This October in Clarington

Knox Pumpkin Farm
All October
Come out for the pumpkins and stay for the fun! Find your perfect pumpkin here, as well as a variety of other fall favourite activities.

 Pingles Farm Market
All October
A great time of year to visit Pingle’s Farm Market and enjoy a family fun day for all. Take a walk through their market, pick a perfect pumpkin, and even get lost in the giant corn maze! There is something for everyone!

Spirit Walks with Clarington Museums
Wednesday and Thursday evenings in October, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
They’re back! Join Clarington Museum on an interpreted walk through Historic Downtown Bowmanville during the month of October.
Join in this annual Spirit Walk and experience a ghostly walking tour as you learn about local accounts of apparition encounters.
To reserve tickets, please call or visit the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre at 905-623-2734 or 62 Temperance Street, Bowmanville.

Newcastle Harvest Festival
Saturday October 4th, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Newcastle Village
Join us in Clarington Saturday October 4, 2014 for the Newcastle Harvest Festival!
Located at the junction of the 401 and 115 highways in historic Newcastle Ontario.

A great family day out, rain or shine, bring the family have some good old fashioned fun. The streets close down and open to the public with arts and crafts, food truck alley, petting Zoo and animal show, live entertainment, and Octoberfest lunch at the Newcastle Community Hall. Check out locally grown harvest produce, and visit the vendors and local businesses and organizations set up along King Avenue. Festivities begin at 9 am with kid’s crafts and a pancake breakfast, and the Lions Club Walk for Dog Guides. Take a stroll downtown to the antique tractor and classic car show, or enter one of the many contests. Hope to see you there!

Scavenger Hunt at Samuel Wilmot Nature Area
Saturday October 4th, 10:00am to 11:30pm
Learn about and find different plants and animals that live in and around the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area!

Enjoy the trails while hunting for natures clues.
FREE and fun for all ages
Hunt followed by educational talkMeet at 10am at the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area at the Toronto Street parking lot

Introducing A Country Path driving tour – launching this month!
Folllow ”A Country Path” to a less travelled, quieter way of life.

“Meet the Pumpkin Farmer, Organic Beef Farmer, Country Herbalist, Potter, General Store Keeper, Miller by the pond, Cider Maker, Wine Maker and Owner of an Eclectic Gift Store. Dine at a local restaurant and enjoy country hospitality at a B & B.  Drive or cycle at your own pace. You never know where the path may lead when you make it your own!”

Come and enjoy a wonder down our Country Path

Breakfast On The Farm at Wilmot Orchards
Saturday, October 4th, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Newcastle, Ontario
What is Breakfast on the Farm? Family friendly event that gives visitors a glimpse of what farming is all about.
Tour a farm, see farm animals and farm equipment, talk with farmers and enjoy a breakfast featuring Ontario foods.
Event runs from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.; breakfast will be served from 9:00a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Event is free to attend but tickets are required. You can reserve your FREE ticket

‘Clarington Remembers’Stories from WWI & WWII”
Saturday October 11th, 10am and 4pm
Celebrate the opening of our new exhibit with Clarington Museums – Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre. – “Clarington Remembers: Stories from WWI & WWII”. Explore the exhibition, use invisible ink, unlock cyphers and more!
Free admission

Apple Festival and Craft Sale
Saturday October 18th, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Downtown Historic Bowmanville
This tremendously popular annual street festival celebrates all things apple.  Four city blocks become a showcase for our many local apple growers who proudly offer up a wide variety of fresh picked apples and other goodies.   You’ll also find fresh-pressed apple cider, homemade apple pies and crisps, candy and carmel apples, cider donuts, and so much more.  Be sure to make a stop for our famous fresh hot apple fritters.
FREE admission and FREE parking.

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Hallowe’en Howl
October 24th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ganaraska Forest Camp
Get into the Hallowe’en spirit during this spooky night in the Ganaraska Forest. Carve pumpkins, enjoy an interactive and fun campfire, and then go on a guided night hike through the forest.
$12/adult & $6/child
Pre-registration & payment are required by calling 905.885.8173’en_Howl/

OPG Family Days: Pumpkin Bee
Saturday October 25, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Kirby, Ontario
Come to Clarke Museum in Kirby to pick your pumpkin from our pumpkin patch and give it a nice face! Warm up in the historic schoolhouse where pumpkin crafts, face painting and toasty warm refreshments await you! Prizes for best costume and our traditional pumpkin toss.

