Rich in heritage and history featuring architectural splendour dating back to the 1800's, Cobourg is renowned as the 1996 Best Cities Citation recipient by the Globe Mail for two consecutive years. Our community is also the recipient of recognition in the 1996 Communities in Bloom competition with an award for its gardens and overall atmosphere.
Cobourg has access to two major highways and is serviced by VIA rail allowing for easy travel to Toronto and the airport. Our unique community includes a spectacular natural beach, campgrounds, nature trails, park attractions, festivals and world class marina. You will find Cobourg an ideal environment for all your leisure activities.
As patron of the arts, Cobourg supports the Art Gallery of Northumberland and an extensive Public Library and Archive facility. The Cobourg community is complimented with a variety of service clubs and it prospers with over 60 manufacturing industries making it a major commerce centre for the region.
Victoria Hall embodies the 19th century ambition of Cobourg. Built to compete with the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, city promoters hoped their edifice would lure government to the town. Now immaculately restored the town hall provides space for arts, culture and entertainment along with civic government.
The harbour, just a step south of Victoria Hall, is a modern yachting facility that keeps alive the trading traditions of the city. Cobourg was often the entry point for settlers heading north into the “Back Country” and even today you may be lucky to see a tall ship gracing the docks reminding us of the past.
Originally settled by United Empire Loyalists, Cobourg blossomed as the holiday home of a number of wealthy Americans. Daily ferry service to Rochester, New York, allowed steel magnates from Pittsburgh to enjoy the healthful air. Town mansions from the Gilded Age are spotted throughout the town and many look out over the central park as if waiting for Gatsby to return.
Enjoy the Sights and Sounds
Cobourg's beach is justly famous as are shops, accommodations, award-winning restaurants and exceptional theatre productions. The Farmers' Market is well worth a visit but many find the simple pleasure of strolling the tree-lined streets reason enough to return here year after year.