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Loads of giveaways and a sneak peek at The Experience Trail


By Wayne Doyle

Over the last month, the team at has been working feverishly to bring The Experience Trail to life.

The Experience Trail will re-connect York Region residents – and visitors – to the unique and interesting places that dot the region and bring our local culture to life.

With a camera crew in tow, we’ve criss-crossed York Region, capturing the places, events and people who make York Region such an amazing place to live and visit. We wanted to give you a quick look at what we’ve got coming – introduce our host and our special guest artist.Our host is Instagram influencer and Richmond Hill native Jessica Lam. Jessica will introduce you to the folks behind the events and attractions across York Region – from music and craft beer festivals to fall fairs and corn mazes. You can meet Jessica in the video below.

We’ve also enlisted the talents of rising TikTok star Mathew Morales who will create unique videos inspired by the places on the Trail. (@mattwaterr)

We’ve met with the folks at the Georgina Arts and Cultural Centre to find out about their new direction and the events they have planned for the next few months. We chatted with the team from the Varley Art Gallery in Markham and discovered the works of Karen Tam and viewed works from the permanent collection that are on view now. We also chatted with the folks behind the Lunar Lanterns of Indigenous Light which wraps up at the Varley Art Gallery courtyard this weekend. Watch the video below.We visited the Richmond Green Skate Park where we discovered ice skating is still one of the favourite pastimes for many Canadians. We had the chance to talk with Brandon Baghaee who showcased his work at Richmond Green as part of Black History Month. We featured his story a couple of weeks ago and we wanted you to hear Brandon explain his work in the video below.

And then we headed over to the Kortright Centre for Conservation to learn all about maple syrup and why the Kortright has been a must-visit attraction in York Region for almost 50 years.

But showcasing the region is only half the fun.We’re launching a new series of contests to get you out and about across York Region.

In fact, we launched our first contest of the year a couple of days ago when we offered up two tickets to see renowned Scottish tenor John McDermott at the Flato Theatre in Markham on March 16. For all the details, follow us on Instagram. We’ll be giving away more tickets to other Flato performances over the next few months.

We’re also giving away five full-day family passes to Treetop Trekking in Stouffville – the perfect outing over March Break. Again, follow us on Instagram to find out all the details.

And lastly, to celebrate the many amazing dining experiences available across York Region, we’re going to launch Taste the World in York Region. We’re giving away ten $100 gift certificates to some of the region’s best eateries. Follow us on Instagram for your chance to win.

Main photo: Michelle Planche, organizer of the Community Craft Beer Festival is one of our featured interviews on The Experience Trail – coming soon.

Top row, from left: Jessica Lam, Matthew Morales, Matthew and Jessica working in the cold.

Middle row: Artwork from the Lunar Lanterns of Indigenous Light at the Varley Art Gallery in Markham.

Bottom row, from left: Win tickets to John McDermott, Treetop Trekking or a $100 gift certificate to one of York Region’s great restaurants, like Chef Agi Guna’s AGI kitchen & wine in Stouffville.

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