Becoming the Oldest House in Durham

Whoooooooooah! Winter Lock Down Alert!

At YDH, we love visitors, but we also want everyone to enjoy winter safely during COVID-19. During lockdown, it's important you and your family stay close to homewhile taking the opportunity to explore all the wonderful things to do in your own backyard. Don't know what's in your own backyard? Visit to re-discover some pretty cool activities all over the province while supporting your local businesses and communities. If you are lucky enough to live in YDH (we are biased), we've got some great ideas for you to hibernate in style, get active outside, learn something new and celebrate this awesome season...virtually or in-person.

Remember safety is a choice you make and we look forward to seeing non-locals again soon.

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For those of us that are old-house aficionados, finding a 200-year old Georgian house (c.1811) that we are actually encouraged to visit inside… is pure alchemy! The oldest house in Durham Region, Lynde House, has been moved twice in the last 35 years in an effort to conserve the house and retain the stories of early settlement life in this region.  The Whitby Historical Society is dedicated to promoting the Lynde House Museum as a cultural anchor, with tours available year-round. Adjacent to the house, the Warren General Store serves as a starting point for tours with artifacts on display representing a wide period, such as a model of the once Huron-Wendat village of the area. The store is a unique shopping experience of local makers wares.

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Watch for the winter birds that can be spotted at Lynde Shore Conservation Area (a namesake to the Lynde family) and one of the few remaining coastal wetlands found along this northern section of the Lake Ontario shoreline. The marsh is designated as provincially significant wetlands and is part of a long-term study: the Durham Region Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project.

Warm-up with a taste of something local using this go-to guide explore Whitby.