Dinner Theatre: ‘In Flanders Field’
 Saturday, 25 October, 5:00pm start
Clarington Beech Centre
26 Beech Ave, Bowmanville
Presented by Smile Theatre, come jion us for an evening of fun with dinner & a Musical based on the extraordinary life of Major John McCrae
Contact: Sharon Mansfield
Phone: 905-697-2856

Current Exhibition
Into the Woods: Etchings by George Raab
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
Exhibition Running Current until October 12

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Peterborough, this major exhibition celebrates the etchings of Millbrook, Ontario artist, George Raab. “George Raab’s practice spans four decades and is grounded in portraying the wooded world. From his early etchings to his present day intaglio prints, the artist’s work portrays the iconic forest.” (Carla Garnet, exhibition curator)
Raab’s work is held in more than 100 public, private and corporate collections. He has exhibited across Canada and internationally, and is a past winner of the Grand Prize for Prints from the American Biennial of Graphic Art.

Juried Art Show
October 26 to November 16
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
The Thirty Fourth Annual Juried Show  – see website for entry form

2014 Clarington Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday October 25th

On Saturday, October 25, 2014 the Municipality of Clarington will welcome the 2014 inductees into the Clarington Sports Hall of Fame. The 12th annual Hall of Fame ceremony will feature guest speaker Henry “Gizmo” Williams, a member of the Canadian Football League (CFL) Hall of Fame.
The Clarington Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the teams, individuals and volunteers (builders) who have dedicated themselves to the sports community in Clarington.

A limited number of tickets are available for this marquee event. Tickets are available at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex (2440 Highway 2, Bowmanville). $55 per person; $40 for alumni includes dinner, cash bar. For additional information or to purchase tickets call 905-623-5728
Guest Speaker: Henry “Gizmo” Williams
This year’s inductees:
Ray Bester, Builder
Gail Johnson, Builder
Heather LeVon (Geboers), Athlete
Frank Mohun, Honourary
Harry “Dutch” Osborne, Athlete
Greg George Vey, Athlete
Tickets: $55 per person includes dinner, wine at table, guest speaker & ceremony
Call 905-623-5728 for tickets and more information

Trick or Treat at the Library
Friday, October 31st from 9am-4pm
Come trick or treat at your Clarington Public Library, and receive a treat for your mind as well as your stomach!
All branches, all day, while supplies last.

If you are an event organizer and have a community event that you would like featured here and in the Clarington Community Calendar, please share your details here:

These are just a few that we’ve mentioned! For a complete list of events, we provide several outlets. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page, as well as the Events page on the Clarington website Also download our Clarington App for free, available for iPhone,  Anroid with mapping to events and local information on the go!


This September in Clarington

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by Clarington Tourism

Summer may be fading and the school buses back in gear, but we want to assure you that what’s in store this month in Clarington is golden!
The traditional Orono Agricultural Fair kicks off the first weekend in September with four days of family memory making. Take time this month to sample a harvest supper, hike in the Ganaraska Forest or run/walk/bike in memory of Terry Fox. It’s an ideal time to pick your own apples, enjoy a scenic drive in the country, or vote for your favourite chili at the Orono Chili Cookoff.
Whatever your taste, we hope you take a bite out of Clarington this September!

COAA Annual Health Matters Wellness Expo
Wednesday September 3
Clarington Beech Centre
26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville
9am -6pm

The Health Matters Wellness Expo includes registration opportunities for a variety of social, educational and physical programs for older adults 50 plus. Opportunities to meet with our many program instructors and volunteers. Come out to our Open house which brings the older adults of the Municipality of Clarington together with information displays and vendors, program instructor demonstrations, complimentary refreshments, and activities.

Orono Fair
Thursday September 4 to Sunday Sept 7
Orono Fairgrounds
2 Princess Street, Orono
Gate Hours:
5pm -10pm Thurs Sept 4
9am – 10pm Fri Sept 5
9am -10pm Sat Sept 6
8:30am -4pm Sun Sept 7

