Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Go east to Northumberland County and see the Big Apple

Our fun day trip east of Toronto started with a visit to see giant robots in Port Hope then we continued east to Colborne where we visited the Big Apple and then swung down to the shores of Lake Ontario and followed it back towards Toronto.

You can't miss the Big Apple as it sits along the edge of Highway 401 at exit 497 because it is quite large; 40 feet tall, bright red with a happy face and during the times of Covid-19 Mr. Applehead wears a mask for everyone's protection. On the day we visited Big Apple they had cooked almost 7.2 million combined apple pies and apple bread loaves. The place is part pie factory, part restaurant and part amusement park. 
On the return trip via the Waterfront Trail we enjoyed the remaining fall colours and looked for great stops along the way. We found a jewel in the town of Cobourg, which reminded me a lot of Kingston with an added bonus of an amazing beach and park. Their old town hall is impressive, the old railway station is a Farmers Market on Saturdays, the old jail will soon be a condo and there are plenty of porta-potties for travelers. It was great wandering the waterfront and into the lovely downtown (picture at top). Five movies were filmed in Cobourg including Adam Sandler's Pixels as well as a number of television series and commercials.
The large beach has a number of lifeguard stations and is ringed by a boardwalk 
The lighthouses indicate the entrance to Cobourg harbour

See more of Cobourg after the jump.
Victoria Park
Lifeguard stations on the giant beach
The marina is almost empty as winter approaches
Victoria Hall and the railway station
Victoria Hall opened by the Prince of Wales in 1860

The King George Inn and the old Cobourg Jail
Inside the jail

The jail courtyard

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