Summer Road Trip to Cobourg Beach and Port Hope Ontario

Summer Road Trip to Cobourg Beach and Port Hope Ontario

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I had no idea there was another white sand beach in Ontario like the one found in Wasaga. It wasn’t until my family planned this day trip to the beach with an evening of theatre that I discovered this fantastic gem. In this post, details on my day trip to Cobourg Beach and Port Hope Ontario.

Dream it.

entrance to Victoria Park with beach view behind in Cobourg Ontario

A Day at Cobourg Beach

The dream is a summer beach day in Ontario. When the water is deemed ok to swim in Cobourg Beach is just over an hour away from Toronto. It is the perfect escape for families, girls trips or anyone looking to escape the city for a little sun and sand between their toes.

An Evening of Theatre in Port Hope

If you dream of theatre and want to discover some great shows, you may wish to investigate Ontario’s local theatre scene. In neighbouring Port Hope, the Capitol Theatre has a full summer of great programs. It is the perfect end and location for this summer trip to Cobourg Beach.

Plan it.

A Summer Road trip to Cobourg Beach and Port Hope

Depending on traffic, the drive takes between an hour and an hour a half. You will pass the Port Hope Enroute service centre and can travel through Port Hope on Highway 2 to Cobourg beach.

Best beach shades and sun shades

Packing for a Beach Day Trip

One of my must-have items at the beach is my Coleman Sunshade. It is easy to throw into the trunk, is easy to set up and is a great way to get some shade on the beach. Be sure to have some foldable chairs as well and cooler filled with snacks and water.

Read More: List of the Best Travel-Friendly Beach Tents and Sun Shades

Bring a change of clothes for the evening. There are changing stations at Cobourg Beach where you can clean up before heading back to Port Hope for dinner and the theatre.

Live it.

Ontario’s Apple Route – Scenic Drive

While we only drove on a small stretch of this scenic drive on Highway 2, I know that I will be returning to give this region the proper coverage it deserves. The Ontario Apple Route runs through many Ontario small towns and orchards between Port Hope and Trenton.

tarts on display at Bettys Pies and Tarts in Cobourg Ontario

Our first stop on route to Cobourg Ontario was the famous Betty’s Pies and Tarts shop, known for its incredible homemade goodies.

Bettys Pies and Tarts Cobourg Ontario

We all chose our favourite tarts from the vast assortment of flavours and varieties and got back on the Apple Route towards Cobourg Beach.

Lifeguard stand on Cobourg Beach

White Sands of Cobourg Beach Ontario

Located just over an hour’s drive from Toronto, Cobourg is a heritage community with an amazing white sand beach that you don’t have to take a plane! The town offers some cute sidewalk cafes, shopping and heritage sites all steps from the lake and the beautiful beach.

View of boardwalk during fair in Cobourg Ontario

You can walk along the boardwalk next to the marina located near the Cobourg lighthouse. Oh and most amazingly – parking is FREE! That’s right during the day you can park in Cobourg Beach’s parking lot for free until 6:00 PM.

Lifeguard Tower at Cobourg Beach Ontario

Victoria Park is where you will find everyone! Families with picnic lunches setting up their beach umbrellas and blankets for a day at the beach. There are also several food vendors selling beach snacks and a park for kids to play in.

What I love about my visits to this beach is that it is not crowded. I’ve visited a few times now and love that this beach isn’t as busy and popular as Wasaga.

street view of Port Hope Ontario

Port Hope Ontario

I love driving through little towns in Ontario that line one main street. With Canadian flags hanging off the buildings of the many shops, cafes and restaurants there are lots to love in Port Hope.

Pizza box from Jim's Pizzeria Port Hope Ontario

Grab a pizza at Jim’s Pizzeria restaurant, if there is no seating as can often be the case take it to go and hit the park next to the Capitol Theatre.

Port Hope Capitol Theatre at Night

Capitol Theatre Port Hope

Be sure to plan this ahead of time. Check the shows available and times so that you can plan your day trip accordingly. You may be lucky to find tickets the day of your trip, but I suggest buying them in advance.

Be sure to look up at the ceiling which depicts the night sky; the Capitol Theatre is one of the last restored atmospheric movie theatres still in operation in Canada.

Entrance into Victoria Park at Cobourg Beach Ontario

There is still lots of summers left in Ontario! If you are looking for a place to take your family for a short road trip or a great spot for a romantic weekend getaway, why not take a short drive up to Cobourg Beach and Port Hope for an awesome day! I know I can’t wait to go back!

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