Top Five Things To Do In Durham Region This Summer

Posted : July 15, 2021

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

It’s finally summer! All those cold, chilly months spent indoors dreaming about sun and fun are behind us, and we can actually get outside and enjoy that gorgeous warm weather. To help you explore all that York Durham Headwaters has to offer, we have created a special deal that will help you put together the Ultimate Summer Staycation. No matter what your interests are, you can pursue your passion in YDH, and begin making those lifelong memories in your own backyard.

Save and Spend in YDH

Beginning July 1st, we at YDH invite you to choose from one of our participating hotels and receive a $100 discount on your stay of two nights or more. Each hotel has its own special package and information on how to receive this promotional offer. For all participating properties and their promo codes, click here:

Be sure to apply the special promo code at the time of booking to receive your discount. Also, this deal is offered for a limited quantity only, so be sure to get in there and book your stay before your desired hotel is “Sold Out.”

Top things to see and do in Durham Region

If you’re going to stay, you’ve gotta play! For your Ultimate Summer Staycation in Durham Region, we’ve got a few ideas of things to do and see to get you started.

York-Durham Heritage Railway

19 Railway St., Uxbridge

Kids Boarding Train

All aboard! The York-Durham Heritage Railway invites you to explore the history of Canadian railways in South-Central Ontario, and to enjoy the scenery while you ride one of its lovingly preserved vintage rail cars. There is fun for the whole family with immersive experiences that offer something for everyone. Whether it’s on-train Escape Room fun, to Craft Beer adventures, to popular themed rides and festivals, you don’t need to be a railway enthusiast to enjoy the YDHR… though you might just find yourself being turned into one!

Treetop Eco-Adventure Park

53 Snow Ridge Court, Oshawa

Woman Ziplining

Experience an aerial adventure with a bird’s eye view of the majestic Oak Ridges Moraine. Feel the exhilaration of being suspended many feet in the air while battling a mentally and physically demanding obstacle course… all in good fun, of course. If you love a thrill, then the words log swing, Tarzan rope, and zipline get your adrenaline pumping. Are you up for the Treetop Challenge? Ooh rah!

Royal Ashburn Golf Club

995 Myrtle Rd. W., Ashburn


As one of Ontario’s top public courses, this parkland-style course offers challenge and fun for all players, at all skill levels. Your round of nine or eighteen holes offers scenic views and challenging greens as you spend a day outdoors with your friends and loved ones. Test your mettle at Royal Ashburn—it has a unique ability to bring out your joy of the game!

Old Flame Brewing Co.,

135 Perry St., Port Perry

Old Flame Port Perry

Enjoy traditional, German-inspired handcrafted lagers on the shores of Lake Scugog in the charming and lovingly restored Ontario Carriage Works building. At Old Flame Brewing, only premium hops, grains and the finest yeast strains are used to create these famous small batch beers. Whether you love a ‘Blonde,’ a ‘Brunette,’ or a ‘Red,’ your tastebuds will be tantalized by fresh, locally brewed flavours.

Bistro ’67

1604 Champlain Ave., Whitby

Bistro 67

This oasis of elegance is not the kind of upscale dining establishment you might expect when you hear “college restaurant.” By enjoying the fresh, local food and flavours that are inspired by the seasons, you can feel good about knowing you’re supporting our next generation of culinary stars in this teaching restaurant. Much of the ingredients used are grown on-site in an impressive urban agriculture initiative. It’s no accident that Bistro ’67 was named amongst Canada’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants by Open Table.

Of course, there’s so much more to see in Durham Region and so many “top” things to do that we couldn’t possibly list them all in one go. Check us out at for more exciting places you can explore while you’re here.

More places to stay while you play

We have a total of 24 hotels participating in our Save and Spend in YDH program. However, there are still a ton of great hotels that are eager to welcome you while you explore all that Durham Region has to offer. To discover other properties where you can stay while you play, visit our Check-In Canada site:

Story by Katherine Ryalen

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