Picturesque Points of Interests of Cobourg
Friday Aug 14th, 2020Share
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Summer is definitely here and although we have limited restrictions to travel, most Canadians are still making plans to enjoy the sun - safely and carefully. Families have opted to rent out RVs or take themselves on a road trip as this has been indicated to be the safest way to enjoy summer travels. Always refer to your local and your destination COVID19 rules and restrictions as part of your planning ahead.
Limited travel can mean re-discovering nearby communities and picturesque towns for incremental and short road trips in the province. You should consider a visit to Cobourg which is situated in Southern Ontario, 95 kilometers east of Toronto, and 62 kilometers east of Oshawa and located along Highway 401. It is the largest city in Northumberland County and has a rich history for a small town and friendly residents.
Here are some of the charming points of interest in the town of Cobourg that you can check out:
1. Marvel at the outside architecture of Victoria Hall
Opened in 1860 and was named by the Prince of Wales after his Queen Mother Victoria. This 19th-century neoclassic architecture was designed by Kevin Tully. It was restored back in 1983 and declared as a national historic site in 1959 due to it being a good example of a good public edifice. Victoria Hall has the Concert Hall for musical concerts and shows, the Northumberland Art Gallery, and houses some municipal services offices. Victoria Hall has since become the hub for political, cultural, and symbol of the Northumberland community.
2. Shoot an epic photo at Cobourg East Pierhead Lighthouse
The lighthouse is a historical landmark in Cobourg. Its main purpose is to protect the harbor and casting a light for navigation and guidance for boats. It also provides a scenic background for an epic photo at sunsets. At about the same time when Canada Day celebrations happen, the lighthouse annually hosts the Cobourg Waterfront Festival. The lighthouse was built in 1844 by a group of local businessmen and transferred ownership to the township in 1850. It is currently managed by the Canadian Coast Guard - the lighthouse itself is closed to the public but the grounds around it is generally open.
3. A walk-in Cobourg Beach
Just beside the looming East Pier Lighthouse is the popular Cobourg Beach. This public beach welcomes you through the Victoria
Park entrance. During summer, the beach is usually packed, and sometimes it is closed due to grounds maintenance or water condition advisories. Parking is paid but admission to the beach is free. It is good for taking a good stroll along its beaches and just enjoying some vitamin sea.
*The beach is currently closed at this time according to their official town news and Facebook page-until Aug 31st*
Built-in 1851 from the framework of a wooden church in the 1920s, it features a Gothic Revival designed by the same Canadian architect Kevin Tully who was later responsible for the design of Victoria Hall. The bells on the church is also an interesting addition in 1905 from West Troy, New York. The church had undergone many restoration and renovations since 1977and has continued to serve the faithful - “to those who come from those who come no more.” These efforts made the church still stand today as a historical testament to faith.
It is highly recommended to do your research if the features listed are open to the public or have limited admission for this summer. The good thing about this list is that you can enjoy the points of interest at a distance. The Cobourg town is filled with a rich history and promising business markets including the steady real estate industry. Residents are quite friendly and the communities are ideal for young families and newcomers.
Do you want to be part of this beautiful and historic town which is just an hour or so away from Toronto? Ask JoAnn Visaretis for her current listings in the area and Northumberland region. JoAnn would be more than happy to find or sell your property in or out of Cobourg.