Located east of bustling Toronto, the Durham Region’s the economic capital of Ontario, endowed with high-quality public services and close proximity to nature. In addition to livability, Durham’s tourists will be able to enjoy a variety of exciting sites and attractions. From its glorious nature parks to fabulous beaches, you’ll never run out of things to do in Durham Region. Feel alive and get active in nature – through conservation areas, waterside activities, hiking, cycling trails and more.

With its mix of livable residential areas and tourist attractions that complement each other, visiting Durham, even if it’s just for a day, can certainly provide you with some unforgettable experiences and fond memories.

7 Day Trips to Explore in Durham

Here are 7 IG-worthy, must-do day trips to visit in the Durham Region.

1. Laveanne Lavender Fields

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Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Toronto, Laveanne Lavender Fields offers a lovely day trip for Durham tourists who’re into farms, yoga and exercise. Enjoy meditative walks in the 9 circuit, a modified Neo- Medieval lavender labyrinth, which measures over 30 meters in diameter. There’s also a gift shop wherein you’ll find a selection of gourmet lavender-inspired foods ready to satisfy your cravings.

2. Cobourg Beach

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Just over an hour from Toronto, Cobourg Beach’s a great place to relax in a stunning atmosphere where you can also catch the sunset and sunrise, go for a run, crash out on the sand or catch some seasonal events, such as the sandcastle competition or Ribfest.

3. Awenda Provincial Park

Awenda Provincial Park

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The 2,900-hectare Awenda Provincial Park’s about 2 hours from Toronto, lying along the shores of the Georgian Bay, providing a variety of activities, such as camping adventures, calorie-burning hiking and biking trails, as well as astonishing natural beaches within driving distance from the camping grounds.

4. Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach

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Recorded as the longest freshwater beach in the world, the Wasaga Beach has been frequented by a lot of visitors, especially during the warmer seasons because of its popular beach destinations. Cross-country skiing during the winter, hiking on dunes, angling, bird watching and paddling are among the favourite activities of Durham tourists.

5. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

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Experience the adventures for warmer and colder seasons at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures which’s 2 hours away from Toronto. Connect with nature by exploring its caves and caverns, go zip lining, cross a suspension bridge and go on a guided night snowshoe hike.

6. Warsaw Caves Conservation Area

Warsaw Caves Conservation Area

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The Warsaw Caves Conservation Area’s located right in the heart of the valley of Indian River. It’s a famous family getaway that boasts at least 52 camping sites, 15 km hiking trails with scenic views, a sandy beach and the 7 caves for you to discover.

7. Lilac Road Trip

Lilac Road Trip

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Just 1 hour away from Toronto, the Lilac Road Trip is usually visited by Durham tourists between May and June because it’s the perfect way to celebrate the Lilac blooms of Spring. Durham tourists witness the fragrant purple and white flowers that are often a signal of an imminent summer.

Visit or Move to the Durham Region

When it comes to exciting places and attractions in the Durham Region, you’ll certainly find everything here, from relaxing nature parks, challenging trails and stunning beach destinations.  

Have these exciting tourist sites and destinations right next to your neighbourhood by moving to the Durham Region. To free yourself from the hassles and anxieties of buying a home alone, work with a financial professional who can help to guide you through your home buying journey.

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