Set aside some time for outdoor fun! Northumberland's outdoor adventures provide great activities for kids and the entire family. Our picturesque rolling hills include beaches, gardens, natural conservation areas, forests, rivers, lakes and much more. There is no shortage of outdoor family fun activities in the heart of Northumberland, ask for a copy of the 3 Family Adventures Map where the best route to take in the winter months is the "Treat Your Taste Buds Tour"
Family fishing is abundant in Northumberland as we are bordered by Rice Lake, the Trent River, Ganaraska River and Lake Ontario with even more waterways inside our borders and featured in our public conservation areas. This makes it easy to fish from either shores, docks or other public areas. If you haven't experience fishing, the Ontario Family Fishing Events are a great license free way to experience Ontario fishing at its best. Try ice fishing Rice Lake (license free) over the Ontario Family Day weekend.
On the topic of water, Northumberland has both man made and natural waterparks. At Cobourg's sandy beach you can either play in the water at the shoreline or enjoy the splash pad near the canteen. Sandy beaches can also be found at Port Hope and Presqu'ile Provincial Park in Brighton. Shallow, stepped waterfalls at the Crowe Bridge Park north of Campbellford offer a lovely natural setting in which to sit and cool off. If you want to be high above the water, head to Campbellford and walk the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge above the Trent River.
It's a known fact that kids love animals. Thankfully, Northumberland is full of a variety of both wildlife and farm animals. We have bison, elk, horses, llamas, sheep, goats, donkeys and much more, all found in the hills of Northumberland's farmland. Maple Crescent Farm & Trickle Creek Farms offer trail riding in a forest setting for 14 year olds or over and Healey Falls Quarter Horses offers summer camp for children ages 6-15. Another interesting animal attraction is the Primrose Donkey Sanctuary where more than just donkeys roam the barn. Many species of wildlife can also be found in Northumberland's forests and parks, including Ferris Provincial Park, Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Ganaraska Forest, and Northumberland Forest.
Cultural experiences are great for keeping kid's minds active over the long summer holidays. Visit Alderville First Nation and introduce your children to the stories and legends of Ontario's Aboriginal past. Take part in a traditional Pow Wow, drum social, or tour the rare and endangered eco-system of Alderville Black Oak Savanna. Take the kids back in time at Memory Junction Train Museum, which is an old train station in Brighton that has been transformed into a museum, featuring old railroad artifacts. Kids can climb the steam engine and box cars while learning about the history of trains. Another place kids can climb is at The Big Apple Theme Park, on Highway 401 at Colborne. Climb the interior of the world's biggest apple, read about our great growing climates for apples and then reach the top for a view of Lake Ontario and the rolling countryside.