- Dog friendly
- Wheelchair accessible
The PEPtBO Spring Birding Festival runs from Sat. May 13 to Mon May 22, 2017. Events include guided walks and tours, workshops, and banding demonstrations. The Canadian Nature Federation and Bird Studies Canada designated The County as an important global birding area (IBA) in 1998. The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) is located along the eastern tip of Prince Edward County about 20 minutes southeast of Picton, Ontario in a National Wildlife Area. The Observatory is normally open to the public every day Apr 10-May 31 and Aug 15-Oct 31 (banding takes place in the mornings). Free admission! Trails are open year round. For more information on birding, including Spring-time bird banding demonstrations, and Fall Northern saw-whet owl banding, visit the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory website: peptbo.ca.
Easter weekend Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 4pm Picton Rotary presents Waterfalls of Prince Edward County. To view falls, check in with a Rotarian upon arrival at the falls site. Bring your camera — beautiful waterfalls seldom seen. Hiking attire recommended. Site #1 Cape Vesey 3718 County Rd. 8 (east of Waupoos) Site #2 Jacksons Falls 1749 County Rd. 17 (east of Milford) Made possible by the generosity of the land owners. Donations for Rotary Water Project gratefully appreciated. For Information call 476-1309 or 613-813-1658 or visit http://www.clubrunner.ca/picton
3718 County Rd. 8, Prince Edward County, Ontario
Birdhouse City, located at Macaulay Mountain Conservation area, has attracted thousands of people. There are over 100 birdhouses, most of them reproductions of historic buildings and other recognizable structures. Features: Birdwatching | Comfort Station | Flora | Hiking Trails | Photo Spots | Picnic Areas Location: County Road 8 (Union Street, on the eastern outskirts of Picton) Picton Details about the bird houses For more information or to become involved as a member of the “Friends of Bird House City” organization please contact Quinte Conservation at www.quinteconservation.ca
224 County Road 8, Picton, Ontario
Year-round guided tours and educational workshops based in Prince Edward County, Ontario and the Quinte / Great Lakes Region. Photography, nature hikes, adventure sports, fitness, birding, sustainable living skills, growing food, historic sites, bicycling, kayak, canoe, camping, weekend retreats, environmental speakers, travel slideshows. Check website for schedule.
4 Chapel St. Picton ON
Sandbanks has approximately 10 km of cross country ski trails. These trails are excellent for both beginners and experienced skiers provided there are good snow conditions. The majority of the trails consist of gentle slopes and curves. Combining several of the trails or loops will allow skiers to set their own lengths. Please note there is no guarantee that trails will be groomed or track set as this is dependent on snow conditions and weather permitting. For more information, please contact the park office telephone: 613-393-3319 ext. 0 Macaulay Mountain Conservation area is also an ideal spot for cross-country skiing and tobogganing. Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area has 11 km of trails available for cross-country skiing.
Sandbanks, Prince Edward County, Ontario
These “Heritage Walking Tours of Picton” were published in 1999 by the Heritage Advisory Committee. Heritage_Committee_Barker_Wilson_walking_tour Introduction to the Iron Men of Picton – Barker and Wilson. Lot 1 was purchased by Abraham Barker in 1805. He and his brother were partners in a grist mill. His son David was a merchant, elected to first Picton council, Postmaster 1848 until his death in 1872, and started the Barker Foundry on Elizabeth Street. Heritage_Committee_Macaulays_Picton_Walking_Tour Following the American Revolution, Lots 22, 21 and half of 20 (500 acres) were granted to Lieutenant Moore Hovendon U.E. Robert Macaulay purchased the land at a Sheriff’s sale in 1790. His son Edward inherited it in 1800. Heritage_Committee_Pictons_FergusonsPartofTown_walking_tour A clan of Fergusons stayed loyal to King George during the American Revolution. Four were officers, one was a sergeant, and six were privates. Arra Ferguson, ten years old when the Declaration of Independence was passed in 1776, served in Roger’s King Rangers and he and his wife were given Lot A (100 acres).
