10 Things to Do With Your Sweetheart This Valentine’s Day in Clarington!

February is officially here and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This year, enjoy some of the local charms that Clarington has to offer and take your loved ones out for a Valentine’s Day that they won’t forget. Whatever you’re looking for, Clarington has something for everyone to enjoy. Here are 10 things you can do with your Valentine this year in Clarington.

  1. Go for a romantic trail ride

Take your loved ones on a western style horseback ride from Kuzenko Riding Stables. Their scenic trail rides are suited for every level, and will take you away from the stress of the world.

  1. Dinner on the Town

What could be more iconic than taking your loved one out for a romantic dinner? Luckily, Clarington has many options for you to choose from. Whether it’s an intimate dinner night at Three Six Kitchen & Lounge located in Historic Downtown Bowmanville, or a night out with friends at the Old Newcastle House Taps & Grill in Newcastle, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. Reservations are encouraged. Call your desired restaurant for more information.

  1. Take a Romantic Hike along our many Trails

What could be more romantic than taking a stroll with the one you love along a beautiful stretch of Clarington’s lakefront, or a beautiful conservation area? Sip a warm beverage and hold hands while enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors. Let Mother Nature set the romantic scenery; you just have to bring your date.

  1. Unwind and Reconnect at the Spa

Enchanted Hands Day Spa, located in Bowmanville, has Valentine’s Day packages that will help you and your sweetheart relax and enjoy each other’s company. From a couples massage to a Champagne and Rose Body Scrub, a relaxing afternoon awaits you. For more information and to book your spot, contact Enchanted Hands at 905-623-9836.

  1. Enjoy the Slopes at Brimacombe

Take your date (or family) out for a day of skiing or snowboarding at Clarington’s premier ski hill. If you don’t know how to ski, that’s not a problem. Brimacombe offers lessons, rental equipment and a warm chalet with delicious quick-serve food to help motivate and encourage you.

  1. Celebrate Early, Visit the Courtice Flea Market

The Courtice Flea Market is hosting its annual “Sweetheart Sunday” on February 12. Stroll the market and find an array of hidden treasures and chances to win prizes throughout the day.

  1. Take in some Arts & Culture

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is located in Bowmanville in the historic old Cream of Barley Mill. Rich with history, and artistic talent, the red-bricked building is situated alongside Soper Creek. After appreciating the local exhibits, take a leisurely walk through a beautifully landscaped path running through the grounds.

  1. Take a Romantic Drive along A Country Path

A Country Path is a self-guided tour that runs throughout Clarington’s countryside and offering a beautiful setting for a romantic drive. While driving, stop at Tyrone Mills and pick up some delicious treats, or finish your journey at Tetra Kitchen and Vines for a romantic evening dinner date.

  1. Stay a night at one of Clarington’s B&B’s

Clarington boasts many beautiful bed and breakfasts throughout our community. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening in the country, or a more exotic experience that includes animals at Jungle Cat World, you’re sure to find the perfect place to spend some quality time with the one you love.

  1. Shop Local

Clarington is home to four major downtown cores, all with specialty shops, cafes, and places to search for that perfect gift. Stop by Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle or Orono, to find that perfect.

These are only some of the many options to pick from. For more ideas visit our Tourism Information Centre located at 181 Liberty Street South in Bowmanville, or give our team a call at 905-623-4356. You can also check out our Romantic Getaways options on our website.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Tourism team.

Enjoy the Winter Break!

With two weeks of Winter Break to look forward to, many parents are looking to plan some fun activities to fill time after the Holidays. We’ve taken the research out of your hands, here are some fun activities and events happening during the break to keep everyone occupied until school is back in session.

Enjoy the great outdoors, like true Canadians!

Explore the Ganaraska Forest
Give cross-country skiing or snowshoeing a try. The entire trail system is groomed and tracks are set. Don’t have your own snowshoes or skis? Rentals are available.

Hit the slopes of Brimacombe17_winter_brimacombe4
Do you like snowboarding or downhill skiing? Get active, enjoy the fresh air and catch up with friends on the chairlift ride up the hill.

Enjoy the trails of Darlington Provincial Park
Dig out a pair of cross-country skis or old snowshoes and head to Darlington Provincial Park. For only $3, you can enjoy a quintessential Canadian winter day. Find daily conditions on their Facebook page.

