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
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Durham Outdoors Club has cancelled all events as of March 23, 2020, until further notice.
To access a calendar of Club events click on Events Schedule under the Navigation menu on the left or click here.
2019/11/19 - B!KE Program Update
This is the second year that fellow bike riders from the Clarington Cycling Club, Seniors On Spokes, and Durham Outdoors Club cleaned out their garages of unused bikes. Many members collected bikes from friends and neighbours as well. Bob Astley has been a great help delivering the bikes to the Not For Profit Community Bike Shop in Peterborough. The bikes are reconditioned by volunteers and placed on sale to support the program. Through the generosity of members, I delivered 40 bikes in 2018, and 82 bikes this year for a combined total of 122 used bicycles. Dan Shetler also arranged for several parts donations. For more information about the Community Bike, please look at www.communitybikeshop.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
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.