, and on our Games TikTok account!

Be the Roar at the Durham Region

2023 Ontario Parasport Games

Have you heard? The roar of the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games is building.

We want the para athletes competing in the Games to experience the thrill of competing in front of stands filled with fans.

Our residents and visitors answered the call to Be the Roar during our 2019 games and the para athletes were wowed.

So, we’re asking again for workplaces, teams, families, schools, classrooms, clubs, churches and community groups of any kind to form a fan club for teams and para athletes.

It’s a great team-building opportunity, a chance to learn more about parasport and see first-hand all the amazing athleticism of the para athletes. You’ll have fun and help us make a real difference.

And, it’s as easy as one, two, three:

  1. Send an email to our Be the Roar team and we'll help you pick a team or a para athlete that your group can cheer for.
  2. Write letters of encouragement for the teams and para athletes to be delivered when they arrive for the Games.
  3. Fill the stands when your team and para athletes are competing (schedules will be posted in advance on the Games website).

Help us make these games most memorable for our visiting para athletes.

Top ski resorts in Durham: A thrilling winter experience

By: Chris Mitchell, Travelling 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 hiding indoors and waiting for winter to be over, get outside, enjoy the crisp winter air, hit the slopes and experience the thrill of skiing in Durham.


This year, 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.

Read about the three outstanding ski resorts to explore in Durham Region.

Download the Great Taste of Ontario -

Oshawa passport

Presented by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, The Great Taste of Ontario is a collection of digital passports and stories to help you fall in love with the food and drink of Ontario again, and again.

Each season, you can download one of 40 passports to help guide your planning and inspire you to explore our big, province. Then, hit the open road to visit the growers and makers who make Ontario so special. Each time you check-in along the way, you’ll be one step closer to redeeming some sweet Ontario-made prizes—all while supporting communities across Ontario!

How it works:

  • Read stories on the Downtowns of Durham website.
  • Download your passports.
  • Receive a text message and add the passport to your mobile device homescreen.
  • Take a trip somewhere delicious.
  • Collect check-ins along the way.
  • Grab yourself some sweet swag!

For every five check-ins you collect, you can redeem one $25 Feast On gift voucher. A Feast On gift voucher opens the door to amazing experiences at more than 150 local-focused restaurants across Ontario.

This year, Durham Tourism is welcoming you to Oshawa; a most delicious destination! Explore Oshawa’s cultural marvels, historical roots, and discover diverse and exciting dining and craft beverages.

Download the Great Taste of Ontario - Oshawa Passport and start your journey!

New issue of ArtScene newsletter available online 

PineRidge Arts Council produces an online publication six times a year called ArtScene featuring members' upcoming events and interesting articles about the arts in Durham Region.

The latest issue is available online at PineRidgeArts.org.

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