When his family fled from Irish terrorists in the 1850s, little did James Calcutt Jr. know that the cottage he purchased from Judge George Boswell would become one of the most coveted family vacation retreats in Northumberland County.

Formerly known as Cold Blow, Gordon Healey bought what is now known as The Breakers Motel on the Lake after WW1; his wife, Mae, a Florida native, thoughtfully changed the name and opened it up as a summer resort. It has been welcoming families ever since (and when we say “welcoming” we mean that, while it’s open year-round, it’s sold out consistently from May to September).

The glory years really began when the Lloyd family took over the business in 1959. They immediately recognized the unique location: right on the Cobourg’s Victoria Beach (internationally recognized by the Blue Flag program for its cleanliness and water quality) and steps away from downtown shops and the Cobourg Yacht Club. The Lloyds invested time and money to create this perfect family resort, and continue to do so to this day.

“We still have guests that have been coming here or are related to someone who has been a guest since 1959,” says Andrea Sharp, The Breakers manager. “It’s almost like people feel it’s a part of their psyche. They think of it as their own.”

Liv Judd, a Breakers regular, has been coming with her family for years. “Breakers is a little gem, a cozy home away from home with so many deep family memories,” says Liv Judd, one of the regulars. “My husband and his family have been going for more than 15 years for their annual family reunion. For my mother-in-law, who sadly passed away only a couple of years ago, it held a very special place in her heart. This was where she spent her summer holidays. Even though she is no longer with us, when I walk the grounds I know she is still right there with us. Sitting reading in a chair or watching her grandchildren play on the beach, in the shade of a tree. I can feel her peaceful presence. The Breakers will always be that. Beautiful family memories,” she says.

When The Anchor asked if there was anything new happening at the resort for the 2019 season, Sharp apologetically replied, “I hate to say it but we don’t even want to tell people what we have planned because we are 100% booked for the summer so we feel badly that new people won’t be able to join us.’ (She did tell us to recommend you join the wait list!) “But, to answer your question, we have added partnerships with local companies like Green Canoe Outfitters (canoe adventures) and OMSUP (yoga on paddle boards) and plan to offer our guests as much as we can to enhance their stay with us.”

There are only 16 units and they range in size and price (single rooms with queen beds and pull-out couches to a three bedroom “cottage” range from $120 to $275 per night). There is no restaurant on site, but there are restaurants within walking distance and all rooms have kitchenettes.

  • Fireplaces in all rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Check in at 3 p.m., check out at 11 a.m.
  • Weekly rates available

The Breakers
94 Green St.
Cobourg, Ont.