This September in Clarington

September2This September In Clarington
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!

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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


This May In Clarington

Words and photos by Clarington Tourism

April showers bring May flowers – here’s what’s blooming ‘This Month in Clarington’!

Maple Festival and All That Jazz, in beautiful Historic Downtown Bowmanville, Saturday May 3rd, 9am to 5pm.  A celebration of spring and the maple syrup harvest along with cool jazz in the heart of Historic Downtown Bowmanville’s main street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic on the day. Enjoy all things maple, such as breakfast or lunch of flapjacks, sausage and real maple syrup served in a huge marquee tent, maple flavoured hot made-on-the-spot doughnuts, elephant ears and maple syrup, and maple fudge, along with interesting exhibits, unique crafts to purchase, rides for the children and, of course, cool jazz at several locations. A chance to take the family out to enjoy the warmer temperatures of Spring. And don’t forget to visit the local stores who will have their Spring merchandise display.

Earth Day Tree Planting, May 3rd, Enniskillen Conservation Area  The public is invited to give nature a helping hand at Central Lake Ontario Conservation’s annual Earth Day event being held at the Sanderson Tract, which is part of the north section of Enniskillen Conservation Area, The event is FREE and will run rain or shine, on Saturday May 3rd from 9:00am until noon. All wishing to participate are asked to register online or call 905-579-0411, ext. 142   , and free online registration

Men’s Night Out Poker Event, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park May 3rd, in support of Lakeridge Bowmanville Hosptial
Details and registration HERE:

Haydon Kitchen Party , May 3rd. This event in its 4th year is a concert featuring local musicians gathering to help raise funds for Haydon Community Hall.  This year we are featuring Trish Robb, Tim Watson and County West.  Tickets are $25 and are available online, or at Hands On Music in Bowmanville.  You may also call 905-263-4494 for more information. There will be food and refreshments as well as a silent auction table at the event.

12th Annual Free Comic Book Day. May 3rd, Gnu Books, located at the Courtice Flea Market, is once again celebrating it’s free comic book day. Gnu has been located at the market for the past three years, and offers a number of comics, novels etc. So come on out to the Courtice Flea Market to pick up your free comic!!! 10am-4pm, Courtice Flea Market (Gnu Books Booth), 1696 Bloor Street, Courtice

Mothers Day Workshop with Terren’s Wellness Centre at The Fire Hall Bistro, Orono. An introductory class for making a melt and pour soap, basic cream, and an epson salt bath blend. Refreshments will be served. Reserved your spot by May 1, 2014 by calling 905-983-5000 Cost: $25.00 each – supplies included

Paws to Read, Clarington Public Library Bowmanville Branch, May 3RD and 10, 2-4pm. The Paws to Read® program is designed to match children with a certified therapy dog and their handler for a fun one-on-one reading session! Studies have shown that reading to dogs encourages confidence and boosts self-esteem in children. Reading out loud to a Paws to Read dog boosts literacy and makes reading fun! Advanced registration required per 15 minute session; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone. No charge. Presented in partnership with Therapeutic Paws of Canada, a non-profit, charitable organization.

Mandarin MS Walk, May 4th, Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Hwy 2, Bowmanville. Every year over 40,000 Canadians in more than 160 communities across our country lace up at the MS Walk to raise vital funds for people living with MS. This family-oriented, community-supported event offers walking routes of varying lengths – including a wheelchair-accessible route – and features start/finish line activities such as inspiring words from MS Ambassadors (people living with MS), entertainment, team awards and more. 08:00 AM – 02:00 PM. 905 668 0388,

Annual Salad Luncheon, May 7th, Trinity United Church The annual ‘Salad Luncheon and Spring Bazaar’ is being held with continuous seating from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Take outs are available and delivery available within Bowmanville. Get your tickets early.
Details HERE:

61st Annual Kinsmen Carnival, the Garnet B. Rickard Complex, May 8to 11. Bowmanville. Family fun, rides, games, candy floss and carnival food. All in support of a great cause – your community! May 8 is Loonie/Toonie day. May 11 is Mothers Day; Mothers ride free all day! For advanced all day pass purchase, visit participating shops in Downtown Bowmanville. Come out for a day of family fun and excitement!