Strap on those skates
Free Skate (courtesy of Tim Horton’s)
January 4, 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Garnet B. Rickard Complex

Christmas Public Skate (courtesy of MP Erin O’Toole)
January 8, 2017 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex

14summer-attraction-zoosGet up and close to the animals at Jungle Cat World
Only closed Christmas Day and New Years Day; you can enjoy wild animals from around the world almost any day of the week during the break. Don’t miss the guided feeding tour at 1:30 p.m. every day.


Prefer to enjoy winter in the warmth?

Burn off energy at Joey’s World Indoor Playground
Enjoy Durham’s largest, family indoor playground featuring a 20 foot rock wall, multi-tiered play structure as well as a toddler designation area. Also offering Ontario’s largest aerial ropes course with 21 challenging elements; Sky Trekking. Great for adults too.

Get creative at Janet Lange Art & Design 
Kids Christmas Camp (appropriate for ages 3+)
December 27 until 30 and January 2 until 6. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Still looking for New Year’s Eve plans? We’ve got you covered!

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at South Courtice Arena 6 to 9 p.m.
Includes public skating 6 to 7:10 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:40 p.m.
Face painting, party favours, arts and crafts and more!

A Gift of Art New Year’s Party. Ring in the start of Canada’s 150th year at Newcastle Community Hall featuring “ABBAMANIA” 8:30 p.m. until 1 a.m.

For more information be sure to stop by the Tourism Office, located at 181 Liberty Street South in Bowmanville. The Tourism Team is here to help.

Our Holiday Hours are as follows:

December 24: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
December 25: Closed
December 26: Closed
December 27 to 30: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 31: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
January 2 to 7: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Clarington Santa Watch 2016

Clarington is home to five Santa Claus Parades to get you in the holiday spirit. Mark your calendar and enjoy the season!

 

 

Fall for Clarington

‘Fall for Clarington’ this autumn. It is the perfect time to discover, enjoy and explore our community. As the leaves begin to change, it’s time to embrace and enjoy all the colours, flavours and experiences of fall.

Take the perfect weekend road trip and explore one of our many ‘Pick your own’ orchards, or enjoy a fall festival, take a fall hike, or even a scenic drive along Clarington’s country roads. Our community offers a large selection of activities to peek your interest.

Here are some of our favourite ideas to help you fall for Clarington.

Go Apple Picking

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Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery

 

Clarington is home to many unique orchards and markets. Take your family to one of our popular orchards, such as at Watson’s Farms or Archibald Orchards to pick-your-own; or buy fresh local apples at one of the many markets along the way.

Here’s a list of some of the Farm Fresh markets along the way: http://www.clarington.net/en/tourism/farm-fresh.asp


P
umpkin Picking…

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Knox Family Pumpkin Farm

If you want to extend your farm fresh experience, try picking your own pumpkins! Hop aboard a wagon ride at Knox’s Pumpkin Farm or Pingle’s Farm Market. They are the perfect place to spend a day with your family, choosing that ideal pumpkin for your porch.

 

 

Enjoy a Scenic Drive

Spend a crisp fall afternoon enjoying the rural sights along Clarington’s countryside. On September 24 & 25 take a drive along A Country Path and enjoy the Fall Harvest Driving Tour. Take in the gorgeous scenery, and don’t forget to stop by Tyrone Mills Ltd. for an apple cider donut!
Here are some stops that you can enjoy along your route: http://acountrypath.com/

Family fun at a Fall Festival

There are many exciting fall festivals to explore this fall. Welcome in the season at Newcastle’s Harvest Festival on October 1. Taking place in Downtown Newcastle, enjoy a pancake breakfast, great shopping, and more.  Don’t miss the popular Apple

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Newcastle Harvest Fest – Oct 1st

Festival & Craft Show in Downtown Bowmanville. This annual festival is buzzing with music, delicious apple fritters, and ideal fall shopping.

For a complete listing of the events happening throughout Clarington this fall, visit our community calendar here: http://www.clarington.net/en/tourism/festivals-events.asp

 

Explore our Trailsimg_0357l

Fall is the perfect season to explore our waterfront trails and conservation areas. With the changing colour and crisp air, it makes for the perfect backdrop as you take in the scenery and snap some family photos. There are many to cycle or walk, and you can find them all here: http://www.clarington.net/en/tourism/trails.asp

These are only some of the great ways to ‘Fall for Clarington’!

Stop by the tourism office today, located at 181 Liberty Street South in Bowmanville, to learn more of the great things awaiting you this season.

Nightlife in Clarington

If you’re in Clarington visiting, or a local resident looking for fun, try a night out on the town. You are sure to find something that will spark your interest!

