Getting Back to Basics – Part I

On December 1, 1856, Cobourg Mayor D. E. Boulton presided at the laying of the cornerstone for Victoria Hall. The Cobourg Star wrote that “great as our progress has been our past is but a trifle to the great future which lies yet unopened before us.” In the mid-nineteenth century Cobourg aspired to becoming “a major centre in Canada West,” and, according to many leaders, was destined to be a city.

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Transient Slips at Cobourg Marina

Imagine a retired couple moving to Cobourg from North Bay with a passion for curling only to find that not only are Cobourg rinks fully booked, but prime time is given to visiting teams from Bowmanville and Oshawa. These visitors are considered by the town to be “tourists” and especially desirable for preferential treatment.

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