Enjoy winter in the great outdoors. From cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking you'll see why Northumberland rates so high in outdoor fun!
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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, snow-covered hills.
Use our Unique Experiences Map Guide to discover new culinary delights across Northumberland such as cookie outlets, food 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 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”. From the artisans of Warkworth to cuddly duvets and mitts at the Great Canadian Alpaca Ranch, you’ll have 60km of fun on this “Loop”.
Our Unique Experiences Map Guide will get you started visiting places like the 1860s Victoria Hall in Cobourg featuring a concert hall, an Old Bailey Courtroom and the Art Gallery of Northumberland. A dinner/theatre or musical by the Northumberland Players (like the hilarious Odd Couple beginning the end of January), VOS Theatre, and Brighton Barn Theatre will keep you entertained. The Aron Theatre in Campbellford features live performances plus newly-released movies. Insider scoop: Dooher’s Bakery (dubbed the Sweetest Bakery in Canada) is just across the road.
Get yourself out on our trails to hike, fat bike, snowshoe, or ski. 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.
Snowmobile trails criss-cross Northumberland, and we even offer an "Around Rice Lake" tour incorporating the E108, which takes you along some of the Trans Canada Trail. Six accommodations near the snowmobile trails are all next to our waterways for some incredibly calming views.
Woodland Trails north of Cobourg feature 3, 7 and 9 kms of looped routes well suited for those riders who love to take their own fat bikes over snowy hills and around challenging curves.
Enjoy the Northumberland County Forest to the fullest, free of charge. It's found, along with more winter destinations, in our free Outdoor Adventure Guide.
Ice fishing or fishing from the shoreline (in the absence of ice), is a great way to celebrate one of Canada's cultures. From Rice Lake to the Trent- Severn Waterway (Bradley Bay in Campbellford has nice shallow, weedy waters), give it a try.
Here's a chance to see the Trent River far below to understand why the Trent- Severn Waterway was built (to avoid rapids). Head to Campbellford to walk the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge where far below the swirling icy rapids are lined by the ice-covered gorge walls.
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.
Booking a family trip which includes your favourite 4 legged pet? The Best Western Plus in Cobourg features an indoor pool and splash pad, as well as being pet-friendly. In fact, Northumberland has quite a number of pet-friendly accommodations.
How does a 2-bedroom, lakefront cottage with fireplace sound? Golden Beach Resort offers this and more with their Ice Fishing package. If you'd prefer to just stay and play, skate on their rink or snowshoe around the property. If you want to take a road trip, our Top 5 Road Trips Map Guide features the "Timeless Cobourg and Rike Lake Views" route that goes right by Golden Beach, with an opportunity to learn about the ill fated Cobourg to Peterborough rail line at Harwood.