Top Five Things to Do in York 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.

At York Durham Headwaters, we challenge you to make memories in your own backyard this summer. It’s about time, after all—those chilly months we spent dreaming of fun in the sun are behind us, and those long, sunny days are finally here! To help you get started on your Ultimate Summer Staycation, we’ve created an exciting new deal to make it easy for you to pursue your passion—whatever it is that you’re passionate about. There is something for everyone in York Region.

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 York Region

Now that we’ve got the stay sorted, let’s get to the play! There is no playground better than York Region. Whether it’s thrills and chills, premium shopping, arts and culture or craft brewing, you’ll find something new to explore in this diverse region no matter how often you visit. Here are just a few suggestions of the “top” things to do during your stay.

Canada’s Wonderland

1 Canada’s Wonderland Dr., Vaughan

Yukon Striker Rollercoaster Top View

Make memories at Ontario’s top amusement park. At Canada’s Wonderland—which, incidentally, is celebrating 40 years (!!) of family, fun and laughter this summer—you will find the most thrilling collection of rides and roller coasters in North America. The park’s most recent coaster, Yukon Striker, has set records for being the fastest, longest and tallest dive coaster in the world! With other famous coasters like Leviathan, Behemoth, The Bat, Vortex and The Mighty Canadian Minebuster, there is no shortage of excitement. If family friendly fun is what you’re after, Wonderland offers two kids’ areas: Planet Snoopy and KidZville.

Vaughan Mills

1 Bass Pro Mills Dr., Vaughan

Women Shopping at Vaughan Mills

With over 250 premium fashion and outlet stores, Vaughan Mills is one of the largest enclosed shopping centres in Canada. Browse amongst Vaughan Mills’ 19 anchor shops which include Uniqlo, Nike Factory Store, Nordstrom Rack, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet and Kate Spade. Plus, come for the shopping, stay for the entertainment. You and your family will have a blast at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto, Bass Pro Shops and Virtual Sting. Plus, Vaughan Mills is just minutes away from other world-class York Region attractions, so you can extend your day and elevate your play.

Joyride 150 Indoor Bike Park

150 Bullock Dr., Unit 1, Markham

Kids Camp Joyride

At over 100,000 square feet, Joyride 150 in Markham is the largest indoor bike facility in Canada. Open year-round, it offers fun for riders of all ages and skill levels, from the absolute beginner to the pro (… literally! Pros like Drew Bezanson, Brett Rheeder, Jaden Chipman and Brayden Barrett-Hay come here to train.) If you’re not yet at the level of pulling off Crankflips and 360s, not to worry. Here, stunt riding truly is for anyone who wants to give it a go. Pedal this winding, multi-level course at your leisure, or book instruction time to learn how to perform more daring feats safely and correctly. Above all, you and your family will enjoy the time you spend together as you test your individual boundaries.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg


In the charming historic village of Kleinburg is the only art museum in Canada dedicated solely to Canadian art. Tour this winding gallery with its atmosphere of respite from the city while you reflect on the works of The Group of Seven, as well as Canadian contemporary art and Canadian Indigenous art. The gallery grounds offer outdoor sculptures situated against the stunning backdrop of the Humber River Valley. Want to take part in the art? Check out McMichael’s website for information on camps, classes and workshops for all ages, and for details on exciting, upcoming special events.

Holland Marsh Wineries

18270 Keele St., Newmarket

People at Winery

You don’t have to travel all the way to Niagara for award-winning wine. Holland Marsh Wineries in King Township is one of our famous local wineries that produces small-batch, quality-driven wines which are minimalistic in approach, but complex in flavour. This family-run vineyard is over a decade old, with its first vines being planted in 2007. Today, Holland Marsh is one of the oldest vineyards and wineries outside of the traditional growing regions of Niagara and Prince Edward County. Stop in for the tasting bar, which is open to the public, or for a more intimate experience, book a Boutique, Enhanced or VIP Tour and Tasting. Don’t forget to stop in at Holland Marsh’s wine shop to bring home your personalized selection of Ephemere, Select and Reserve wines.

With so much to see and do, we simply didn’t have the room to tell you about all of the other “top” things that are waiting for you in York Region. Stop in at for more exciting attractions and locations to explore during your Ultimate Summer Staycation in York.

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 York 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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