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11 Best Things to Do in Bowmanville, Ontario

11 Best Things to Do in Bowmanville, Ontario

Looking for fun things to do in Bowmanville?

Bowmanville is a historic town located in the municipality of Clarington, which is part of Durham Region.

While it’s about an hour drive out of Toronto, it’s still considered part of the Greater Toronto Area!

Whether you’re looking to hit up cute cafés in historic downtown Bowmanville or do some forested hikes, you’ll definitely find something to enjoy on this list.

Here are some of the best and most fun things to do in Bowmanville, Ontario!

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Best things to do in Bowmanville, Ontario


Café hop in historic downtown Bowmanville

There are plenty of great spots to eat and drink in downtown Bowmanville, and you’ll find a couple of cute cafés worth hitting up.

Try the Espresso Tonic at Roam Coffee or grab a Cappuccino at Hart’s Espresso Bar (located inside a coworking space).

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Roam Coffee in Bowmanville, Ontario
Inside Roam Coffee’s adorable space.
Roam Coffee in Bowmanville, Ontario
The Spring Fling drink from Roam Coffee.

Shop local at Markets by Dream Day

Markets by Dream Day is an adorable multi-vendor marketplace where you can shop goods from local artisans from across Durham Region, and they’ve got multiple locations.

Their Bowmanville location is actually connected to Roam Coffee, so you can shop around before or after getting a drink!

You can also find them in Brooklin and Pickering, or you can shop their selection online.

LOCATION: 62 King Street West, Bowmanville, ON

Markets by Dream Day in Bowmanville, Ontario
Green Beginnings at Markets by Dream Day in Bowmanville, Ontario
Green Beginnings is one of the many vendors you’ll find at Markets by Dream Day.

Eat and drink your way through Bowmanville

There are plenty of amazing spots to eat and drink in Bowmanville if you’re looking to get a taste of the town!

Skylight Donuts is a popular spot in Bowmanville for freshly-made doughnuts, and the only place to peep the menu is when you’re ordering at their drive-thru (or in the photo I’ve shared below!)

If you’re craving a sweet, cold treat, grab a scoop or two from a variety of Kawartha Dairy flavours at the Enniskillen General Store, or taste some freshly-made soft serve at Sundae Funday (flavours change up by the week!)

Hit up the outdoor patios of local craft breweries Manantler and Chronicle Brewing if you’re a fan of craft beer, or even do a brewery tour of Manantler if you’re interested in peeping out their facility.

Skylight Donuts in Bowmanville, Ontario
The Chocolate Walnut Cruller from Skylight Donuts.
Skylight Donuts in Bowmanville, Ontario
Skylight Donuts’ menu.

Picnic at Rotary Park

Rotary Park is a small yet stunning park in downtown Bowmanville, and it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic, or just an afternoon stroll.

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Pack along some snacks or grab takeout from a local restaurant, and enjoy the sunshine and food.

There’s a cute gazebo, clock tower arch, and even a tall staircase if you want to get a quick workout in.

You can also peep out salmon and trout migrating on the river during the spring and fall seasons!

LOCATION: 133 Queen Street, Bowmanville, ON

Rotary Park in Bowmanville, Ontario
The clock tower arch at the entrance to Rotary Park.
Roam Coffee at Rotary Park in Bowmanville, Ontario
Drinking our brews from Roam Coffee in front of the gazebo at Rotary Park.
Rotary Park in Bowmanville, Ontario
Plenty of scenic spots along the river.
Rotary Park in Bowmanville, Ontario
Some unique trees in Rotary Park.

Swim at Port Darlington East Beach Park

If you’re looking to cool off on a hot summer day, Port Darlington East Beach Park is the perfect spot for a swim.

It’s not a particularly large park, but it’s a beautiful waterfront area to explore.

Come later in the day and watch the sunset over Lake Ontario, or snap some photos of the green-and-white lighthouse near the beach.

There’s also a park and splash pad if you’ve got kiddos!

LOCATION: 54 East Beach Rd, Bowmanville, ON

Port Darlington East Beach in Bowmanville, Ontario
A view of the bluffs from Port Darlington East Beach Park.
Port Darlington East Beach in Bowmanville, Ontario
Port Darlington East Beach in Bowmanville, Ontario
A view of the lighthouse from Port Darlington East Beach Park.
Port Darlington East Beach in Bowmanville, Ontario

Visit the community of Tyrone

If you’re into visiting cute small towns in Ontario, the community of Tyrone is worth a visit while exploring Bowmanville.

