A Day in Brookfield Residential East Communities

Brookfield Residential builds new home communities all across Southern Ontario, from central (Woodhaven and Timberlane in Aurora) to west (Pathways in Caledon East, 50 Ann in Bolton, and Pinehurst in Paris) to north (Treetops in Alliston and Willow Glen in Tottenham) to east (New Seaton in Pickering and Station No. 3 which is coming soon to Whitby).

Today, we’re exploring our communities in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario.

For previous blog posts in this series, check out A Day in Brookfield Residential North Communities, A Day in Brookfield Residential Central Communities and A Day in Brookfield Residential West Communities.

Brookfield Residential’s east communities, found in the more eastern part of Southern Ontario, include New Seaton in north Pickering and Station No. 3 – coming soon to downtown Whitby. Dockside, an upcoming community on Whitby’s beautiful waterfront, is also in the planning and development stages. These communities are all found in the Durham Region, which is known for its strong and vibrant communities, its huge growth and popularity in recent years, and its exceptional natural beauty.

Durham Region is just under 2,600 square kilometres, and is the largest geographical region in the GTA.

Spend a day in Brookfield’s east communities by choosing your favourite attractions and hot spots from these fun options:

Nature and recreation

Durham Region is famous for its extensive network of parks, trails, ponds and woodlots. Nature lovers and outdoor adventurers will have plenty to explore! And if you enjoy cycling, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, hiking or snow sports, you’ll find many places to pursue your favourite hobbies close to home.

In Pickering, Duffin’s Creek, the Whitevale Dam, the Seaton Hiking Trail, Rouge Park, the Petticoat Creek Conservation Area, Altona Forest, the Claremont Nature Centre, Greenwood Conservation Area and Grand Valley Park are all popular destinations for outdoor fun. The city has many bike paths and kilometres of scenic trails running along the sandy shoreline of Lake Ontario, providing beautiful views of the waterfront, conservation area, lush green spaces and abundant wildlife. With a series of multi-purpose trails for cycling and hiking, including the Waterfront Trail from the Ajax/Pickering border all the way to Scarborough, the Trans-Canada Trail, West Duffins Trail, Pine Creek Trail and more, it’s an idyllic city for cyclists.

In Whitby, there’s an extensive network of trails that’s perfect for cycling, including the Greenbelt Cycling Route (which is 600 kilometres long and passes through Whitby) and the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. There are countless beautiful natural areas to stop and enjoy along the Waterfront Trail, such as Lynde Shore Conservation Area, Thickson's Woods, the Rowe House, the Port Whitby Marina, Rotary Sunrise Lake Park and Kiwanis Heydenshore Park.

Durham Region also boasts plentiful golf courses, ski resorts, fishing huts and community recreation centres.

Arts and culture

Visit the largest living history museum in the Durham Region at the Pickering Museum Village. With live pioneers in 18 restored heritage buildings including a blacksmith's shop, general store, school house, temperance hotel, steam barn and chapel, it’s a unique experience that the whole family will enjoy. The Lynde House Museum in Whitby is another great place to soak up some of the area’s rich history. A cultural community hub, it features tours by volunteers dressed in historic costumes, educational programming, living history and immersive enactments, a unique general store and other activities to engage Whitby residents in the area’s local history.

For those who enjoy theatre, the Herongate Barn Theatre in Pickering is a popular place to catch the latest local play, while Whitby residents and visitors can check out local theatrical performances at the Whitby Courthouse Theatre and fun, lively performances by the Whitby Brass Band.

Whitby has a great selection of art exhibitions and displays at the Station Gallery, as well as educational Art Talks. In Pickering, art lovers can check out the Durham West Arts Centre, an incredible gallery and school, and Artfest, an annual free arts event featuring over 100 artists from across the province.

In the spring and summer months, Durham Region comes alive with a huge number of local events. Fun community events include Open Streets Whitby, Culture in the Square and Fresh Air in the Square in Whitby, Movies and Music in the Park in Whitby, Ribfests, the Aboriginal Celebration in Pickering, Food Truck Festivals in Whitby and Pickering, and more. The Pickering Farmers’ Market is a great place to stop by for fresh local produce, food, music and family activities in the heart of the City Centre, and Whitby also hosts a weekly Farmers’ Market in its downtown core.

Whitby and Pickering each also hold their own yearly Santa Claus Parades, amongst other events and activities.

Points of interest

Durham Region has interesting historic architecture in each town, giving the downtown areas a sense of charm and significance.

Want to get enchanted by a real life castle? The Trafalgar Castle in Whitby is a gorgeous local attraction that now serves as a private school.

Speaking of schools, Durham Region is also known for Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), which is Ontario’s fastest-growing university and a hub of technological innovation.

The Whitby Public Library (Central branch) and adjacent Celebration Square are points of interest due to the library’s fresh, modern design and the central role that the Celebration Square plays. The square is an outdoor community gathering space where many public arts and cultural events are hosted in downtown Whitby.

Love waterfront vistas? Check out Whitby Harbour for its stunning views and the neighbouring Port Whitby Marina, an impressive recreational marina with hundreds of boats.

Last but not least, Camp X is an interesting historical site in Whitby. During World War II, it was a secret training site for covert agents. Today, the area is known as Intrepid Park and features a historic plaque with interesting details and information.

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