Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre (Cobourg Museum Foundation)

The Cobourg Museum Foundation has restored the town's oldest limestone building together with a 19th century workman's cottage and converted them into the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre, named after two of the Foundation's early members.

A 250 ft. 1/20 scale operating model railway (the Cobourg and Peterborough Railway, 1850s-1880s) running the length of our property, includes a layout of Cobourg's Harbour.  A train runs over the ill-fated Rice Lake Bridge carrying loads of lumber from the backwoods.

Archived material from the following displays is accessible on our website,

     2012 - Cobourg at the time of its Incorporation 175 years ago (1837).

     2013 - Our Transportation Story - the 160th Anniversary of the turning of the sod for our railway

     2014 - Our Military Story

      2015 - Industry & Commerce 

      2016 - The Part Sports Played

      2017 - Canada & Cobourg 

      2018 - Our Built Heritage

     2019 - Artifactually Speaking


Type: Community Museum | Historic Building

Laughlin Taylor Burwash - Arctic Explorer

Laughlin Taylor Burwash - Arctic Explorer

Born in Cobourg, Ontario, Laughlin Burwash spent most of his life in Northern Canada, but often returned to his roots. He contributed immeasurably to...

James Cockburn - Cobourg's Father of Confederation

James Cockburn - Cobourg's Father of Confederation

Cobourg's James Cockburn had an extensive political history in our town before ever entering provincial politics. His 1861 campaign in West...