Whether you are a young person looking to begin a life of your own, you want a place to raise your children, or you are retired and looking for a place to settle, Northumberland communities provide the lifestyle you need.
Many people live, work and play here all their lives. Others commute to surrounding centres for work, education or other activities while enjoying their home within the roling hills of Northumberland between Lake Ontario in the South and Rice Lake and the Trent-Severn Waterway in the North.
Everything from heritage homes, brand new homes in modern housing developments or in rural settings are available within the county.
Nearby cities such as Toronto, Oshawa, Peterborough, Belleville and Kingston are within commuting distance - making post secondary education or big city employment opportunities simple to access. VIA has several rail station stops in communities paralleling Highway 401.
Durham College and the University of Ontario, located in Oshawa, are a 30 minute drive away. Loyalist College in Belleville, and Trent University and Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough are all 40 minutes away by car. Cobourg's Fleming College campus offers some full-time courses as well as part-time evening courses.
Public and Catholic elementary and secondary schools are located throughout the county, with transportation available. Local high schools offer a variety of learning options, whether it is preparation for university or training to enter the work force upon graduation. Cobourg District Collegiate Institute (CDCI) East has successfully launched a culinary arts program, a plant biology program with a full nursery available for hands-on learning and an International Baccalaureate program.
CDCI West has a digital animation program, which allows students to get acquainted with industry standard Apple computers and professional programs.
St. Mary's Secondary School (separate) in Cobourg is a modern state-of-the-art learning facility. The school boasts exciting sports, music and drama programs.
Brighton's East Northumberland Secondary School has won national awards and accolades for theatre, music and Terry Fox fundraising efforts. Spirit runs high at Port Hope High School, too. At Campbellford Secondary School, the jazz band won gold in national competition in 2005.
Port Hope is home to internationally known Trinity College School which accepts students from all around the world, as well as locally. TCS sports a dazzling campus, an observatory and telescope, as well as numerous athletic and arts programs.
There are also trade centres within the county offering skills in various trades and upgrading opportunities.
The county's labour force is skilled and has attracted national and international, as well as private employers.
All communities have activities and programs geared to seniors - organized and/or impromptu! There is also a strong alternative therapy community of practitioners and internationally acclaimed spas within the county's borders.
In the smaller rural villages and hamlets, the tradition of the community hall and suppers continues.
For physical and athletic activity, there is an abundance of options. Walk or ski forest trails, ride bikes along the Waterfront Trail, or rural byways. There are more than a dozen arenas offering organized sports activities and the Northumberland Family Y, based in Cobourg, has satellite facilities in Brighton.
Northumberland has fine golf courses, winter curling rinks, indoor swimming pools and many private fitness and gym facilities.
There is a deep and thriving arts scene across the entire county. Some of the world's best musicians and theatre arts performers appear regularly on the many professional and amateur stages in communities across the county. Drawn by the hills, natural beauty and lifestyle of Northumberland, the hills are alive with authors, artisans and actors who call Northumberland home.
Development is aimed toward enhancing the existing unique qualities of each community.
Cobourg has a municipal police force while the Ontario Provincial Police patrol the rest of the County except for Port Hope, which has both police services.
Northumberland's fire protection is provided by dedicated full-time and volunteer firefighters dispatched from fire stations based throughout the county. Cobourg and Port Hope have a full-time fire chrief and fire staff, augmented by volunteers. The ocunty has a highly-valued fire mutual aid system.
The many year-round festivals staged by various Northumberland communities illustrate the importance of the community spirit. From spring's first apple blossom to summer sidewalk sales and fun by the lake and autumn's vibrant colours and fairs to winter sporting events and festivals, every season holds something to celebrate!