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Cobourg | Ontario

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Cobourg Beach

Scenic views, a boardwalk, and gorgeous white sand

Explore one of the most unique places of Cobourg by spending a beautiful day on the white sands, with waves lapping the shore and blue skies overhead. The Cobourg Beach is a family-friendly spot, with clean waters and lifeguards on duty during prime swimming hours.

During the summer the Cobourg Beach holds various city festivals such as the Sandcastle festival and thematic art festivals, so do not miss anything! Check out the city’s Instagram page for the latest updates.

Photo: cobourglifestyle.com

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Home Town of Hollywood’s Star Marie Dressler

Marie Dressler is one of the greatest comediennes of her generation and one of Hollywood’s best-loved stars.

She was born as Leila Marie Koerber in Cobourg in 1868. Her father was a music teacher and the organist at St. Peter’s Anglican Church. As a child, Marie would sing and assist in operating the organ in the church.

Dressler was 14 when she joined a theatre group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway.

In 1931 Dressler won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film Min and Bill.

Each year, the Marie Dressler Foundation Vintage Film Festival is held, with screenings in Cobourg and in Port Hope, Ontario.

Don’t miss Marie Dressler’s heritage home on 212 King Street West. There is a small museum of artifacts about her life at home. The Koerber family once lived in the small home where Mr. Koerber taught music lessons and Leila Koerber dreamed of becoming famous.

Read more about Marie Dressler | People of Small Towns

 

Read about other famous Canadiens from Cobourg

  • A. Hewitt, Hockey Innovator. William Abraham Hewitt was a leading sports journalist, administrator and innovator.
  • James Cockburn, Father of Confederation. James Cockburn was serving as Canada’s first Speaker in the House of Commons. He participated in the Founding of Canada Conference in Quebec in 1864.
  • Farley Mowat, Writer, Environmentalist. Farley McGill Mowat is one of Canada’s most widely read authors. His works were translated into 52 languages, and he sold more than 17 million books.
  • Alan Bradley, Flavia de Luce Author. Alan Bradley is the New York Times bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns. His Flavia de Luce mystery series has become one of Canada’s most successful cultural exports.
  • Alice Wilson, Palaeontologist. Alice Evelyn Wilson was the first female geologist in Canada and the first woman to become a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
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Concert Hall at Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall is a cultural centre of Cobourg. Since the 1860s, it’s been a historical and architectural landmark and is home to dozens of annual events.

Designed by Canadian architect Kivas Tully, the three-storey building features a portico entrance, four Corinthian columns. It is elaborately decorated with stone-cutter art.

Photo: NormanEinstein at English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons

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Old Market Building

The Old Market Building, built in 1856, is a real historical treasure for history buffs! Located at the centre of Cobourg’s downtown, the market both contributed to and reinforced the area’s commercial character.

This association has been formally recognized by the market’s inclusion in Cobourg’s Commercial Core Heritage Conservation District. The significant open space around the structure facilitated the trade and traffic associated with a market function.

Photo: Google Street View

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Downtown Cobourg

Can your trip be complete without visiting the heart of the city, the downtown? Downtown Cobourg is the true heart of the city, full of culture, creativity and delicious food. There is nothing you can’t find whether you’re looking for clothing, home décor, crafting supplies, food and baked goods.

Downtown Cobourg’s heritage district is home to various shops and services to accommodate your every need.

After an eventful day of sightseeing, you can enjoy peaceful patios and local music street performances.

Photo: Coolty, Wikimedia Commons

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The Sifton – Cook Heritage Centre

The Cobourg Museum Foundation has restored the town’s oldest limestone building together with a 19th-century workman’s cottage. They were converted into the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre.

 

1/20 scale operating model railway (the Cobourg and Peterborough Railway, the 1850s-1880s) running the length of our property, includes a layout of Cobourg’s Harbour.

Revstani, Wikimedia Commons; www.cobourgblog.com

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Cobourg Farmers Market

One of the oldest markets in Ontario, the Cobourg Farmer’s Market was established in 1839 and offers locally grown and certified organic fruits and vegetables, crafts, fresh-cut flowers, potted plants, meats, cheeses and bread, desserts and other delectable.

The Cobourg Farmer’s Market operates on Saturdays from May to December in its historic location on the corner of Second Street and Albert Street and in the Market Building.

Photo: www.cobourgnow.com

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Victoria Park

Recommended by Karen Chalovich

Victoria Park is a Cobourg premier park. It holds many events including weekly Cobourg Concert Band summer concerts, weekend festivals like Highland Games, Christmas Magic.

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Cobourg East Pierhead Lighthouse

Beloved spot of local citizens for a stroll on a pier.

The Pierhead Lighthouse is a historic reminder about the early 20th century when the lighthouse was built. Back in the days, lighthouse keepers were responsible for ensuring the fog horns’ operation and recording weather conditions and water levels, all of vital importance to mariners.

Gorgeous lookout place.

Photo: Photograph courtesy Library and Archives Canada

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West Pier Natural Area

Recommended by Karen Chalovich

West pier natural area is great for birding, walks and photography.

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Moore Orchards

Exploring a farm is a perfect activity for those who enjoy fresh fruits.

Moore orchards offer a great variety of pre-made products such as jams and others preserves. Besides, you can pick apples and strawberries and take your “harvest” with you!

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Art Gallery of Northumberland

The Art Gallery of Northumberland’s collection consists of over 950 works of local, regional, national and international significance, predominantly by Canadian artists.

The Gallery was opened in 1960 but started to look as we know it today in 1983. The historical pieces focus on Northumberland County’s development through portraits of noted citizens, landscapes depicting this area, and other related pieces. There is also a collection of 20th-century paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Overall the AGN maintains one of the best art collections in a small town public Gallery in Ontario.

The AGN maintains an active exhibition program throughout the year, and additional information is available from the Gallery office.

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