Orono Fair is one of the oldest running fairs in Ontario and is one of the largest tourist events in Durham Region.
Since its inception in 1851, people have been drawn to the various exhibits, entertainment and competitive events.
The fair is an Agricultural Fall Fair that runs the first weekend after Labour Day in September. The Fair has been hosted by the Orono Agricultural society since 1852.
The fair annually features exquisite displays and competitions involving paintings, photographs, agriculture (fruits, vegetables and crops), livestock (sheep, cattle, poultry and rabbits), flowers, knitting, woodworking, sewing, crafts, school displays, culinary creations and many other artistic works. As well as one of the largest midways throughout the area.
Don’t miss Friday Night at the Grand Stand when KX96 presents JASON BLAINE with Tebey! See website for concert tickets and details

Outstanding in Our Field – Fall Harvest
Sunday September 7
4pm to 8pm
Watson Farms Ltd

Join together at a  long Tuscan Style table in and
amongst the seasonal crops we feature at Watson Farms.
You will experience field to fork like never before.
Ingredients for the meal will feature the fresh growin’s of
Watson Farms. Sometimes the food is sourced but a few
feet away from your seat and almost all items are local
and prepared under the watchful eye of Award winning
Chef Kathy Anyan, owner of Kcc Gourmet and Catering. .
After a tour of the farm, we all settle in: farmers, producers,
culinary artisans, and guests sharing the long table.
As the meal unfolds you will have an opportunity to learn
about Watson’s Farming practices and how the food is
prepared. When the meal is done and the sun is setting
you will leave with a better understanding of your food and
we will even send you home with a treat for later.
Gather at the Market to begin the experience at 4pm.
In rural fashion we will take a tour of the farm on a hay wagon which will deliver you to the table for dinner.
We suggest casual attire as fields and stilettos don’t mix.
Pricing is $75 per person (including tax and tip)
Call 905-623-4277 for information

Durham Region’s 40th Anniversary
Tuesday September 9
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Durham Regional Headquarters, 605 Rossland Road East, Whitby

Let’s celebrate the Region’s 40th anniversary! Residents are invited to a free open house on including a variety of activities for individuals of all ages:
Displays inside Regional Headquarters about our departments, including a “recruitment booth” to provide visitors with an overview of all the choices available at the Region.
Council Chambers and the courtrooms will be open for viewing.
A face painter and games with prizes for children.
A display of Regional vehicles.
Live musical performances.
Special guests, including the new Chief of Police, the K-9 unit and local celebrities.
A free barbecue, while supplies last.
Cake and refreshments, including farm fresh local apples and cider.
Don’t miss the special unveiling and dedication ceremony at 6:30 p.m. outside the main entrance near the parking garage.

Fall Harvest Supper – Meet the Growers and Producers
Saturday September 13
Solina Community Centre – 1964 Concession Rd #6 Solina
4:30pm -9:00pm

Meet the growers and producers of the food you will enjoy served later that evening (6:30pm). Enjoy a selection of local foods on the menu prepared with an international flavour.
Advanced Ticket Sales only $25.00 Please contact Jenny Bowman 905 263-8245

Long Sault Flyers 12th Annual Scale Rally
Saturday September 13
Join in at Long Sault Conservation Area at the Lang Sault Flyers Scale Rally. Scale and stand-off scale airplanes encouraged, but all flight-tested RC airplanes are welcome, scale or not.
Bring the family along for a fun-filled day of non-competitive flying, food and prizes!!!
$10 entry fee  for pilots, spectators FREE
Lunch available at the field at noon. Spectators welcome!

Culture Days
September 26, 27 and 28, 2014
Culture Days invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. In 2013, the fourth annual Culture Days event took place in more than 850 Canadian cities and towns, with attendance topping 1.6 million Canadians. Last year, more than 1500 activities were presented across Ontario.

This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 26, 27 and 28, 2014. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

K9 DockFest 2014
Saturday September 27 & Sunday September 28
2836 Holt Rd, Bowmanville,
9am – 5pm

Join Ontario DockDogs at K9 Central (2836 Holt Rd, Bowmanville) for a weekend of competition with Ontario DockDogs.
Dogs will be competing in Big Air (distance), Speed Retreive (timed) and the crowd favourite Extreme Vertical (height).
Check out for more information and where the schedule of the days events will be posted.