Discover one of Ontario’s natural wonders at Lake on the Mountain Park. Lake on the Mountain defies all known geographical and geological theory. Cloaked in mystery and legend, the turquoise lake is a source of amazement and a beautiful setting for activities in the park. Take in the outstanding view high above Picton Bay as you enjoy a quiet picnic overlooking the edge of the Prince Edward Escarpment, and the Glenora Ferry below. Bring along your camera to capture nature’s beauty while contemplating the secrets hidden in this truly memorable place. Facilities: picnic tables are located beneath large, shady trees. toilets and the boardwalk to viewing platform have barrier-free access. Local tips: Washrooms are closed off season, keep that in mind if you visit after September. Public washrooms are available year-round at Glenora Ferry at the base of the mountain. The park is a day use area and doesn’t have camping. Other park pleasures such as camping, boating, fishing and swimming can be enjoyed at nearby Sandbanks Provincial Park. Nearby: Waterfront Trail: 7.4 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Roads & Paths http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/lake-on-the-mountain—waterfront-trail/ Steps away is Lake on the Mountain Inn & Resort, offering two restaurants at this beautiful site. Favourite hangout from […]
296 CR7, Picton, Ontario, Canada
Little Bluff Conservation Area Little Bluff features an 18 metre high limestone bluff with a panoramic view of Prince Edward Bay. Waterfowl and red-winged blackbirds can be seen in the marsh nearby. Features: Birdwatching, Comfort Station, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Hiking Trails, Photo Spots, Picnic Areas, Swimming (unsupervised) Also see QuinteConservation.ca TheSwimGuide.org Local tips: It’s easy to miss the sign into Little Bluff. Terrain may be difficult for people with mobility challenges. To access the beach you walk down a fairly steep path through the woods, there is a handrail. The beach is not monitored for water quality and there are no lifeguards. There are water snakes but they are nervous of people and swim away. There are washrooms and picnic tables located near the beach. Bring your camera — and binoculars.
Little Bluff Conservation Area18 metre high limestone bluff affording a picturesque view of Prince Edward Bay
South Bay, Prince Edward County, Ontario
Macaulay Mountain is a favourite destination for hikers and picnickers. Macaulay Mountain area features 440 acres offering easy hiking in the lowland area, more rugged trekking on the escarpment portion, or a pleasant family walk along a series of gravelled paths along the Whattam`s Memorial Walkway. There is plenty to see here including the famed Bird House City with its over 100 miniature reproductions of local buildings. There are 20 km of trails, including biking trails maintained by the Bloomfield Bicycle Club. In the winter, this is an ideal spot for cross-country skiing and tobogganing. Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area has 11 km of trails available for cross-country skiing. Activities/Features: Birdwatching, Comfort Station. Flora, Hiking , Trails, Off-road cycling, Photo Spots, Picnic Areas, Snowshoeing/skiing, Dog walking Local tips: There are 3 different levels of interesting and twisty trails, but they’re not well marked. Ski trails are often not groomed. History: The conservation area is named after the late William Macaulay, the son of a United Empire Loyalist, who donated much of the land where Picton is located today. Website: quinteconservation.ca (see trail map)
North Beach Provincial Park is smaller version of Sandbanks and is a great spot for a day-trip to the beach. There are no overnight camping facilities. For information about alerts (beach advisory, fire bans, boil water advisory) please see ontarioparks.com Water quality reports are also posted at https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/6483 North Beach offers scenery and recreational opportunities similar to Sandbanks. Cruise the bay and reel in the catch of the day, choose a spot on the beach to splash in the waves and enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge. Kayakers can use the park as a launch point to explore the surrounding region. Canoeists can take advantage of the protected waters of North Bay for a leisurely paddle or head out on the unprotected side of the dunes. Cap off your day’s adventures with a view of Lake Ontario’s dazzling sunsets. The park is a day use area only and doesn’t have camp sites. Open mid-June to mid-September. Activities Birding: Visitors to North Beach may see hawks, Saw-whet Owls, and Turkey Vultures. Boating: Launch your motorboat, canoe or sailboat from the park’s bay-side boat ramp. Fishing: Anglers visiting North Beach could catch Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, perch and sunfish. Swimming: North Beach […]
440 North Beach Rd., Consecon
The County of Prince Edward is responsible for the maintenance of 180 acres of park land. These parks are open to the public and each park offers a variety of amenities. The County also maintains ball diamonds, tennis courts, and a soccer pitch. You can find more information about these facilities at http://thecounty.ca/around-the-county/things-to-do/parks–playgrounds/ Our parks and facilities are available to be booked for private events. Parks should be booked for any formal activity or event to allow for coordination of park maintenance and services. To book a park please call 613-476-2148 ext. 4000 or [email protected] check availability.
Prince Edward County, Ontario
Click on image to see enlarged version of map The Picton Recreation Committee and the Picton BIA worked together to design a set of three walking circles in Picton with lengths of 5, 3, and 1 kms. The longest route includes slightly more than 2 km of Millennium Trail, as well as walk through the downtown area. The 3 km route also takes you through downtown Picton, and then through an older residential section of town. The shortest route is a leisurely 1 km “Walk in the Park”. All routes start and end in the centre of town at the Mary Street Parking Lot where you will find a large sign version of our map and a very inviting bench for your comfort at the end of your journey. Please consider the stretches illustrated before and after walking – give them a try to limber up and cool down.
