How To Explore Durham Region?

Image of Durham region, Toronto


Situated in the east of Toronto, Durham Region belongs to a part of the Greater Toronto Area, also known as GTA.

Durham is also known as the Golden Horseshoe. It got its name due to the shape of the area.Durham Region is surrounded by three lakes, Lake Simcoe, Lake Ontario, and Lake Scugog.

You’ll get regional road networks and other transportation modes to travel around the region and its surroundings in Durham Region.

The Durham Region’s transportation network includes Go Transit, Railways, and Durham Regional Transit, also known as DRT. Apart from these, TTC (Toronto Transportation Commission) works along the transportation networks to provide the region’s visitors with the best experience.

 Governance of Durham Region

Durham possesses two levels of administration:

1. The Territorial Municipality 

2. Localized municipality of the eight local areas.

Part of services is under the authority of the Territorial or Regional Municipality of Durham, and other services are in the authority of localized municipalities of those eight areas. Those eight local area municipalities are:

  1. Brock
  2. Clarington 
  3. Ajax
  4. Oshawa
  5. Pickering
  6. Uxbridge
  7. Scugog
  8. Whitby

Different regional services are offered in Durham like counseling, economic development, child care services, quality testing of drinking water and distribution, readiness for emergencies, housing and land division, financial help, and employment.

Garbage and recycling, persistent services and seniors care, paramedical services, development and planning, police services, public health, public transportation, property taxes, road maintenance, waste management (Whitby and Oshawa are excluded), sewage, and other local services.

The local municipalities are separate localized municipalities and offer several services, including law enforcement, animal services, libraries, protection and prevention of fire, municipal elections, parks and trails, collection, sports and recreation, and many such.


Exploring Durham Region

Durham Region has a lot to offer. You can visit a park or trail or take up a day at the beach.

Get to know about the arts and culture or attend a local event. There are plenty of events held in  Durham throughout the year. 

The Regional Road network will assist you in reaching in and around the Region. You can choose any transit as there are many options to choose from in Durham. 

Local municipalities organize sports and recreation programs to walk, peddle down, or bike around  Durham.

Other than tons of parks, there are over 350 kilometers of amusement trails in Durham. These trails give your eyes magnificent sights to see.

Durham has various recreational occasions of four-season, including the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

Must-visit places in Durham Region:

1. Art:

Durham Art Gallery, Durham

Durham Art Gallery


Durham is the abode of arts, culture, history, and heritage. Durham Region inhabits art galleries, sourcing contemporary, public, and traditional art.

The art collections possess national treasures in the confines of staggering architecture. 

2. History, Heritage, and Archives of Durham Region: 

Get the experience of time travelling by visiting the captivating estates and museums in the Durham Region. A jaunt around the stunning houses and gardens that have been conserved and animated, gives the visitors the past times’ experience. 

3. Live Theatre and Performance Centers in Durham Region:

Live theatre performances can kindle a broad spectrum of emotion for sightseers.

There are copious genres and live theatre styles, such as musicals, plays, improv, stand-up comedy, and many more! 

Durham Region is also the hub of many marvellous performance centres and reinstated historical sites for musical and dramatic shows. 

1. Oshawa: You can revisit Oshawa’s history in the different museums and art galleries of the town.

You’ll see over sixty-five cars that reflect Oshawa and Canada’s history in the Canadian automotive museum.

Ontario regiment museum inhabits the different military types of equipment and tells us the war stories from early 1800.

Oshawa Museum, Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame and museum, Parkwood Estate national historic site, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and many such places to visit in Oshawa.

2. Port Perry: Meta4 contemporary craft gallery is a popular place to visit in Port Perry of Durham Region. You can shop for unique gifts and decors and can see the beautiful paintings of maestros.

3. Uxbridge: Two of the most famous museums of Uxbridge are Chiltern Open-Air Museum and Brooklands Museum.

In Chiltern’,s, you can roam around the 45 acres of the outdoor museum, incorporating over thirty historical buildings, period lawns, presently working historic farms, and more.

And in Brooklands museum, you can visit the world’s first motor racing circuit built for the purpose which was made at Weybridge, Surrey, in 1907. 

4. Whitby: There are plenty of museums in and around Whitby such as the Museum of Whitby Jet, Whitby Pannett Park Museum, Whitby Lifeboat Museum, Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby, Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre, Robin Hood’s Bay Museum, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Eden Camp Wartime Museum and more.

