April showers bring May flowers!
We residents in Clarington are ready for our signature signs of Spring! Whether potted pansies or wild pussy willows, locally grown asparagus or creekside fiddleheads, the spring thaw offers us an opportunity to reflect upon our own, indigenous, rural roots.
We have an innate palate for pancakes smothered in ‘real’ (local) maple syrup, or applewood smoked anything, brought to us by the orchards as they prune their apple trees by hand. As ‘locals’, we reside in an area where we see this everyday; an area where others like to visit as an experience.
The farm gates open and it becomes an experience to pick-your-own food. The trout are running and it’s an experience to see the fish swimming upstream. The cyclists are in their saddle, and it’s an experience to peddle our Great Lakes shoreline or the Oak Ridges Moraine (‘the Ridges’) on the same day! Campers will soon be setting up tents among our cedar trees, to stay the weekend, and make memories with their family, as families have been vacationing here from ‘the city’ for over 100 years.
Spring has arrived; let’s go outside, experience what is right here, and share our beautiful, ‘big backyard’ called Clarington!
Let’s Go Cycling
The Waterfront Trail is a multi-use recreation trail that celebrates 1400 km of nature and culture along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Rural countryside, small towns and big cities are linked to bring our Great Lakes to this province’s residents and tourists, alike.
Since 2007 the Waterfront Trail has been growing its reputation as a unique tourism attraction, especially for cycling tourists. Clarington is proud to be a part of the ‘Ontario By Bike” Network and regularly hosts cyclists that peddle in to the Clarington Tourism Office along the trail. – Check out the 4 printable maps of the Clarington Waterfront Trail http://www.waterfronttrail.org/images/pdf_downloads/wt-zone3.pdf
Clarington’s diverse waterfront features some 37 kilometers of wetlands, meadows, forests, bluffs and beaches. Highlights include Darlington Provincial Park, Darlington Nuclear Generating Station and the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area. Thanks to its recognized wildlife habitat programs, Darlington NGS provides a home for 870 species. This is one of the few spots along the Trail where you can camp at an Ontario Provincial Park – Darlington Provincial Park. (http://www.waterfronttrail.org/clarington)
Clarington has published a unique map showing 10 cycling routes many of which are connected to the Waterfront Trail and extend into our Municipality. Suggested routes offer short loops to a full day with challenging elevations. Routes begin and end at municipal facilities that provide free parking and public washrooms! Pick up your copy at the Tourism Office, 181 Liberty Street S, Bowmanville, or view online here: http://www.clarington-tourism.ca/travelingtools/docs/Clarington-Cycling-Map.pdf
Let’s Go Fishing
Fishing Opportunities in Zone 17. Opening Season
Saturday April 26, 2014 – Fish Ontario
Recreational fishing is one of the most popular outdoor pursuits for Clarington residents and visitors alike. Anglers from all over Ontario and parts of the United States come to Clarington each year in search of that trophy trout or salmon. The Municipality of Clarington has 4 tributaries that offer first rate angling, and access to Lake Ontario’s off shore fishing and charter opportunities via Port of Newcastle and Port Darlington.
‘Let’s Go Fish’ with Clarington’s own fishing map that includes access locations, tips, tackle stores, and fishing clubs. Pick up your copy at the Tourism Office, 181 Liberty Street S, Bowmanville, or view online http://claringtontourism.net/travelingtools/docs/Clarington-Fishing-Map.pdf
Events to Attend
- Antique Appraisal Afternoon April 5,
Stop by Clarke Museum in Kirby, for an afternoon of discovery. Our Curator Charles Taws and local antique appraiser Barry Carmichael can offer you appraisal advice on your most curious belongings. Last year we saw paintings, jewellery, pottery and more. We are looking forward to the treasures we will see this year!
- Girls’ Night Out – Bowmanville, Thursday April 10, 6pm to 10pm Gift bags, good snacks and giggles are yours to enjoy while shopping in beautiful Historic Downtown Bowmanville.
