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Ah, springtime. Although winter is a season of (a whole lot of!) fun, there's something absolutely magical about the spring. Maybe it's the longer days, the hotter sun, or just the vibe of rebirth; either way, springtime is without a doubt a very special time of year.


And if you're as excited for spring as the rest of Canada, then there's some good news in store for you! Durham Region, an area of Ontario consisting of beautiful municipalities like Uxbridge, Scugog, Pickering and Oshawa, to name a few, is just a short distance from Toronto. And with its breathtaking waterfront sceneries; tons of hiking/biking trails; delicious farm to food restaurants; and overall wonderful vibe, this Ontario spot is one of the most awesome places to spend your spring!

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Touching three of Ontario's gorgeous lakes (Lake Ontario, Lake Scugog and Lake Simcoe), the Region of Durham is a super popular place for fishing trips and watersports - but it's not all water. Uxbridge, Ontario, for example, is called the Trail Capital of Canada; so if you love hiking, biking or exploring, this is the place for you! But honestly, Durham is so uniquely diverse that there's something for everyone, from the biggest water-lover to the most finicky food-lover, making it the perfect spot to catch some serious spring vibes! 

Take a walk on the wild side through the Trail Capital of Canada

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Less than an hour from the GTA, Uxbridge is the Trail Capital of Canada. Yep, you read that right; it’s the trail capital of the entire country! Both the super famous Trans-Canada Trail and the Oak Ridges Trail pass through Uxbridge, among others.

This countryside playground boasts over 300 kilometres of trails for all experience levels. Whether you walk, hike or jog, prepare to be wowed by one of the area’s most scenic sites (no filter needed).

Jam out to local artists at the Springtide Music Festival 

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But Uxbridge is home to more than just great trails. The town also hosts its annual Springtide Music Festival from Friday, April 26 to Saturday, April 27.

With over 60 musical acts, this community-centric, two-day event is a great way to inject some fun into your spring to-do list (no cleaning required). 

Go mountain biking and ignite your inner adrenaline junkie 

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Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned pro, mountain biking through Durham is a must for all adventure-goers.

In fact, Durham Forest offers 50 kilometres of single-track mountain biking trails, while Ganaraska Forest includes an IMBA Epic Ride loop (only one of three throughout all of Canada!).

And if you’re down for some serious traction, consider joining the Durham Mountain Biking Association (that’s DMBA for short, by the way) for thrill-inducing adventures with fellow adventure seekers!

Or keep it low-key and bike along the Greenbelt Route

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Okay, we hear you: not everyone loves the rough and tumble of mountain biking, which is why the Greenbelt Route is ideal for the cyclist who likes to keep things a little more low-key (but still awesome).

What’s the Greenbelt Route, you ask? Well, the Greenbelt Route is a 475-kilometre cycling trail spanning Ontario’s countryside!

That's right, you can *actually* see Ontario by bike. From Northumberland to Niagara, the trail takes over six days to ride from end to end; or you can keep it comfy and take a nice, short scenic route. Check out the ultimate Durham trail and cycle guide here to pick the trail that's right for you!

Cruise in a kayak then check out Beaverton

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Adventure-seekers, rejoice. Beaverton Harbour, a very short distance from Toronto, is home to a super accessible kayaking dock, perfect for those of us wanting to get our adrenaline pumping after a long, kayak-less winter!

Then again, if water adventures aren't your cup of tea, Beaverton is full of other super fun activities as well! For example, walk through the Beaver River Museum and learn about the community's history, dating back all the way to the 1800s (stone jail with three cell lockups included!). 

Go from turf to surf with the paddle boarding session of your dreams

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Is it even spring if you don’t paddle board? We think not, which is why Port Perry is the perfect place to get your paddle on.

Located in downtown Port Perry, the shallow waters of Lake Scugog make it the ideal place for beginners (not to mention an Instagram-worthy moment or two). Afterwards, wind down at local restaurants in downtown Port Perry. Helpful hint: Pickles & Olives serves AMAZING pizzas, and it's even got a waterfront view!

Wander with your favorite tail-wagger while you explore Ontario's waterfront

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Ready to dip your toes in the sand? That's what we thought. Enjoy 30 kilometres of the Lake Ontario waterfront in Clarington. In fact, Bond Head Beach in the Port of Newcastle contains a boat launch to help get you ready for a sweet season of crusin'.

Discover and take in the sights of Bond Head Park while you're at it, or enjoy the town's expansive network of trails and leash-free dog parks and get ready to snap those selfies with your favorite pooch!

Enjoy the season's freshest, farm-to-table dining experience

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We know what you're thinking: you've indulged your senses, now it's time to indulge your tastebuds. Thankfully Durham has some of the freshest selection of farm-to-table restaurants. 

Fun fact: there are over 60 varieties of fruits and veggies grown in the region, and that local flavour really shines through at TONS of spots in Durham Region. One in partcular? Bistro '67, situated in Whitby, Ontario, which serves food made fresh from ingredients grown at Durham College's award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food!

Celebrate the melting snow by checking out one of the region's beautiful parks!

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Durham Region spans all the way from Pickering to Clarington, which means it encompasses some seriously breathtaking parks and conservation areas. Darlington Provincial Park, for example, is situated near Oshawa and offers an unbelievably blue-watered, sandy beach; camping spots; picnic spaces and much more!

Other spots in the North are just as exsiting as the South! For example, The Township of Brock houses the Beaver River Wetland Conservation area, perfect for those who love to fish, bird watch, or even cross-country ski during the winters - while Uxbridge's Glen Major Forest offers unparalleled views for hiking/jogging/exploring the trails, to name a few.

From kayaking to soaking in local history, to camping, to eating the freshest foods, Ontario's Durham Region has totally got you covered! Springtime might be one of the prettiest seasons of the year, but trust us, you're missing some major magic if you don't pay this region a visit!

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Super close to Toronto, Durham Region offers an easy escape from the confines of city life. In fact, we're willing to bet you'll want to experience this bucket list on repeat. All. Season. Long!

For more information on Durham Region, visit Durham Tourism's website, plus check them out on Twitter and Facebook!

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