Ready to move “forward together”? The town motto of Durham sums up the community perfectly.
Located on Highway 6, midway between Owen Sound and Guelph, Durham has a population of about 2500 and is part of the Municipality of West Grey. Its central location offers a relaxing country lifestyle with larger cities just a short drive away.
Durham gets its charm from its strong rural feeling. The town was founded by Scottish settlers in the 1840’s and became the major agricultural centre for the area with the development of flour and grist-mills on the river.
Built upon the Saugeen River, Durham is a sportsman’s dream with fishing, canoeing and kayaking in the summer months. The Durham Conservation Area is the ideal spot for camping and picnics, along with plenty of trails for hiking. And the day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the rushing waters of McGowan Falls.
Thanks to its natural beauty, the town is a popular home for artists, writers and craftsmen. The thriving arts community includes an art gallery and annual arts events, including the Words Aloud spoken word festival.
Durham is known for its annual wood show, a must see for anyone interested in woodworking. And if you’re interested in herbs and flowers, the Durham Herb Fair is held each year on the second Saturday in June.
Despite its small size, Durham has a bustling business district with a variety of stores and services including restaurants, specialty shops and well-known franchises. There are two elementary schools (one public and one separate) with students attending secondary school in either Flesherton or Hanover, both nearby. There is also a public library and a small 29-bed hospital with 24 hour emergency service. Sports are a big attraction in the town-a 3000-seat arena is popular with hockey and skating enthusiasts, while soccer and baseball programs attract youth of all ages.
Stately historic homes on tree-lined streets, well-maintained bungalows with large yards and new townhouses are all available in Durham at affordable prices. With its country feel and proximity to larger communities, Durham offers the best of both worlds.
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