Run barefoot on the powder-soft Cobourg Beach and go for a dip. There’s a splash pad, kids’ play structures and snack bar, all right there. Stay for free movies on the beach at dusk.
BUILD A SANDCASTLE
Let the kids get dirty and dig in! See the pros make giant cartoon characters at the annual Sandcastle Festival.
EAT BUTTER TARTS
What’s not to love about a sugar high this good? Cobourg’s Dutch Oven and Burnham Family Farm Market are two of the popular stops along the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour, Ontario’s biggest self-guided, year-round butter tart tour.
PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT
Say hello to a farmer! Berries in spring and summer, and apples, field tomatoes and pumpkins in the fall. Check out Moore Orchards and Lovshin Family Fresh Produce Farm. In the holiday season, you can cut your own Christmas tree at Barrett’s Tree Farm.
LOOK FOR BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES
Cobourg Ecology Garden at the end of Hibernia Street is the perfect spot for bird-watching and crouching down to look for bugs. Native plants and flowers are tended by passionate organic gardeners.
COME SEE THE BOATS
On the waterfront trail, you can walk along the boardwalk from the beach to the Cobourg Marina, considered one of the best on Lake Ontario. Cobourg has always been a popular spot for boaters from Montreal along the St. Lawrence, and Rochester, New York across the lake. A car ferry connected Rochester to Cobourg from 1905 to 1950, and American tourists came in droves for summer sun, yacht races and pavilion dances in Victoria Park. Now the Cobourg Yacht Clubhosts boating events and offers sailing lessons.
Best Catch: Salmon top the scales, with some reaching well over 30 pounds. Ask about guides and fishing charters.