Woman holding hands over wooden home with candle inside

The Dan Plowman real estate team wishes all of Durham Region a very happy 2023!

The start of a new year means new goals for a better you. While we don’t always stick to our New Year’s resolutions, we do (usually!) focus on something we’d like to improve on over the course of the year. But what about your home? 

This January, don’t forget fire safety! This is an often overlooked aspect when it comes to your property—and it’s incredibly important. Here are our fire safety tips to help you and your Durham Region family safe in 2023. 

The Right Equipment

Safety begins with having the right tools. 

Every home should have working smoke detectors, placed in every bedroom, in every hallway right outside a bedroom, and on every level. It is…

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Group of people celebrating with sparklers

The weather is getting chilly here in the Durham Region. All of a sudden, it seems like the sun sets too early and the days seem to fly by! Plus, there’s always that holiday gift rush. So it’s no wonder that many people like to stay in and enjoy some time with their friends and family.

However, for those who want to get out and about (perhaps those who really love the wintertime!), there are an abundance of events for all ages, and at all price points, here in the Durham Region. Here’s our list for some of the must-try winter events—for those who like to put relaxing in front of the fire on hold for a bit!

WILD Winter Festival Of Lights

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Concession Road 10, Clarington

Okay, maybe the cold is a little too much…

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Child trying to get in the fenced in swimming pool

Buying a Durham Region home for the family can truly be an exciting and monumental moment in your life, especially if you want to buy a home with a swimming pool for endless summer fun. 

However, this also means taking care to protect the family, especially little ones, around the tips for safety around the pool. 

Having a swimming pool in your backyard is a great excuse to host guests and be the fun home for entertaining in the summers. It’s also a great reason for the kids to be outdoors when the sun is shining. 

Following important safety tips in regard to keeping your children and family safe around the swimming pool will make for a more stress-free environment that you can simply enjoy the sunshine in. 

Keep Equipment In Mind 

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Daughter giving father a present

Father’s Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate your dad than to find some great Father’s Day activities for you to do together or as a family? 

The great thing is having all the Durham Region to your disposal. From Port Perry to Whitby, Guelph to all of Lake Ontario, you have endless opportunities to make this Father’s Day an incredible one. 

These activities are made up of some of the most exciting outdoor things you could think of, after all, it is summer, and a great opportunity to get dad into something more lively. 

We’ll be covering just a few of the countless things you could do this Father’s Day in the Durham Region, so stick around and see what dad will love the most. 

Sailing On The Open Waters

Chances are your…

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Boats on a marina in Whitby

If you’re looking for a family-friendly, heavily culture oriented community with beautiful homes for sale in the Durham Region, then Whitby is the place for you. 

With a long stretch of beautiful trails following the breathtaking Lake Ontario for as far as you can see, you’re truly getting a one of a kind experience with this lifestyle. 

Today, we’ll be going through some reasons as to why Whitby is the perfect city to move your family to and settle down in. 

Gorgeous Real Estate

It can certainly be a mission finding great homes in the Toronto area at an affordable price, yet somehow Whitby manages to do it with ease. 

Beautifully large and spacious family homes can be found lining the quiet, residential streets of Whitby’s…

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Beautiful building in Oshawa

So you’re looking at a beautiful city nestled right on the white sandy shores of the scenic Lake Ontario, known as the eastern anchor of the Greater Toronto Area, Oshawa is a true beauty of southern Ontario. 

Oshawa is no longer just a bedroom community, with economic prosperity leading to a boom in the real estate market and a rise in popularity of families and young professionals moving to the area, Oshawa has much to offer. 

A beautiful waterfront city that’s only a short drive away from the more fast-paced Toronto, Oshawa is a lively city with a great entertainment industry as well as one of a kind views. 

With plenty of job opportunities and more affordable real estate than the neighbouring Toronto market, it’s no wonder why people are…

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Girl with a dog in a dog-friendly park in the Durham Region of Ontario

If you’re living in the Durham Region then you know that there are plenty of green spaces for you to enjoy on a sunny day out from conservation areas to parks, to open fields, and much more. 

However, just because there are open green spaces doesn’t mean they’re necessarily dog-friendly or a place you can safely let your dog out off of the leash. 

While this is the case, there are plenty of beautiful parks and areas all over Durham, specifically designed to make both you and your pup’s lives easier with dog-friendly designated spaces that are enclosed so they can run around freely. 

Today we’ll be naming just a few dog-friendly parks in Durham to get you started so you can plan a nice day out with your dog no matter where you live. 

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Stunning sunrise over the sparkling waters in Pickering, Ontario

Imagine a picturesque town sitting along the northern shore of sparkling Ontario. Pickering is the definition of small town feel with stunning scenery and a tight knit community close enough to a big urban hub that has everything and more you need. 

This Southern Ontario town in the Durham Region will make you want to pack up and move to its idyllic location in a moment’s notice - wait until you see the homes.

Small Town With a Lot of Heart

The accessibility to nearby major freeways and only being a thirty minute drive to the big city bustle of Toronto makes for a dream location few could ask for more out of in this dreamy town perfect for settling down in.

That doesn’t even begin to speak for all of the unbelievable real estate Pickering…

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A happy family at a free family-friendly event in Oshawa

Oshawa ranked as one of the best cities to move to with affordable housing, a low crime rate perfect for families to settle down in, its proximity to Toronto and many more reasons that all make up why anyone would want to live in this constantly growing city. Oshawa gives yet another opportunity for an amazing reason to move or even visit - incredibly free family-friendly events. 

The excellent recreational activities and outstanding public transit make for a great combo as to why you would consider moving or taking a trip to the city. Today we’ll just be looking at some of the many free family-friendly events in Oshawa. 

Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens 

An entirely free, beautiful place to visit with the family made perfect with a sunny…

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girl sliding down a ski run on a snow tube

When the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, the Durham Region turns into a winter wonderland with plenty of outdoor adventures on offer. And if you don’t feel like braving the cold, there are tons of fun things to do inside where it’s toasty warm as well! 

Whether you want to commune with nature on peaceful snow-covered trails, get the adrenaline pumping on a snow tubing ride, or practice your axe-throwing skills, these are the best things to do during the winter in Ontario’s Durham Region.

Slide and Spin Down a Mountain on a Snow Tube

There’s more than one way to get down a mountain in the Durham Region. Skiing and snowboarding are fun, but nothing beats the thrill of flying down a slippery slope on a cushioned snow tube. Take a…

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