Here are some ideas to get your evening started:

  1. Shooters & Shots: Play the billiards at Shooters & Shots, let loose with karaoke, or sit back and enjoy some quality time with friends.
  2. Live Music: Our local pubs hold that small town friendly feel that will introduce you to new friends and reconnect you with old ones. Some pubs, like The Courtyard, The Snug, and The Village Inn host karaoke and live music! We also have other outlets for live music, such as the Friday Night Concert at the Orono Fair!
  3. A Local Brewery: Not only does Manantler Craft Brewery have delicious freshly brewed craft beer, but every weekend you can enjoy a live band with your cold beer.
  4. Patios & Restaurants: Soak in our breeze while sipping on your favourite drink at our local patios! Try a new restaurant such as Tetra Kitchen and LoungeFire Hall Bistro, or Castle John’s
  5. Fishing: Evening fishing will guarantee a good catch. Pick up our fishing map at the Tourism Office or check it out Online!

8 teen-focused ideas for when you’re looking for a fun evening out in Clarington:

  1. Youth Centre: The Firehouse Youth Centre is a drop-in recreational facility for youth between the ages of 12-19. They are open Tuesday to Friday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. This is a FREE facility that offers pool tables, basketball courts, hockey nets, videogames, and more! They also have events going on everyday.
  2. Movies: Catch a Movie at Cineplex Odeon in Bowmanville offers ½ price Tuesdays. Enjoy your favourite flick for only $6 every Tuesday!
  3. Ice Cream: The Enniskillen General Store sell BIG SCOOPS of Kawartha Dairy ice cream at great prices. Selling 40 flavours to select from, you’re sure to find something you like in this historical Enniskillen store! They also offer drinks, ice, gifts, crafts, and local honey. Open everyday this summer from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
  4. Skate Parks: The municipality has four skate parks. These skate parks have been home to some popular skateboarders, such as, Rob Pyontek and Jordan Bandula. For all your retail skateboarding needs, check out our local shop S.O.S.-Boardz in Bowmanville.  
  5. Cake Decorating: Located in the Bowmanville Bulk Barn, Owner of Bella Torta and Wilton Method Instructor will show you step by step how to create your next dessert masterpiece!
  6. Art: What’s better than enjoying good food while unleashing your creative side? Check out the Paint Nite at Boston Pizza or That’s My Spot in Bowmanville! Or check out the art classes at Janet Lange.
  7. Escape Room: Clarington’s first escape room, The Panic Room. An immersive themed escape room game, different than anything you have ever experienced. Open until 12 a.m. from Wednesday to Saturday, and open until 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. 
  8. Events: Always be sure to check out our local events to find join in on some of the fun near you!

Be sure to stop by the Tourism Office, located at 181 Liberty Street South in Bowmanville. The Tourism Team is here to help you plan. We’re open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday!

Discover Clarington’s Heritage

Clarington is full of rich history for you to discover. In today’s high technology world, it has never been easier to uncover new and old facts that have shaped the place we call home.

This year’s Clarington Heritage Week  is taking place August 8 to 14 at  many historical locations throughout Clarington. What a better time to learn your impressive local history!

Enjoy live music at one of Clarington’s Outdoor Concerts, take a historical walking tour, or watching a play unfold at the Clarington Museums.

For more information on what you can discover this Heritage Week, visit the official website for location details http://www.claringtonheritage.ca/events/current.php.

Enjoy these FREE community concerts and tours:

Monday, August 8

  • Opening Reception and Presentation on the Avro Arrow at the Bowmanville Museum
    6:30-8:30 PM

Tuesday, August 9

  • Newcastle History Room at the Newcastle Community Hall
    6:00 PM
  • Newcastle Walking Tour
    6:00 PM
  • Newcastle Concert at the Newcastle Community Hall
    7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 10

  • “Find Your Roots,” Introduction to Genealogy
    7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Clarington Public Library Bowmanville Branch
  • “Word of Honour: A Ghost Story”
    7:30 PM
    Bowmanville Museum – Tickets claringtonmuseums.com

Thursday, August 11

  • Bowmanville Walking Tour
    6:00 PM
  • Bowmanville Concert
    7:00 PM
  • “Word of Honour: A Ghost Story”
    7:30 PM
    Bowmanville Museum – Tickets claringtonmuseums.com

Friday, August 12

  • Solina Walking Tour Coffee and pies served after the tour at Solina Hall
    7:00 PM
  • “Word of Honour: A Ghost Story”
    7:30 PM
    Bowmanville Museum Tickets claringtonmuseums.com

