Member Profile




Escape the frenzy of city traffic, the noise and frantic pace – to a place where you can unwind and inhale fresh air from the shores of Lake Ontario. A town where people smile and say hello on the streets, and hold doors open as a simple courtesy. A town that takes civic pride seriously, with clean streets, baskets and flower planters lining the streets and manicured, accessible parks.  A town where culture and heritage are thoughtfully preserved, but merged with modern experiences for all ages. Where are you? You’ve just arrived in Cobourg!

Cobourg, aptly called the “Gem of Lake Ontario”, is just an hour’s drive from Toronto, but feels like a world away. It’s a place of quiet tree-lined foot paths and walkways and quaint neighbourhoods. Northumberland County’s beautiful country side is just the beginning as you can stroll along the boardwalk at the water’s edge of Lake Ontario, offering you the serenity of white sandy beaches and shimmering waves.  Test the waters, plant a chair on the beach or watch boaters and boarders come and go into the marina from the pier, one of the finest facilities on the lake.  It’s a ‘three-block-walk’ to a funky downtown area filled with local shops, restaurants, pubs and common areas. The Downtown core is anchored by historic Victoria Hall – truly an architectural prize, featuring a very significant Art Gallery.  You could be entertained by a red-coated concert band in the open-air band shell or watch a Broadway musical at the concert hall. But be sure to spend the night in a heritage inn or cozy bed-and-breakfast.

Cobourg treasures its past, yet constantly evolves.  Its small community warmth affords guests big-city amenities, like high speed fiber optic networks, a modern hospital, a new, state-of-the-art two-pad sports and recreational facility, home to the Cobourg Cougars Junior ‘A’ Team, national brand shopping, an extensive public library and archive facility.  Cobourg has been twice honoured with a Best Cities citation by the Globe and Mail’s ‘Report on Business’ magazine and is a national award-winner for Communities in Bloom. Cobourg infuses their community with a comfortable lifestyle and an appealing business climate. In the 2015 Financial Post annual ranking of top entrepreneurial cities in Canada, cited Cobourg in 18th place in the smaller city category. Cobourg’s charm becomes instantly clear and addictive.


Picturesque Cobourg is located in the Province of Ontario within Northumberland County, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just one hour east of Toronto and 1.5 hours west of Kingston. With direct access to both Highway 401 and Hwy 2, Cobourg offers easy access to the United States border. Daily VIA Rail passenger service and the easterly expansion of the 407 Highway with Whitby in 2017 makes business and leisure connections east and west, fast and easy!

Quality of Life

The quality of life in Cobourg can only be called outstanding. In fact, Money Sense Magazine and 50 Plus Magazine have named Cobourg one of the ‘top places to live in Canada’. With its tree-lined streets, outstanding harbour waterfront promenades and majestic historic homes, Cobourg is a thriving community of young and professional families, retirees, and a constantly expanding number of businesses. Rest easy about your safety while visiting or living in Cobourg. Statistics Canada reported the Cobourg Police Service ranked first in crime clearance against policing populations between 15,000 and 50,000 in Ontario.


The community of Cobourg maintains active recreation programs and indeed is a hub for many within Northumberland County. There is a modern recreational complex, marina, yacht club, golf course, sport fishing, etc. The 142,000 square foot Community Centre, built in 2011 houses 2 arenas with seating capacity in the Bowl of more than 2,000 plus youth and senior activity centres. Our marina, beach and harbour front, on the north side of Lake Ontario, are second to none.

Awards won by the town

  • Recognized in 2011 by MoneySense magazine as “one of Canada’s Best Places to live” in the category of populations under 25,000. Cobourg ranked 3rd!
  • In 2005, Cobourg was named one of Canada’s Top 20 Communities in which to Live by 50 Plus Magazine.
  • Statistics Canada reported the Cobourg Police Service ranked first in crime.
  • Recognized by the Ontario Hockey Association as one of the Top 3 Arenas in Ontario.

 A small sample of the Town of Cobourg’s recent hosting history:

  • 2017 Canadian U16 Boys’ Fastpitch Championship
  • 2017 RBC Cup
  • 2017 Ontario 55+ Winter Games
  • 2017 Ontario Men’s & Women’s Curling Championship
  • 2015 World Junior A Hockey Challenge
  • 2014 Ontario ParaSport Games
  • Toronto Marlies Exhibition Games (2012 & 2013)
  • The Tragically Hip Concert (June 2013)
  • Blue Rodeo Concert (June 2012)


For more information about hosting your next event in Cobourg, please contact Ashley Haynes at 905-372-7371 or



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