Things to do in Durham Region in August

Things to do in August in Port Perry 

August is here and the summer weather is getting even better. There is a ton of fun things to do in Durham Region in August to ensure your summer ends with a bang. With the sun out in full force, there is no better time to grab your family and friends and head outside.

Heading into fall, the social calendar of the communities of Durham Region are in full affect. Whether you are into food, relaxing, enjoying nature, or good music, there is something for everyone.

Here’s our list of 10 things to do this August!

  1. Rib Fest in Port Perry – August 4-6th

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Port Perry RIBFEST

Who does not love the smell of barbeques and rib sauce? This long weekend, Port Perry will be jam packed with the smell of delicious ribs at Palmer Park, Port Perry Waterfront at Lake Scugog. The event will take place rain or shine (but fingers crossed for sunny weather!) and admission is free.

Hours are: Friday, Aug 4th (12pm -11 pm); Saturday, Aug 5th (noon-11 pm); Sunday Aug 6th (12pm-9pm)

2. Concerts in Palmer Park

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Music at Palmer Park – Every Sunday at 6:30

The free concert series at Palmer Park on Sundays is the best place to unwind before the weekend. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic, and enjoy the music. If you want to make a night of it, there are many restaurants in the area — grab something to go, like pizza, and enjoy the sunset and sounds. Concerts start at 6:30 and go until 9pm, and there is a park playground for the kids to enjoy.

August Schedule:


Aug 06 – Ribfest event – no concert

Aug 13 – Irwin Smith

Aug 20 – George Timms

Aug 27 – Blue Sky Flyers

Sept 3 – Grande Finale


3. Third Annual Craft Beer Festival – Saturday August 12th

An event for the adults, the Third Annual Craft Beer Festival is the perfect opportunity to escape the heat with a refreshing, cold brew. Get ready to sample Ontario’s own beers and ciders, with music and a cool breeze coming off the water.


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Port Perry Craft Beer Festival – Aug 12th

Event info:

Advance tickets: $20 (comes with 3 sample tokens)
At the door tickets: $25 (comes with 1 sample token)
Additional Sample Tokens: $2 each

4. Brits on the Lake – Sunday August 13th

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Brits on the Lake in Port Perry

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be British? Wonder no more when you attend the Brits on the Lake event, rain or shine. The classic motoring revival is something to see, with all kinds of cool, unique cars to explore and snap a photo with.

Event info:

11am- 2pm at Port Perry

Learn more about Brits on the Lake

5. Movie nights in Palmer Park – August 17 & 24

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Disney Beauty and Beast – Thurs. August 17th show time starts at 8:30pm

Bring your own blanket and lawn chair and enjoy a movie night under the stars on August 17 and 24th this month. On Thursday, August 17 they will be playing the newest Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, with the old school version of Aladdin we all know and love on August 24. The kids will be thrilled at the chance to watch a movie outdoors!

The movies will begin at dusk (approx 8:30) so bring some snacks, a sweater, and your family and friends to snuggle up and enjoy a show.

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Disney Aladdin – Thurs August 24


6. Pioneer Day – August 20th

Celebrate Pioneer Day at the Scugog Shores Museums: Village, Heritage Centre and Archives.

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Scugog Shores Museums: Village, Heritage Centre and Archives.

The entire family will enjoy taking place in unique pioneer games, watching performances, checking out the live demonstrations, and trying out the various activities and crafts that will transport them back in time. It is a great way to enjoy a piece of history in the middle of the summer. Make sure to follow them on Instagram.

Event info:

Sunday, August 20th from 11am until 4pm

7. Demo Derby at Blackstock Fair – August 26th

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Vroom vroom! Get ready for a loud weekend of fun at the Demo Derby at Blackstock Fair. Watching the cars smash into each other and drive around is a ton of fun, and it is a guaranteed fun time for everyone. This event is definitely going to be one of a kind.

Event info:

Derby begins at 7pm.

Adults: $10, Parking, $2


Also, the Blackstock Fair will be in full effect after the derby, with food, games, and tons of fun activities for the entire family.

8. Yoga in the Village – August 27th

Get your namaste on with Yoga in the Village, taking place at the Scugog Shores Museums: Village, Heritage Centre and Archives. Hosted by Port Perry Flowyoga Studio, there is no better way to enjoy yoga moves than under the shining sun. Bring your own yoga mat and towel and arrive early to claim your spot.

Event info:

9:45-10:00 am, Welcome, set up and sign in.

10:00-11:00am, Yoga Class with certified instructor from Port Perry Flowyoga.

11:00-11:30am, Complimentary coffee, tea and water social in the church

11:30am, Walk around and tour the Museum.

