If you are visiting the inn with your camera, here are my top five recommendations of places to shoot. All of the places listed below are close by and within walking distance from the inn.
5 Downtown. With its nineteenth century architecture, there are many photo opportunities here. You can photograph the streetscape, Victoria Hall, The Businessman Statue and you may even find the backs of the stores interesting as well. Walking to the downtown takes about 4-5 minutes, or if you drive, there is plenty of parking at the Covert Street municipal parking lot. Current parking rates range from 1.00 to 2.00 per hour or you may wish to buy a day pass at 5.00. Town Of Cobourg Parking Info
4 Legacy Vintage Building Materials and Antiques, 540 Division Street. Legacy, as we call it, is an antique shop and a lot more. Here you can shoot vintage clawfoot bath tubs, old doors, wrought iron gates and fences, door hardware, lamps and the list goes on. Its also a great place to practice your abstract photography as nothing moves too fast here. Legacy is open from Thursday to Sunday and please ask one of the friendly and helpful staff if its ok to make photographs. It is a private business so please make sure you ask permission. There is parking here on site, or it is a 5 minute walk from The Woodlawn Inn. Legacy Vintage Building Materials Website
3 Marina. The Cobourg Marina, once the Cobourg Harbour owned by Woodlawn owner Ebenezer Perry, this is a great place to make images any time of the year. In the winter you can make images of the snowy owl, ducks, geese, swans and gulls. Also during migratory periods many birders can also be spotted here. Come late April, the small sailing boats start to go back into the water and they add a little colour and interest as well. If you are shooting at the marina, please be aware that the smaller, floating docks are for boaters use only. This should not be a problem as you can still make wonderful images from the fixed concrete docks. Parking can be a challenge here at times. Cobourg Marina Website
2 West Beach. A special place that I visit often is the waterfront property west of the marina dry dock at Hibernia street going west to the foot of Ontario Street. There is a boardwalk cutting through the rough and beautifully rugged waterfront land and pebble and rock beach. I enjoy shooting the wildflowers in spring and summer, the tall grasses and of course the rocky shore. There is also an ecology garden here as well. The logs on the shore make an impromptu bench and you will see many locals walking along the boardwalk too. This is a beautiful place to be at sunrise or sunset. You can find parking at the bottom of Hibernia street.