Summer is nearly upon us, and in Northumberland County, there are numerous fun & 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:
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 Saturday, July 1st to Monday, July 3rd and admission is free. For more information visit www.waterfrontfestival.ca.
Taking place from July 1-9, 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.
On July 21st, 2017 all Ontario Parks are offering free admission as part of their Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative. Parks across the province will be hosting events and activities to encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle and visit Ontario Parks. This means that in Northumberland County you will have free admission to Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Brighton and Ferris Provincial Park in Campbellford. This is the perfect opportunity to sample and explore the beautiful Provincial Parks in Northumberland.
On Friday, August 4th Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat will be opening its doors to the public. Come enjoy some live music and a barbecue dinner as you explore the grounds and relax in our lodge-inspired guest pavilion. We look forward to being a part of the Northumberland community and introducing Canadians to a new way of experiencing the great outdoors.
Experience true country living at the Rosneath Pro Rodeo this August 26th & 27th. 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 Saturday evening. For ticket information visit www.roseneathrodeo.com.
This summer, Cobourg is offering free outdoor movies at the Cobourg Beach (just remember to bring your own blanket or lawn chair). Movies will be taking place on July 15th, as well as August 5th and 26th at 8:30 PM. To learn more, and see which movies will be playing, click here. Don’t forget the popcorn!
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 Saturday August 5th, 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.
The Shelter Valley Folk Festival will once again be held on Labour Day Weekend, right around the corner from Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat. 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.
As you can see, there are numerous festivals and events to explore and discover in Northumberland County. Whether you are a resident of the area or are just visiting for the weekend, we hope that you make the most of all that Northumberland has to offer!