Northumberland County, Ontario

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Northumberland County
County (upper-tier)
County of Northumberland
Motto: "Strength Honour And Beauty"
Location of Northumberland County within Ontario
Location of Northumberland County within Ontario
Coordinates: 44°07′N 78°02′W / 44.117°N 78.033°W / 44.117; -78.033Coordinates: 44°07′N 78°02′W / 44.117°N 78.033°W / 44.117; -78.033
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County seat Cobourg
 • Land 1,905.34 km2 (735.66 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 82,126
 • Density 43.1/km2 (112/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Northumberland County is situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in central Ontario, Canada. It is located east of the Regional Municipality of Durham (formerly Durham County), west of Hastings County, southeast of Kawartha Lakes and south of Peterborough County. The county seat is Cobourg. Together with Durham County, it formed the Newcastle District from 1802 to 1849 and the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham from 1850 to 1973.

It was first aggressively settled by United Empire Loyalists fleeing the former 13 British American Colonies in the late 18th century. The Crown provided plots to the settlers for nominal sums (with the stipulation of making the land productive in a set number of years) or free to those who had served against the American Colonial Army. Following the war of 1812 many port towns, Port Hope and Cobourg in particular, became important centres for commercial activity and a landing point for European immigrants arriving on steamers.


Located just an hour east of Toronto, Northumberland County has the services to provide for any trip.

Northumberland has a reputation for fine hospitality and good food. After a long day shopping and visiting one of the county’s many fine eateries, visitors can rest their heads at any of Northumberland’s comfortable accommodations. Whether you are looking to stay in a quiet bed and breakfast or a cottage resort by the lake, Northumberland County has it all.

Rolling hills surrounded by water makes Northumberland the perfect outdoor adventure playground. Whether you’re bird watching in Presqu’ile or hiking through the Northumberland Forest, visitors are sure to find a fitting adventure for their stay.

Day trips are a popular way to explore Northumberland’s many attractions and rolling hills. Enjoy the area by car, motor coach, motorcycle or while cycling. Have a day at the spa, or take a guided tour of one of Northumberland’s many small towns.

Visitors can enjoy a multitude of festivals and events happening throughout Northumberland County year-round. Celebrate Canada’s birthday at the popular Cobourg Waterfront Festival or enjoy the arts at the Northumberland Hills Studio Tour.

Northumberland’s eclectic shopping and cuisine experiences are sure to be a highlight of any visit. Shopping districts such as Port Hope, Cobourg, Brighton and Campbellford offer everything from antiques to artisan wares. Visitors can find a diverse array of restaurants throughout the area, from casual to fine dining.

Some places are a haven of artistic, theatrical and musical talent, and Northumberland is one of them. Visit the Capitol Theatre for a theatrical performance, or tour one of the many privately owned galleries, including the Colborne Art Gallery and the popular Art Gallery of Northumberland.

The heritage of Northumberland County has defined our present culture making it both unique and truly different from other surrounding areas. Museums and historic sites scattered throughout the region give insight into Northumberland’s colourful past.

For regular updates on community events and trip inspirations visit Northumberland Tourism's Facebook page or Twitter account.


Northumberland County consists of 7 municipalities:

First Nations reserves:


Historic populations:[3]

  • Population in 2001: 77,497
  • Population in 1996: 74,437 (adjusted to 2001 boundaries)

Major places[edit]


The County also includes seven smaller communities which serve as postal addresses: Campbellcroft, Gore’s Landing, Harwood, Roseneath, Castleton, Codrington, and Trent River.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Northumberland County census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  2. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  3. ^ a b "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 

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