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Our History

Enjoy the history of Northumberland County. See our many:

  • historic buildings
  • heritage homes
  • museums
  • theatres

To learn more about our rich history and heritage, visit the Northumberland Tourism website.

Cobourg - Early Northumberland Settlement

Settlers from the UK (United Empire Loyalists) came to the area in the 1780s. In 1837, Cobourg was named a town. In 1832, Cobourg was a successful business centre with 5,000 people. It used rail and water for transportation. As a result, the plan for Cobourg included building a harbour on Lake Ontario.

It also became a place where Americans took vacations and lived in summer homes. Many grand homes built during this period can be seen today.

Learn more about Cobourg' history and its interesting settlement homes in the Cobourg area.

Port Hope

Port Hope has a long history dating back to 1763 when four families of English descent arrived by boat and settled in the area. Visit Port Hope Tourism to read more about the town's interesting history.

Alderville First Nation

Alderville First Nation was formed by the Ojibway in 1700. The Reserve stretches from the islands in Rice Lake to Roseneath.

Today, you can find First Nation crafts and products along County Road 45. These include:

  • paintings
  • carvings
  • beads
  • wild rice
  • hand-sewn goods

Alderville also celebrates its culture through:

  • pow wows
  • native art
  • drum socials

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