Discover the ideal geography for road touring, mountain biking, and rail trails alike.
Take in our backroads and Lilac Festival
Get a jump on Spring at the Ganaraska River fish ladder in Port Hope.
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Just east of Toronto, Northumberland County is surrounded by waterways (Lake Ontario, Rice Lake, Trent-Severn Waterway, and Ganaraska River) with picturesque towns and villages dotting the rolling, fragrant hills.
Use our Unique Experiences Map Guide to discover new culinary delights across Northumberland such as cookie outlets, burgers featured from the TV show "You Gotta Eat Here", craft beer outlets and a winery with a dining area overlooking distant hills.
Our Cheers Tour map takes you to tiny Irish nooks and craft breweries serving award-winning ales.
Our Top 5 Road Trips Map Guide includes the “Rolling Hills Central Arts Loop”. This 62km route takes you through the Village of Warkworth where there are artisans sprinkled around Main Street. It's there, at the end of May, that the must-see Lilac Festival begins. Also on this Arts Loop, you can hike a 0.8km trail into Peter's Woods Provincial Nature Reserve, the sole surviving old growth forest in the area. Or just let the lure of fragrant lilacs be your destination with our Lilac Driving Tour Map.
Our Unique Experiences Map Guide celebrates our culture, especially when visiting attractions like the 1860s Victoria Hall in Cobourg. A National Historic Site of Canada, this gorgeous heritage building features a concert hall, an Old Bailey Courtroom and the Art Gallery of Northumberland.Another cultural gem is the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, featuring live stage performances like "Fox on the Fairway", a musical by the Northumberland Players.
New are Northumberland's paddling itineraries on the Trent-Severn Waterway where you can have a thrill going through the system's locks, or launch next to them for an easy paddle. Here's your chance to spot bald eagles, experience huge muskies splashing around you, or paddle where Samuel de Champlain came through in 1615.
Forests and farmland are abundant in Northumberland. Our family-fun page includes 2 farms in Northumberland where you can harness an alpaca and take them for a walk: Haute Goat offers the Alpaca Knuffle Shuffle through farm fields with commanding views, and Old Mill Alpacas has a shorter 15 minute walk along their cedar-lined laneways.
If you’d like to hike a public trail, we’ve got over 20 from which you can choose. Get yourself out on our trails to hike or bike through forested areas carpeted with trilliums. A favourite location is the Northumberland County Forest north of Cobourg where, at no fee, you have an immense choice of routes. Insider scoop: Lookout Mountain at Woodland Trails has a commanding view of the forest. It's actually one of our romantic spots we feature for that special proposal, or to just take time to hold hands.
What’s new on Northumberland’s cycling routes?
Within the Town of Port Hope is the mighty Ganaraska River where in spring a black carpet of swimming rainbow trout make the run upstream. See the live fish volume activity chart to find the best time to arrive.
On the Rice Lake Ramble (a Toronto Bicycling Network 74km favourite), Gores Landing at Rice Lake features the newly-refurbished public dock and a picnic-friendly gazebo. Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat and Spa at the outskirts of Cobourg , nestled in a forest, is brand new and offers treatments, overnight stays and a restaurant.
As you cycle on the level and picturesque Trans Canada Trail through Campbellford, make a point of booking a “Dare to Pair” (food, wine, musicians and storytelling) event starting in June throughout the summer at Westben’s Barn Theatre.
Mid May is a great time to get out Brook Trout fishing, and then at the end of June begin fishing for Large and Smallmouth Bass. Public fishing spots featured in our Outdoor Adventure Map Guide will help you get to them quickly. The only fishing bridge in Ontario can be experienced during Midnight Madness in Hastings on the May long weekend.
With the May long weekend marking the opening of the Trent-Severn Waterway, head to Hastings, Trent River, or Campbellford for glorious views of the waterway, or to launch and paddle. A good spot to see why the Trent Canal was built is at the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge where the navigable canal is built beside the swirling rapids of the Trent River.
A new and welcomed escape is Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat and Spa, which lies north of Cobourg. It is nestled in acres of forest with a view of Lake Ontario. Stay overnight in luxury and enjoy over 20 types of treatments.