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!

 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:


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!




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 –

Check Back next week for a list FREE SKATES FOR FAMILIES at our local arenas!

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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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Time spent ‘In the Hayfield’

Photos and story by Clarington Tourism

Normally in the Tourism Office when we use the term ‘Summer Frenzy’, ‘Canadian Summer’ or ‘Ontario Sunrise’, we are speaking of experiences in travel. However, here we are referring to just a few of the delightful daylily selections that are locally bred, grown and individually named according to their features and facets by We’re In The Hayfield Now Daylily Gardens in Orono, Ontario.

Annually in July, owner Henry Lorrain graciously opens the acerage for a 3-day weekend Daylily Festival where visitors can drop in to experience the peak bloom season, relax in a garden party like setting, and take time to smell the daylilies.

Our visit this past weekend was both a refreshing treat and an adventure as we strolled from daylily to daylily, discovering its individual name and unique style. Trying to chose a ‘favourite’ was like trying to select an ice cream flavour from 200; how can you choose just one?

You can visit the daylily gardens in person at 4704 Pollard Road, Orono from May 15 to August 31, Monday to Friday 9-6 PM as well as Saturday and Sunday 10-5 PM (or by chance or appt.). You can also ‘shop and ship’ online at … but who has ever ordered ice cream online?

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!

Your Mother’s Day Destination

Story and photos by Nancy Ellis                                                   
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Mothers have a special place in our hearts.

Many people like to surprise their MOMS in the month of May with flowers, goodies or a trip together to remember. Why not take the time to come with MOM to visit Clarington?

For a memorable day activity with MOM head to The Clarke Museum

             A woman’s diary is a coveted item especially for mothers and daughters. It’s a tradition that speaks to all generations. Why not take MOM to the new exhibit at the Clarke Museum, part of the Clarington Museums and Archives in Kirby. They have not one but five diaries represented in conjunction with the Archives of Ontario in their new exhibit, 5 Women and Their Diaries. It focuses on the diaries of five women from the mid to late eighteen hundreds, born and raised in Ontario. The exhibit explores topics such as farming and food, living in the community and going places. Exhibit curator Ann-Marie Strocel added artifacts from the museum’s collection, including a diary of a woman who grew up in the Bowmanville Museum house; Mildred Jury. Learn about writing in the 1900s, tools of the trade and discover why diaries are important. The exhibit is on display now until June 21 and is open to the public every Thursday and Saturday, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. See their website for more information.

 Take MOM for lunch in the village of Orono,
approximately a 5-minute drive 
south from The Clarke Museum

            The Village Bake Shop is a great spot for lunch and a treat. There is an upstairs gallery/sitting area to enjoy sandwiches and desserts. Shop for kitchen accessories, tea sets and genuine items from Holland. Take MOM across the street to Apple Blossom Flowers and spoil her with a luxurious bouquet of flowers. And then take her to Terrens Wellness Centre for gemstone jewelry or a unique gift. Not only does Orono have a gorgeous array of antique and nostalgia shops along Main Street that MOM would probably love – it’s also home to the Orono Park, soon to be 90 years old – which is a nice place for a Mother’s Day picnic or an outdoor walk.

See some inspiring photos below! 

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