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Take a special sojourn. Experience sandy beaches, historic architecture, manicured greens and tranquil spas.


Children playing in splash pad overlooking Lake Ontario.If swimming and beaches is what you like to enjoy, Northumberland is on the north shore of Lake Ontario where you can sun bathe, build sandcastles, and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Cobourg's beach is complete with a splash pad, beach lifeguards, outdoor swimming pool, play area and covered shelter for picnics. If you are in the Trent Hills area, you can enjoy the town pool, or Lion's Park Beach or the Crowe Bridge Park with gentle waterfalls over limestone rocks. Port Hope has a quiet sandy beach which ties in nicely with the Waterfront Trail's off-road section adjacent to the beach. Presqu'ile Provincial Park in Brighton has expansive, sandy beaches for long strolls with the family.

For local beach postings visit our regions Health Unit.

Here are some ideas for keeping cool:

  • Indoor swimming at the YMCA Northumberland in Cobourg (905) 372-0161
  • Cobourg Creek across from McDonald's has some neat wading areas.
  • Centennial Pool at the Victoria Park Beach (Cobourg Beach).
  • The exquisite Victoria Park Beach in Cobourg includes a large sandy beach, splash pad, canteen, and park area.
  • Jack Burger Sports Complex in Port Hope has 3 pools: a multilane pool, children's and therapeutic pool, and a whirlpool (905) 885-2474
  • Presqu'ile Provincial Park has a wide sandy beach for swimming. Day passes are available (613) 475-4324.
  • Rice Lake - Gore's Landing - shaded, pebbly area with a gazebo; Bewdley - public area with a playground, washrooms, and public docks near by.  
  • Golden Beach Resort - fee for use of facilities including pool and beach.
  • Wade in the Ganaraska River (sand and pebbles) at Sylvan Glen Conservation Area (just north of Port Hope) on Sylvan Glen Rd.
  • Lion's Park beach or in Campbellford (705) 653-1556
  • Crowe Bridge Park (northeast of Campbellford) has 2 swimming areas 
    (705) 653-1900.
  • Shallow, sandy swimming at Little (Biddy) Lake, Colborne at Purdy and Lake Roads.
  • Campbellford has a town pool for public swimming (705) 632-0220.
  • The east and west beaches in Port Hope both offer swimming, swings, picnic tables and washrooms or try the Ganaraska River at Cavan Street (888) 767-8467 or (905) 885-2004.
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