- Ladies Night Fashion Show, Thursday April 10th, Orono Arena, Fundraiser in Support of the Orono Crown Lands & Orono Firefighters Association, Contact Susan Aitken 905-983-9890
- Home and Garden Show Bowmanville April 11 & 12, Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Highway 2, Bowmaville. Spring is the perfect time to start imagining what your home and garden could be like this summer! Metroland This year, the Home and Garden Show has grown again. Almost 100 vendors are participating in this year’s event showcasing their products and services, including landscaping, windows and doors, sunrooms, financial services, contractors, decorators decks, garage doors and a whole lot more! The complex will be buzzing a wide array of vendors, keynote speakers and seminars over the weekend.
- Bowmanville Antique Show Bowmanville April 18 & 19, Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Highway 2, Bowmaville
The 41st Annual ‘Bowmanville Show’ takes place Easter weekend. Come and see why this premiere show has lasted so many years! The country’s top reputable dealers save their best to offer it for sale in this highly specialized show. This is one stop shopping for many eager collectors and dealers who come to acquire examples of the best Canadiana and primitive folk art available. Painted furniture, stoneware, early lighting, native arts, pottery, textiles, decoys, paintings, folk art and great examples of decorative accessories are included in the many offerings.
Rotary “3rd Annual Earth Day Super Clean Up” April 23rd The Municipality of Clarington and Enbridge Gas will sponsor the Annual Rotary Club Super Clean Up! The Rotary Clubs of Bowmanville and Courtice coordinate this event for area students to “Pitch In” and clean up areas around their schools and neighbourhoods. A gathering at the Garnet B. Rickard Complex to enjoy a BBQ, entertainment and educational displays to provide students and the general public with environmental innovations and concerns to cap off the festivities.
- Solina Spring Wellness Day Saturday April 26, 9am to 3pm. Solina Community Centre, 1964 Concession Rd. 6, Solina, ON. Wellness practitioners gather to offer insightful information on various forms of wellness. Certified Herbologist,, local apiarist, lavender herb grower, certified yoga and pilates instructor, natural soap artisan, and a Reiki Master Teacher. A healthy lunch will be provided- Parsnip/Apple Soup, Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup, Broc-o-mole, Veggie Salad with Lavender Dressing and a Fruit/Sweet Tray, Tea or Coffee. Advanced ticket sales only. Call Karen 905-263-8886 or Jenny at 905-263-8254. All proceeds to benefit Solina Community Hall.
- Newcastle Health & Wellness Fair Wednesday April 23, from 11 am to 6 pm, Newcastle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue West, Newcastle. Local health and medial proffessional’s are getting together to show you how you can stay fit and healthy with business right in your own town!! Its FREE for the public! There are door prizes along with prizes in every booth!! Come by all day!! There are goodie bags for the first 100 people!!! Also, bring a non perishable food item for the local food bank!
- Spring Compost Event Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8 am to noon. Residents will be able to “trade” a non-perishable donation to a local food bank for free compost. In 2013 over 350 cars attended the compost event. This event will be located at the Operations Depot 42, 178 Darlington/Clarke Townline Road in Bowmanville. Those wishing to participate should bring containers – maximum 3 – and a shovel. Participants will be required to fill their own containers with the fresh compost. Durham Region staff will be on hand to facilitate the exchange of damaged blue boxes and green bins for new.
- Clarington Intermediate Band Festival Bowmanville Apr-26 An exciting evening of music from across the Globe
- How To In 10 Festival Clarington Public Library, Bowmanville Branch Apr-26 10am to 2pm. A Festival and Roadshow of learning new things in 10 minute stations.
- Women’s Show Bowmanville April 26, Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Highway 2, Bowmaville
As you arrive at theRickard Recreation Complex, it will be immediately evident that something special has come to town. At our Main Entrance admission table, (just $5.00 per person with children under the age of 12 admitted free), visitors to the Show will begin to hear the murmur of hundreds of excited women interacting with our vendors. As a matter of fact, we have space for up to 100 hand picked exhibitors from as far away as Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, as well as local businesses.
- Newcastle 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday April 19th, 9am to 3pm. villageofnewcastle.ca