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

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‘Ghosts of Years Gone By’

Photos and Story by Clarington Tourism

If you have ever walked through an Ontario Provincial Park at dusk, just before the campfires are lit, you may have sensed something nostalgic that seems to stir up intrigue of settlers and pioneers past. Tales of ghosts seem to warrant telling at this twilight hour!

Darlington Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Ontario, had just that in store for us last night during their Annual “Ghosts of Years Gone By” Spirit Walk.

Along with 150  visiting guests, we enjoyed a beautiful August evening walk with Park staff, student interpreters in period costume, and perhaps some spirits of early founding residents to this area.

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Starting out east from the Log Cabin nestled along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, we followed the winding path to the beautiful outdoor Park Amphitheatre  

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Our Guide led us by lantern through a network of dirt and paved paths  throughout the Park’s four trails.   We were greeted rather spontaneously by a number of spirited  historical characters. Our first encounter was the 1794 loyalist settler Roger Conant, who was busy burying gold in Robinson Creek.

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As we bade our farewell to the Conant family and continued on our journey, even the lamp could not cast light on where we were headed next…

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We met a young settler girl along the way who enlightened us with tales of her daily pioneer chores.

Then, the striking sound of howling wolves moved us quickly along to the shelter of the log cabin!

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Inside we learned of early settler life for the Trull, Burk and Conant families.

These two generations of women were busy churning butter, grinding herbs and telling tales as they sat beside the fieldstone fireplace.

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With night falling and the sun setting low upon the beach, it cast an eerie pink glow as the mist rolled into the Bay

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The group travelled more tightly together now.  Young children bravely embraced the dark, but were cautioned by their teasing parents and grandparents to ‘watch for ghosts!’

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Part of the Park’s early Darlington history includes a small family cemetery; we were directed to it by flashlight

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Along the way we met some odd relics

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The crowd seemed to become more quiet the farther we travelled down the trail to the cemetery (even the parents!)

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Announcing their displeasure of our presence at their gravesite,  Samuel Burk and his wife Mary Van Camp gave account of their right to rest in peace!

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It was time to return to the Park store and bid farewell, when one last character appeared and met us with a blast! He was determined to protect us from ‘ravaging wolves’ and created quite a stir when he mistakenly directed his threat upon  some of our leashed pets.  After his self correction and then a wrestle with stuffed wolf, he ran off into the deep, dark forest.

After applause, we said goodnight to our new ‘old’ friends, and the children were happily off to bed at their campsite!

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THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS AT DARLINGTON PROVINCIAL PARK FOR SUCH GREAT ENTERTAINMENT!

If you missed this evening of ghostly tales and are dying to attend a Spirit Walk, there are ghosts aplenty appearing in nearby Bowmanville  the month of October.  Join Clarington Museum and their  ghostly guides on Thursday evenings as they lead you across the museum grounds and through historic downtown Bowmanville sharing other worldly accounts from the town’s early history!

Or experience a cemetery walk in Bowmanville  on Sept 21st

Call 905.623.2734 to reserve or email info@claringtonmuseums.com