Terry Fox Run
Sunday September 14
Memorial Park, Liberty St.S, Bowmanville

Registration: 8:00am to 11:30am Warm-up: 9:30am Official start: 10:00am
1km,5km,10km walk run or wheel Pre-register,
Team sign-up,And fundraising

Salmon Slam Live Release Tournament
Bowmanville Creek, Roenigk Drive, Bowmanville Valley’s
Saturday September 20
7:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Bowmanville Creek Anglers and the Rotary Club of Bowmanville is hosting its first annual Salmon Slam Live Release Tournament.
This event will provide a great opportunity for participants to explore the beauty of Valleys 2000 (Bowmanville) waters and catch fresh salmon.
Places are available at $40 per angler with a 100% payback, includes a steak dinner and awards at the Bowmanville Royal Canadian Legion (Downstairs)
There are also number of exciting opportunities for sponsoring this fantastic event.
For more information, Tickets available at Gagnon Sports (Cash Only) Contact Info: or call
905 435 7980

2014 Durham Waste Fair,
Saturday September 20

Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Hwy 2, Bowmanville,
10 am to 3 pm

The Waste Fair is a free, family-friendly event designed to educate local residents about waste management programs and services provided by the Region of Durham and its partners.
There will be kids activities and lots of information on all aspects of the Durham Waste program
Join the conversation on Twitter: @ecycleOntario @RegionofDurham


Drive To The Hoop
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

September 20 and 21
Clarington Central Secondary School.
This event encourages the development of a positive relationship between the community and Youth, as it provides a fun environment for interaction. It will provide the opportunity to engage on topics such as anti-bullying, literacy and other resources for kids. This is the best time to support such an initiative, as promoting these necessary resources for kids while establishing a positive relationship with Youth services, can set the tone for a great school year.

Haydon Hoedown and Corn Roast
Saturday September 20
4:00 -11:00pm
Haydon Community Hall
2503 Concession Road 8, Haydon

Join in at Haydon Community Hall for a great day of local music & local food. This fundraiser runs from 4pm – 11pm and features local acts: Thicker Than Water, Charles St. Band, Whizkey Jaxx & Jacob Henley. Admission is $25 which includes farm fresh food (pulled pork, roast beef, local corn & homemade salads) – Children under 12 are FREE! There will be various booths & games as well as a cash bar.
This event will run rain or shine and we encourage you to bring a lawnchair.   Advance tickets are available at Hands On Music, Gigs Music, Haydon Automotive & the Enniskillen Store or by calling Cecile (905 263 2394). There will be limited ticket sales at the door on the day of the event but they will not include food.

Orono Chili Cookoff and Baking Competition
Saturday September 27
10am – 5pm
Get Cooking Chili for a Cause!

‘Hot Stuff’ will be cooking in Downtown Orono on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at the 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off. The activities begin at 10am and run throughout the day until the final Chili Awards at 4pm. With an attendance of almost 1000, new and old chefs are welcome to participate in this exciting community event!
Events throughout the day include live music from Hard Times, silent auction, a jumping castle and activities for kids of all ages!
Timing for pie and chili contests as follows:
• 10:30am Pie and Butter Tart Judging
• 12:30pm Pie and Butter Tart Auction
• 1:30pm Chili Tasting begins
• 4pm Chili Awards
Main Street will be closed for the day to allow for the festivities. For more information about attending or registering for the Chili Cook-Off visit our website, or our blog  on Facebook Twitter @orono_cookoff or call (905)983-6464.

A Heritage Harvest
Saturday September 27
1475 King Street E, Courtice
4:00-11:00pm with dinner being served at 6:00pm

Join Clarington Museums for their annual Heritage Harvest!
Enjoy live entertainment by Thicker than Water and The Ugly Horse. Dinner will consist of roast pork, corn on the cob, and a harvest dessert
$35 per person, can be purchased at Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre

Harvest Tea Party - A Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington
Saturday September 27
Paul’s United Church Hall, 178 Church Street, Bowmanville
1:00pm to 3:30 pm.

Door prizes, silent auction, tasty sandwiches and delightful sweets are donated by local caterers and chefs. Our presenters at the Tea Party will be: Sue Pitchforth, local designer, owner of Décor Therapy Plus who will talk on Fall Décor on a Budget. Our second presenter is Lady Kimberly Chant-Allin, owner of Tea Grannys & Friends – Victorian Tea Salon who will talk about “Enjoying the Tea Experience”.  We ask those considering attending to purchase tickets ahead of time by calling 905 623-6646 or email;.

