There’s always something new happening in Durham region. Here’s a quick rundown of recent developments that might be of interest to you.

Now open: iFLY Whitby

Durham Region can now defy gravity at the newly opened iFLY Whitby facility. This exciting indoor skydiving facility, recently opened its doors for business at 75 Consumers Drive. The facility features a modern full-glass wind tunnel, which has a 14-foot diameter and an 18-foot-tall glass flight chamber with wall-to-wall airflow. This provides the same feeling people get when they sky dive out of a plane (but indoors!).

Spotlight on: WindReach Farm

WindReach Farm, located in Ashburn, is a specially designed farm centre featuring fully wheelchair accessible pathways, trails, buildings, barns and stables. The farm is designed to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities, and offers five core programs that strengthen skills, independence and physical well-being in a safe and nurturing environment. Programming includes adult day programs, equine therapy, and overnight accommodations for those with special needs, in a fully accessible house. WindReach Farm welcomes both the special needs and able-bodied communities. Visit their website for more information on the programming available and for upcoming special events that are open to the general public.

The SKYWoman initiative

SKYWoman is world-renowned Canadian artist and Beaverton resident Ron Baird‘s distinctive stainless steel sculpture. It is hoped that this public art piece will eventually be located at the Beaverton Harbour. Donated in honour of Canada 150 celebrations, this public sculpture will measure nearly four stories high, and is designed to move with the wind and reflect sunlight. The Sky Woman story is celebrated by Indigenous peoples across the continent, and is featured in the creation stories of the First Nations. Sky Woman’s touch down is said to be in the area of the Beaverton Harbour. The Beaverton Special Events committee conceived the idea of a public art piece as a way to enhance Beaverton’s image, and to contribute to the area’s tourism and economy. It is hoped that the sculpture will bring awareness and support to the many activities that protect Lake Simcoe, an important water source for the region. The maquette, or working model, of the sculpture will soon be off to the Venice Biennale, along with a number of Barid’s other works. To become involved with or to learn more about this exciting initiative, visit the SKYWoman website.

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