Travel Review

Travel Reviews

See what travel writers and visitors are saying about their travel experiences in Northumberland.

Bryen Dunn - Warkworth, Ontario's LGBT Friendly Arts Village

" I'm the only gay in the village", proclaims Daffyd Thomas on the UK comedy series "Little Britain". As many from small towns can attest to, this is often the reality, or at least it's perceived to be. However, one such town in rural Ontario seems to be quite the opposite, boasting a thriving and welcoming LGBT friendly vibe. Read more>>

Cherie DeLory - Fall for Cycling in Northumberland County
Switch gears this fall with an invigorating cycling trip in Ontario's countryside. Autumn is the best time of year to push off on a cycling adventure. Make a day of it or book an overnight stay. What better way to explore the magic of nature as the lush greenery gives way to fall's vibrant tones of yellow, orange and red, and the sunshine and crisp fresh air keep things comfortable while you peddle. Read more>>

Tony deGroot - Outdoors in Northumberland County
The County of Northumberland has a lot to offer for those seeking adventure and nature appreciation. There are a number of provincial parks and conservation areas waiting to be explored. Ganaraska Hiking Trail, Northumberland Forest, Ganaraska Forest also provide hiking opportunities. The area is full of outdoor opportunities. Read more>>

Hotel Scoop - Carolyn B. Heller 
Islands Spirits, Rice Lake: A Unique Eco-Lodging on a Private Ontario Island
You know you're in for an adventure when the owner of a private island picks you up in her boat, shuttles you across the lake, then dons a coonskin cap, and asks you to identify a furry sack. Especially when that furry sack turns out to be a pair of buffalo balls. Here's the scoop
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CaElita Travel News: Recharge Time in Northumberland!
With Brian, our first destination was "Victoria Inn" at Gores Landing on Rice lake (about 120km drive on 401 East from Toronto) On the front lawn of Victoria Inn we met Mike McNaught, instructor and local fishing guide. First he taught us how to make the fly, then tying fly and casting. Mike with sophisticated tools explained to us sourcing and tools for good fly fishing all step by step. Read more >>

The News-Herald (OH) - Janet Podolak: Walleye (pickerel) fishing and feasting in Ontario
It was early on a perfect summer day when my friend Judy and I aimed our rental car toward Rice Lake, a 23-mile long lake on the Trent-Severn waterway. Just an hour or so east of Toronto, it's the darling of anglers from Ohio and a lot of other places. "Ohioans have been coming for several generations," said Donna Cane, innkeeper at the Victorian Inn at Gore's Landing.
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Zoomer Magazine - Lisa Bendall: Why I Live Here - Warkworth
It's a bit of a drive for actor Tom McCamus, 57, from his home in Warkworth, Ont. - a town with a thriving population of artists - to his acting gigs at the Stratford Festivals. You won't hear him complaining about the commute, though, citing "the peaceful living" as the primary incentive he and wife, actress Chick Reid, call Warkworth home. Read more >>

Toronto Sun - Diane Slawych: Thanksgiving perfect for Northumberland
With the fall harvest underway, leaves changing colour, and Thanksgiving weekend coming up, it's an ideal time to visit, whether to sample and purchase the wide variety of fresh apples (and other produce) on offer, pick your own, or have fun getting lost in one of the corn maze attractions. Read more >>

Chatelaine - Jeanne Beker: My Perfect Saturday
The host of Fashion Television and mother of two travels to some of the world's most glamorous locales, but it's her farm in Northumberland Country that she loves most. Jeanne comments on her favourite places to shop and dine in Port Hope, Roseneath, and Hastings; while enjoying the outdoors' rolling hills on her 123 acre property. Read more >>

Travel Industry Today - Margaret Swaine: All Maple All Day
As the snow melts and sap rises, a truly Canadian way to celebrate spring is embracing all that our maple trees have to offer. I still have vivid memories as a child going to sugar shacks in Quebec to watch the sap boil away into delicious syrup. A special treat was getting a stick of the maple taffy fresh off the snow where it had been laid to cool. A recent all maple day in Northumberland County brought me back to my childhood and was just as much fun.
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Sun Media - Travel Ontario: Visiting Ontario's Donkey Sanctuary
Sheila Burns, founder of PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary, a farm for abused animals, opens her doors to visitors of all kinds. The sanctuary currently holds 20 donkeys, four mules and one pony, along with numerous pigs, sheep, goats and cats. Throughout the years, Burns has adopted out many donkeys to local farms to work as livestock protectors or companions to horses. Although they are adopted out, the animal still remains under the auspices of the sanctuary, which conducts inspections at these farms to make sure their former charges are happy and healthy.
PrimRose is open to the public on Thursdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are on hand to give tours of the sanctuary where visitors can interact with the rescued animals. There's no fee to visit, but donations are gladly accepted. Check their website to find out what type of donations the sanctuary needs most. Read more >>

Toronto Star - Best Fishing Town in Canada? Hastings, Ontario
Did you hear the one about the 25-pound muskie that jumped up and stole a bass right off the hook? Or the angler who pulled out a Coleman lantern -- still glowing? And then there was the lucky striker who hauled in two fish on the same hook.

So the stories go in this friendly little village that is home to 1,200 people and more fish per acre than anywhere else in Ontario. (Or so the locals say though no one knows who counted or how.)

Fact and folklore aside, Hastings is the reel deal, having recently been named Canada's Ultimate Fishing Town. Read more >>

Toronto Star - Andrea Gordon: Cobourg Beach offers scenic landscape and small-town charm
Sunbathers and picnickers dot the horizon as gulls squabble above. Teenagers toss a Frisbee, seniors stroll the boardwalk licking ice cream cones. Gentle waves lap the shoreline where preschoolers splash and chase. This is Cobourg Beach in its serene moments. Before the real heat of the day -- and the weekend -- draws crowds. The beach, about an hour east of Toronto along the 401, is also a social hub. It's a gathering spot for preening adolescents, parents and tots on play dates or reunion picnics. In evenings, rows of nets and buff bodies line the sand for beach volleyball, the thump of fists on leather filling the air. Thousands arrive for the annual Waterfront Festival that takes place over Canada Day weekend and again a month later to watch sculptors create elaborate castles and sand dragons for the Sandcastle Festival. Read more >>

Montreal Families - Jennifer Merrick: Road-trip stopovers the kids will love!
A great way to break up a long journey from Montreal to Toronto is to stop off at one of Northumberland County's fun destinations. Whether it is Campbellford's Empire Cheese Factory, Ranney gorge Suspension Bridge or Brighton's Memory Junction train museum, it will give you a chance to get out and enjoy the county. Stopovers can change the long journey from a test of endurance to a great part of your family holiday. With any luck, the kids will look back with fondness on their adventures through the beautiful Northumberland county.
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Toronto Star - William Littler: Westben, where voices are raised in a barn
Blood continues to be thicker than water, at least near Campbellford, where one of Canada's foremost baritones teamed up musically with his piano-playing cousin last Sunday in a barn on the family farm.

The family farm by marriage, one should say. The 50 corn- and wheat-covered acres previously belonged to the Bennetts and before them the Wests, which explains why the festival that has taken place there each summer since the year 2000 carries the name Westben. Read more >>