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October 2022

Thermëa spa village is now open!

Groupe Nordik, creators of North America’s largest spa and pioneers in the Canadian wellness industry, has entered the Ontario market with the opening of its third spa, Thermëa spa village, in Whitby.

This addition is the first under their new Thermëa spa village banner and offers a wide selection of experiences dedicated to the well-being of the mind and body. More than a decade in the making, this best-in-class spa village represents the largest spa investment ever made in Canada. The spa village boasts an internationally inspired thermotherapy experience that was specifically created for our Canadian environment. It features an iconic log cabin designed sauna, Loggä, which is the largest event sauna in Canada with a one-of-a-kind amphitheatre interior design.

The spa village incorporates innovative technology created in collaboration with an international team of experts, including Fläm, a proprietary duo-energy driven sauna, as well as Kello, a sauna with a unique auto-infusion technology. The iconic water tower brings guests an innovative cold plunge experience, merging experiential with wellness.

Learn more about Thermëa spa village and book your experience.

2022 Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) Tourism Summit

Join TIAO for the 2022 Ontario Tourism Summit 2022 in person or virtually on October 25 and 26.

TIAO will welcome tourism professionals from around the province to gather, share, and collaborate as they focus on Reinvigorating Our Industry. As this year has allowed us the forward motion of opening back up, we recognize that there are still challenges of repairing, rebuilding, and refocusing. 

This year's summit is about Localization, Innovation and Confidence. Join TIAO as they recognize the areas of focus that are impacting our industry, and decisions, how our industry is embracing change and trying new things, and how to have confidence in the opportunities that this change provides. 

Register today to join in person or virtually.

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, Instagram, and on our Games TikTok account!


Another successful

Gates Open:

Find Your Flavour weekend!

Durham Tourism in partnership with Durham Farm Fresh were thrilled to once again, offer our residents and visitors an amazing agricultural experience on October 1 and 2.

Gates Open: Find Your Flavour was a self-guided tour of 10 of Durham Region's finest farms and guests were offered hands-on educational experiences about life on the farm.

Thank you to all of the farms involved, guests, staff and volunteers that pulled together this fabulous event.

We look forward to hosting Gates Open: Find Your Flavour again in 2023!

Find out what is in season and which farms to visit this fall at DurhamFarmFresh.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.

Strategies for immigrant inclusion in Durham workplaces

Durham Region, in partnership with World Education Services, has released The Employer Playbook: Strategies for immigrant inclusion in Canadian workplaces (Durham Region edition).

This website is a collection of accessible, easy-to-implement strategies to guide employers on recruiting and hiring newcomer talent that will help create diverse communities and drive economic growth.

For more information, check out The Employer Playbook

Durham arts and culture survey

The Durham Arts and Culture Group is a growing movement of motivated Durham-based volunteers. This group is reaching out to our arts and culture sectors with the hopes of gathering the appropriate information needed in order to help create a Durham Region Arts Council.

The survey will also help to connect to work together in order to support arts and culture across Durham Region. The survey will take approximately three to five minutes to complete.

If you're interested in learning more about the Durham Arts and Culture Group, please agree to receive updates in the last question of the survey.

Please feel free to share this survey within your networks and to other arts and culture organizations in Durham Region. 

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