Within Cramahe, Colborne is a village sprinkled with vintage architecture and boasting the widest main street in Northumberland. Colourful murals grace the exterior walls of downtown buildings while Victoria Square, an attractive park gracing the centre of town, has its own cannon and a gazebo under large shade trees. Take a walk through Colborne's history with their walking tour.
Don't forget to visit the Colborne Art Gallery, housed in a refurbished 19th century registry office, where you'll see the works of a variety of local artists. Another unique artistic shop not to be missed is Hoselton Sculptures, crafting handmade aluminium sculptures. Be sure to visit Nuevo Norte Alpacas and browse their retail store full of alpaca wool mitts, scarves and more.
Apples are big business in the Colborne area, and if you visit during the spring you can take part in the community's annual Apple Blossom Tyme Festival. Drive down Highway 2, also coined the Apple Route (as featured in our Great Fall Drive), and drop by one of the area's many apple producers, including Pieter's Appleyard.
Northumberland is home to the world's biggest apple structure featured at the Big Apple and Restaurant on Highway 401. Enter the apple for an historical, self-guided interpretive "apple growing" tour and a view at the top of the 30' structure. A mini-zoo with donkeys, llamas and goats will entertain the kids. Take a ride on a mini-train or try your hand at mini-putt. Head into the restaurant and watch fruit pies being made and you can buy up some gifts to take home like candy apples, cookies, apple bread, apple cider beer, and of course, our very favourite apple/almond cheesecake. At the newly renovated take out counter, place your order for thin-crust pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and panini's big enough for two.