Saturday, August 13

  • Newcastle History Room Open Newcastle Community Hall
    11:00 AM
  • Newcastle Walking Tour
    12:00 PM
  • Ehrenwort Trail Walking Tour
    4:00 PM
  • “Word of Honour: A Ghost Story”
    7:30 PM
    Bowmanville Museum – Tickets claringtonmuseums.com

Sunday, August 14

  • “Word of Honour: A Ghost Story”
    2:00 PM
    Bowmanville Museum – Tickets claringtonmuseums.com
  • Newtonville Walking Tour
    5:00 PM
  • Newtonville Concert
    6:30 PM

*Events are subject to change, please check back for the latest information and follow Clarington Heritage on Twitter at @Clar_Heritage

Summer Fun for Clarington Teens

Without a doubt, teens around the Municipality are buzzing with excitement to have the ‘Best Summer Yet’. Here are a few ideas to make sure this summer is everything you could have hoped for!

Visit the Parks!

Head to the Ganaraska Forest Centre, and try your hand at Tree Top Trekking. Glide along the tree-tops and see the forest in a whole new way.

Need to cool off for the day? Take your friends to Cedar Park Resort, minutes north of Bowmanville. Along with a large water park, this resort offers mini-putting and picnic grounds. It’s a great place for a group hangout, sure to create a day filled with lots of smiles, splashes and sunshine!

Looking to soak up the sunshine on the beach? Clarington West Beach Park is the spot. Head down to Port Darlington with a few friends for a beautiful day on the sandy shore of Lake Ontario. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Are you Hungry?

Clarington has a great selection of dining-out options. Lucky for us, these restaurants and food trucks are sure to satisfy every sweet, salty and savory craving.

Walk or drive to Hanc’s Chip Truck and Junior’s Sourdough Pizza, conveniently placed together, east of downtown Bowmanville. Both of these trucks deliver a variety of options from meat-lovers favourites, cheesy poutine and more!

Undecided about where to take a first date? Why not try Castle John’s in Newcastle or The Fire Hall Bistro in Orono? Both restaurants are reasonably priced for your part-time dollar. They also provide a large menu, and feature an amazing variety to make for a delicious meal.

If you’re looking for a sweet experience with your friends, take a walk (or drive) over to the Chocolate Messenger. This chocolate factory carries some of the finest Swiss chocolate, sure to indulge your taste buds.

Go Geocaching!

A great way to get outdoors and still be interactive with technology, geocaching is becoming a worldwide ongoing event. Luckily enough, Durham Region has their own local Geocaching Passport, where you have the chance to win a prize if you can find 24 out of 48 spots from Pickering to at home in Clarington!

Try Adventure!

For those who are up for some speed, look to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Sit track side at a NASCAR race, walk the paddock and get up close to the Superbikes, or camp under the stars. 16 years-old and under get in free. Start planning and check out the CTMP schedule for the next race weekend.

Looking for a thrill? Paintballing is the way to go. Book a game at Newcastle Outback Paintball, for an afternoon of ducking and dodging, laughing and having fun with your friends.

There is much more to enjoy throughout Clarington this summer, this is just to get your planning started. Find more on the Clarington Tourism website. Don’t miss our local events happening nearly every weekend, too!

Farm Fresh Favourites in Clarington

It’s summer and Clarington’s most popular farm markets are open!
Whether you’re looking for something sweet, or something to compliment tonight’s BBQ, Clarington has a variety of fresh and local offerings.
Explore life on the farm, and bring Clarington’s top quality produce to your table!

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Algoma Orchards Gourmet Market
201 Regional Road 42, Newcastle
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Allin’s Orchard and Country Market
3479 Concession Road 3, Newcastle

Archibald’s Orchard and Estate Winery
6275 Liberty Street N, Bowmanville
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Country Market Garden Centre
2535 Taunton Road E, Bowmanville

Clement Orchards
85 Lovekin Road, Newcastle

Fred’s Fruit Market
4303 Highway 115 North, Orono

Found Family Farm
1246 Prestonvale Road, Courtice
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 Gallery on the Farm
1721 Regional Road 3, Enniskillen
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Geissberger Farmhouse Cider
5345 Langmaid Road, Hampton
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Kent Farms
3298 Concession Road 4, Orono
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Knox’s Pumpkin Farm
6325 Enfield Road, Hampton
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Link Greenhouses
3990 Bragg Road, Bowmanville
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Mostert Greenhouses
1489 Lambs Road, Bowmanville
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Pingles Farm Market
1805 Taunton Road, Hampton
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Price’s Country Market & Greenhouse
2895 Highway 2, Bowmanville

