Life is Just Better in the Hills of Northumberland

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  1. Derrick Cunningham says:


    I love reading this about my home town. Aside from University, I have never left this community and I completely agree with your outsider (but now insider) perspective! And thank you for the nod to Ten Thousand Villages. We were just selected this year’s Reader’s Choice Award for best gift store, so your shout out is particularly meaningful!

    • Congratulations!!!! That is exciting news! I know that Ten Thousand Villages is my “go-to” store–I’ve picked up great gifts, house decor stuff, and jewelry there. At the holidays–a gift card for your shop is always on my wish list. Thanks for your comment and sharing the good news!

  2. Pat Skene says:

    This is a wonderful reminder of all the good things for which people in the area should be thankful. Having lived there for 10 years (now living in Oakville) I couldn’t agree with you more. We miss everything in your list so much…and would not have ever moved if it wasn’t for family reasons. Good on you Jess for writing such a poignant piece. This should be published in the Northumberland News!! Then again, maybe everyone would want to live there and things would change…oh dear!

    • You and Uncle Bob introduced me to so many of the wonderful things here! (In fact, I just stopped in at Moore Orchards today for a quart of the first raspberries of the season!) Thanks so much for your comment.

  3. Bill Prawecki says:

    Agree with all points Jessica. Just a couple of more points. VIA station in town for travel to Toronto , Ottawa and Montreal. Second point is that it is difficult to go out anywhere in town without bumping into someone you know.

    • Thanks, Bill! Absolutely! Transportation east or west is a breeze. I think Northumberland being along the 401 corridor is excellent too–moving here on my own I didn’t feel as isolated from my friends in the GTA as I may have even in Peterborough or similar…

      I’ve just started bumping into people I know everywhere! Makes running errands far more fun!! Cheers!

  4. Liz Morgan says:

    We have just moved back to Toronto after having lived in Port Hope and Cobourg for the last 12 years. It is a lovely area and great for walks, countryside, farmers markets and beautiful beaches. However I found it sad that the down town areas are full of empty stores and look somewhat depressed and the general shopping is lacking. Considering it is a tourist area, there is a lot more that should be done to encourage new business. If looking for a full time job, it is slim pickings!
    For ourselves, it is good to be living again where there is more ethic diversity, great ethnic foods and many cultural events, festivals etc within easy reach. However, I miss the silence of a small town .

  5. Marie Prins says:

    Plus all the above, I love driving through the rolling hills of Northumberland, especially on a hot, sunny day in July, although spring and fall rides in this country are delightful too. We live in a beautiful spot of Ontario!

  6. Hi Jessica:
    I’ve written more about Northumberland on my blog and in my book, A Good Home, more than any other region of Canada. I love it, having lived in two different homes there.

    So you’ll understand my delight in reading your post about this wonderful area of Ontario.

    But Liz Morgan has a point: I wish the population were sufficient to support businesses and prevent them from folding. And it feels as if the very thing that helps towns and cities to thrive – the diversity of their residents – is missing in places like Port Hope and Cobourg. A blogger-friend who lives in England mentioned this just a short while ago: some of the very changes that small towns and villages fear are the things that keep them alive.

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