10 Ways to support Uxbridge this Summer

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Recently, Uxbridge – The Trail Capital of Canada – was impacted by a significant weather event that has left behind widespread damage throughout the township. What was supposed to be a “return to normal” May long weekend in the province, quickly turned into a very scary and surreal situation. As businesses and tourist attractions opened with anticipation during the “summer of the staycation” in Ontario, yet another devastating impact was felt.  

As the township continues the efforts to clean up and rebuild, we’ve put together this list of ten ways that you can help support the community by shopping local this summer. 

  1. Visit Downtown Uxbridge and check out the amazing shops, restaurants and attractions! Please be patient as some businesses may need a little more time to re-open.  
  2. Buy tickets for Springtide Music Festival in July to support the local music scene. 
    Image is of a graphic with a yellow and red background. Text in blue reads the Springtide Music Festival taking place on July 21-23 at multiple venues in downtown Uxbridge.
  3. Visit the “2019 Farm Market of the Year” every Sunday during the Uxbridge Farmers’ Market, which has been temporarily moved to Herrema Fields at 85 Herrema Boulevard.  
  4. While The Second Wedge Brewery recovers from significant damage as a result of the storm, you can find your favourite Second Wedge brew at a local restaurant or retail outlet with their Beer Finder Map.
       Image includes an arm picking up a grey can of Witch's Brew beer made by the Second Wedge Brewing Company. The can is sitting on a bar counter next to a blue can of Elgin Blonde, a yellow can of Rain Maker, an orange can of Monday Night Piper, a black can of Black is Beautiful and an orange can of Fat Tire. All of these are beers made by the Second Wedge Brewing Company.
  5. Support the York Durham Heritage Railway by shopping at one of their Wizards Emporium retail stores in Pickering, Oshawa and Newmarket. A Go Fund Me has also been launched in their effort to rebuild and restore the historic and beloved tourist attraction.   
    Image is of the York Durham Heritage Railway train station that has a roof that looks like a witch hat. There is a train with a baggage car parked near the station. A Canadian flag waves on a pole and the background is lined with trees.
  6. Sip local at these North Durham cideries.  
  7. Check out local artisans, farms, markets, live music, food and more on the Leaskdale Loop.  
  8. Step into the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery on the self-guided Anne and Maud Experience. 
    Image is of a bench that has a statue of Lucy Maud Montgomery with a book on her lap sitting on the left side of the bench. The right side of the bench is empty and is located in front of a garden and trees.
  9. Immerse yourself in the Township’s history at the Uxbridge Historical Society.  
  10. Spend date night at the Roxy Theatre where you can catch the latest Hollywood movie releases.  

Bonus: Go for dinner at Foundry Kitchen & Bar in Historic Downtown Port Perry while Foundry pi recovers from the storm.  

Many businesses in North Durham and throughout Durham Region have been impacted as a result of COVID-19 and the recent storms. We invite you to plan a trip to one of the 14 downtownsattend an event and shop the apparel and merchandise line from the Durham is Home collection to show your community pride! 

Image is of a blue t shirt with an image of trees in yellow and red with a red stick figure walking on a trail. The text, Uxbridge, Ontario is included on the shirt in red text.

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Author – Durham Tourism