Culture Trek is a new program of travel itineraries produced by Ontario Culture Days. Culture Trek simplifies the planning required to get you, your friends and family out the door exploring your province and the many Culture Days events along the way.
These itineraries pinpoint key Culture Days events along the recommended travel routes while highlighting great places to eat, sleep, and explore. The Treks have been thoughtfully selected, with input from local partners, to reflect the unique character of the local arts and culture scene. You can expect to find mainstays like well-known theatres and museums, as well as the work of local artists, collectives, and community groups.
In its inaugural year, Culture Trek has launched three itineraries in three different regions of the Province of Ontario: St. Catharines, Durham, and Muskoka Region. Find the Itineraries with accompanying maps below. Happy travels!
Part of the beautiful Niagara Region, St. Catharines is a unique city with a rich heritage, vibrant culture and extraordinary natural beauty. This overnight road trip will lead you through over 200-years of history, from the quaint harbourfront village of Port Dalhousie on Lake Ontario to the evocative and inspiring imagery found in downtown’s Graffiti Alley. Take part in Culture Days at Rodman Hall Art Centre, a 19th century historic house-turned-contemporary art gallery, or join in the Culture Days festivities in the light-filled atrium at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. With live music emanating from coffee houses, and downtown storefronts offering up mouthwatering snacks, this Trek is well worth the drive. (And it’s a short trip for anyone in the GTHA!)
Just two hours north of Toronto, Muskoka has been named one of the best places to visit in Canada time and time again. Many may not know, however, that the rugged Canadian Shield landscape and iconic wind swept pines provide a backdrop for an enviable arts and culture scene. Muskoka features several museums and cultural corridors showcasing the fascinating heritage of the surrounding area. Our Culture Trek will bring you to these spots while offering suggestions for where shop, explore, and grab a bite along the way. With unique Culture Days events taking place in Huntsville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, this two-night Culture Trek will have you feeling like a local in no time.
Durham Region, one of Ontario’s Central Counties located just east of Toronto, is built up of quaint, heritage-laden rural towns and bustling, historical cities lining the shores of Lake Ontario. With three unique Durham Region itineraries to choose from, there will be something for everyone in your group. Enjoy local art, music and food at the Clarington Outdoor Art Festival before catching a tour of the Manantler Craft Brewing Co. in Bowmanville. Or, get crafty and hands-on at Oshawa’s Arts Resource Centre followed by taking in a reenactment of the War of 1812 at Lynde House Museum in Whitby. Stroll along the boardwalk at the Pickering Nautical Village then dine-out with waterfront views. There’s more local history to discover and cheese to be sampled at the Carpe Diem Farm Market & Café. Durham offers a warm and welcoming experience as you explore the region’s history and cultural landscapes.