5. Pickering: There are several museums and art galleries in Pickering. Even if you have less time, you must visit the Beckle Isle museum, which has a unique collection of black and white photographs.

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery presents local history and culture, having an art gallery. There was a library before the museum.

4. Beaches in Durham Region:

Beach at Durham, Toronto, Canada

Durham Beach in Durham, Toronto


1. Pickering: You may relax on one of the beautiful sandy beaches or take a walk amidst the colorful trails along the coastline. Pickering’s waterfront brings forth countless recreational and business opportunities, delivers some of Durham Region’s best surfing and kiteboarding, and offers residents a place to unwind and hobnob.

It would help if you visited Frenchman’s Bay and some Waterfront parks. Some famous ones are Alderwood park, Alex Robertson Park, Beachfront Park, Bruce Handscomb Memorial Park, Cliff view Park, Parkham Parkette, Progress Frenchman’s Bay East Park, and Rotary Frenchman’s Bay West Park.

 2. Whitby: Whitby is home to several beautiful beaches. Whitby beach is well known, but beaches like Whitby seafront, Whitby beach huts, Whitby Abbey, Sandsend beach, Whitby Cliff Lift, a dog-friendly beach, and 199 steps Pannett Park and The Beaches guest house.

3. Beaverton: Who wouldn’t want waving shades of blue and cold water splashing? You can enjoy swimming on the beaches and lakes around Beaverton. Couching Beach, Willow Beach Park, and many activities can be done in Beaverton.

4. Brock: Beaverton North Beach, Beaverton South beach, Thorah Centennial park is a must visit if you visit Brock.

5. Lakeside beach: Lakeside Beach of Durham Region surrounds Scugog, Durham, Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada, and North America. The lake is on an elevation of 876 feet (267 meters). Two localities Port Perry and Scugog, are inhabited around the lake. 

6. Thorah Beach: Thorah Beach in Ontario is a metropolis in Canada about 186 miles (or 300 km) south-west of Ottawa, the country’s capital. If you enjoy golf, there are some options within driving distance.

If you are here already, you would love to visit Toronto, Milton, Lockport, Albion, and Buffalo.


6. Hiking in Durham Region:

Rogue urban park in Darhum

Rogue National Park, Durham, Canada


1. Pickering: You can visit Rouge National Urban Park, Waterfront Trail, Rogue River, Petticoat Creek Conservation Area, Lakeridge Ski Resort, Dagmar Ski Resort, Rouge Beach, Greenwood Conservation Area, and Rotary Park.

2. Uxbridge: Durham Regional Forest, Countryside Preserve, Walker Woods, Ewen Trail are some trails and hikes of the Durham Region you must visit someday.

3. Goodwood: Secord Forest and Wildlife Area and Durham Region’s Regional forest are Goodwood’s main attractions.

4. Glen Major: Glen Major is a scenic park which offers trails for hiking, biking & horseback riding in the midst of fleeting & Alpine woods. 

 5. Leskard: Leskard is best known for swamps and hiking. The Old Swamp Road is most popular among the enthusiasts. 

Apart from these, the Durham Region is rich in greenery, which will reconnect you with mama nature. You can enjoy hundreds of recreational indoor and outdoor activities in and around the Durham Region.


Places to stay in Durham, Toronto

Places to stay in Durham, Toronto.


If you get tired of exploring the Durham Region, there are excellent facilities for your accommodation here which perfectly connects to nature while you relax and chill. 

Durham Region offers you hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the Durham Region for a couple of days or a week; you’ll find the arrangements quite comfy and embracing.

7. Food and Drinks in Durham Region: 

Well-experienced chefs serve first-rate food in a wide variety of hotels in and around the Durham Region. Enjoy an opulent fine-dine or home-cooked food, traverse the divergent café and bistro culture of Durham Region or enjoy the multicultural food festivals which incorporate food trucks, live entertainment, and a lot more programs.

Bistro tables and food in Durban

Bistro tables and food in Durban

You’ll always find delicious food in every nook and corner of the Durham Region.

You can find some vegan restaurants around Toronto.

8. Sports in the Durham Region:

You can contact Sport Durham before planning your sporting event participation/visitation Durham Region. From the basic level to major international events, Sport Durham helps to make the events momentous. 

