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Perfect Weekends: Cobourg

Cobourg is worth getting to know. The settlement was named in 1819, marking the marriage of Princess Charlotte to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, Germany, which is Cobourg�s honorary twin city.

It’s a decidedly charming town bordered by the lake, trails and forests of Northumberland County. Famous for its winding nature trails and waterfront, and in typical Canadian fashion welcomes visitors all-year-long.  Have you had a bison burger lately? Or ostrich steak? Cobourg is the place to do it as the region is rich with game farms and orchards.

1. It’s officially meatball season in Ontario — and The Mill Restaurant & Pub in Cobourg has got some of the best in the province! Locally raised beef and pork are slow braised and topped with house made walnut pesto and oodles of cheese. Pair them with a craft ale and definitely plan to linger at this unique Feast On Certified spot!

2. Located on Highway 2 between Cobourg and Port Hope, Betty�s Pies and Tarts is always worth stopping into. They serve homemade pastries, including a pretty famous butter tart and other favorites like pecan pie, shoofly pie, sugar pie, treacle pie and more.


3. With your tarts and pies in hand, check into The Woodlawn Country Inn. This old world style inn provides the kind of charm only available in rural Ontario. Bonus: their restaurant serves a mean roast onion soup and cures their own charcuterie.

4. Cobourg has a vibrant arts scene. The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall is a central venue for plays, concerts and musical theatre. Local folk singer, Angus Finnan, has performed here, and Canadian country music star, Jim Cuddy, of Blue Rodeo fame, has headlined the annual Sweet Water Country Music Festival!  On Saturdays, there’s a charming little farmer’s market set up behind the concert hall for those who want to pack themselves a picnic.

5. After a busy day discovering Cobourg treat yourself to a beer! The best place for that is William Street Beer. At the bottle shop you can experience their brewing process first hand, but it’s their Red Sky Amber Ale , a crisp and refreshing brew made with Canadian Barley Malts, Chinook Hops and their own handmade Confectioners Syrup, that has us coming back for more!

For more perfect weekend ideas in Northumberland and The Kawarthas (including The Butter Tart Tour!), check out