It might be cold outside, but there is so much to see and do this January in Durham. From ice fishing and tobogganing, to skiing and skating, winter in Durham is full of adventure!

2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships

The 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships come to the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa from February 23 to 25. This is a great opportunity to see one of the sport’s most exciting disciplines, which was last in Oshawa in 2009! Skaters from across the country will compete for team national titles in the senior, junior, open, intermediate and novice categories. The top two senior teams will represent Canada at the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships. Tickets are available through the  Tribute Communities Centre website .

Winter adventures

There is no shortage of adventure in Durham Region in the winter. Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and fat biking are all activities open for you to explore! Check out the January 1 launch of York Durham Headwaters winter website for more ideas on what to do in Durham this winter. Whether you are an experienced winter sports enthusiast or just trying something new for the first time, our world-class hills and trails offer something for everyone, and the winter website site is designed with you in mind.

Consider skiing, snowboarding or tubing at one of our four ski resorts, see the article “See you on the slopes!” for more information. Or, hit the trails for a fun winter adventure. Our Durham Region Trails guide and interactive online trails map introduce you to a variety of trails, many of which offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing routes. Don’t forget to dress for comfort, but also be aware of wind-chill factor and icy surfaces. Consider visibility, comfort and layering when choosing clothing and footwear for your outdoor adventure.

See you on the slopes!

If you ski, snowboard or tube, then Durham’s ski hills are the perfect place to start your adventures this winter. Durham Region offers a wide selection of world-class hills for all types of skiers, from the experienced to the beginner, as well as cross-country trails throughout the region, for a true winter adventure.Embrace the elements at one of four local ski resorts:

BrimacombeDagmarLakeridge and Skyloft.

Ice fishing

It’s an ice fisher’s dream: a massive ice fishing village housing thousands of portable and permanent huts; the possibility of catching the famous Jumbo Perch. This is Lake Simcoe and Lake Scugog every winter. The brave anglers who face the cold for the perfect catch are duly rewarded when they bring up a massive perch from the lake, or a Steelhead from Durham’s creeks.

With the ice fishing season poised to open this month, be sure to check out the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry website for official season dates, as well as ice fishing rules and regulations. Visit and check out our Durham Region Fishing Map for an overview of fishing in the region.   Remember to exercise caution and safety while on the ice.


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