Aside from livability and beautifully conducive neighbourhoods, many also look for interesting activities and attractions when moving to a new location. Luckily for home buyers, the Durham Region offers that and more.

Let’s start by exploring the must-sees and do’s in the Durham Region and discover the many adventures that await you. Located east of Toronto, along the Golden Horseshoe of Ontario, the Durham Region has a mix of rural scenery and urban lifestyle. In the north you’ll find the beautiful and thriving countryside, while in the south, lies serene living among the lakeshore communities. 

9 Tourist Attractions You Can’t Miss this Spring

If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll know that spring’s a good time to buy a home because of the quantity of listings coupled with the fine weather. As you visit open houses in the Durham Region, here are 9 of the best tourist attractions in the area to visit.

1. Durham Regional Forest, Uxbridge

Photo source: https://canada247.info/explore/ontario/regional_municipality_of_durham/uxbridge/durham_regional_forest.html

Immerse yourself in nature in Uxbridge’s Durham Regional Forest. Located at the top of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Durham’s regional forest consists of 596 hectares of plantation forests that were entrenched over 90 years ago. There are plenty of outdoor activities in this regional forest such as cross-country skiing, hiking, trail biking and horseback riding. This isn’t new, as Uxbridge is known as the Trail Capital of Canada.

2. Applewood Farm & Winery, Scugog

Photo source: https://lauraintoronto.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/applewood-farm-winery/

If you want to explore the countryside and enjoy some seasonal pickings, Applewood Farm and Winery’s the place to be. For over 20 years, it has been producing fine wines and ciders. Pick your own pumpkin in the pumpkin patch and create your own Jack-o’-lantern during fall in mid-September. There’s also a small animal barn, wagon rides and playhouses for your little ones to enjoy and be sure to make time for a stop over in the charming town of Port Perry when visiting Applewood Farm & Winery.

3. Altona Forest, Pickering

Photo source: https://hikingtoronto.hikingtorontofordoglovers.com/2021/04/altona-forest.html

A large urban forest located in Pickering, Altona Forest boasts over 100 bird species, 130 types of wildflowers and 35 distinct vegetation varieties scattered throughout a 53-hectare area. Due to its historical and ecological importance, the forest is considered as an environmentally significant area

4. Waterfront Trail, Oshawa

Photo source: https://waterfronttrail.org/places/communities/oshawa/

If you’re a cyclist or someone who loves to walk, jog or run, fill your water bottles and hit the Waterfront Trail along the stretch of Niagara-on-the-lake to Brockville and pass through Oshawa. You can find in one of the trails – the Second Marsh, the largest and one of the most significant wetlands in the area. Here you’ll see an abundance of fauna and flora species from the lookout decks. 

5. Darlington Provincial Park, Oshawa

Photo source: https://www.toronto.com/community-story/5837036-darlington-provincial-park-beach-a-hidden-gem/

Darlington Provincial Park‘s located east of Oshawa in Lake Ontario. It’s a beautiful park frequented by visitors and is endowed by humble hills and picturesque panoramas. It’s also full of wildlife including white-tailed deer, gray wolves, coyotes and different types of butterflies. Additionally, the park offers three campground areas, a beach, picnic parks and hiking trails.

6. Lakeview Park Beach, Oshawa

Photo source: http://oshawaexpress.ca/city-wants-feedback-on-lakeview-park-online-services/

If you’re looking for some fun activities in Oshawa, there’s no better place to be than Lakeview Park Beach, especially on a bright and beautiful sunny day. Overlooking the pier at the Oshawa Harbor, you’ll see the Jubilee Pavilion and the Oshawa Museum. This is an exciting getaway for solo travelers, partners and families looking for relaxation under the sun.

7. Bay East Beach, Pickering

Photo source: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g499286-d4420709-Reviews-Frenchman_s_Bay_Marina-Pickering_Ontario.html

If you’re looking for a place to soak up some sun and take a swim in Lake Ontario, visit Frenchman’s Bay East Beach. This is among the most popular tourist attractions in Durham Region. If you want to grab a bite, food trucks, ice cream parlors and a variety of restaurants are lined-up along the beach. The Hydro Marsh that sits north of the beach is also a great place for those keen on angling.

8. Treetop Eco-Adventure Park, Oshawa

Photo source: https://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2016/09/30/new-zip-line-park-offers-fun-adventure-and-a-great-workout-among-the-treetops.html

For outdoor lovers, the Treetop Eco-Adventure Park will never fail you. Get a blood-pumping rush as you sweep through the thrilling zip line at high-speed. You can also challenge yourself with one of the many obstacle courses, suspension bridges, swinging logs and Tarzan ropes.

9. McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve, Oshawa

Photo source: https://www.inspirock.com/canada/oshawa/mclaughlin-bay-wildlife-reserve-a4155135799

For nature lovers, a hike through McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve in Oshawa – where you can choose between 11 offbeat treks. You’ll find viewpoints and picnic parks to relax and enjoy while travelling alone or with your family and friends within the reserve.

You’re Welcomed in the Durham Region

You certainly can’t go wrong visiting the Durham Region. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, for some fun, recreational activities or challenging trails, Durham has got them all for both locals and tourists alike. 

If you’re thinking of experiencing life and all it has to offer in the Durham Region, consider enlisting professional help. You can get help from a realtor to help you find the ideal location and guidance from a trusted mortgage broker who can help you along your home buying journey

Based just outside the Greater Toronto Area, Daisy Raouph’s a mortgage broker and financial security advisor equipped with over 30 years of experience in mortgage and financial services. Consult Daisy today.