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What to do in Northumberland this Summer

Summer is nearly upon us, and in Northumberland County, there are countless fun and engaging activities to keep you and your family busy all summer long. From waterfront festivals to rodeos and fishing derbies, get outside this summer and experience all that Northumberland has to offer. Here are our top picks of what to do in Northumberland County this summer:

Cobourg Waterfront Festival

The Cobourg Waterfront Festival is by far the busiest weekend of the year in the charming town of Cobourg. Explore the International Marketplace, Arts & Crafts Show, Bandshell Entertainment, as well as games, rides and a stunning fireworks display. The festival runs from Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 3rd and admission is free. For more information visit www.waterfrontfestival.ca.

Family Fishing Week

Taking place from July 2-10, Family Fishing Week is a unique opportunity for Ontario Residents to try their hand at fishing without having to obtain the normally required fishing license. It’s a great excuse to get outdoors and during this week, you can partake in fishing clinics, derbies, and workshops in Port Hope and Campbellford. Channel your inner Red Fisher and master the basics of fishing, so you can be the one to bring home the next big catch.

Rosneath Pro Rodeo

Experience true country living at the Rosneath Pro Rodeo this August 27th & 28th. Watch the elegant horsemanship of cowgirls, and the courage of the cowboys as they ride bucking bulls and broncos and compete in challenging competitions. There are numerous activities for children, as well as food concessions and vendors. The event will take place at the Rosneath Fairground and a dance will be held on the Saturday evening. For ticket information visit www.roseneathrodeo.com.

Presqu’ile History Weekend

Give your family a fun history lesson at Presqu’ile Provincial Park this summer at the Presqu’ile History Weekend. Taking place from July 29th to 31st this interactive event educates visitors on Presqu’ile’s unique and interesting past. Watch re-enactments of the War of 1812, partake in ghost walks and sign your children up for old-fashioned games, boat building and a regatta. There are also numerous picnic areas, sandy beaches and 16 km of nature trails.

Cobourg Sandcastle Festival

If you have never made a trip to Cobourg’s Victoria Beach, then you’re in for quite a treat. Recently named one of the best beaches in Canada for its cleanliness and water quality, this picturesque beach is surrounded by beautiful parkland and Cobourg’s quaint harbour. On July 30th, the beach will be hosting the Cobourg Sandcastle festival, and impressive sand sculptures will be competing for the top prize. Admission is free and a DJ will be providing music all afternoon.

Shelter Valley Folk Festival

The Shelter Valley Folk Festival will once again be held on Labour Day Weekend, right around the corner from Whispering Springs. This festival has grown into one of the most well-known folk festivals in Ontario, celebrating music, sustainable living, art, wellness, and food. It has been named one of Canada’s ‘Top 10 Festivals’ by CBC Radio. For more information visit www.sheltervalley.com.