“R”Farm
3388 Concession Road 3, Newcastle
rfarmfresh.ca

Snowden Farms
1576 Concession Road 7, Eniskillen
allnaturalmeatpies.com

Stapleton Farms
3030 Stapleton Road, Newcastle

Tall Boots Farm
755 Newtonville Road, Newtonville
tallbootsfarm.ca

The Egg Shack
4240 Concession Road 4, Orono

Watson Farms Ltd.
2287 Regional Highway 2, Bowmanville
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Wilmot Orchards Inc.
3337 Concession Road 3, Newcastle
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Visit the Clarington Farmer’s Market, every Sunday from 10AM to 2PM!
Discover more of what is in season at Durham Farm Fresh!

For more information, visit us at 181 Liberty Street South, Bowmanville!

62 Things To Do In Clarington This Summer

School is out for the Summer, it’s time to have fun!
Explore, discover and enjoy Summer in Clarington with amazing adventures, exciting festivals, and family fun.

Clarington’s Tourism Team has some fantastic ideas to help you make the most of your school break, or vacation from work. Whether you’re looking for fun-filled family activities, or something to do with your friends, we’ve got it all! Relax, enjoy and discover what to do ‘Only in Clarington!’

 

  1. ENTER A FAIR CONTEST
  2. FRISBEE AT THE PARK
  3. GO TO ART CAMP
  4. GO FISHING
  5. SPRING INTO THE PAST 
  6. SKIP ROCKS AT THE BEACH
  7. WALK YOUR DOG IN THE OAK RIDGES MORAINE
  8. CAMP IN A TENT 
  9. WALK ON A BOARDWALK
  10. GO TO THE WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL
  11. SHOOT A WATER CANNON  
  12. BEFRIEND A TIGER
  13. BORROW A LIBRARY BOOK
  14. LEARN ABOUT NATURE AT A MARSH
  15. JOIN A READING CLUB
  16. LEARN TO STAKEBOARD
  17. SEE A FISH LADDER AT VALLEYS 2000
  18. PLAY ON THE FARM
  19. GO BLUEBERRY PICKING
  20. LEARN TO BE A CHEF 
  21. PICNIC AT A PROVINCIAL PARK
  22. SIT TRACK SIDE AT A NASCAR RACE
  23. PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES
  24. EAT SOME SWEETS
  25. ENJOY MUSIC IN THE PARK
  26. GO TO A SUPERBIKE RACE
  27. TAKE PART IN TUESDAYS ON THE TRAIL
  28. HAVE A TEA PARTY 
  29. CYCLE A CONSERVATION AREA
  30. SPEND A DAY OUT WITH YOUR PET
  31. MINI PUTT IN THE SUNSHINE
  32. PICNIC WITH PICASSO
  33. EAT HOMEMADE DONUTS
  34. GO TREETOP TREKKING
  35. POTTERY PAINTING
  36. COOL DOWN WITH A SMOOTHIE
  37. CELEBRATE CANADA DAY
  38. CLIMB AN INDOOR PLAYGROUND
  39. PLAY A GAME OF SQUASH
  40. SHOP A SIDEWALK SALE
  41. VISIT A FARMERS’ MARKET
  42. GO ICE SKATING
  43. GO TO A FLEA MARKET
  44. COOL OFF IN A COMMUNITY POOL
  45. DISCOVER YOUR OWN GREEN THUMB
  46. GET GOLFING
  47. FOLLOW AN ICE CREAM TRAIL
  48. TRY A NEW PLACE TO EAT
  49. EXPLORE THE WATERFRONT TRAIL
  50. ENTER A RACE
  51. VISIT AN ART FESTIVAL
  52. GO DOWN A GIANT WATERSLIDE
  53. GO ON A HERITAGE TOUR.
                      Are you looking for something to do while the kids are away?

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  54. CLARINGTON CRAFT BEER FEST
  55. DISCOVER OUR LOCAL WINERY
  56. OPEN MIC AT A BREWERY
  57. ENJOY DINNER ON THE PATIO
  58. GET PAMPERED!
  59. DISCOVER YOUR TIMELESS ANTIQUE
  60. TREAT YOURSELF TO FINE DINING
  61. ENJOY A LOCAL B&B
  62. TRY KUNDALINI YOGA

Whatever you have planned, we wish you a safe and happy summer!

Be sure to stop by the Tourism Office, located at 181 Liberty Street South in Bowmanville. The Tourism Team is here to help you plan. We’re open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Monday through Saturday!