Tickets are $12 each or a bundle of 4 for $40.00

Current Exhibition
Into the Woods: Etchings by George Raab
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
Exhibition Running Current until October 12

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Peterborough, this major exhibition celebrates the etchings of Millbrook, Ontario artist, George Raab. “George Raab’s practice spans four decades and is grounded in portraying the wooded world. From his early etchings to his present day intaglio prints, the artist’s work portrays the iconic forest.” (Carla Garnet, exhibition curator)
Raab’s work is held in more than 100 public, private and corporate collections. He has exhibited across Canada and internationally, and is a past winner of the Grand Prize for Prints from the American Biennial of Graphic Art.

Family Safety Day
Saturday September 27
Clarington Emergency and Fire Services
2430 Highway 2 Bowmanville

Safety and Fun for the Whole Family.  Safety agencies displays, games and free food.

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Tree I.D. Hike
Sunday September 28
1:00PM – 3:00PM
10585 Cold Springs Camp Road, Campbellcroft,

In recognition of National Forest Week, we welcome guests to join us on a guided tree identification hike through the Ganaraska Forest. Learn which species grow in our area, and how healthy forests contribute to our everyday health. With over 11,000 acres of forested, recreational area, this event is sure to answer all of your curious questions.
$12/adult & $6/child – Children must be 8 years or older to participate.Pre-registration & payment are required by calling 905.885.8173.

CT-only-in-clarington-01These are just a few that we’ve mentioned! For a complete list of events, we provide several outlets. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page, as well as the Events page on the Clarington website Also download our Clarington App for free, available for iPhone ,  Anroid  with mapping to events and local information on the go!

 If you are an event organizer and have a community event that you would like featured here and in the Clarington Community Calendar, please share your details here:

This August In Clarington

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Chevrolet Silverado 250
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

As the summer holiday moves into it’s second half, many of us find ourselves in that awkward mindset. While some of us might be sad at the realization that summer is indeed half over, others are trying to do as much as they can before heading back to school or work in the fall. Whatever half you stand in, August is filled with tons of fun and exciting things to do to make sure that your summer ends with a big bang!

Whether it is a continuation of the concerts in the park series (which is happening in various neighbourhoods throughout the week!), street festivals, trips to the zoo, picnicking at the beach, or even camping out underneath a blanket of stars, Clarington has something for everyone. Here are some to look out for:

Orono Antique Street FestivalAugust 9th from 10am-4pm. Whether you’re looking for something specific or just browsing, this is a great place to find what speaks to you right in Downtown Orono!

The Out Standing In Our Field field dinner event serves up something ‘Just A Little Corny’ on August 10th, with the third evening in a series of four taste experiences of local produce.  Served right in the field of Watson Farms, Bowmanville, this is a taste and learning experience highlighting locally grown, sourced and prepared food. This menu features the August favourite, corn! Save the date for next months ‘Fall Harvest’ dinner as well.

Is more formal tea your taste? There is still time to relax and enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Bowmanville Museum every Wednesday in August from 12- 3pm. You can call to reserve a table (905) 623-2734 and enjoy home-made scones and cream with preserves, assorted sandwiches and tea (or lemonade), and take in the charming view from the Museum verandah. Ahhh, summer!

Summer Corn Festival and Jamboree – August 10th from 9-4:30pm The Courtice Flea Market is home to many wonderful vendors, including a fresh farmers market! During their Summer Corn Festival you can shop, eat, play and sing along to the local artists.

Moonlight Madness and Busker Festival – August 15th from 6-11pm Another one of Historic Downtown Bowmanville’s wonderful events, the street is blocked off from cars and instead filled with music, street sales and more. It is always an excellent way to sing, dance and shop the night away!

Racing into town August 15 to 17 is the Superbike Doubleheader Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park! Canada’s top motorcycle riders compete in a doubleheader points race for the national Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.

Picasso’s Picnic – August 23rd from 10-4pm If your looking for a fun day for the little ones, the Visual Arts Centre in Bowmanville has a perfect day for you. With interactive workshops, youth  performers, vendors and delicious food, Picasso’s Picnic is a great was to explore that creative side.

On August 23rd from 12-4pm is OPG Family Days: Tractor Time, held at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre in Bowmanville. Join Clarington Museums to celebrate our municipality’s agricultural roots! Admission is free.

Chevrolet Silverado 250 – August 29-31st  Consider yourself a race fan? Check out the Chevrolet Silverado 250 race at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns for its only Canadian appearance the Labour Day Weekend. It might just be the perfect end to the Summer holidays.

These are just a few that we’ve mentioned! For a complete list of events, we provide several outlets. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page, as well as the Events page on the Clarington website Also download our Clarington App for free, available for iPhone ,  Anroid  with mapping to events and local information on the go!

