Celebrate Canada Day the Durham Way

Posted On Friday May 29, 2020

Residents are invited to join an uplifting, virtual celebration of our amazing community by tuning in to Canada Day the Durham Way on July 1.

From 2 to 5 p.m., this collaborative event—in co-operation with the Region of Durham and all eight local-area municipalities—will highlight unique attractions and talents that drive our vibrant arts and culture scene. This event celebrates our region and our one-of-a-kind mix of small-town hospitality and unique urban amenities.

Durham Region is a community more vibrant and diverse than just about any place 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.

Come together as a community—while practising physical distancing—by tuning in to this first-of-its-kind, virtual Canada Day celebration, which will be available through Facebook Live.

Show your national pride by sharing photos using #DurhamStrong on social media. Post your photos and tag @RegionofDurham or your local municipality on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to have your photos featured during the live event.

Please visit your respective municipality’s website or durham.ca/CanadaDay to learn more about this event.


“Canada Day the Durham Way offers a chance to connect and come together in a new way—celebrating our great nation and the vibrant region we will live in. Although this year is different, communities across Durham are uniting and finding innovative ways to stay #DurhamStrong during this challenging time. 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

“Creative and innovative approaches to traditional celebrations like Canada Day allow us to remain connected as a community while staying apart. On behalf of Ajax Council and staff, we are excited to participate in the Canada Day the Durham Way virtual festivities. We are looking forward to the collaborative showcase of talent from across our communities in this fresh, new and exciting format, 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 so grateful that the area municipalities and Region of Durham have come together to provide a virtual celebration for all residents through Durham to enjoy on Canada day during this pandemic.” 
–Mayor Debbie Bath Hadden, Township of Brock

“As we unite to tackle these uncertain times, it is crucial that we take time to celebrate our community, our Region and Canada. Canada Day the Durham Way is just another example of community unity. All eight Durham-area communities are uniting under the Regional umbrella; we are coming together in celebration. Tune in to watch this three-hour event as we highlight the best local talent and our community pride. Together we can #SpreadLove. Together we are #DurhamStrong.” 
– Mayor Adrian Foster, Municipality of Clarington

“The City of Oshawa is excited to announce that our Durham Region communities have come together to celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday virtually this year! And while there will be a part of us that yearns to be at Lakeview Park with our neighbours and friends on Canada Day, we are excited to be able to offer amazing local talent and entertainment now to the comfort and safety of your home. So, gather your family close and be sure to join us for Canada Day the Durham Way - this first-of-its-kind, virtual event on July 1.” 
– Mayor Dan Carter, City of Oshawa

“While we are not able to hold our traditional Canada Day event with all of our friends and neighbours, I am both proud and excited to host a collaborative, Durham-wide 2020 celebration, in an all-digital format. 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.”
– Deputy Mayor Kevin Ashe, City of Pickering

“In Scugog, we host an amazing Canada Day celebration each year. This year, we are happy to celebrate with Durham Region and all the area local municipalities to bring a virtual Canada Day to you. We look forward to celebrating together, as one big community.”

- Mayor Bobbie Drew, Township of Scugog

“The Township of Uxbridge is pleased to join with Durham Region 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

“Join myself and members of council on Canada Day to celebrate the shared determination of Whitby and Durham residents to take care of each other and beat this virus. Be proud and be strong—all will be well.”

– Mayor Don Mitchell, Town of Whitby


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