Heritage Conservation District
Cobourg is located in Southern Ontario and is the largest town in and seat of Northumberland County. To the south, Cobourg borders Lake Ontario.
Cobourg retains its small-town atmosphere, in part due to the downtown and surrounding residential area's status as a Heritage Conservation District. The downtown is a well-preserved example of a traditional small-town main street. Victoria Hall, the town hall completed in 1860, is a National Historic Site of Canada. The oldest building in the town is now open as the Sifton Cook Heritage Centre and operated by the Cobourg Museum Foundation.
Cobourg has several parks, and hosts the annual Cobourg Waterfront Festival, an arts and crafts event held on Canada Day in Victoria Park and the nearby beach and harbour. It began in 1987 as a part of Cobourg’s sesquicentennial celebrations. Cobourg's oldest annual event, the Cobourg Highland Games, was started in 1963 in Donegan Park to celebrate the Scottish culture in the area.
Cobourg's beach, Victoria Park Beach, is very popular among the town’s residents and tourists. Victoria Park Beach hosts volleyball tournaments, events, beach days, family picnics and more. The beach is equipped with a splash park, playground set, park area for eating, local restaurants and a pier. It is also conveniently located near the downtown, where tourists can shop in local shops and eat out at many of Cobourg's fine dining restaurants.