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NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

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 hills.

Food and Drink

In Northumberland's Unique Experiences Map Guide, you'll discover places where you can eat and drink your way across Northumberland.  

Our craft beer outlets have been mapped for you so you can drive through farmland to visit Church-Key Brewing (housed in a former Methodist church), or into town to dine on a patio with local beer being served up. 

Arts & Culture

Add to your bucket list our “Brighton, Beaches and Big Apple” self-directed route that’s featured in our Top 5 Road Trips Map Guide

Our Unique Experiences Map Guide will take you back in time to the 1860s Victoria Hall in Cobourg featuring a concert hall, an Old Bailey Courtroom and the Art Gallery of Northumberland.

New Paddling Itineraries

The Trent-Severn Waterway is a canoeing and kayaking paradise. With our 8 new paddling itineraries, you can enjoy the thrill of travelling through the lock system, or launching next to the locks to begin your journey averaging 8km or less. Camping at the locks mentioned in our itineraries is always an option. At the top of Lock 8, there’s a lovely grassy area with huge trees for shade.  

Golfing

With spectacular drumlins and scenic views, golfing at our 11 courses is natural in Northumberland. Our Outdoor Adventures Map Guide lists those like the Port Hope Golf Club that sits alongside Lake Ontario. Cobourg Creek Golf Course is a 9-hole favourite. 

Birding

With more than 15 conservation areas, birdwatchers migrate here year after year.  Our Outdoor Adventures Map Guide shows optimum areas you’re likely to see some unique birds.  70km of Lake Ontario shoreline, cedar bogs, rocky and sandy fields make Northumberland prime for birding.   

Cycling

The 480km Greenbelt Cycling Route crosses 7 regions from Northumberland to Niagara with Northumberland being the eastern terminus at Alderville First Nations. This route uses legs of Northumberland’s signed cycling routes beginning with the Rice Lake Ramble taking you through rolling farmland, friendly towns and villages, and alongside sandy beaches.

Fishing

With Northumberland being surrounded by water, we’ve got 16 ideal public access points listed in our Outdoor Adventure Map Guide to get you started fishing for small-mouth bass to massive carp on Rice Lake, the Ganaraska River, Lake Ontario and the Trent-Severn Waterway.

If watching the fish swim is more your thing, mark your calendars for September when the cool weather brings the salmon swimming by the hundreds up the Ganaraska River in Port Hope.

Trent-Severn Waterway

Whether boating on the waterway or travelling beside it, you’ll marvel at the engineering that went into the development of both the canals and the lock systems. Here are features at 3 of the 10 locks throughout Northumberland:

  • Locks 11 and 12 in Campbellford have interpretive signage at the lock master’s station outlining the locks’ history and how they work.  
  • Lock 18 in Hastings is right in the centre of the village, so you can dine, shop or even picnic in the gazebo at the water’s edge as you watch boaters pass by.     

Cuddle Up, Stay Longer

Take a look at the uniqueness of some of our accommodations with sweeping views from each:

  • Clarke-Denson Cottage — 1930s accessible cottage right at Lake Ontario’s water’s edge in Presqu’ile Provincial Park
  • Windswept on the Trent — a former water tower on the shores of the Trent River retrofitted with bedrooms, a living room, and kitchen 
  • Island Spirits — Grasshopper Island on Rice Lake has quaint off-grid cabins right at the shoreline so you can awake to the sounds of water lapping
  • Haute Goat — perched high on a hill, your bed and breakfast can be coupled with a goat, horse, or alpaca farm experience
  • Oak Island Eco Cabin — fly in or paddle to your own private island on the Trent River where you need to keep a keen eye out for the local bald eagle
  • Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat — a glamping getaway where tents overlook a large pond or wide-open fields

Northumberland has a wealth of other accommodations too. 

Events

Aerial photograph of Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge with Trent River flowing to horizon

Unique Experiences Map Guide

Special eateries, shops, and attractions like the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge are only a few of the 80 Unique Experiences offered throughout our region.  

Frantic Farms Glass and Clay Warkworth Artisan

Our Top 5 Road Trips Map Guide

Themed tours lead to specialty shopping outlets, artisan studios, attractions, scenic views, and eateries.

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