Explore Northumberland – beaches, trails, specialty shopping


Just east of Toronto by car or VIA Rail along the north shore of Lake Ontario, Northumberland is a region surrounded by waterways that are approachable through rolling and winding roads offering unique experiences.

Beaches can be found at Port Hope, Presqu'ile Park, and Cobourg: they're still lovely to walk in the winter months.

The Big Apple Restaurant on Hwy 401 is renowned for their fresh fruit pies and the world’s biggest apple in which you can climb. A national attraction is the Trans Canada Trail (abandoned rail line) in Trent Hills which encompasses the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge situated sky high above the swirling waters of the Trent River. Down the road from the bridge is the World’s Finest Chocolate and the Empire Cheese outlets where you can grab some free samples.

Cycle a small section of the signed Waterfront Trail that spans two great lakes. Eastbound from Grafton is a good place to start taking you along quiet, flat roads at Lake Ontario. The Trans Canada Trail is a rail trail running alongside the Trent River and rolling farm land which makes for a fun family cycling trek.

Try ice fishing on Rice Lake, the Trent-Severn Waterway or Lake Ontario -- we have fishing guides year round to help you along.

If a simple day trip is more your style, our Top 5 Driving Routes Map guide will take you to specialty shopping outlets, animal and nature reserves, cafes and artisan shops.

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