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This year, celebrate Canada Day the Durham Way

Whitby, Ontario – Residents are invited to celebrate Canada Day the Durham Way, virtually, on July 1. This year’s celebration will showcase a whole lot of family fun, including children’s activities, musical performances and cooking demonstrations.

Join us for exciting performances by Brant the Fire Guy and Dan the Music Man; participate in a decorating contest, scavenger hunt and trivia challenges; watch cooking demonstrations; and take a tour of an army tank from the comfort of your own home.

Durham Region is one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in Ontario. This event will highlight why our quality of life is second to none—a celebration of our multicultural landscape and cultures; exciting performers; one-of-a-kind children’s activities; and musical talent.

Virtually, we can come together as a community and participate in this Canada Day celebration, which will be available on YouTube.

Show your national pride by sharing photos using #CanadaDayTheDurhamWay on social media. Post your photos, and tag @DurhamTourism and your local municipality on InstagramFacebook or Twitter.

Please visit your respective municipality’s website or to learn more.


“Canada Day the Durham Way offers a chance to celebrate our great nation and the vibrant region we live in. Communities across Durham are uniting and finding innovative ways to stay #DurhamStrong until we can safely re-open for in person celebrations. I encourage everyone from across the region to tune in on July 1. Let’s celebrate our amazing country, together.”

– John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Region of Durham

“Creative and innovative approaches to traditional celebrations like Canada Day allow us to remain connected as a community while staying safe. On behalf of Ajax Council and staff, we are excited to participate in the Canada Day the Durham Way virtual festivities. We look forward to the collaborative showcase of talent from across our communities and encourage all residents to tune in.”

– Mayor Shaun Collier, Town of Ajax

“Here in Brock our amazing community organizations run Canada Day events for the community to enjoy. We are grateful that the area municipalities and Region of Durham have come together again to provide a virtual celebration for all Durham residents to enjoy Canada Day festivities.”

– Mayor John Grant, Township of Brock

“We are delighted to participate in the Canada Day, the Durham Way celebration. This is the second year that we will be marking Canada Day a little differently, carefully and safely. These online events celebrating huge community milestones have become the norm. The incredible show of support from across the Region and Clarington showcases our community spirit and resilience in the face of adversity. Our Canadian spirit is alive and well and will be at the forefront this Canada Day.”

– Mayor Adrian Foster, Municipality of Clarington

“The City of Oshawa is excited to participate in another virtual Canada Day celebration alongside our Durham Region communities. While there will be a part of us that yearns to be at Lakeview Park celebrating in person with our neighbours and friends on Canada Day, we are excited to be able to offer amazing local talent and entertainment in the comfort of your home. Be sure to join us on July 1 for the Canada Day the Durham Way virtual event!”

– Mayor Dan Carter, City of Oshawa

“I am both proud and excited to host another collaborative, Durham-wide celebration. The residents and businesses of Pickering and its regional partners have shown tremendous strength, commitment, and faith throughout this pandemic, and it is my hope that we can come together on July 1, and celebrate our Canadian pride and resilience as a community.”

– Mayor Dave Ryan, City of Pickering

“We are pleased to be a part of the 2021 virtual celebration for Canada Day the Durham Way. In Scugog, our annual Canada Day celebration is a memorable community event and while we miss gathering together we understand the need to keep our community safe. This year we have joined together again to bring everyone a virtual Canada Day celebration, allowing us to celebrate as one big community. Enjoy the celebration and have a wonderful Canada Day!”

– Mayor Bobbie Drew, Township of Scugog

“The Township of Uxbridge is pleased to join Durham Region again to celebrate Canada Day. We have so much to be grateful for living in Canada, and we look forward to sharing the celebrations with everyone in Durham Region. What a perfect way to celebrate together, while remaining apart. See you on Canada Day!”

– Mayor Dave Barton, Township of Uxbridge

“Please join myself and members of Council on Canada Day to celebrate our good fortune to live in this great country and our shared determination to look out for one another as we to move into the safe re-opening of our Town and Region.”

– Mayor Don Mitchell, Town of Whitby

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View this press release on the Region of Durham's website.

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