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Greenwood Conservation Area
Greenwood Conservation Area, Town of Ajax
Happy New Year!
January 2020
Welcome not only to a new year, but a new decade! What’s your plan for the year ahead in Durham? Will you explore our trails? We have hundreds of kilometres to trek. Do you want to step back in time or get creative? We have museums, galleries and more to explore. Maybe you’re looking to rock out at a concert or catch some nail-biting action at one of the exciting sporting events in the region.

Whatever you’re looking to do this year you’ll find it and more in Durham.

Check out the events featured below or visit our events calendar on DurhamTourism.ca  for more ideas on what to do in Durham this year.
Kid on snowbank
Keeping the kids busy
The holidays may have come and gone, but winter break isn't over yet! Check out our suggestions below for keeping the kids busy, without breaking the bank!

Pickering Mayor's New Year's Day Levee , Pickering Civic Complex- January 1, 2020

Winter Break Kids Activities , Canadian Automotive Museum- January 2 to 5, 2020

Winter Break Camp , Visual Arts Centre of Clarington- January 2 to 3, 2020

Township of Scugog Mayor & Council's 2020 New Year Levee , Scugog Community & Recreation Centre-
January 5, 2020

Please be sure to also visit our local area municipalities' websites for public skating and swimming dates and times.
Warm up your winter with some classic
Southern BBQ
Baby it’s cold outside, but perhaps a bit of Southern BBQ will help in recalling the warmer days of summer, and we’ve got just the joint for you to try – Buster Rhino’s Southern BBQ is your next stop.

They’ve been serving up great southern BBQ favourites both to devoted locals, and fans from near and far (Hong Kong, Australia), for more than a decade and the accolades keep pouring in. Top five poutine joints in Oshawa. Best ribs in Toronto. Best jerky. And most recently, best pulled pork courtesy of Ontario’s Finest Meat Competition. Is your mouth watering yet?

In addition to a solidly delicious menu, Buster Rhino’s has a line-up of high-quality Southern BBQ products including signature BBQ sauces, spices, rubs, meat products and tasty snacks, made fresh in-house with no additives or preservatives. 

From the innovative award-winning flavoured pig candy to Carolina style slaw alongside your beef brisket sandwich, visitors can taste the pride Buster Rhino’s puts into every one of their products. You’ll also feel the local love at Buster’s, as the restaurant sources their meat from local butchers, including Herrington’s Quality Butchers in Port Perry (whom was just awarded Ontario's Finest Butcher) and Halenda’s- The Meat People . Stop by for lunch or dinner, or pick up some treats to take home.  
KB Food
Delicious Durham
This year, make it your New Year’s resolution to get to know the region’s exciting culinary scene better. We have a strong farm-to-table movement, innovative and creative chefs, and exciting food festivals, farm markets and craft beverage establishments ready to welcome you!

Get a taste of delicious Donairs (stop by one of two Down East Donairs locations in Whitby or Oshawa); or serve up some homemade soup and a mean chai latte (try Bowmanville’s The Toasted Walnut or The Bar Café in Uxbridge). Whatever your taste, we’ve got something on the menu for you!
Dagmar Resort
World Snow Day
Did you know that January 19 is World Snow Day ? Grab your winter woolies and join Dagmar Resort for a fun day celebrating the snow!

The Canadian Ski Patrol Association will be hosting a Safety on the Hill Day. There will be giveaways throughout the day, and photos with Daggy the Dog. Multiple vendors will be on site with great items to browse. This event is open to families. Attendees must purchase a lift ticket or have a seasonal pass to attend.
Flying Squirrel- more than just a trampoline park
Flying Squirrel is now open in Whitby! If you’re looking for year-round entertainment in Whitby, Flying Squirrel Sports is the perfect place! Wall-to-wall trampoline attractions, climbing walls, and inflatable parks make Flying Squirrel the ultimate indoor playground for your entire family.
Let Flying Squirrel Whitby host your all-inclusive, stress-free birthday party, corporate event, facility buyout, field trip, team building event, or church group, with discounts to First Responders, military men & women, children 6 & under, and for groups of 20 or more! 
Lynde House Museum
A look at life in Upper Canada
Step back in time at the Lynde House Museum – Whitby’s first settler home – and the Warren General Store. Located in downtown Whitby, the museum is great place to spend an afternoon with friends – book a tea & tour, or stop by the museum to experience living history, re-enactments, interpretive tours and special displays.

Once the home of Jabez and Clarissa Lynde and their family, the museum now houses a collection of artifacts from the 1800s on, helping to illustrate the hard-working families, first nations, and early settlers who shaped pre-Confederation Canada. Stop by and learn more about the Lynde family through stories that bring the museum to life.

The Warren General Store, a gift shop featuring local artists, artisans and authors, originally operated as a General Store and Post Office at Hamars Corners, Whitby Township in 1823. The store was reported to be the only store between York (Toronto) and Port Hope. It was run by was run by William and John Borlase Warren, and their wives Clarissa and Louisa, the Lynde family’s two eldest daughters. Admission is by donation.
Ice Fishing
Great fishing from
first to last ice
Ice-fishing season is almost here and in Durham, Lake Scugog and Lake Simcoe are the places to be! Check the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry website for dates, as well as ice fishing rules and regulations . Durham Region falls within Zone 17 . Before heading out always check ice conditions with local ice hut operators or local anglers.

Several fishing charter operators within Durham Region can take you out for an amazing experience on the ice! For an overview of fishing in the region, check out our fishing page on DurhamTourism.ca; our Durham Region Fishing Map ; or the Fishing Durham page on the National Pro Staff website. Please exercise caution and safety while on the ice.
The Games live on
We’re proud of how our region embraced the 2019 Durham Region Parasport Games, and its athletes, earlier this year. From the economic impact to the region and the province, to being the roar that cheered on these amazing athletes, and from the countless hours put in by volunteers, to the overwhelming support of partners from the region and beyond, the Games were a great success! We shared with and showed athletes, coaches, officials and visitors, all the things that make Durham such a great place to play and explore!
See the infographic below for an overview of the Games results.
The “paramazing” experience now continues through the Games Legacy Fund, which will fund initiatives that support the nurturing and growth of parasport in the region. Early on, the fund surpassed its initial goal, and $111,900 will be distributed across five legacy initiatives:

  1. Grants to support youth participation in Parasports through Their Opportunity 
  2.  A two-year Parasport Grow It Program for schools 
  3. The development of a Parasport Festival 
  4. Sledge hockey accessibility upgrades for the Town of Whitby’s Iroquois Park Sports Centre Arena 3
  5. Initiatives of the Durham Adaptive Sport Collective, which was created to support the growth of opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy the benefits of participation in sport.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to sharing updates on adaptive sport initiatives and events in the months ahead. 
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.