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April 2024

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Unwind And Recharge With These Relaxing Wellness Experiences In Durham Region

Durham Region is home to an abundance of wellness experiences. Whether it’s quiet solitude, therapeutic healing and yoga, immersing yourself in nature or enjoying a safe space to connect with oneself, you can create the experience you want and need in Durham.

Cultivate calm with this list of restorative wellness experiences in Durham Region, and discover breathwork, yoga, spa treatments, holistic salt cave healing, and much more.

Spring into wellness
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Where To Pick The Perfect Blooms In Durham Region This Spring 

Spring has officially sprung! And, nothing screams spring more than fresh blooms! To celebrate the new season, we’ve compiled a list of just some of our favourite flower farms, florists and markets in Durham Region to get you ready for spring. We hope thistle encourage you to #ShopInDurham for all your floral needs.

Find fabulous floral experiences this Spring
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How To Plan The Perfect Rainy Day In Durham Region

April showers may bring May flowers, but they can also put a damper on your outdoor fun. There’s no need to stay stuck inside when spring fever hits—because there are so many exciting, weather-proof activities to enjoy in Durham Region that will help you beat the rainy-day blues!

We've created the ultimate day trip itineraries so you can plan the perfect rainy day in Durham Region. Enjoy a classic night out in Uxbridge, slow down in Scugog, shop 'til you drop in Brock, or head to Pickering for a day that's hot and spicy.

Plan your rainy day adventure

Where To Get A Sweet Taste Of Maple Season In Durham Region

On April 5, from 7 to 9 p.m., enjoy a tasty treat served with real maple syrup, then head out with a lantern to explore the sugarbush by candlelight at the Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival. The history of this liquid gold will be told by firelight along the way, and you will have a chance to taste-test different grades of maple syrup. Registration is required.

Enjoy all things maple syrup at the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival from April 6 to 7! In its 27th year, this well-loved event offers a great opportunity to discover the many things that make Sunderland special, while celebrating the Canadian tradition of making maple syrup. Enjoy the local sugar shack tour, a historical bus tour, live entertainment, air bounce adventures, bathtub races, and—of course—a delicious pancake breakfast!

On Saturdays and Sundays until April 21, soak in the sights, sounds and sweet smells of the beautiful farm at the Pefferlaw Creek Farms Maple Syrup Festival! Visit the sugar bush to enjoy a tapping tour, a sugar shack tour, hiking, taffy, live music (on select dates), and a delicious pancake meal—made with a beloved family recipe, whole ingredients, local farmers' sausages from Willowtree Farm, and fresh maple syrup in abundance!

Plan your maple adventure in Durham Region

Celebrate Canadian Independent Bookstore Day 

On April 27, celebrate Canadian Independent Bookstore Day! With its comfy chairs and wood shelving, Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge is the perfect place to explore. The store has a quaint, old-fashioned look with an up-tempo vibe, and there is always something happening—from exciting events, to their book club, to classes and programs.

Explore upcoming events, discover what’s available on the shelves, and shop local for your next read.

Learn more about Blue Heron Books

Springtide Music Festival

Tickets are now on sale for Springtide Music Festival with headliners Begonia, MONOWHALES and Good Lovelies! From June 6 to 8, enjoy this annual three-day celebration of community and music, featuring more than 60 Canadian acts in a diverse set of downtown venues. 

Learn more about Springtide Music Festival

Durham Craft Beer Festival

It’s official! Tickets are on sale for the Durham Craft Beer Festival's Spring event on May 11 in Oshawa.

Enjoy food trucks, live music, a collectable souvenir serving glass, sampling tokens to try delicious local brews, entertainment, games and more! 

Learn more about the Durham Craft Beer Festival
Spring Butter Bean Stew With Grilled Artichokes, Feta And Fresh Herbs by Chef Alex Page

Page's Platefuls: Spring Butter Bean Stew With Grilled Artichokes, Feta & Fresh Herbs

With the arrival of spring, a great project to take on is growing your own herbs! There’s a special joy in tending to your little plants; and with a bit of water and sun, you’re bound for success! Whether it’s the earthy scent of oregano, the refreshing aroma of mint, or the robust flavours of rosemary and sage—having these herbs at your fingertips adds a touch of magic to everyday meals! It’s a small but rewarding pleasure.