Whatever you’re doing this August, we hope that you have a safe and memorable experience in Clarington!     CT-only-in-clarington-01

Picnicking in Orono

Story and photos by Clarington Tourism

Imagine yourself on a long, leisure drive (or pedal!) through the beautiful countryside of Clarington.

You’ve been driving for the majority of the morning, and lunchtime is quickly approaching. Your passengers are starting to get hungry, so you decide to take a little side street to what can only be described as the perfect picnic spot: Orono Park. Or, as it is known to the more established locals, Buttercup Hollow.

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A perfect park located within the village of Orono, it is nestled around a beautiful tree line, a serene stream complete with a bridge, picnic areas, and several more modern utilities, such as a play structure, splash pad, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, skateboarding park, and of course, Clarington’s only outdoor public pool.

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The rich history of this park can be taken as far back as 90 years, and has been considered a gem as well as the heart of Orono. Many locals find solace here, and it is quite easy to see why. It is perfect in every way a park should be. For more on the history of Orono’s Crown Lands, click here.

But our adventure does not stop there, because Orono has a lot to offer its residents and visitors. Home to the Stanley Cup Champion, Bryan Bickell, its quaint downtown area is home to an assortment of different stores and shops, including ones specializing in flowers, delicious baked goods, cafe’s, lots of antiques, health and wellness, professional services, and more. A complete list and more information on each one can be found here: Orono 1

Depending on the time of year, Orono also runs many different types of events, from the annual Orono Fair, to the Orono Chili Cook-off, Santa Clause parade and breakfast, and even “Girls Night Out”. Among many others, this tightly knit community is proud, and with great reason, of this little village.

Any summer afternoon could be well spent here, as there is always something to do, and always interesting places to see. Whether you pack your picnic, take out lunch in one of the restaurants, or even treat yourself to a delicious apple fritter from The Village Bake Shop, it is guaranteed to be a day well spent.

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62 Things To Do In Clarington This Summer!


by Clarington Tourism

Click Here for 62 Things To Do In Clarington This Summer!

Want to make your summer super special with memories that will last a lifetime?  Clarington Tourism is here to help!

Enjoy this ‘summer bucket list’ that will keep your happy campers busy each day, and tuckered out at night!

For more ideas on things to do in Clarington,  call, drop in, download our Mobile App, or Follow Us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!




A Perfect Summer Retreat




by Meaghan Newey

Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery and Cider House Golf is a fourth
generation family farm business located in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Owned and operated by Fred and Sandy Archibald, this 40-acre property is an ideal orchard site with a south-westerly slope for good air and soil drainage. With a number of other local attractions and beautiful surrounding countryside. Originally established in 1967 as a wholesale operation, Fred and Sandy have developed the family farm into several components including pick your own apples, wine tasting and more!

Wednesday June 25, 2014 will mark the 17th anniversary of the Archibald’s Winery. With a wide array of non-alcoholic, ciders and apple blends, you’ll be sure to find the perfect wine for yourself, or as a gift. After all, Archibald’s is Ontario’s leading Fruit Winery.

This summer the estate is introducing it’s Junior Golf Clinic, for ages 6-16, and instructed by Becky MacIntosh. Sandy has asked to please inquire within for more information regarding Junior Golf.

There truly is so much to do at Archibalds’s. Make sure to check back in the fall months for information on weekend events!

Picture3Don’t forget to follow/like Archibald’s on Facebook!


Simple Shopping


Story and Photos by Meaghan Newey

Do you ever spend your morning’s searching through your closet, trying on every piece of clothing you own, and still can’t find the perfect outfit? Well, search no further, you have a personal stylist close to home.

Jake’s is predominately a Surf and Skate shop, housing all the latest fashion trends in the bohemian, beach-side style. The store carries big-name brands such as Roxy, Billabong and Volcom, but also sticks to its sustainable roots by showcasing TenTree, Friggin’ Lip Balm, and many other Canadian brands. Jake’s opened its two-storey location in 2006 in the Historic Downtown Bowmanville core. If Jake’s doesn’t suit your typical fashion style, you can visit its neighbouring sister stores: Cactus and Heritage.

Whether you are looking for a swimsuit, or a business casual blazer, Jake’s has you covered. The staff works hard at maintaining a high standard in customer service by acting as your own personal stylist each and every time you enter the store.

