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Based on the advice from the Town of Cobourg and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, face to face meetings at Victoria Hall have been cancelled until further notice. In order to stay connected and to keep you safe during the pandemic, monthly meetings are taking place by Virtual Zoom webinars. You can join by desktop or a laptop computer, tablet or smart phone!


Cobourg and District Historical Society Meetings are held every month except May, June, July, August and December.  Meetings are held in the Citizen's Forum in Victoria Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the Month.  Meetings start at 7:30pm but coffee and cookies are available starting at 7:00pm.  Meetings are $5 for non-members and free for members of the society and students. 

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Historical Maps of Cobourg and Area: A collection of maps showing Cobourg, Northumberland and surrounding Area.  1813 to 2016.

Index of Maps

The War of 1812 was halfway through in 1813 and the immigrants (Loyalists and others) were settling in the area around York (now Toronto), Niagara and Kingston. A few settled in Hamilton which was to later be called Cobourg.

The area shown is to the east of York
on Lake Ontario in 1813.

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Map 1813

This map must have been drawn after settlement but before Cobourg was named so must be about 1840. Northumberland at the time stretched well north of Rice Lake but the roads - if you could call them that - were starting to form along Lake Ontario.

The area shown includes current Port Hope to
approximately the current location of Brighton

This map was provided by CDCI West history department

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Map of Cobourg - approx 1860 - 1869.

Shows Victoria Hall, the harbour, the railway line to the harbour, the beach undeveloped etc. Note that University Avenue is called Seminary Street.

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Thanks to Ken Kerr for research that puts the date at earlier than 1869.


See also 3D model/map based on this.

Cobourg Map  c 1860

In 1878, the Historical Atlas of Durham and Northumberland published maps of this area as well as a short history of each town. Although it is hard to read in the small version at right, the large version obtained by clicking is quite readable. Note the railway from Cobourg to Harwood.

Note that it will depend on your monitor as to the size you will see.

A large map of Hamilton Township in 1880 - including Cobourg - is available. It also shows owners of properties. File size is 4.6MB in .jpeg format and is courtesy of McGill University.

Download here.

Hamilton Township

Map of Northumberland in use from 1940 to 1951. All the current towns are visible but Highway 401 was not yet built.

The borders of Northumberland are those currently used and the railway to Harwood has gone.

The map is from the Ontario Government archives.

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Northumberland c 1950

The map at right is accurate as of 2007 although in the interests of clarity a fair bit of detail is missing. More complete maps are available from the Chamber of Commerce at Northumberland Mall as well as at Tourist Information locations.

Note that it will depend on your monitor as to the size you will see. 1024 x 768 or higher display sizes will get a larger picture.

A letter sized version (8 1/2 x 11) is available for download here. Format is Word to ease printing.

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A detailed map of Cobourg that is available in electronic form is produced by Elections Canada and therefore shows Poll boundaries but is otherwise very good. Format is Adobe Reader pdf and the map can be downloaded here. This version was issued in 2003 and appears to be valid as of about 1997 with a few anomalies - e.g. there is no longer a railway line down Spring/Hibernia streets!

A detailed map as of 2013 is available here. Size is 516KB and 2000 pixels wide so it will take more than one display screen (and need you to scroll) and may be hard to print on 1 page.


Map of Northumberland


An up to date map of Northumberland County today.

Courtesy of Northumberland County.

Download image file here ( gif 746px wide - 129KB).

Map Northumberland