Must, Must, Must

Must Welcome

Kids and teens can go through some turbulent times so it’s welcome news that three local organizations – Northumberland Hills Hospital, Rebound Child and Youth Services and Northumberland Community Counselling Centre – have recently opened a walk-in mental health clinic for anyone between the ages of seven to 16 who is struggling with mental health issues.

NHH Community Mental Health Services
1011 Elgin Street West, Suite 200, Cobourg
Walk-in Clinic Hours: Tuesdays – 8:00am-4:00pm and Thursdays – 10:00am-6:00pm

Must Migrate

Learn about the habits and habitats of the migrating birds that fly thousands of kilometres – from as far away as South America – to their summer nesting grounds in Watershed country. The Nature Conservancy of Canada will hold its first annual Hazel Bird Day with family-friendly activities that revolve around Hazel’s beloved blue birds – their behaviours, nesting habits, food and habitat. Hike around the nature reserve, meet new friends at the BBQ, and learn more about the little blue bird that was once as common as the robin.

Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, Hamilton Township
Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 3pm

Prince Edward County’s Spring Birding Festival Celebrates the spring migration with: educational walks and talks, bird banding demonstrations and a photography contest.
From May 11 to May 20

The Friends of Presqu’île Park presents Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend. If you’re a newbie to birding, volunteer naturalists will be on hand for bird walks, to demonstrate bird banding and to discuss the spring migration.

May long weekend


Check out Watershed on-line for a list of camps to occupy your art-obsessed, STEM-enthusiast, burgeoning thespian or jack-or-jill-of-all-trades this summer. Camp themes are as diverse as the kids who show up. Here are just a few:

For your STEM-inspired child, Northumberland’s Venture13 offers coding, robotics and hands-on making camps for kids aged 6-12 through the MakersLab.

For your budding O’Keeffe, Kahlo or Monet, Art- Worth Art Camp in Trent Hills explores the theme of belonging – a belonging to the land and waterways, to the insects, birds and animals and a sense of belonging with the local people and places throughout Trent Hills.

The Marysburgh Mummers offer a Creative Drama Camp for ages 8 and up, running the weeks of August 6 to 23. Your aspiring actor will learn about stage, dance and singing culminating in three weekend performances.

The outdoorsy set will love Batawa’s Summer Adventure Day Camp. Kids aged 6-12 will hike, bike and discover the wonder of the Batawa area. The best news for parents – lunch is included!

Check out Watershed’s soon-to-be-lengthy camp list via and social media channels

Must Toast

A toast to Kinsip! Prince Edward County’s only distillery redefines spirits with local collaborations, reimagined pairings and a line of bitters – think sweet maple syrup paired with barrel-aged whisky or perhaps a vanilla-toned, malted barleyaged shochu. Kinsip’s locally-sourced black currant and brandy Cassis took Silver at the 2019 Canadian Artisan Spirits Awards and a Gold medal for their Cooper’s Revival Rye.

Kinsip Fine Spirits
66 Gilead Rd, Bloomfield

Must Hop

Easter Egg Hunts dot the landscape much like those little plastic, pastel-coloured, treat-filled eggs – from a ski hill-sized hunt in Batawa, to a village-centred festivity in Wesleyville, to a fire fighter-organized event outside the Crystal Palace in Picton.

Saturday, April 20 – be sure to check local listings for eggs-act times and locations.

Batawa’s 19th annual Easter Egg Hunt

Friends of Wesleyville Village Easter Egg Hunt

Hastings Village Easter Egg Hunt

Picton Fire Fighters Easter Egg Hunt

Port Hope Easter Bunny Eggstravaganza

Must Learn

Stay where you’re to ‘til I comes where you’re at.” Yup, Newfoundland is coming to Northumberland. The Northumberland Learning Connection lecture series gets to the heart of Newfoundland & Labrador’s provocative history, iconoclastic politicians and the irrepressible music and humour that comes from Canada’s youngest province. Newfoundland: The Damnedest Hullabaloo is a nod to the Newfoundlanders as survivors, story tellers and eternal optimists.

Northumberland Learning Connection Series
From March 28 to May 3,

[Spring 2019 departments]