9. Fishing in Durham Region:

Durham is the best choice for fishing in the Greater Toronto Area. Foregrounded by globally renowned multi-species fishing on Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe, Lake Scugog, Bowmanville Creek, and several other adjoining tributaries. 


Boating and fishing spot in Durham

Boating and fishing spot in Durham


a. Fishing Charters in Durham Region:

There are plenty of fishing charters in Durham. Some of the famous ones are as follows:

i. Fishing Charters in Whitby:
  1. Hooked Up Fishing Charters 
  2. Great Blue Sportfishing 
  3. Barkwill Fishing charters 
ii. Fishing Charters in Newcastle:
  1. Strike Zone Charters 
  2. Katarah Fishing Charters 
  3. Homewrecker Charters 
  4. Dutchies Sport Fishing
iii. Fishing Charters in Bowmanville:
  1. Pro Guide Charters 
  2. Joe Ford Fishing and Outdoors 
  3. Cooper Gallant Fishing 

There’s also a fishing charter in Pickering – Big Game Fishing Charters.


b. Fishing & Outdoor Services and Trades in Durham Region:

i. Whitby:
  1. Lakeside Marine Services 
  2. Port Whitby Marine Supplies 
  3. Bennett Power sports 
ii. Oshawa:
  1. Sail 
  2. Gagnon Sporting Goods
iii. Pickering:
  1. Durham Maine Service 
  2. Ontario Divemaster Marine Service 

There are lot more places when you can get these services like in DT Power Sports & Marine in Uxbridge, Easthill Outdoors in Orono, Lakeview Marine in Port Perry. Canadian Tire offers fishing charter trading and services to you in the multiple branches across Durham.


c. Harbours and Boatyards in Durham Region:

i. Lake Ontario:
  1. Port Whitby Marina (Whitby)
  2. Port of Newcastle Marina (Newcastle)
  3. Frenchman’s Bay Marina (Pickering)
  4. Bowmanville Marina (Bowmanville)
ii. Lake Scugog: 
  1. Scugog Island Marina 
  2. Port Perry Marina (Boat rentals are available here)

There’s also a boatyard on Lake Simcoe; Beaverton Harbour in Beaverton, Ontario.


d. Fishing contests in Durham Region:

i. Lake Scugog:
  1. Competitive Sport Fishing League Angler New Angler
  2. Bassmania Eastern/Open Tour 
  3. Competitive Sport Fishing League Twi-Light 
  4. Competitive Sport Fishing League Ladies’ Night 
ii. Lake Ontario:
  1. Great Ontario Salmon Derby 
iii. Lake Simcoe
  1. BronzeBack Cup

Other than these events, a License-Free family fishing weekend is organized too, most possibly between June and July.


10. Ice Fishing in Durham Region:

ice Fishing spot in Durham

Ice Fishing spot in Durham

Visit Beaverton in winter and witness wonderful ice fishing on Lake Simcoe in Ontario. Anglers can catch trophy lake trout, whitefish, and jumbo perch during winter. 

On Lake Scugog, anglers tempt perch, bluegill, and crappies in the winter.

Ice fishing charters are accessible these two lakes and allow both day visits and overnight experiences. A thorough list of  good charter operators is given below.


Ice Fishing Charters in Durham Region:

i. Beaverton: 
  1. Tim Hames Fish Huts
  2. Floyd Hales Fish Huts 
  3. Mitchell’s Fish Huts 

There’s also an ice-fishing  charter in Port Perry, Scugog Ice Adventures in Ontario


Advantage of the Location of Durham Region:

Within the GTA, Durham Region owns Ajax, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Brock, Uxbridge, and Whitby. With easy entrance from Toronto Pearson International Airport, VIA Rail, GO Transit, and the 401 and the 407 highways, travelling the Durham Region easier than ever.

Durham Region is an all-rounder location inhabiting natural and human-made beauties. Lakes and beaches, delicious food, amazing hotels, motels, and B&Bs, Parks and water parks, water sports, ice-sports, indoor and outdoor sports, visiting the diverse culture, and revisiting the history through the museums and art galleries, hiking, beautiful trails and what not?

Durham Region has everything a traveler seeks. Thanks to the local authorities, which have made the transportation system so good that you need not worry about private cabs and can roam around freely and effortlessly exploring every nook and corner of the Durham.


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