$10.00 per person OR receive 20% off if you pre-register before August 25th at 4:00 pm.

9. Annual Port Perry Fair – Labor Day Weekend

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Port Perry Fair – Labour Day Weekend

Who says Labour Day cannot count as August? The Annual Port Perry Fair is one of our favorites, and with the Canada 150 spirit still in full swing, there will be a ton of new and fun activities to enjoy. If you are up for the challenge, there will be a Tough Udder obstacle course event on the Sunday. Check out all of the events here.

Event info:

Adult (14 or over) $12 per day

Adult Weekend Pass $30 (All weekend INCLUDING concert!)

Child (5-13 years) $5 per day

Child Weekend Pass $10

Preschoolers (4 and under) FREE

Parking $3 per day

10. Take in the sunset during dinner – Anytime

As summer is winding down, there is no better time than August to take some time on a patio to enjoy a good meal and a drink. Whether it is date night or family night out, or a catch up with a friend, Port Perry offers tons of amazing restaurants to try out. Harp & Wylie’s Canadian Grill House has an incredible burger that is a must-try and Jester’s Court Pub & Eatery offers homemade meals that will fill your heart and stomach up.

If you are feeling spontaneous, walk along the water or the downtown core of your favorite small town and see where the summer night takes you!


Summer activities for kids in Durham

Things to do with kids in the Durham Region this summer

10 fun (and cheap!) things to do with kids this summer

Summer is in full swing, and the kids are loving being out of school. With nice full days of sunshine and warm weather, it’s the perfect time to create new memories. It’s the perfect time to cut back on spending on things, and instead invest in time together as a family.

Luckily, there’s a ton of free or cheap activities to do with your children in the Durham Region. Your kids will love spending time with you outdoors, and you’ll enjoy having them entertained for hours! A win-win for summer!

Here’s a round-up of our favorite Durham Region activities to try this summer.

1. Explore the Scugog Shores Museum Village (1655 Reach Street, Port Perry)


Located on Scugog Island, you’ll be able to take your kids for a real adventure to the Village overlooking the picturesque town of Port Perry. With 12 restored buildings, heritage flower gardens, and Ojibway Heritage Interpretive Lands, you can learn about history while taking in some new sites. See it for yourself on the Scugog Shores museum Instagram and Facebook page.

The Village is open 7 days a week, from 10am – 4pm, with guided tour available daily.


2. Cool off at the Cedar Park Resort water park (6296 Cedar Park Road, Bowmanville, ON)

(Cedar Park Resort Website)

One of the best water parks in the region, the Cedar Park Resort has something for everyone to enjoy. With big waterslides, pools, and splash pads to play in, it’s the perfect way to spend a nice, hot day. Bring a picnic, some sunscreen and towels, and plan to spend a full day at the park!

Open Monday to Thursday from 10am – 6pm and Friday to Saturday, 10am – 7pm.

P.S – Get extra points after a fun day by stopping at the Enniskillen General Store for Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream. They’re just a 5 min drive north of the water park.

3. NEB’s Fun World – Free Bowling for Kids (1300 Wilson Rd N, Oshawa, ON)

(NEB’s World Website)

From July 2 until August 31, Kids age 15 and younger can get two free games of bowling a day all summer if you sign up online for your free pass. With 5 and 10 pin bowling, as well as Cosmic Bowling, NEB’s is a great place to escape the heat or hide away on a rainy day this summer.

Contact NEB’s Fun World for more information here.

4. Relax in a local Park

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The best thing about summer is the weather, and what a better way to enjoy it than a blanket, some music, food, and a picnic. Our top pick is Palmer Park in Port Perry (175 Water St, Port Perry, ON). With playgrounds, splash pads, and tons of green space, there’s lots for everyone to see and do for a day.

Also, from August 4-6, Ribfest is in town! Get more details here.


5. Learn how to skateboard (Port Perry, ON)

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The township of Scugog has three skateboard parks to choose from: Unity Skateboard Park, Blackstock Skateboard Park, and Ceasarea Skateboard Park. Kids are recommended to bring a helmet, knee and elbow pads, as well as wrist guards to avoid any tears and children under 10 should have an adult with them.

Don’t be shy – ask someone to show you the ropes!

6. Get out on the water at Trent Severn Waterways Locks (Port Perry/Kawartha Lakes, ON)

(Waterways Facebook)

Celebrating Canada’s 150 this year, the locks have waived their fees for everyone to enjoy. Hop on a boat and explore the waterways from the North Durham Region on Lake Scugog on up to the Kawartha Lakes. Make sure to stop and enjoy some lunch at our favorite spots: Fenelon Falls or Bobcaygeon are a must-try.

