Established in 1842, the town of Durham is located in the heart of Grey County. Nestled in nature, homes are affordable and streets are quiet and peaceful. With a population of 2,600, Durham reflects the ideal qualities and comforts of a small town in rural Ontario. It offers cafes and restaurants, art gallery, library, fitness centre, arena, curling club, conservation area, soccer fields and baseball diamonds. Local clubs, churches and businesses provide a wide range of activities for all ages. There are two elementary schools in town and secondary schools are only 20-30 minutes away. Durham is home to a thriving farming and arts community and those who enjoy the outdoors. Blue Mountain and other ski clubs and the famed beaches of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay are only an hour away.
Situated on the Saugeen River, the area is considered a nature lover’s paradise. Residents and visitors enjoy a range of activities, including fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, golfing, camping, cycling, ATV and snowmobile-riding. Durham’s beautiful conservation area, complete with nature trails, children’s park, swimming, boating area and McGowan Falls is an important part of the thriving community. Many children take swimming lessons each summer at the Day Use park and beach. Residents enjoy an affordable lifestyle in a rural setting while having easy access to larger urban centres such as Toronto and London, both within two hours travel.
Durham Hospital is a 10 bed primary care facility with a 24/7 emergency department and is a stop for Ornge air ambulance. It is one of 4 hospitals under the administration of South Bruce Grey Health Centre, sharing services and access to equipment for better patient care. Medical, laboratory and diagnostic imaging staff provide health care to a catchment area of more than 16,000 residents and 10,000 seasonal visitors. The Durham Medical Clinic is connected to the hospital and is home to the 7 doctors FHN, Family Health Team and hearing specialist.