Road Trips from Toronto – Cobourg

By: Jim Bamboulis

Cobourg is only an hour east of Toronto (map). For me, this little town is simply a big-time, hot-spot destination. It has a very lovely, beautifully preserved and historically significant downtown, many quaint boutiques and shops along King Street and a big beach. In other words, it has everything you need to have a great day and even a great weekend.

Victoria Hall
Victoria Hall

This beautiful building pictured above was completed in 1860. Victoria Hall is a National Historic Site of Canada. Today, it’s the town hall, home of the Art Gallery of Northumberland, the Cobourg Concert Hall and an Old-Bailey-style courtroom now used as the Council chamber.

Cobourg was such a big player in the 19th century that wealthy Americans built massive summer homes here. You can still see a few today. In fact, so big was the connection between Cobourg and the USA that there was a ferry that ran between here and Rochester, NY from 1907 to 1952. That’s a long time considering the Toronto-Rochester Ferry lasted only 11 weeks in 2004.

In recent years, Victoria Park Beach has blown up. Great looking developments have popped up and what makes it even better is that these developments haven’t compromised the beach or natural beauty of the lakeshore. It has become a popular destination for both locals and visitors as it has something for everyone. Even sandcastle lovers. Go during the August long weekend and you’ll even have a chance to take in the Sandcastle Festival.


For more information about what to see and do in lovely Cobourg, Ontario, please refer to this site. It will give you all the details about everything you need to know. From fine dining to pubs to shopping to festivals and outdoor adventures, these guys know what’s going on and when.


Otherwise, pack the car, take some time, enjoy the weather and a beautiful gem of a town that’s very close to the big city. Bring all the essentials and a great attitude and everyone should have a great time.

Happy travels, y’all!


One Comment Add yours

  1. Mariam Ali says:

    this was great! went during the sand castle festival. very family friendly (if you are going as a couple something to consider). they have movie playing on the beach g rated of course and had fireworks at the end. only downside was the waterfront festival shown on the cobourg website is only in town for july 1 weekend would have been nice to see.

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