Neil Newton – the TYRONE SERIES 1970-73, May 8, 588 Markham Street, Toronto. Reception 11am, with artist talk at 4pm.

Around 1970, Newton bought a small farm at Regional Rd 57 outside of Toronto in Durham region. He took a series of photographs documenting rural life in the Tyrone, Enniskillen, Haydon and Hampton areas. The prints perfectly captured the characters and life in the area at that time. They toured Canada as part of a joint project by Art Gallery of Ontario, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Canada Council. The exhibition then journeyed to England and Sweden. Two photographs in the series are now housed in the National Gallery collection in Ottawa. Neil is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.

National Day of Honour May 9 – contact Royal Canadian Legion

Miche Canada Open House & Warehouse Sale, May 9. 1712 Baseline Rd W., Courtice. 1 day a year for 4 hours only (5-9pm)! See all 4 sizes of purses & hundreds of Shells purse covers).

Newcastle Horticultural Society Plant Sale, May 10, Newcastle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue West, Newcastle. Gleaned from our members gardens, plants of all types at reasonable prices.  8am -Noon.  Also selling Mother’s Day arrangements and pots.

Orono Historic Walking Tour May 10 Join Charles Taws in a historic guide of downtown Orono, 1-2:30pm. Phone: 905-623-2734,

Put Some Spring in Your Step May 10– Ganaraska Forest Centre. 10am-2pm. Join in and search for flowers and spring birds during Migratory Bird Week. Enjoy a guided ecology walk through the Ganaraska Forest. Don’t forget your binoculars, and birding and flower guides! Pre-registration is required by calling 905 885 8173.

Bethesda House 12th Annual Spring Fling Dinner/Auction, May 15 Clarington Beech Centre, 26 Beech Avenue. Bowmanville.  Doors open at 6 pm – Tickets $60 each – for tickets or to donate items for the auction.
Details HERE:

Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, May 16, 17,, 18. The unofficial kick-off to the summer season, Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend will feature the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the ground-pounding muscle cars of the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series plus the return of Pirelli World Challenge (Touring & B-Spec).  Four Canadian Series’, the Canadian Touring Car Championship, Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, Formula 1600 Super Series and the Canadian Supercar Championship will round out the exciting on-track action. Tickets available here:

Spring Flower Show, May 20, Newcastle Community Hall, 7:30-9:30pm. ‘New Plants For Raised Gardens’ with John Storie. Centennial room. Staging time 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Call 905 987 1746

OPG Family Days: Garden Party & Teddy Bear Picnic, May 24, noon to 4pm. Bowmanville Museum, 37 Silver Street. Spring has sprung and we’re ready to enjoy the blossoms. Join us in the beautiful gardens of Bowmanville Museum for our home grown plant sale, and family Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your family (and Teddy’s) to enjoy traditional garden activities and games, refreshments, and great prices on annuals and perennials. Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. No pre-registration necessary. Members: $4 per person/$14 per family (up to 5 people) Non-member: $5 per person/$18 per family (up to 5 people).

Paul Kelly – A Retospecitve Opening Reception May 25, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington,

Don’t forget to stop in and see the Artworks on display in the Main Gallery and the Showcase at the Municipality of Clarington Administrative Centre:  40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville  Exhibitions may be viewed during regular business hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Main Gallery (Room)

Diane Daigle                                       April 2014
Fred Sewell                                         May 2014
Isabel Velduis /Stuart Morley           June 2014

Tire Take Back at Dom’s Auto May 26-31

Firehouse Battle of the Bands, May 30. The Firehouse Battle of the Bands is scheduled to ROCK Garnet B. Rickard on Friday May 30th. so if your waiting for that big break??? Can’t wait to play in front of a big crowd??? Then register your band or reserve your tickets today!!!

