When you’re looking for a laidback 48 hours to hang out with the family in a friendly, small town, have some fun and explore…
First off, snacks at the cosy Dutch Oven Bakery. Scones, sweets or your favourite sandwich filling on their thick-sliced homemade bread. Good eats! Then spend an hour walking along King Street, the main street downtown, and check out shops like Spark toy store for cool stuff.
Make a stop at Victoria Hall, the town hall circa 1860 at the centre of town, to take a family selfie in front of the Corinthian-style columns. Very grand indeed! The Cobourg Farmers’ Market, just behind Victoria Hall, has great local produce, preserves and pies, and runs through December. The fall harvest is in full bounty with tomatoes, peppers, squash, pears, potatoes and, of course, pumpkins!
Ever picked out your choice pumpkin right from the patch? Or apples fresh from the tree? It’s something pretty special to do with the family. Then you can take them home and make pie together! (Or at least eat the pie together!) This is farm country, and our local orchards are ready for picking. There’s Burnham Farm Family Market on County Road 2, just west of Cobourg. Parts of the 400-acre farm have been in the Burnham family since the 1830s, so you’re experiencing a piece of the area’s agricultural history when you visit. Travel east of town along County Road 2 to Cricklewood Farm, just west of Brighton, for pick-your-own fun. Both of these family-run farms also have a corn maze. So you can sleuth your way through the corn jungle and stare down a few scarecrows, too…
Then dinner at the lively food and drink emporium, the Oasis Bar & Grill. A little of this and a little of that to choose from, including nachos and catfish tacos!
Head to MillStone Bread on Albert Street and pick up some fresh bread, cheese spread and a savoury sandwich to pack a lunch for a scenic Driving Tour along the Apple Route. (MillStone’s sample tray is always full, so don’t miss out on their Double Chocolate cookies and Rhubarb Custard bars!)
Head east along County Rd 2 for views of Lake Ontario and the fall leaves in full colour. You can climb up the Big Apple (it’s really big!) in Colbourne to the lookout, and then eat apple-themed candy and treats, and travel east to Presqu’ile Provincial Park to walk the newly rebuilt Marsh Boardwalk Trail, a kid-friendly 1.2 km loop to look for bullfrogs in the cattails and lily pads.
Then back in town, kick a soccer ball around at Victoria Park to wrap up quality time with the kids. And Dad, you might want to give Mom a break to get a mani-pedi at one of the downtown spas, like Mystic Roots or City Streaks, before heading home. Just saying…
A PLACE TO PARK YOUR BOAT
From the beach, you can walk (and walk your dog) along the boardwalk to the Cobourg Marina, known as one of the best on Lake Ontario. You can see yachts and sailing boats, anchored at the docks or coming into shore from Rochester and ports like Montreal along the St. Lawrence River.
- Christmas Magic when Cobourg lights up Victoria Park for the holiday season with thousands of decorative lights and an opening night carol sing and ceremony on Nov. 25. Runs to Jan. 2.
- Cobourg First Night, Dec. 31, family fun ringing in the New Year
*Find a full listing of events here.