Ajax may run under the radar as a vacation destination in Ontario, but locals know that this vibrant waterfront community in Durham Region has a big backyard to explore. Located just 45 minutes from downtown Toronto, Ajax offers a plethora of fun-filled attractions, entertainment, and outdoor experiences, including one-million square feet of shopping at the Durham Centre. A showstopping attraction is the Ajax Waterfront Trail – a four-mile paved pathway that snakes along the sublime shores of Lake Ontario.
It’s a popular spot for walking, jogging, cycling, or in-line skating, as well as snapping scenic shots. Thanks to Ajax’s ample green space, the town is also blessed with five first-rate golf courses, each geared towards varying skill levels, as well as an 87-mile cycling network made up of off-road trails, dedicated bike lanes, and shared use lanes.
Thrill-seekers flock to Ajax Downs, the only horse-racing track in Ontario that features Quarter Horse Racing – an exhilarating high-speed, quarter-mile sprint. Afterwards, try your luck playing 800 OLG Slot Machines at Casino Ajax, or enjoy a relaxing dinner at the onsite Gateway Restaurant. There’s no shortage of hubs for the hungry either. Try a few of the more than 100 restaurants and eateries scattered across Ajax, including the Falcon Brewing Company – a favorite local hangout that’s famed for its “boss” Canadian craft ales.