Tag Days for Association of Hospital Volunteers, May 30 & 31 Bowmanville

Community Yard Sale May 31 organized by Knights of Columbus Council 6361, to be held rain or shine, at St. Joseph R.C. Church’s parking lot and parish hall. BBQ, music, face painting, 50-50 draw, silent auction, bake sale table. St. Vincent de Paul truck will be present to take any unsold items. 6:30am – 1pm. Phone 905 419 1509,

Raise The Barn – Fundraising Event May 30, 7pm-1am Knox Pumpkin Farm, 6325 Enfield Road, Hampton, ON  L0B 1J0. Dancing, Food and Live Entertainment. Come enjoy some very talented muscians from SASS program, Straight From The Hips and the Doozies.  It promises to be a very FUNraising night.  Silent auction, door prizes and a night under the stars.

Tickets are $25.00 with all proceeds going to RaiseTheBarn2014.  For more information visit or to hear their story, visit




This Weekend In Clarington

Thursday December 12th to Sunday December 15th

This is clearly the season of celebration and tradition, but have you checked out some of the NEW changes at Brimacombe Ski Hill lately? Part of our community since 1937, Brimacombe is experiencing exciting new growth with each passing season! We hope you re-visit Clarington in a new way this weekend!

  • Opening Day at Brimacombe Ski Hill – 4098 Regional Road 9, Orono. Saturday, December 14th – It’s official
    Brimacombe will be open for the 2013/14 season! (weather and snow conditions permitting, of course)“When it comes to skiing and snowboarding in the GTA, few will find a better experience than at Brimacombe. Rated “The Best in the Snow Business” by the Canadian Ski Council, Brimacombe caters to the traditional skier as well as the snowboarder who wants to jib all day long in one of our terrain parks. There’s no better way to experience Brimacombe than coming down and hitting the slopes.Below we have listed some of the great features at Brimacombe. We’re always improving our experience… sign up for our e-newsletter to keep tabs on all the exciting things happening at the Brim!”

    Open to members and non-members

    300 Foot Vertical

    21 runs & trails from beginner to expert for day skiing

    11 runs are available for night skiing

    2 Terrain Parks

    100% snowmaking coverage

    4 quad chairs

    5 T-Bars

    Magic Carpet Conveyor Lift®

    2 Chalets with Cafeterias

    Slopeside Retail Store with Tune-Ups and Repairs (Gate 4)

    Equipment Rentals (Gate 4)

    Professional Ski & Snowboard Instruction (Gate 4)

    Pee Wee Ski Camp (Gate 1)

    Radio Equipped Ski Patrol

    Race Program

    Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers

    Social Events – Ski Swap, Open House, Après Ski Parties, Rail Jams, BrimFest and more

  • Jingle Bell Rock – Clarington Public Library Bowmanville Branch, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 7:00pm.   Join the Clarington Public Library for a holiday story-time and sing-a-long! Listen to classic holiday stories like “Twas the Night Before Christmas” then jingle bell rock out to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and many more classic holiday tunes. It will be a rocking good time!  No registration required – drop-in. Families of all ages welcome!

  • The Animals Gift Holiday Performance – The Bowmanville Zoo, 340 King Street East, Bowmanville. Dec 14th & 15th Matinee Performances (throught to Dec 31st)
    “Come celebrate the season with the animals from the Bowmanville Zoo, as they present The Animals Gift. This live theatrical performance is a multicultural event that displays the historical relationship amongst humans and animals throughout this festive period.
    Travel back in time through the holiest of seasons, as seen through the eyes, and felt in the hearts of the animals of our planet. As the world tenderly sleeps, the wild creatures of field and forest come forward to rejoice and celebrate in the wonder of this festive season. Come and share with our animals, their gifts to us. and share with our animals their gifts
    to us.”
  • Breakfast with Santa at Tyrone Community Centre on Saturday, December 14th from 10am to 2pm.
  • Tree Hunting in Clarington” – Here is a link via with acres of fresh, local Ontario Christmas Tree Growers in our Municipality –

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This Weekend in Clarington

November 28 to December 1

Before checking out this weekend’s events, get a cuppa and find a comfortable chair – because it’s a long list …..