“I love making a personal connection to my customers,” says Brittney Boone, District Manager. “Every customer that walks through the door is greeted, and all of the clothing you see in the store has been hand picked from our brand warehouses to fit our customer’s personal styles.”

You can definitely rest assured knowing that you’ll be looking fabulous in whatever you leave the store with!

Follow on:
Instagram @ShopJakes
Twitter @JakesSurf
& Facebook


No Clock, No Paper, No Problem!

The Fuel Shed


by Meaghan Newey

The quaint patisserie in the heart of downtown Bowmanville has a “hipster-esque,” yet hometown coffee shop atmosphere. With no clocks, televisions, newspapers or commercial-interrupted music, Coffee & Cakes truly provides its patrons a way to interact with each other and escape everyday stresses. But don’t worry, they have free Wi-Fi.

Barista, Mark Robinson and wife/Cake Designer, Lisa, opened their doors as Coffee & Cakes in August 2012, providing Clarington with a variety of international store roasted beans and specialty baked goods. With Summerfest happening this weekend, Coffee & Cakes has launched their own coffee label, Make Every bean Count. Customers are now able to purchase a selection of the internationally store roasted beans to take back into their own homes.

Not only do they offer what I would like to state as the best coffee in town, the Robinson’s also have a substitute option for those who don’t have such a sweet tooth.

“I was really out of shape before we opened the place, and I needed a serious lifestyle change,” says Robinson. “I started running and getting involved in triathlons. We talked about giving Clarington a healthier alternative, and that’s when we opened The Fuel Shed.”

Since 2013, The Fuel shed has been providing patrons with a healthier menu. Some options include their fresh, made-to-order protein shakes, specialty sandwiches, raw soups, and clean smoothies. Not only is clean eating a top priority of the store, but being active and getting involved in local events such as Tough Mudder, local marathons, or even small running groups is a focus point too. The Shed Team is an idea that Robinson has been toying with, but hopes to allow it grow into something of it’s own.

“Much like the Running Room, the Shed Team can be a group of people who want to enter a marathon-type event, or just go running as a group,” says Robinson. “We can sponsor your team for the event, or we can even have a networking session with health and fitness as our common goal.”

The Robinson’s truly believe in a sustainable community, agreeing that customer interaction is the base of their own success. So don’t forget to drop in, say hello to Mark and Lisa, and have yourself the best cup of coffee in Clarington!

Facebook: Coffee & Cakes, The Fuel Shed
Twitter: @thefuelshed


Clarington needs to be a place people drive to, not drive through!

We have some exciting news to share with you!

Starting next week our intern, Meaghan, is going to be featuring a new blog series for Clarington Tourism coinciding with the on-going initiative, Sustainable Clarington.

Here’s some information about Meaghan, for those of you who don’t already know her:

Currently, she is a second year student at Durham College, studying public relations. In order to obtain her diploma she sought out a placement here at the Municipality, and we are thrilled to have her on board.

When she isn’t spending her time with us, you can find her riding horses all across Ontario. A dedicated equestrian for over 15 years, Meaghan has a long list of accomplishments, most recent being the overall Champion in her division on the Ontario University Equestrian Association’s (OUEA) circuit. Don’t let her ribbons and medals fool you though, she has the bumps, bruises and stories to prove she stays humble and true to those around her — even the horses!
Find her on:
Twitter, Instagram and Pintrest: @newdulz

Here’s a bit about the upcoming series, in Meaghan’s own words:

I want to bring awareness to both the community and visitors by featuring Bowmanville, Newcastle, Courtice and Orono’s food, shopping and entertainment locations in hopes of drawing more traffic and sustainability to Clarington itself.

First stop, Bowmanville’s original Fuel Shed to chat with Mark about healthy eating with a cherry on top, stay tuned!

This June in Clarington

This June In Clarington

Welcome to wonderful June! We hope you uncover outdoor events that celebrate this wonderful month; the start of Summer in Ontario!

