Northumberland County

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When in Northumberland County, follow meandering country roads through farm country, and as you drive past homesteads that have been here for five generations, it’s easy to sense that history is all around you. The largest urban places are Cobourg and Port Hope, both small towns at heart. For anyone interested in heritage, both rank high because so many of their older buildings have been preserved. Scattered through the rest of the county are smaller villages and towns – each a reminder of the rural heritage here.

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Annual EventsAttractions & EntertainmentOutdoorsEating & DrinkingShoppingRest & RelaxMapsKey LocationsHistory

Annual Events

The main festivals include:
. January – Polar Bear Plunge (Campbellford)
. February – Ontario Family Fishing
. March – Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival
. June – Cobourg Scottish Festival & Highland Games
. July – Cobourg Waterfront Festival
. July – Incredible Edibles Festival
. August – Hastings Waterfront Festival
. September – Cultivate Festival
. September – Northumberland Hills Studio Tours
. December – Christmas in Northumberland Concert

There have been many changes to the Northumberland County Forest’s recreation program, so please be sure to read the information related to your activity. For more information, follow the links below or choose from the sidebar.

Outdoors

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY FOREST
Warkworth / Northumberland County
Nordic Skiing – Horseback Riding
The Northumberland County Forest is a 5,424 acre, multi-use forest and is managed for ecological conservation, recreation and timber harvesting.
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Eating & Drinking

CENTRE & MAIN CHOCOLATE CO.
Warkworth / Northumberland County
Chocolate
Centre and Main is a small artisan chocolate company where creations are hand crafted in small batches, blending the finest couverture chocolate with delicious, natural foods and flavours. Using ingredients sourced from across the globe for their extraordinary quality, spices, herbs, flowers and fruit are the ingredients used to craft new flavour combinations that are daring and delicious.
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Rest & Relax

STE. ANNE’S SPA & INN
Grafton / Northumberland County
Spa – Inn
Since 1985, Ste. Anne’s Spa has catered to the needs of its guests by creating an inviting and comfortable environment that focuses on rejuvenating your body and soul. The Main Inn and Ontario spa cottages are nestled across over 400 acres of scenic, rolling countryside; each uniquely appointed accommodation features it’s own style and amenities. More than 35 rejuvenating spa treatments revitalize and soothe the senses while our culinary team create scrumptious cuisine which delights the palette. Ste. Anne’s Spa has achieved a world-class status as a destination spa by concentrating on providing superior services and facilities to help each guest escape the every day and improve their physical and mental well-being.
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MACKECHNIE HOUSE
Coburg / Northumberland County
B&B
This distinctive Bed and Breakfast is a grand and impressive estate with workmanship of days gone by. Among the visual treats, look forward to a vast collection of captivating books, unique artwork and the bold, beautiful colours. Savour the culinary delights of professional Caterer and Owner, Cathryn Thompson. In the Spring, Summer and Autumn, the gardens can be enjoyed in full southern sunshine.
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Key Locations

Towns/Villages
Cobourg
Port Hope
Brighton
Campbellford
Colborne
Hastings
Baltimore
Bewdley
Camborne
Centreton
Grafton
Warkworth

History

Northumberland County was first aggressively settled by United Empire Loyalists fleeing the former 13 British American Colonies in the late 18th century. The Crown provided plots to the settlers for nominal sums (with the stipulation of making the land productive in a set number of years) or free to those who had served against the American Colonial Army. Following the War of 1812, many port towns, Port Hope and Cobourg in particular, became important centres for commercial activity and a landing point for European immigrants arriving on steamers.

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