There are a few historic buildings in Tyrone, including an old general store and an old blacksmith shop, neither of which are in operation anymore!

Be sure to also make a stop at the historic Tyrone Mills, built in 1846 and one of the oldest mills in Ontario – they’re famous for their homemade butter tarts, doughnuts, and hot apple cider!

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LOCATION: Tyrone, Ontario

Historic general store in the community of Tyrone in Bowmanville, Ontario
An old general store in Tyrone.

Go fruit picking at Watson Farms

Watson Farms is a local farm in Bowmanville, and you can either shop at their farmer’s market or pick your own fruits and veggies!

You’ll find fresh produce, prepared foods, and gifts at the farmer’s market, all grown or produced from different farms and vendors in Ontario!

They have strawberry picking during the summer, apple and pumpkin picking during the fall, as well as other fruits and veggies available for the picking throughout the seasons.

LOCATION: 2287 Hwy 2 Bowmanville, ON


Go wine tasting at Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery

Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery is a fourth-generation family farm, and they offer all kinds of amazing fruit wine and cider options.

From Sweet Peach Wine to Hard Strawberry Lime Cider, you can shop all kinds of unique, fruity drinks!

They’re currently offering outdoor wine tasting on the weekends, and you have to book ahead of time through phone or email.

They even offer apple picking in the fall, and you can pick from all kinds of varieties on their almost 10,000 apple trees!

LOCATION: 6275 Liberty St. N., Bowmanville, ON


Hike Long Sault Conservation Area

Long Sault Conservation Area is a beautiful forested area if you’re looking to do some nice hiking through the woods.

It’s the largest conservation area in the municipality of Clarington at 400 hectares, and it’s gorgeous year-round!

The trail can be a little muddy on rainy days, and you’ll need ice cleats during the winter as it gets completely covered in ice.

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Parking is $6 for the day, and there are public washrooms on-site (closed at the moment).

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LOCATION: 9293 Woodley Rd, Bowmanville, ON

Summer hiking in Long Sault Conservation Area, Bowmanville, Ontario
Summer hiking at Long Sault.
Winter hiking in Long Sault Conservation Area, Bowmanville, Ontario
Winter hiking at Long Sault.

Shop at the Courtice Flea Market

The Courtice Flea Market is actually located just outside of Bowmanville, and they open up shop year-round every weekend from 9-4:30 PM.

They’ve got over 200 vendors both indoors and outdoors selling old and new goods, including everything from vintage furniture to specialty foods.

The vintage furniture is definitely my favourite part of the whole flea market!

If you’re visiting from May to November, they have fresh fruits and veggies at their Outdoor Farmer’s Market every Sunday.

There are a few food vendors on-site if you’re hungry, and Courtice Canteen makes an amazing Chicken Club (not an actual club sandwich – it’s a fried chicken sandwich).

LOCATION: 1696 Bloor St, Courtice, ON

Vendors at Courtice Flea Market in Courtice, Ontario
We bought some pink grapefruit marmalade from this vendor!
Vintage furniture at Courtice Flea Market in Courtice, Ontario
The vintage furniture selection at Courtice Flea Market is pretty great.
Chicken Club & Chicken Fingers at Courtice Canteen Restaurant at the Courtice Flea Market
The Chicken Fingers were bland and came with no sauce but the Chicken Club sandwich was fantastic.

Watch racing events at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

If you’re into cars, you’ll definitely want to check out the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

It’s home to plenty of international racing events, and it’s located right in Bowmanville!

There are multiple tracks at the park, including the Grand Prix (for cars or motorcycles), the Driver Development (for training), and the Karting (for kart racing).

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They’re also celebrating their 60th anniversary this year!

LOCATION: 3233 Concession Rd 10, Bowmanville, ON


Best things to do in Bowmanville:

  1. Café hop in historic downtown Bowmanville
  2. Shop local at Markets by Dream Day
  3. Eat and drink your way through Bowmanville
  4. Picnic at Rotary Park
  5. Swim at Port Darlington East Beach Park
  6. Visit the community of Tyrone
  7. Go fruit picking at Watson Farms
  8. Go wine tasting at Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery
  9. Hike Long Sault Conservation Area
  10. Shop at the Courtice Flea Market
  11. Watch racing events at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

These were some of the best and most fun things to do in Bowmanville!

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