There is a ton to do in Durham region and one thing my family (Brian) has made a bit of a tradition of is visiting the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens each June for the Annual Peony Festival. I'm not a huge flower guy but it is a beautiful spot right in the heart of downtown Oshawa.
This year's a lot different with physical distance being essential as we cope with COVID-19 but we still made our annual trip and as usual the gardens didn't let us down.
In a typical year mid-June marks the start of the Peony Festival when the gardens at Children's Arena are in full bloom. There's usually an outdoor market and food trucks. You can tour the gardens, walk along the creek, take in lunch under the shade of one of the many mature trees or take your kids to the park.
If you haven't experienced the gardens yet check them out. You can go anytime.
Set location in the post to The Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, 155 Arena St, Oshawa, ON L1J 4E8
If you want to know about this year's Peony Festival, it started on June 8 and runs to the 26th. Like many events it will be virtual due to COVID-19 but you can still visit the gardens, just practice physical distancing. To find out more check out https://www.oshawa.ca/things-to-do/peony-festival.asp