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From the official City of Cobourg site
Come celebrate the rare combination of history, natural beauty and community spirit that makes our city such a charming and vibrant place. Here, stately heritage homes sit on quiet tree-lined streets, connecting the colourful past with the presentday prosperity.
United Empire Loyalists first settled here in 1798, clearing the cedar swampland and building the tiny communities of Amherst and Hamilton. The settlement was renamed Cobourg in 1819 in honour of the marriage of the popular Princess Charlotte to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, Germany.
Throughout the 1800s, town enjoyed a building boom of some significance. Many of the structures erected in this era still stand today. Construction on Victoria Hall, the pride of town, began in 1856. Designed by renowned architect Kivas Tully of Toronto, the building was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in September of 1860.
In the late 1850s, the Cobourg-Peterborough railroad, which opened with a great deal of expectation, became plagued with problems and proved a financial loss. This loss, compounded with the over-spending of the building boom, left the town in poor shape. But by the turn of the century, it was on the upswing once again.
Town transformed itself into a tremendously popular vacation spot, due to the amazing salesmanship of a man who convinced wealthy Americans that this area had an exceptionally high ozone level. Lured by the promise of better health, many American industrialists settled here, bringing their families and servants and building large, stately homes.
Today the area continues to prosper. As a growing town of 18,000, it is the economic hub of Northumberland County.
Cobourg has access to two major highways and is serviced by VIA rail allowing for easy travel to Toronto and Kingston.
Two exits off highway 401: Burnham Street Exit 472; Division Street Exit 474
Proximity to Toronto: 110km, Kingston: 145km, Montreal: 420km, Ottawa 295km.
Transportation: VIA Rail, regular passenger & commuter; Bus Transportation, Trentway/Greyhound regular passenger and ariport service
For more information, please visit the official city site at www.cobourgtourism.ca.
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