And, of course, find some of that yummy Kawartha Dairy ice cream!

7. Catch an outdoor movie at the Lindsay Twin Drive-In

(Lindsay Twin Instagram)

Your kids will go wild about getting to watch a movie in the car. Pack some snacks and kick back the seats for a sunset showing or a late night show for that special occasion. You can even pack blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the movie outside on the grass.

See what’s playing here.


8. Take in the beauty of Balsam Provincial Park (2238 Hwy 48 R.R #1, Kirkfield, ON

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One of the best and most beautiful provincial parks is in our area is Balsam Lake Provincial Park on Balsam Lake. With it’s stunning landscape and clean environment, the park makes for the perfect day trip with an hour drive time from Port Perry. Your kids will love taking in the nature of the trails, lake, and wildlife there is to see at Balsam Lake Park.

If you’re up for it, book a campsite and stay the weekend.

9. Check out the Blackstock Fair, August 26-27 (3440 Church St, Blackstock, ON)

(Blackstock Fair Website)

Games, climbing walls, bouncy castles (with a $5 play all day wristband, too!), tractor rides, chainsaw carving, camels, and a demolition derby on Friday, what can get better than the Blackstock Fair? Your kids will LOVE everything at the fair and it’ll be fun for the whole family. Check out the Olympic Joust for an interesting take on a fun game and try out the 55’ climbing wall for an adrenaline rush. Bring ear protection for the young ones, as it can tend to get loud!

More information can be found here.


10. Catch a FREE concerts in the Park at Palmer Park, every Sunday evening (175 Water St, Scugog ON)

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Bring your lawn chair or blanket to the Gazebo in Palmer Park every Sunday evening from June 18 to September 3. The fun begins at 6:30 pm and it’s absolutely free. If you want to skip making dinner, grab a delicious pizza from Jim’s Pizza across Palmer Park. As you listen to the lovely music, the kids can enjoy playing at the park between bites.

Did we miss your favourite spot for summer fun in Durham Region or Kawartha Lakes? Please let us know so we can check it out!

Have a great and safe summer


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Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate’s Holiday Home Decor Contest

Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate’s Holiday Home Decor Contest

It’s finally here – the most wonderful time of the year! We’re ready to put up the stockings for Christmas. Excitement is in the air, but there’s something missing, YOU! We want to see your best holiday displays.

Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group is proud to present it’s first Holiday Home Decorating Contest.


Below you will find a list of everything you need to know regarding the contest.

  1. To enter the contest, please choose your favorite interior photo that best showcases your holiday decor and email it to    include your name, and the town where you live in North Durham or Kawartha Lakes. 
  2. Photos will start to be accepted, on Monday November 28th and will close December 11th at 6pm. The first round will result in 5 top photos chosen by the Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate team.
  3. The top 5 photos from the first round will be announced December 13th.
  4. From noon December 13th through noon on December 16th, it will be your job to get the word out to friends and family to like, comment, and share your favourite holiday photo! We will post the 5 top photos on our Facebook Page  and from there you need to share the original post in order for the like, share, or comment to count.  It also needs to have this exposure before December 16th in order to be counted.  Deadline to complete this will be December 16th in order to qualify.
  5. The winner will be the photo with the most likes, shares, and comments on Facebook. The first Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group Holiday Home Decorating Contest and will be announced Saturday December 17th!

We want to see them all!



Please see rules and regulations below.

To be eligible for the Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Holiday Home Decorating Contest, you must be of 18 years of age or older and must live in the North Durham ( Scugog, Uxbridge, Brock Township, Cannington, Seagrave, Port Perry, Blackstock, Nestleton) and Kawartha Lakes area.  This photo must be of interior decor. You accept that your home photo will be publicaly displayed on the internet. The top home will receive a gift prize valued at $150.

This contest is designed to promote holiday decor in North Durham area – Scugog Township, Uxbridge, Brock Township, Cannington and  Kawartha Lakes area.

By entering this contest, you release your photos for the promotion of Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group at your own risk to be used in the absolute discretion of Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate.

Only photos submitted between November 28th to December 11th will be accepted to the official contest.

Please email all submissions to    Happy holiday decorating!!

Whether you’re hoping to buy a home this holiday season, or showcasing your beautiful home to sell, we have your golden ticket!

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5 Things to do in March in Port Perry

Can’t believe March Break is next week already! but don’t worry,  we have your list of activities to keeping you and the kids active during the break.