  • CP Holiday Train at the Scugog/Wellington Streets Crossing, Bowmanville (south side of track). Train arrives at 6:30PM on Thursday, November 28th
  • Courtice Christmas Tree Lighting at Whitecliffe Terrace, 1460 Highway 2, Courtice, on Thursday, November 28th at 6:30PM
  • Annual Christmas Open House at Newcastle Home Decor, 80 King Avenue East, Newcastle, on Thursday November 28th from 6 to 9 PM
  • Christmas in Clarington Country at various locations in Enniskillen, Bowmanville, Tyrone and Newcastle, from Friday, November 29th to Sunday, December 1st, 10AM to 5PM.  Pick up a map of this shopping tour at the Tourism Office, 181 Liberty Street South, Bowmanville
  • Christmas in Newcastle, Open House Event at Health Soaps Bath & Body, 98 Mill Street South, Newcastle, on  Friday, November 29th from 10AM to 11PM
  • “County West” performs at Trinity United Church, 116 Church Street, Bowmanville, on Friday, November 29th at 7:30PM.  Tickets 905-623-3138
  • Orono Santa Claus Parade, downtown Orono, on Saturday, November 30th starting at 10:30AM
  • Breakfast with Santa, at the Newcastle Community Hall, King Avenue, Newcastle, on Saturday, November 30th from 8AM to11AM
  • A Country Christmas in Solina at Solina Hall, Concession 6 (Conlin Road) and Solina Road, on Saturday, November 30th from 10AM to 4:30PM
  • 1st Annual Holiday Sale (proceeds to Clarington Tiger Cats Football Club) at the Garnet Rickard Centre, Saturday, November 30th from 9AM to 6PM.
  • First Annual Christmas Open House at Silly Sisters Antique Emporium, 5324 Main Street, Orono, on Saturday November 30th from 10AM to 6PM, and Sunday December 1st, 10AM to 5PM
  • First Annual Christmas Open House at Butternut Mercantile and Coffee Parlour, 5423 Main Street, Orono, on Saturday November 30th from 10AM to 6PM, and Sunday December 1st, 11AM to 5PM  here
  • Christmas Open House at Patriot Antiques, 5283 Main Street, Orono, on Saturday November 30th from 10AM to 5PM 
  • Christmas Open House, with live entertainment, at the Port of Newcastle Marina.  Call 905-987-5251
  • Christmas with the Alpacas Open House at One Stop Alpacas, 1857 Durham Road 3, Concession Road 8, Enniskillen.  This is the last weekend for the open house – Friday and Saturday, November 29th and 30th from 10AM to 5PM, and Sunday, December 1st from 11AM to 4PM.
  • Christmas Bazaar and Home Show at Kingsway Arms Clarington Centre, 65 Clarington Boulevard, Bowmanville, on Saturday, November 30th from 9AM to 2PM
  • Lego Mania at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre, 62 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, Saturday, November 30th from 10AM to noon.  Please call 905-623-2734 to pre-register
  • Sports Day in Canada, includes free activities for the whole family!  Newcastle & District Recreation Complex, 1780 Rudell Road, Newcastle, Saturday, November. 1:30PM to 4:30PM.  Demonstrations, Artist, Fitness Trainers. Free Public Swim  2PM to 4PM with non-perishable food donation.  Call 905-987-5667  2PM to 4PM Details
  • CGHA Midget AA Girls vs Chinese National Olympic Hockey Team at the Garnet Rickard Arena, Pad A, on Sunday, December 1st at 3PM
  • Breakfast with Santa at the Newtonville Community Hall, 21 Church Lane, Newtonville, on Sunday December 1st from 9AM to noon.  For advance tickets contact
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Ina Brown Parkette, Newtonville, on Sunday, November 30th at 6:30PM.
  • 1st Annual Courtice Santa Claus Parade, on Sunday, December 1st starting at 10:30AM
  • Clarington Community Christmas Party, at Clarington Beech Centre, 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville, on Sunday, December 1st from 1PM to 3PM
  • “A Gift of Christmas” Christmas Show at the Newcastle Community Hall, Newcastle, on Sunday, December 1st from 10AM to 4PM

Plan ahead for:

  • Letters to Santa, (for ages 3-5, registration required),10:30AM to 11:30AM at Clarington Public Library branches.  Tuesday, December 3rd at Bowmanville 905 623 7322;  Wednesday, December 4th at Newcastle 905 987 4844; and Thursday, December 5th at Courtice 905 404 0707.
  • T.H.E.E. 14th Annual Farmers Christmas Parade of Lights on Wednesday, December 4th, with an estimated time of arrival in Enniskillen of 6PM.  Here are last year’s details

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Re-animating The Spirits of Historic Downtown

The Bowmanville Museum/photo by Nancy Ellis

Story by Nancy Ellis

An imprint is made on the mind when something happens – something sad, different or new – but what really creates a memory is something scary… scary fun! The ever popular, spirit walks hosted by the Clarington Museums and Archives can create that memory for you.

