Top Things to Do

First-hand experiences at Northumberland's points of interest are found in these seasonal blogs.   From fun things to do, see and best places to visit, we know there's an activity you'll want to embrace.

Spring Fever in Northumberland - After a cold winter, spring has finally arrived in Northumberland.  As temperatures threaten to reach double digits and the snow melts, activities draw us outdoors with a passion like no other season. Read more >>

Mother and son with fresh taffy at Warkworth Maple Syrup FestivalGet out & play this March Break - Get the kids off the couch and active over the March Break! March Break activities provide the perfect opportunities to get outside, connect with the family and embrace the season. We've collected our top activities to keep the family entertained. Read more >>


Fat biking in Northumberland County Forest

A Taste of Winter in Northumberland -  Inside or outside we're an hour east of Toronto and a great reason to get out and enjoy nature, take a romantic weekend or visit one of many local eateries that will warm your taste buds. Read more>>

All Wrapped up in Christmas

All Wrapped up in Christmas - Christmas in Northumberland is the most wonderful time of the year as the tree-lined streets become adorned in lights and festive holiday displays. Take a driving tour and discover the Christmas charm of the country while visiting small villages and towns that take pride in decorating for the holidays. From parades to holiday theatre, there is no shortage of holiday cheer! Read more>>


Food tours - Northumberland COunty, OntarioCulinary Food Tours - What better way to see a community than through the eyes (and stomach!) of a local foodie.  Tracey Lafleche-Gainforth offers just that through her tour company, Northumberland Culinary. I had the pleasure of spending a delicious afternoon with her and some enthusiastic foodies, experiencing four restaurants in downtown Cobourg. Read more>>


Cool Fun In The Hot Sun - My daughter loves being in the water all summer long. She also loves trails to hike on to support her constant hunt for the coolest walking stick. With these passions in mind and a beautiful day ahead, we packed up for a fun day of girl's adventures. Our goal was to scope out some ideas for tons of family fun on the August long weekend.


Canada Day Adventures - Canada Day is one of our favourite weekends of the summer. It's the first holiday of the kids' summer break and it's a great way to celebrate the end of their school year.  Every year, we look forward to the Cobourg Waterfront Festival. My husband and I have been coming to the Festival since the 90s and even managed to work it into our wedding day Read more>>


Optimus Prime sculpture at Primitive DesignsCelebrate Father's Day in Style - Father's Day is quickly approaching and we're starting to plan how we want to celebrate the dad in our house. The day has to start off perfectly and that means dad sleeps in while mom (and maybe some willing kids?) make him breakfast with market fresh eggs and bread from a local farmers' market. Read more>>


Fresh Maple Syrup at Curle's Sugar ShackSpring Driving Tour with the Kids - On a beautiful Spring day, nobody wants to stay in the house. But what can you do that doesn't end with a basket full of muddy, Spring laundry? Hmmm... maybe a Saturday drive through Northumberland County? When we woke up and saw the sunshine we decided that it was a perfect day for a drive and some brunch. Read more>>


Family Friendly Accommodations - It's the beginning of February and my kids are suffering from a little too much time indoors. Now that winter weather has officially arrived, it's time to start enjoying it! With parks, conservation areas and family friendly accommodations, Northumberland County offers lots of ways to appreciate the outdoor adventures. Read more>>


Fallen red apple in grass

Northumberland is the Pick of Patch this Fall - Fall is closer than anyone wants to admit, but if there's one thing we can all look forward to, it's fall harvest. With the changing of the seasons comes delicious produce. There's a reason harvest is a time of celebration and that is because the food is tasty! Fall's harvest is colourful, hardy, and full of flavor. Read more >>


Christmas decoration at the Festival of Trees - Port HopeT'is the season in Northumberland County - Every holiday season I'm drawn to Northumberland County in search of good vibes. There's something about the countryside here that puts me in the holiday spirit. I think it's the warmth that comes from its small towns- the kind of spirit that brings a whole town out for a Christmas event. Read more>>


Pie at the Perfect Pie ContestThe Perfect Pie Contest is back! - Every year on the first Saturday of November, the little Town of Warkworth near Campbellford, Ontario hosts The Perfect Pie Contest. The annual event has been going for well over 30 years. Pie-makers from all over Ontario vy the coveted Perfect Pie award.  Last year, 118 pies from across the province were entered.  Read more >>

View of the Ganaraska River from bridgeTouring Northumberland County - In 2014, Northumberland Tourism published a Northumberland County brochure called Top 5 Driving Routes- Your Map Guide. It maps out five wonderful country drives beginning one hour east of Toronto and provides anecdotal information on area points of interest. Last April we booked a three-day road trip that covered many of the roads suggested on each route. Read more >>


Dooher's Bakery Donut"Sweet" Northumberland County Roadtrip  - Any excuse to go back to Dooher's Bakery in Campbellford is good enough for me. They have been pumping out delectable, delightful donuts, pastries and breads for 60 years and I wrote about Dooher's on my Roadstories blog a couple of years ago. I confess that I started my day there with a hot coffee and a cream donut. Read more >>


Presqu'ile Park Marsh BoardwalkA trip to Presqu'ile Provincial Park - Our destination was Presqu'ile Provincial Park. We wanted to walk on the boardwalk through the marshlands looking for birds, then check out the old Presqu'ile Lighthouse. 


Boy crossing Treetop Trekking courseZip, fish, tiptoe, sniff, and wrap yourself into spring  - Zip through the trees, fish one of Ontario's best trout streams, smell the lilacs and wrap-up your day in soothing mud. Come experience spring in Northumberland County! Read more >>


Sheep on the Trans Canada Trail near Hastings Cycle the Trans Canada Trail - Looking for a new trail to cycle this spring? Try the Trans Canada Trail, a 30 kilometre trail that follows an abandoned railway line. You'll be treated to a rolling pastural setting with pretty farms, forests, and the Trent-Severn Waterway. Read more>>


Man on zipline at Treetop TrekkingAdventures in Northumberland - After visiting the Northumberland County booth at the Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto recently, I started thinking about some of the things I want to try this year as the weather warms up in Northumberland County. Read more>>


Crossing the Ranney Gorge Suspension BridgeBlaze trails east of GTA - Looking for a trail to blaze? We've got you covered. Northumberland County has 19 trail networks to ski, snowshoe, hike, cycle, and even snowmobile. Here are five favourites: 


Boy viewing antique carsVintage in Northumberland - Vintage is BIG in Northumberland County. From the Antique and Classic Car Club to the historic faces of the towns themselves, people in this county like to take a little extra care with objects of our past!  Read more >>