Chef Alex Page’s favourite nursery to browse and select plants is Richter’s Herbs in Goodwood, and farm fresh eggs from White Feather Country Store in Raglan.

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#DurhamDateIdeas: Insta-Worthy Edition

Looking to take a moment to yourself in a cosy café? We’ve got you covered! Whether you’re catching up with a friend, warming yourself up during a day of shopping, there are plenty of amazing options to choose from just east of Toronto. Check out these Insta-worthy coffees and cafés in Durham Region’s downtowns.

Need a night out that’s next level? Whether you’re catching up with the girls or planning date night, there are lots of picture-perfect spots—with the right vibe—for your next night out. Featuring crafty cocktails, drool-worthy appetizers, dancing and live music, you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities to capture the best night ever. Find 12 Insta-worthy nights out in Durham Region.

Looking to meet friends for drinks, or find a spot for the perfect date night or night out? We got you. Whether you’re meeting friends for happy hour, looking for a great place for appetizers and drinks, or want to find your new favourite cocktail, we’ve created a list of totally Insta-worthy cocktails in Durham Region’s downtowns.

Discover more Insta-worthiness in Durham Region

Upcoming Events

April 2: Tuesday Trivia at The Second Wedge

April 4: Meet Up Mash Up for Autistic Adults

April 4: Drink and Draw at The Second Wedge

April 5: Dreamer: The Supertramp Experience

April 6: Canadian Police Curling Championship

April 6: Spring Saturday Studio at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

April 6: It’s Too Late to Stop Now: The Music of Van Morrison

April 6: Les Stroud Band (Survivorman) Stories & Songs from Adventures in Nature

April 7: Oshawa Museum Show & Share

April 7: Tartan Day at The Wee Tartan Shop

April 9: Tuesday Trivia at The Second Wedge

April 12: Jenny's House of Joy at Ajax Community Theatre

April 13: Salon of the Refused at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

April 13: Gatsby Garden Party Hat Workshop

April 13: Classic Troubadours Live at Uxbridge Music Hall

April 14: OPG Sunday: Rain Resist

April 14: 28th Annual Toronto Bottle and Antique Show and Sale

April 16: Tuesday Trivia at The Second Wedge

April 18: Drink and Draw at The Second Wedge

April 18: Curatorial Tour: The Big Hat by Tony Romano

April 18: The Power of Huey: Tribute

April 19: The Sodfather: Leave The Hoe, Take The Canoli

April 20: Spring Fling Market

April 21: Outrun CF Durham 5K Walk/Run

April 23: Tuesday Trivia at The Second Wedge

April 27: Brooklin Wine Spirits Beer Show

April 29: Stories in the Studio: Crime Series at Blue Heron Books

Find more events in Durham Region this Month

In Case You Missed It

Who says you have to hop on a flight to feel like you’re on vacation? We've compiled a list of local restaurants with a delicious menu and tropical atmosphere that will transport you to a sunny destination—so you can pretend you’re on vacation without having to go far from home. Find Tropical Restaurants Near Toronto That Will Make You Feel Like You’re On Vacation.

With so many local businesses just a simple Google search away, we created this guide for those looking to take the road less travelled. To help give you the ultimate experience, we’ve compiled a list of places that are well-known and well-loved by residents. After all, who better to trust when exploring a new city or town than the people who live there? Explore A Local’s Guide To Durham Region: Visit Like A Non-Tourist.

Apple fritters—basically one of the five main food groups, right? Durham has incredible apple orchards all throughout the region, and with great apples comes great apple fritters. There are bakeries all throughout the area, from Uxbridge to Ajax, and Port Perry to Bowmanville—each of which pride themselves in making amazing and delicious apple fritters. Discover Where To Find The Best Apple Fritters In Durham Region.

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