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The sun shines through a field of poppies.
We remember.
Before we head into the holiday season, Durham Tourism would like to take the time to remember those who fought for us. Remembrance Day is a time to remember, reflect and honour our Canadian heroes. Thank you to all the brave Canadian men and women who have fought for the freedom that we enjoy today.

It may be getting cold in Durham Region, but the event calendar is certainly heating up! From Santa Claus parades, to holiday celebrations, Quidditch matches to visiting some of Durham’s award-winning craft breweries, there is no shortage of events and attractions to explore this November!

Visitors to Clarington, please note that The Municipality of Clarington, in collaboration with the Regional Municipality of Durham, is renaming Regional Road 57 to Bowmanville Avenue. The renaming takes effect November 1. Residents and visitors can expect to see the road signs change throughout the month of November.

Check out the events featured below or visit our events calendar on durhamtourism.ca for more ideas on what to do in Durham this month.
Santa Claus poses for a photo with two young boys.
Take a ride with Santa!
News from the North Pole reports that Santa is on his way…to the York-Durham Heritage Railway, that is! The popular Santa Train returns on weekends from November 24 to December 16 . Create a new family tradition, as you enjoy live entertainment on a decorated and heated heritage train. Santa will visit each child at their seat, during the one-hour round trip. Each child will also receive a gift bag upon departing the train. For ticket pricing and availability, visit ydhr.ca .
Santa Claus waves to the crowd.
Santa Claus is coming to town!
There are many opportunities to see Santa throughout the region this November and December. You’ll find Jolly Old Saint Nick at the following events:

For more fun events featuring Santa, visit the events calendar on durhamtourism.ca!
Oshawa's Bright and Merry Christmas Market. Free admission. Bring a non-perishable food item.
Experience the magic of a Christmas Market
Memorial Park and surrounding area will come alive on November 16 for the Bright and Merry Market . This fun holiday block party is back by popular demand with a variety of vendors, entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Admission is free.

The market fun continues from 3 to 8 p.m. on November 17 at the Christmas Night Market in the City Hall North Parkette. 
Reptilia Whitby.
Whitby just got wilder!
Spend the day with some of the world’s most interesting and largest reptiles at Whitby’s newest attraction, Reptilia. Learn about their lifestyles, habitats, and the global conservation efforts underway to help protect endangered species. Birthday parties, tours, behind-the-scenes experiences, and hours of fun and entertainment await you at Canada’s largest fully-indoor reptile facility. Explore the world of over 250 reptiles, amphibians and even a few arachnids! Reptilia zookeepers display their diverse reptiles through daily tours, shows and feeding demonstrations. In one day you’ll travel through jungles, deserts and even the wilds of Canada itself to meet some of the Earth’s most elusive and mysterious residents!

Reptilia’s state-of-the-art facilities are CAZA-accredited and have been recognized for their high standards of animal welfare. This accreditation recognizes the zoo as a humane agency for animal care, conservation, science and education. You can explore the zoo knowing that the reptiles are loved and treated with the utmost respect. 
Potted Potter
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience–is a fantastically funny parody that condenses all seven Harry Potter novels and a real-life game of Quidditch into seventy hilarious minutes. Featuring all your favourite characters, a fire-breathing dragon and brilliant songs, this family entertainment is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore. The production comes to Oshawa’s Regent Theatre, from March 22 to 24, 2019 . Tickets can be purchased at the Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 905-721-3399, or online at regenttheatre.ca .
A volunteer hugs PACHI the Parasport Games mascot.
Volunteer to be a part of something #paramazing!
The Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games are coming to Durham Region, from February 8 to 10, 2019. The Games Organizing Committee is committed to hosting the best Ontario Parasport Games yet, but they need your help! Volunteers with a diverse range of interests, skills, and experience are welcome. Visit DurhamRegion2019.ca for a full list of the volunteer areas, as well as a link to the volunteer registration form.

On November 1, everyone is welcome to stop by Pickering High School for the 100 Day Countdown event. You’ll have the opportunity to try out parasports, meet athletes and the Ontario Games mascot, PACHI, enjoy a sneak preview of the winning Games medal design, and enter draws for great prizes! Light refreshments will be provided.   

Connect with the 2019 Parasport Games @DurhamRegion19, on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube feeds, using the hashtag #paramazing!
Two players vie for the ball during a match of Quidditch.
Catch some Quidditch!
Don’t miss out on the action as the 2018/19 Quidditch Canada Eastern Regional Championship comes to Oshawa on November 3 and 4 . This increasingly popular sport is back for its second year on the outdoor fields of the Civic Recreation Complex. Spectators and students are welcomed and encouraged to come out and check out the action of this up-and-coming full contact sport. There will even be an opportunity for spectators to try out the sport. Attendance is free!
Four adults toast with pints of beer.
Visit Durham's award-winning craft breweries
Durham’s local craft brewery scene has been in the news a lot lately. And it’s not surprising; our award-winning craft breweries, as well as our wineries, cideries and distilleries, are a definite stop to make on your travels through the region! 

Old Flame Brewing Co., Brock Street Brewing Company, Chronicle Brewing Co., The Second Wedge Brewing Co., and Little Beasts Brewing Co. were celebrated recently at the Ontario Brewing Awards, placing in a combined 11 categories. You can visit these breweries, and more, as part of the Rural Routes & Dirty Boots route, one of the Greenbelt Brewery Discovery Routes. Check out this recent review of the route in DINE and Destination magazine. The route recently won an award at the DINE and Destination Awards for Culinary Tourism Initiative, and the Greenbelt Discovery Routes won an Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Award at the 2018 Ontario Tourism Summit.

Visitors to Durham Region can also take a trip back in time as part of the unique new Temperance and Temptation Tour. Available as either a self-guided tour, or an all-inclusive experience tour, including lunch, dinner, overnight accommodations and breakfast the next morning, this tour delves into the prohibition-era stories of Durham Region, brought to life by a group of gifted actors, including Mag Ruffman. You can read an overview of the tour on the Culinary Tourism Alliance’s website. 

Please enjoy responsibly, and don’t forget to bring a designated driver!
Uxbridge Rotary Christmas Home Tour - Saturday November 10 2018 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Uxbridge Rotary Christmas Home Tour
The Rotary Club of Uxbridge hosts their annual Christmas Home Tour on November 10 . Take a self-guided tour of eight beautiful homes, professionally decorated for the holiday season. Tickets are available online or at Canadian Tire Uxbridge, Blue Heron Books and Presents, Presents.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice of WWI (1914-1918). Known as the “Great War,” WWI was fought on a scale never before imagined, changing the course of world history and that of Canada. The Scugog Remembers Committee highlights the history of WWI, locally and nationally, in a series of events about remembrance, education and understanding during Remembrance Week. 
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.