Home & Lifestyle Show June 1, 10am-5pm
103 Caroline St in Newcastle.
It’s held for one day at the Newcastle Memorial Arena. Its open from 10am to 5pm with over 60 Vendors

Brookside Cottage 20th Annual Self-Guided Garden/Artisan Tour June 4, 10am-4pm
A self-guided garden tour with artisans showcasing and selling their works. Old cars, bird watching, and a lunch stop (for purchase).
Contact: Corinne at 905-263-4285
7054 Lettner Road, Bowmanville (Tyrone)

7th Annual Rocking Rotary Ribfest June 6, 7 and 8
At the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex in Bowmanville
Friday & Saturday June 6th 7th, 2013  12:00 noon to 11:00 pm
Sunday June 8, 2013 – 8:00am to 8:00 pm
Sunday features the Alfie Shrubb’s Race with a Pancake Breakfast

Spring Food and Wine Festival June 7 @ 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | $10
This unique event unites renowned chefs, wine masters and breweries from across Ontario to explore the marriage of culinary art and winemaking. Those attending will have their taste buds explore special food  tastings, sample fine wines and beers. Door prizes, live music and Jacque Kent fashion accessories will be made available.
Contact Mary-Jane Nettle

Spartan Race – Toronto, at Brimacombe June 7 & 8

Cousin Courtice’s Birthday Bash June 8, 9am-4:30pm
Join in on the fun as Children’s Entertainer Malibu Bob hosts a day of FAMILY FUN!  From an interactive DJ show, to balloon animals, to magic, to walking on stilts, you’ll be sure to have a fun time.
All this in honour of our good friend and mascot at the Courtice Flea Market, Cousin Courtice.  Cousin can often be seen walking around the market handing out balloons to the kids.  At 1 pm, celebrate alongside this rascally raccoon as we present him with a birthday cake. And the good news is – Cousin Courtice likes to share!
The Courtice Flea Market has been in operation since 1992, and is one of Ontario’s few remaining authentic flea markets.

Summerfest & Annual Sidewalk Sale, June 12,13, and 14
Thursday -  Sidewalk Sale, launch of the ‘Clarington Tourism <3’s Boots and Hearts’ shop local promotion for a chance to win Boots and Hearts Music Festival tickets, new country music, and much more

Friday – NEW!!!!   Summerfest presents FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY!   Join us from 11am-10pm for delectable eats right off the street.    And for the first time at a Bowmanville festival – visit us in the BEER TENT!  while listening to new country music.  From 7-9pm Boots and Hearts presents new country artist LINDSAY BROUGHTON live from the stage at Summerfest!  Bring the family!  From Noon-3pm Classic and Vintage British cars on display. At 5:30pm Canadian Historic Grand Prix Tribute will enter Downtown Bowmanville with a police escort.  Don’t miss this chance to see vintage Formula 1 race cars.

Saturday – Rick Patterson Memorial Show and Shine, Woof Jacks Dog Show, Bowmanville Zoo animal rides, duck pond, carnival, jumping castles, food vendors, music, and sidewalk sale

Can. Historic Grand Prix At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, June 13, 14, 15th
Organized by the Vintage Automobile racing Association (VARAC), this annual historic auto racing event features beautifully restored cars from the past 50 years of motorsport. This year’s feature will be Triumph vs. MG Canadian-American Showdown

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June, 2014
09:00 am – 05:00 pm

Doors Open Clarington June 14 10am-4pm
Doors Open Clarington, in its 5th year, celebrates the uniqueness of Historic Bowmanville.
Sites will offer varied experiences from private homes once owned by well-known families and used to house training school boys during WWII’s operation of Camp 30, to industrial sites, open beach and conservation areas.  Unique opportunities await you with visits to a crematorium and fish ladder, while the heritage of this area will be highlighted in tours of some lake side cottages of West Beach, a carriage house and significant architecture like the Octagon House.
Come explore some hidden treasures & exciting adventures in Clarington.

The Outstanding in our Field Dinner Series is a culinary adventure New in 2014.
” Strawberries Fields Forever”
June 29
Join us as we set a long Tuscan Style table in and amongst the seasonal crops we feature at Watson Farms. You will experience field to fork like never before.
Ingredients for the meal will feature the fresh growin’s of Watson Farms. Sometimes the food is sourced but a few feet away from your seat and almost all items are local and prepared under the watchful eye of Award winning Chef Kathy Anyan, owner of Kcc Gourmet and Catering. .

After a tour of the farm, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and guests sharing the long table. As the meal unfolds you will have an opportunity to learn about Watson’s Farming practices and how the food is prepared. When the meal is done and the sun is setting you will leave with a better understanding of your food and we will even send you home with a treat for later.

Watch our Community Calendar for Summer Concerts on the Lawn and In The Parks throughout Clarington!