Spanning a huge geographic region to the east of Toronto, Durham features waterfront villages, rolling golf courses, outdoor adventure, and hearty local fare. Start in the picturesque Pickering waterfront, grabbing a bite and a craft beer on a patio overlooking the glittering harbor. Oshawa offers tours at the historic Parkwood Estate, which may look familiar to movie lovers since its exterior is used as Professor Xavier’s School in X-Men.
Adrenaline junkies will get their fix at one of the many car races at Mosport Park, or head to the Great Blue Heron Casino for a different kind of thrill. Train fans will love riding in a 1950s coach on the York-Durham Heritage Railway. Along with regular pleasure rides, the line offers views of the fall colors, special Halloween trips, and a can’t-miss journey with Santa Claus during the holiday season. Port Perry, on the shores of Lake Skugog, offers vintage finds, delicious bakeries, and community festivals on its historic Main Street, as well as horse-drawn carriage rides during their Victorian Christmas celebration.
Durham celebrates its crafters heritage with numerous breweries creating ales of all varieties. Check out 5 Paddles Brewing Co. and Brock Street Brewing in Whitby, Manantler Craft Brewing Company in Bowmanville, and Second Wedge Brewing Company in Uxbridge, which features a hopping beer garden and live music.