The tour takes place downtown Bowmanville and includes some downtown historic hot spots where ghosts might still resonate. The walks are lead by a costumed interpreter dressed in period clothing and are great for ghost hunters and legend lovers alike. Some people might be surprised to know that Bowmanville has not only rumours of ghosts but also stories about buried treasure, natural phenomena and strange happenings.  The spirit walks include reminiscences about the Alma Hotel from the 1800s and a story about bank robbers and a door handle that jiggles. Excited? Learn more about the haunted horse and carriage that trails through Bowmanville at night.

The walk begins outside the Bowmanville Museum at 37 Silver St. and continues downtown along sections of Church, King, Temperance, Scugog and Wellington Streets and is just under two kilometres. It’s mostly accessible save for the second floor of the museum where the tour is ended, but stories can be recounted in the parlor by request. During the spirit walk an anecdote is told about the wolves in Rotary Park, which is considered to be one of Bowmanville’s signature stories. The haunted law office, a mysterious run-down old hotel and a cemetery without gravestones are also featured on the walk.

There are also five ghosts rumoured to be in the Bowmanville Museum, from a short lady to pouting children and haunted furniture.

More legends are told during the walk and once you hear the stories, history truly comes alive! The spirit walks happen every Thursday at 7 p.m., starting Sept. 12 and run until Oct. 24 with a final walk on Wednesday Oct. 30. Admission is $7 and advance registration is necessary. Call the museum at 905-623-2734 for details.

While you’re in town why not have dinner at Maddy’s Pub or The Village Inn both located in Bowmanville within walking distance of the tour and maybe you’ll see a ghost! Both pubs are said to have their own ghosts who hang around, haunt and sometimes appear.

The Village Inn at 99 King St. W. is an old building that’s now a pub and restaurant, where ghosts are rumoured to linger.

Allegedly the ghostly happenings take place in the upstairs red room. Mysterious recounts by staff and patrons vary from moving objects to inconsistent radio signals. Other things have happened too, like missing gadgets and rearranged cutlery… pretty eerie. Could this be a ghost, a trickster or someone just having fun? If it’s a ghost, who is it and where did it come from? No specific rumours have surfaced but why not try to feel the ghostly presence yourself?

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Maddy’s Pub at 7 Division St. is one place that has a story. This old residential house built in the 1800s is home to a ghost… or is it?

As the tale goes most incidents happen once and do not reoccur, from appearances to unexplained movement. Allegedly the staff will hear a particular mysterious sound more often. They’ve heard what could only be explained as a person kicking at the side of the bar –a hard bang, bang, bang. Could this be a ghost inside the old house? If it is, what do they want?

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Many local residents believe this to be the spirit of Sybil Burk. Sybil would’ve lived in the house for a number of years, right up until it became a licensed establishment in the early 1970s.  The corner lot next door – which was the home of a church, a music hall, then an evaporator works for dried apples – later became John A. Holgate & Son Coal and Building Supply Company where Sybil worked. She was seen as a righteous woman who could’ve disapproved of alcohol, along with the rest of Bowmanville (for some time anyway.) In 1909 a local option was exercised and Bowmanville citizens voted against having alcohol in their town. Then that was it – no alcohol was allowed for sale or consumption until about the 1970s. The closest place to get drinks would’ve been in Newcastle.

It is said that this kicking at the bar could be Sybil kicking in protest of alcohol or as a reminder of her virtuous disposition.

