Northumberland County located on the north shore of Lake Ontario of has a wealth of experiences not only in its towns and villages but outdoors as well. Here is a list of some of my personal favourites that I return to in all seasons. Pack your hiking shoes, rain gear and get outside and enjoy this beautiful part of Canada.
Cobourg's Victoria beach and the west Beach. The expansive sandy Victoria Beach is bustling on weekends but very quiet and accessible during the midweek. Now one of 35 Blue Flag beaches in Canada, the land was once owned by Ebenezer Perry, Cobourg's police commissioner, and unofficially, Cobourg's first mayor. The waterfront lands were known as Perry's common until being converted to Victoria Park around 1894. A pleasant walk to the park includes taking in College Street with Victoria College at the north end and the impressive century homes lining the street.
Ganaraska Forest. Great walking trails in a vast 11 000 acre forest. Some of the activities include: treetop Trekking forest walk tours, hiking trails, cross country skiing, horseback riding, and off road vehicle riding. The facility is well equipped with a visitors centre, washroom facilities, and guides to help you learn more about the wonderful forest.
Ranny Gorge Suspention bridge at Ferris provincial Park. A newly built suspension bridge just south of Campbellford is a 100 meter long bridge, suspended about 10-15 meters above the Trent river. If you just want to see the bridge, you can access the facility from County Rd. #30 and park near the west side of the bridge. For photographers shooting on the bridge, use a 1/500 sec shutter or higher as the bridge is constantly in motion. While in Campbellford, stop into Doers bakery for some of their delicious, hand-made doughnuts.
Another gem is Presq'uille park can be found near the town of Brighton along County rd #2. This lakeside park, with its beautiful beaches, bird migration paths, is a favourite for couples, families and groups. The newly restored boardwalk which takes you along marshlands aPnd a serene pine and cottonwood tree trail is a must see as well as the visitor's centre and lighthouse.
Peter's Woods nature reserve, is the last Oak Ridges Moraine old growth forest in Ontario. It is special place and one of a handful of Ontario's protected reserves which are open to the public, and a short 800m walking trail. Photographers will appreciate the soft and unique light that exists here. I enjoy visiting at any time of the year. For a great introduction to Peter's Woods, see 2oldguyswalking blog.