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October 2022

Find your flavour this weekend

at Gates Open!

To celebrate the fall season, Durham Tourism, in partnership with Durham Farm Fresh, is hosting Gates Open: Find Your Flavour this weekend (October 1 and 2) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and explore Durham’s natural resources, cultural heritage and diverse offerings with a self-guided weekend tour of on-farm experiences. Learn about farm life, watch farm demonstrations and take part in family friendly activities. Sip and savour your way across Durham with farm fresh products and treats like crisp local cider, sharp fresh cheeses and sweet honey.

Admission to Gates Open is free. For a full list of on-farm activities visit GatesOpen.ca and preplan your on-farm adventure!


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

Rural adventure awaits along the

Sideroads of Scugog

By: Lindsay Davies

If you’re searching for a new day trip or weekend adventure in Durham Region, look no further than the Sideroads of Scugog! Featuring seven businesses across the Township of Scugog, enjoy the twists and turns as you experience some of the most picturesque agricultural land in southern Ontario. Pile into the car and see what rural gems await!

Ready to experience the Sideroads of Scugog for yourself? Each stop has so much to offer locals and visitors alike! For those looking to tackle the entire trail, the most efficient route would be to visit stops in this order: Nature’s Bounty Farm, Ocala Orchards Farm Winery, Willowtree Farm, Forsythe Family Farms, Applewood Farm Winery, Lavender-Blu and lastly, Two Blokes Cider. Or, visit these stops in whatever order your heart desires, of course!

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

Celebrate Ontario Agriculture Week

Let’s celebrate all things local food this harvest season! There's an abundance of fresh, delicious food being grown right here in Durham Region. Celebrate farm fresh products and the farmers who produce it during Ontario Agriculture Week.


This year, Ontario Agriculture Week runs from October 3 to 9. Share your love of local farms and food on social media using #LoveONTFood.


Find local farms, craft beverages and a full list of farmers markets in Durham Region at InvestDurham.ca/LocalFood.

Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games

100 Day Countdown event

Everyone is welcome to join us for our 100 Day Countdown to the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games!

Guests will have the opportunity to try out parasports, snap a photo with the Ontario Games mascot, Pachi, and preview the 2023 Games medal design! Light refreshments will be provided.

There's no cost to participate, but non-perishable food items will be collected in support of local food banks as part of the Games’ commitment to sustainability.


Date: October 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: All Saints Catholic Secondary School, 3001 Country Lane, Whitby

Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. Presentation will begin promptly at 5 p.m.

Visit DurhamRegion2023.ca to learn about the Games taking place from February 3 to 5, 2023.

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


Rise and shine with

Durham Region's

delicious breakfast spots

Whether you’re looking for a new brunch spot, a tried and true local diner, a quaint country café or breakfast for dinner, there are so many places to choose from in the downtowns of Durham Region.

There’s something comforting about meeting friends for “the most important meal of the day.” From the squeak of the vinyl booth as you slide over to score a corner seat, to the reassuring weight of a coffee mug nestled in your hands, going out for breakfast has been ritual in Durham Region for a century.

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

The Book Drunkard Fall Festival begins October 5

The Book Drunkard Fall Festival has announced its schedule. The much-loved literary festival will host 14 events from October 5 to November 14, at a variety of venues in the Uxbridge area. The roster will feature a carefully curated lineup of more than 14 fabulous Canadian and international authors, as well as an impressive crew of interviewers.

From literary fiction to historical non-fiction; vegan French cooking to fresh seasonal cuisine; hockey stars to spooky stories for kids; and everything in-between, there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival.

Attend one event or attend them all with discounted ‘pairings’ and ‘flight’ packages. In addition to discounted tickets to events and limited-edition swag, the Top Flight package also includes a VIP invitation to the Biblioasis Small Books Big Ideas Bash on October 15.

The full schedule including ticketing information can be found at BookDrunkard.com.

Oshawa Music Awards (The OMAs) celebrates music in

Durham Region

Marking its fifth year celebrating music in Durham Region, The OMAs 2022 awards show took place at The Biltmore Theatre on September 29 and honoured artists across multiple categories.

Congratulations to all the nominees and recipients for their remarkable contributions to the music industry!

Learn about the nominees and award recipients at TheOMAs.ca.

You're invited to the Indigenous Creative

Arts Showcase

From the collaborators of the four-part Anti-Indigenous Racism Panel Series, we are joining as a collective again for a one-night, in-person event!

We invite you to come celebrate the creativity of the local Indigenous communities through music, poetry, and dance performances.


This showcase is presented in partnership with Durham Region, Durham Public Libraries, Durham College, the Durham College Students Association, Ontario Tech University, and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Check out this one participant’s review from the 2021 four-part series by April Penny.

Date: October 27

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Location: Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen Street, Oshawa

Light refreshments will be provided for this free, drop-in event. No registration necessary.

Learn more at Durham.ca.

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