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Where is Cobourg?

Victoria Hall
Victoria Hall

The Town of Cobourg is one hour East of Toronto via Highway 401 and is on the shore of Lake Ontario, in Ontario, Canada. Go to Google for a map on how to get here. Additional maps – current and historical – can be found here.

The History of Cobourg has been well documented and now a large amount of this is on the web – see the site CobourgHistory.ca.

The major feature of Cobourg is the waterfront on Lake Ontario where there is a Marina (run by the Town of Cobourg), Yacht club, a very popular sandy beach and an extensive Park area.

Performances by many groups and Events (such as the annual Waterfront Festival) keep residents and visitors entertained.

One of the legacies of the boom in the mid 1800’s is Victoria Hall (above). After restoration in ~1980, it now plays a key role in the town with a Council meeting room, Art Gallery and Concert Hall. More.

And of course, being in the heart of UEL territory, the Canada Day parade is a big affair and is led by the Cobourg Concert band. (Video of 2017 Parade here, 2018 Parade here and 2019 Parade here). The history of this band goes back a long way (more) and every year, they participate in joint Historical re-enactments in Plattsburg, New York.

In 2016, according to the Census, Cobourg’s population was 19,440 and English was the mother language for 92% of us.  (Full Stats Canada Data on Cobourg here.)

Living in Cobourg

There are a number of articles on Living in Cobourg – you can find them linked below and more are listed here.

Transit

For the latest information on Fares, route and schedule, click here.

What’s On

See our Cobourg Calendar web site which tells you how to find what’s on in Cobourg.  See also the Calendar of Entertainment events.

Seniors

Seniors Activities

Municipal Information

If you live in Cobourg you might want to know more about the Town planners, councillors and committees.  Council Information.

Business Support in Cobourg

There is a good network of organizations both government and private to support business in Cobourg.  We are a business friendly town.  More here.

Annual Waterfront Festival

Every year, the Lions, Rotary Club and the town stage the annual Waterfront Festival. Something like 30,000 people come to Cobourg for this event which takes over Cobourg’s famous waterfront. The Video here (from 2019 festival) gives you a feel for it.

Each year there is a Parade on Canada Day then for the 3 days of the weekend, the Lions have their vendor market-place booths in Victoria Park and the Rotary Club have their upscale Arts and Crafts tent. The Lions also provide the popular beer tent in Victoria Park with live entertainment.

Photos and Videos of Cobourg

See Photo/Video Gallery here – over 800 photos in 25 galleries – plus 19 videos.

Cobourg’s Parks

Cobourg has a lot of Parks – there’s a list of them here.

Parking

Lots of parking if you know where to go.  Here’s a Guide.

Winter Parking By-Law

Parking is prohibited overnight in winter to allow snow plowing.  There’s a list here of streets where this applies.

Walking Tours

If you are wondering about where to walk in Cobourg – there’s a guide.  Details here.