Visit Maddy’s Pub after a spirit walk for a haunted drink special and wings. Ask owner Anne Sharp and the staff about the hauntings or discover the place yourself. Maddy’s has a friendly atmosphere and is a great place to sit and share stories and maybe even get scared. Please note Maddy’s has also been the host of the Beech Street Theatre Company … and theatres are often haunted.

The ‘Human’ Ecology of a Community Garden

Story and photos by Clarington Tourism

If the study of human groups in relation to their physical and social environment is called ‘human ecology’, than The Bowmanville Community Garden at 181 Liberty St. S. is a perfect research subject!

Formally known as The Ecology Garden (est. 1989) this original garden required a new home last year. Through the effort of volunteers from Durham Organic Gardeners (a chapter of The Canadian Organic Growers) the garden was migrated three kilometres to the south, right to our backyard. This new location co-exists with the Tourism Information Centre. The property has now been expanded to include an organic community food garden. This all took root from the creative efforts of the Durham Organic Gardeners and made possible with land allotted by the Municipality of Clarington.

To prepare the land in time to host organic gardening enthusiasts for the 2013 spring planting season, it required a measure of true grit! We watched from our window as they came to clear the rocks, stake the fence and till the ground. Then there was the arrival of soil, Miller Compost and volunteers with tools and trucks before the first seedlings arrived on site! Dedicated members have diligently dug in, and transformed our backyard into something wonderful!

It is designed to be gardened collectively by interested residents. Gardeners can tend to their own plots on their own schedule. If you’re interested in learning more about the gardens or checking on the availability of a plot, contact Vincent Powers – (905-263-2944).

We are excited to watch this garden grow, but mostly we are impressed with the ‘human ecology’ of observing people come together for the experience, education and enjoyment of healthy community living.

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Get Outside!

Story and photos by Nancy Ellis

Find yourself busily rushing from screen to screen, iPad to computer to cellphone and back again? There’s not a whole lot of ways to avoid it these days. Almost everyone wants their copy of this or that emailed, up on social media and twittered out there – a.s.a.p.

            But what’s really out there? Outside the screen?  Maybe you’ve forgotten, with intent or by chance or maybe because having an online presence has become a big (if not all-consuming) part of our lives.

            In Clarington there are great conservation areas and trails where you can see some wildlife and enjoy being out in nature!

Get outside this summer and find a place where you can hike, bike, picnic and revel in sunshine! A place to splash in the new rubber boots you bought downtown. A place for kids. A place that presents opportunities for family snapshots, fishing or practising your own photography skills. Catch the serene moments that make life wonderful any day of the week. 


Stephen’s Gulch Conservation Area, just off Bethesda Road on Stephens Mill Road

Walk, hike, cycle, run or take your dog. This is a great forested trail to experience nice summer shade to keep cool. An area to study plants and learn about wildlife like frogs, slugs and ferns. It borders on Soper Creek and includes part of the Soper Creek Valley.  All dogs must be leashed and parking is available.

Samuel Wilmot Nature Area, get there from Cobbledick Road and Toronto Street

Hike, cycle, walk and get all the way to Quebec, if you want. This trail runs lakefront along Lake Ontario through the Port of Newcastle and has access to both Wilmot Marsh and Wilmot Creek shorelines. Benches, board maps and parking here.

Enniskillen Conservation Area, access off Holt Road

Walk, picnic and see the two ponds that are wildlife habitats. See some living creatures or hike. You might spot some turtles, fish, bugs and/or frogs here. Some of the boardwalk crosses the Bowmanville Creek. Washrooms and parking are available at this site.


There are bunch of other nature areas, trails and conservation sites in Clarington too. Find one close to your home or local to something that you like to visit. Check out Bowmanville Valley Trail, Soper Creek Trail, Bowmanville Harbour Area, Bowmanville Westside Marshes Conservation Area, Darlington Waterfront Trail, Darlington Provincial Park and Courtice Millennium Trail all in the west of Clarington. To the east you will find the Waterfront Trail. In Orono there is the Sidney Rutherford Trail and the Orono Crown Lands. To the northwest Long Sault Conservation Area and Oak Ridges Trail are found. And who can forget the Ganaraska Forest, south central Ontario’s largest forest

Come by or call the Tourism Office for a trail guide, cycling or fishing map that will come in handy!