Port Perry’s historical post office is 329 km by road from Parliament Hill, via Highway 7. The drive is about four hours.
Durham Region Transit and GO Transit are some of the public transportation systems servicing the riding.
Canada’s Highway of Heroes, a stretch of Highway 401 dedicated to fallen Canadian soldiers, runs through the southern tip of the riding.
Lake Scugog is an artificially flooded lake that is home to the Muskellunge fish, also referred to as Musky. It’s strictly catch-and-release fishing.
Scugog Island is technically a peninsula and not an island. Surrounded by Lake Scugog on three sides, people can access the island via Island Road.
Lake Ontario forms the southern border of the riding.
About 15% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, Jamaica, and India.
Polish, Italian, and Urdu are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 2% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $50,358.
Once a month the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Toronto Centre hosts a stargazing night at the Long Sault Conservation Area. The site is far enough from city lights that viewers can glimpse sights of the Milky Way with the naked eye.
Cool off at the Port Darlington East Beach Park, a nautically-themed playground, or try Port Darlington West Beach Park.
The Netflix series Hemlock Grove (2013-2015) filmed its downtown scenes in Port Perry.
NHL player Chris Kelly grew up in Bowmanville. He was a member of the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup team.
Actress Emily VanCamp (‘’Revenge’ and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) was born in Port Perry.
Sources say that Scugog is either an Ojibwe word meaning “marshy waters” or is a Mississauga word meaning “waves leap over a canoe.”
Almost 53% of the riding’s workforce has some sort of post-secondary education.
The energy sector is one the largest employers in Durham region, followed by education and government. The riding of Durham also specializes in advanced agriculture processing.
The Durham York Energy Centre’s Energy from Waste program produces energy from the combustion of 140,000 tonnes of garbage via thermal mass burn. This process is enough to power approximately 10,000 homes a year.
The Durham Region Envirothon is a team competition at Camp Samac for high school students to engage in learning about protecting the natural world. The winning team gets to move on to the provincial Ontario Envirothon competition.
The Battle of Bowmanville is said to be the closest Canada ever came to fighting the Second World War on its own soil. In 1942, “Camp 30,” a Canadian POW camp for German soldiers, was the site of a prison riot. The POWs rioted in protest of a plan to shackle them, retribution for Germany’s treatment of Canadian POWs. Reinforcements were called to fight and subdue the prisoners.
Indigenous communities in the riding include:
Ogemawah J Tribal Council
Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation