Cobourg, Ontario: December 2020

The first settlers arrived in this area in 1798.

In 1822, the town was named Cobourg to commemorate the marriage of Princess Charlotte to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, Germany. (The extra O in Cobourg is believed to have been an error made by a clerk.

former girls school now residences
Catholic Church
United Church
former library now town homes
Anglican Church

The town built the magnificent Victoria Hall between 1856 and 1860 when residents believed their town could be chosen capital of Upper Canada.

Some botany:

Bradford Pear
Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Norway Spruce cone surrounded by smaller White Spruce cones
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Goldenrod gall

Some birds:

Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Mallard (male)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Rock Pigeons
American Crows
American Crows


To-night the winds begin to rise
And roar from yonder dropping day:
The last red leaf is whirl’d away,
The rooks are blown about the skies.         – Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–92) 

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Cobourg, Ontario: December 2020

  1. Brian Whitefield

    Very nostalgic for me having grown up there. It’s a beautiful town with a nice beach and in it’s heyday had many American summer homes (because it was supposed to have the ‘perfect’ amount of ozone for recreation) and a ferry to Rochester on which my Dad worked for a short time before going off to war. Yes it was at one time considered for the capital of Canada as it was an up-and-comer having a University Avenue to go along with the original Victoria College before it moved to Toronto. But the up-and-comer never came, probably all the more reason I loved growing up there.


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