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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 colourful rolling hills.

Food and Drink

Savour all that’s Northumberland with a visit to our new Eat and Drink web page. The unique Chocolate, Bakery and Bison self-directed road trip takes you to the World’s Finest Chocolate Outlet then to Century Game Farm where the bison and elk roam. Or if you’d like to take in a view of our rolling hills with a beer in hand, the Cheers Tour will take you to Church-Key Brewing (housed in a former Methodist church) and beyond.

In Northumberland's Unique Experiences Map Guide, you'll discover places where you can eat and drink your way across Northumberland. Cookie outlets, TV-series "You Gotta Eat Here" burgers, and a winery with a dining area overlooking distant hills are just some of the featured attractions in the map.

Arts & Culture

It’s in our culture to celebrate the harvest, so we’ve developed the Great Fall Drive filled with farmers’ markets, pick-your-own orchards and places for an overnight stay along the route.

The arts is another thing we love to celebrate. From artisan tours and events to live theatre performances in unique settings, you’re sure to be well entertained.

Events

 

New Paddling Itineraries

The Trent-Severn Waterway is a canoeing and kayaking paradise and even though the lock system closes after Thanksgiving weekend you can still enjoy paddling between the locks and from boat launches. You can drift next to our colourful hills using our 8 new paddling itineraries

Insider scoop: paddling from the base of Lock 8 in Campbellford westward into Percy Reach will most certainly have you surrounded with the brilliant colours of trees and shrubs at the water's edge and into the distant hills. You may be lucky enough to see trumpeter swans taking launch nearby. You can also delight in the fact that Samuel de Champlain was here in 1615. the thrill of travelling through the lock system, or launching next to the locks to begin your journey averaging 8km or less. 

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, especially in Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Brighton.    

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.

Check fishing regulations from our fishing page as some seasons end in September, and some in November.

If watching the fish swim is more your thing, September is the month for you! This is when the cool weather brings the salmon swimming (fall migration) by the thousands up the Ganaraska River in Port Hope. We’ve even got a link to a daily fish volume chart so you know the best time for viewing.

Cuddle Up, Stay Longer

Here are a few accommodations that will have you sitting on a deck or dock gazing at the fall colours:

  • Windswept on the Trent — a former water tower on the shores of the Trent River retrofitted with bedrooms, a living room, and kitchen that can house your family.
  • 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.
  • The Waddell Hotel, Port Hope — watch the salmon run on the Ganaraska River from your hotel window.
  • Breaker’s Motel on the Lake, Cobourg — under towering red maples, sit and gaze at the Lake Ontario view.

Northumberland has a wealth of other accommodations too. 

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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