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committee worked throughout the fall and winter of 1991/92 to put the Apple Route in place. Seven municipalities work together to promote the Route with signage, brochures and local business promotion. !The objectives of the Apple Route are to promote tourism, agriculture and preserve the beauty of this part of Northumberland County and to develop economic growth for the region.” So, let's take a tour of the Apple Route.


Port Hope


As we mentioned the route starts at Port Hope, a lakeside community which is located about 100 km east of Toronto. With around 16,000 inhabitants it was awarded The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario!Heritage Award for 2008. This historic community is nationally acclaimed for its designated heritage conservation district main street-winner of TV Ontario's competition for the "Best Preserved Main Street in Ontario" and for its wealth of beautifully restored early homes and buildings. Port Hope can boast of over 280 designated buildings - more per capita than anywhere else in Canada!


Grafton


Grafton will be your next stop about 12 km further east. Under one thousand people live in the hamlet and agriculture is one of its largest economies. Grafton, probably has more buildings of historic and architectural significance per capital than many towns in Ontario. Just south of Grafton along the banks of Lake Ontario you will find Nawautin Nature Sanctuary with scenic nature trails and fabulous views across the lake.


Ganaraska River, Port Hope


Agriculture plays a huge part in Port Hope's economic stability with over 53% of county land based in agriculture and 50% of that land classified in the top category of the Canada Land Inventory. In the whole of Canada only 0.5% of land is Class One, so this is a significant figure.


Another landmark is the Ganaraska River which


runs through the town. Every year a race takes place on the river commemorating the 1980 flood which caused much damage to the downtown area. “Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny” is a fun event with races for canoes and kayaks. There is also a special event for homemade crafts called crazy crafts.


Cobourg


The next place you will come to is the Town of Cobourg, approximately 15 km along the coast of Lake Ontario. Cobourg has a great beach with amenities such as restaurants and shopping. It also has a world-class marina where, even if you are not lucky enough to moor your own boat you can watch as others sail in and out.


Cobourg Beach


Nawautin Nature Sanctuary


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