Cobourg Ontario is about an hour and a half drive east of Toronto along Highway 401 in the county of Northumberland.
It has a fine old downtown, a fabulous beach and a sheltered harbour.
It's Cobourg's beach that draws the visitors and they've been visiting since the 1800's so you know it's good.
And because Cobourg has been a popular vacation spot for over a century, it is a great spot for history buffs like me as well. For such a small town, Cobourg has a lot of reasons to visit.
Cobourg is also home to some wonderful old Ontario inns, such as the King George Inn and Spa and the Woodlawn Inn.
Cobourg also has the Marie Dressler House, where Marie lived as a girl. You may not remember Marie Dressler, she was a film star way back in the early days of movies. A bit like Mary Pickford, who was a Toronto native.
Cobourg, like its near neighbor Port Hope, has a wealth of fine late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Century buildings. Unlike Port Hope, however, the town didn't go in for the biggest church race -- its churches are normal-sized.
In the first half of the Twentieth Century, 1905 - 1950, Cobourg was an international spot.
A ferry ran from Rochester, New York, bringing American trippers and cottagers to the town. The mural in the photo captures the spirit of those times well.
Oddly, despite modern day improvements in speed and transportation, Cobourg lost a lot when the ferry ended because it's too far from each end of Lake Ontario to be an easy drive and there isn't an air service nearby for bringing visitors either.
But the beach that brought those visitors all those years ago is still as good as ever and the town too is as attractive as it was then, maybe even more so.
The beach at Cobourg is great, one of the best Ontario beaches around, and certainly one of the best on Lake Ontario, and a very short drive off Hwy 401.
The link will take you to one of our beaches page that has more details, along with other beaches for you to consider.
The town's main streets have trees along the sidewalks for shade, whether you're walking up from the beach to Main Street or along Main window shopping. As with other towns where visitors are an important part of business, the stores are mainly cafes, restaurants, or gift and antiques stores. Everyday stores for groceries and household items are on the outskirts of town.
For more about Cobourg and what's on at this time, visit Cobourg Tourism's page here.
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