1) March Break Madness at The Scugog Library:

Enjoy a well planned week of fun activities for all ages and Family movie week. More details via  Scugog Library

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2) Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival  

Purple WoodsFor the LOVE of “real” maple syrup on homemade baked pancakes…  ( Extra syrup for me, please!). The festival starts Saturday of the March Break – March 12th to 20th.    It is important to note – you do need to purchase your tickets in advance online.   click the link to purchase the tickets.

More details via:  Maple Woods – Maple Syrup Festival

See how maple syrup was made over 400 years ago through to the modern methods of today, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and enjoy some hot pancakes.

3) Scugog Public Skating – Schedule 

March break skating

There’s also various other recreation centres in Oshawa offering March Break activities like at the Legend Center Fun Swim – click here to view the Fun Swim schedule

4) The Francophone Community of Durham Region –  COFRD Conseil Francophones de la Région de Durham  is offering a FREE  Art camp in French, children would need to be able to communicate in french to be able to enrol in the program.   The art camp will be held at 384 Hillside Ave. in Oshawa next door to Ecole Corpus-Christie.   Tel: 905-434-7676


Last, we can’t forget the 7th annual Easter Bonnet Contest Parade happening on Easter Sunday, March 27th.   This is a family favourite for all ages.   Where you will see beautiful handmade creative bonnets from the cutest to the wackiest to the most likely to cause a traffic accident.     So get your creative thinking cap on and start planning and create your bonnet today and join in on the fun.

Registration starts at 11:30am at the tent across from RBC.   * This is a free-will donation, all proceeds go to The Scugog Memorial Library.

Port Perry Easter Bonnet Parade 2016

Have a Fun and Safe March break everyone.

Tanya Latreille.

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Tanya’s Top 5 February 2016 things to do in Port Perry & Durham Region

1) Port Perry FebFest:

Date:  Feb 6th, 2016
It’s the 4th annual Feb Fest in Port Perry.  PP BIA Feb Fest web banner.indd
This is a full day event for everyone in the family to enjoy.  From painting your own soup cup at the United Church starting at 11:30 am – a family favourite for any little to big kid at heart.   Make sure to walk down Main street shops and enjoy “tax-freeze”  while shopping.  The Ice carving competition will sure be amazing to see at the Reflection Park (across from the IGA)  And the event for any brave soul wanting to take a dip in the icy cold Scugog lake (Brrr!) is the 9th annual Polar Plunge fundraiser – starting at 2pm at Palmer Park.   For more information via:

2)  19th Annual Port Perry Antique & Nostalgia Show

Dates:  Feb 6th & 7th, 2016   10 am to 4pm 
Scugog Community Centre 1655 Reach St.(beside the arena). Over 25 quality dealers from around Ontario. Admission $4.00- good for both days. All proceeds support Lake Scugog Historical Society Projects.

3)   Family Day long weekend  

Date: Monday February 15th

This will sure be a family favourite. Free Skating –  Scugog Arena will have a family day FREE skate on Monday Feb 15 from 10am to 1pm on pad 2.

To all the Moms and Dads please let your little ones know – Princesse Anna from Arendelle and Spider-Man (aka: Peter Parker) from New York will be at the Scugog Community Centre from 10am – 1pm for a meet and greet.  there will be cookie decorating, face painting, active games, crafts and MUCH MORE!    ** this event is organized by Scugog Recreation **  

4)  Port Perry Library  – Sunday Speaker Series.

Date February 21st at 1pm
Spend an afternoon with Port Perry’s own Jonathan van Bilsen, Namibia: Sands of the Kalahari.  Jonathan will take you on an adventure and as he speaks and illustrates photos from West Africa and the desert in his presentation: Namibia, Sands of the Kalahari. One of Africa’s most interesting countries, Namibia is mostly desert, with an enormous animal population in the North and the indigenous Himba people in the West. The country features the highest sand dunes in the world and Fish River canyon, the second largest only to the Grand Canyon.      Admission to the presentation is $5/person.
**** Also make sure to visit the Exhibition Namibia: Sands of the Kalahari, on display at the Farndale Gallery in the Port Perry library – January 5 – February 11.
The photos are captivating and give’s an idea of what life and beauty is in Namibia.

5)   Paint nite in Durham

One of my favourite events that will sure be enternaining for both woman and men.

My experience with Paint Night was fabulous, where else do you get a dedicated 2 hours to channel your creative side, have a snack, glass of wine and laugh at yourself with a group of friends. Your finished project will not only surprise you, but your kids will think you are a star.

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Photo was taken at a fundraiser event for Charles H Best Diabetes Centre


If you’re interested in attending a Paint Nite event, please send me an email and I’ll try to organize an event to be hosted in Port Perry. email: