Residents of Clarington enjoy waterfront trails alongside Lake Ontario, Greenbelt protected farmlands, and the natural beauty of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
From a cultural perspective, there is an active arts community in the region, two well-known art galleries including the Visual Arts Centre of Durham and the Gift of Art that showcase local art and provide lessons, programs and workshops, and Clarington Museums and Archives which has year round exhibits where residents and visitors can learn and explore.
Clarington has a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and spaces including a number of community centres such as the Courtice Community Complex, Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex and Newcastle & District Recreation Complex. Other facilities include the Orono Outdoor Pool, Alan Strike Aquatic and Squash Centre, the Bowmanville Indoor Soccer/Lacrosse Bowl. Facility features include swimming pools, ice pads, meeting rooms, fitness centres, gymnasiums, squash courts, and much more.
From a retail perspective, residents of Clarington are served by the Clarington Shopping Centre, Bowmanville Mall, main street shops in each of the four main urban centres as well as Northumberland Mall in nearby Coburg and Oshawa Centre in neighbouring Oshawa.
A far as restaurants go, Clarington features of broad range of franchised restaurants, fast food outlets, pubs as well as casual and fine dining restaurants. In Newcastle, Walsh’s Snug, The Old Newcastle House Taps & Grill, Massey House and Kate’s Happy Daze Café are popular favourites; in Bowmanville, look for Chanterelle Bistro, Three Six Kitchen and Lounge, Coffee & Cakes Café, Tetra Kitchen & Vines as well as Frosty John’s Pub, The Village Inn Pub & Restaurant and Serendipi-Tea. Courtice offers Bistro 238, Stuttering John’s Smokehouse, Bittmore Tap & Grill, Molly’s Kitchen, Fast Bastard Burrito’s and Wimpey’s Diner and Orono is home to Margarita’s, Woodman’s Bar & Grill, Bear Brew Pub and The Family Dog among others.