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Beat the Cold! Local Winter Activities in the Durham Region for the Whole Family

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Blog by Randy Miller | January 23rd, 2014

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The weather outside may be frightful, but there are lots of local activities which help to enjoy the cold. Durham Region offers lots of places for staying active during the winter season. Here are just some of them:


Discover the thrill of winter on the slopes! 

There are two great local ski resorts, Lakeridge and Dagmar Ski Resort. Check out their websites for more information: 

Lake Ridge Ski Resort

Dagmar Ski Resort


Hit the Ice! 

Durham region has many outdoor rinks and indoor skating facilities for the whole family. Here are just some of them:

Oshawa Arenas 

Ajax Arenas and outdoor rink locations

Whitby Arenas


It’s time to dig out the toboggans and enjoy the powder while it lasts.  

Here are Durham Region's parent picks for tobogganing hot spots from Ajax, to Oshawa to Whitby and beyond:


  • Greenwood Conservation Area Offers a variety of hill sizes
  • East end of Lake Driveway. Go to the end of Harwood, turn left on Lake Driveway and you'll see the hill.   Great for little ones.
  • Paulynn Park, 1571 Ravenscroft Road
  • Brother Andre Catholic School, 60 Segar Ave (very steep)
  • a few smaller hills behind Duffins Bay Public School in south Ajax


  • Hy Hope Farm Offers great hills for all ages.


Scarborough (Pickering Border)

  • Adams Park - Scarborough (Port Union) offers hills for all ages. 


  • Snow Tubing at Ski Lakeridge (for kids 4 and older) $5.25/ride
  • Uxbridge Arena Hill (291 Brock Street West, Uxbridge) Call: 905 852-3081 for more information.


  • Very small hill for little ones on back field of Henry Street High School (600 Henry Street)
  • Very small hill of very end of Annes Street South (where it reaches a dead-end)
  • Medium/large hill (without too steep an incline) that many toddlers to school-aged kids use at the - Otter Creek Park (bottom of hill is on Frost Drive, top of hill off Habitant Crescent)
  • The east side of Guthrie Park (thanks to gtadaddy on Twitter) http://ow.ly/3S98u
  • Glen Hill Park on Glen Hill St is a great medium hill
  • Pringle Creek Park


  • Park Rd and Philip Murray Dr (use extreme caution since there are no barriers and can be lots of traffic)
  • Farewell St just south of Highway 2 has an awesome mega hill (not for the faint of heart)
  • Oshawa Golf Club


  • behind Fairport Beach Public School on Oklahoma Dr


Even if you are not an outdoors person there is lots to do here in Durham. There are many arts activities, entertainment venues and indoor recreation facilities. Durham has some of the best community recreation centers in Ontario. Check out Durham's 2014 Discovery Guide and have some fun with your whole family!


Randy Miller
Sales Representative
Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage 
905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400