Welcome to the Durham Outdoors Club. The Durham Outdoors Club began with a small group of like-minded individuals that got together informally to enjoy outdoor pursuits in each others company. As word of the core group spread others joined, and in 1996 a formal club with an executive, and event coordinators was organized.
Our members enjoy a common goal of learning about and pursuing a broad range of outdoor activities and experiences. Hiking, canoeing/kayaking, canoe tripping, cycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter camping are among the clubs more common pursuits.
During the summer months the Wednesday evening Nosey Neighbour Walks are very popular. These weekly walks explore various urban and conservation areas within the Durham Region. Urban Events include bowling, plays, games nights and local music festivals as well as the yearly December Beaches Walk.
The Durham Outdoors Club is run by members for members. The activities in which we engage are limited only by the imagination of our members, their willingness to become involved, organize and participate.
COVID-19 Important Information - UPDATED
Starting September 2021, the Durham Outdoors Club has resumed activities on a limited basis to members only. In order to participate in an activity members must have received the second dose in a 2-dose series COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the event or have received a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days prior to the event. Monthly meetings are still on hold.
To access a calendar of Club events click on Events Schedule under the Navigation menu on the left or click here.
Backpacking Trip: Western Uplands Trail, Algonquin Provincial Park
Dates: Monday, September 5 to Monday, September 12, 2022
Difficulty: Must be able to hike with a pack for 10 km per day
Max People: 3
Contact: Murray Skan - firstname.lastname@example.org
2018/07/13 - New Life for an Older Bike Through the B!KE Program
This past year, I became aware of the "B!KE" community bike shop in Peterborough. This not-for-profit group celebrated their 10-year anniversary in 2016. That year, they saw 3,521 visitors who completed bicycle maintenance and repairs in their workshop. Twenty-three volunteers contributed to Open Shop and 284 bicycles were donated to support B!KE's programming. In 2017, 316 bicycles were donated.
During 2017, B!KE ran two 8-week sessions of Youth Earn-a-Bike. Eleven youth completed the program gaining in-depth mechanical experience, a free bicycle, and basic ride training. They also have an Adult Earn-a-Bike program, and in 2017, 10 adults completed the program.
Their school programs reached 755 youth in 14 different schools, with training in bicycle maintenance and/or riding skills. They also had a women-only Open Shop time on Thursdays.
When I heard that the B!KE shop was interested in bike donations (in any condition) to support their programs, and that the volunteers would refurbish the bikes so that the bikes could be put to use, I delivered several for friends who asked if there was a place to take a bike rather than to metal recycling.
One day, you may be asked by friends "Do you know of anyone who could use a bike and I no longer ride and have use for it?" If so, please contact me and I can pick up and deliver it to Peterborough.
For further details, see the B!KE website at www.communitybikeshop.org
Roy Crooks - 905-434-9861
2017/09/06 - New $10 per year Post-Secondary Student Membership now available! - Details
2017/06/26 - New Trail Maps of the Uxbridge Area in Durham Region - Details
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, monthly meetings are currently on hold.
Club members meet on the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM (excluding the months of July and December)
Faith Place - Canna Hall
44 William Street West, Oshawa, ON
(N/E corner Centre Street and William Street)
General meetings are open to the public without cost or obligation. Only registered members can participate in organized club activities.