Beachcomb on the long pebble beach for driftwood and fossils, swim off the big flat limestone ledges, it’s a quiet beautiful place for a picnic – but remember to leave only footprints behind! An excellent place to watch a sunset. During spring and fall migration, it is one of the finest birding areas in Canada. Point Petre is an important stopover for mallard, black duck, blue- and green-winged teal, wood duck, hooded merganser, lesser and greater scaup, bufflehead and common merganser. See birding info. Favourite hangout from Rick Mayhew and Gerry Foster ☞ Point Petre, the point of Petre. Local tips: There are no signs to the water. Walk or drive down one of the lanes that lines the main road and at the end is the shore. Not all of the lanes are suitable for cars. Bring a picnic lunch and drinks (and a lawnchair), as there are no restaurants nearby. If you get there early in the a.m., walk across the road to see the bird banding (in season). The currents can be dangerous, there are sometimes undertows. Be careful. Bring a bag to collect your garbage, there are no waste disposal bins. The name is pronounced “Peter”, not “Petree”. […]
Point Petre Wildlife Conservation AreaA long pebble beach, and big flat limestone ledges. A quiet beautiful place for a picnic.
Point Petre, Prince Edward County, Ontario
Roblin Lake is a rare kind of “lake within a lake”. It is nestled in Prince Edward County and is a kind of “fossil water”, a pool left behind by the glaciers that was once connected to Lake Ontario. Roblin Lake is home to one of Canada’s most famous A-frame log cabins, built by one of Canada’s most famous poets Al Purdy. Roblin Park features a ball diamond, playground, boat launch, and a small sandy beach. Check Beach Posting status: https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/105
Coleman St, Ameliasburgh, ON K0K 1A0.
Sandbanks is among the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario, with golden sand and sparkling water. Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and boating compete with sunbathing and swimming as favourite park activities. Sandbanks boasts three sandy beaches, Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Beach and Dunes Beach. Two of the finest bay mouth sandbar and coastal sand dune systems in the province can be found here. Sandbanks is also home to an interesting mix of vegetation and wildlife. Sandbanks offers trails and a day use playground. Can’t access the beach? Borrow our Beach Wheelchair from the Woodyard. Check updates for beach closures, reservation availability, fire bans, beach advisories at ontarioparks.com Swimming advisory updates for: Sandbanks Dunes Beach (West Lake Beach) Outlet Beach Sandbanks (Lake Ontario Beach) Favourite hangouts from Peta Shelton ☞ Lakeshore Lodge, overlooking the dunes beach late afternoon and for sunset. Local tips: Reserve campsites well in advance. Lineups for Sandbanks beach can be really long, especially on hot days in the summer. In 2016, electronic road signs were installed to let visitors know if the park is full (yes, sometimes the park is very popular and fills to capacity!) Get there early in the day. Check the Sandbanks Twitter account for updates […]
Sandbanks Provincial ParkThree beautiful beaches. 549 Campsites. Visitor Centre. Recreational rentals. Fishing.
3004 County Rd. 12, West Lake
Walk, run or bike on the Millennium Trail – a former railway that’s been converted into a multipurpose trail. You’ll pass by farmers fields, forests and creeks, not to mention marshes that are teeming with wildlife like frogs, turtles, beavers, and birds. A great spot to take the dog for a long walk or just to get out and enjoy nature for a while. The trail system serves as a County wide recreational facility for local residents, visitors and to provide access for farm vehicles by adjacent land owners. The trail corridor is 15 meters in width and 49 kilometers in length and a total land area of 73.5 hectares. The trail starts in Carrying Place and winds through the County to Picton with various vistas and natural landscapes. The Millennium Trail is an important local off-road connection that links residents and communities along the entire 49 kilometer corridor length. Although, predominantly rural, the corridor passes through several urban areas that are characterized by adjacent residents, street crossings and connections to other walkway systems. The Trail is accessible at several locations throughout the County with specific hiking points in Picton, Wellington, Bloomfield and Consecon. In Wellington, at the end of […]
Prince Edward County, Ontario
The Nature Shop at the Sandbanks Visitor Centre is stocked with a variety of Sandbanks souvenirs, clothing items, artwork, nature books and guides, and much more. Be sure to bring your Friends of Sandbanks membership card to receive your 10% discount. New merchandise is on display from Mother’s Day when the shop is open 10:00 am till 4:30 pm every day, Wednesday 10:00 to 1:00 pm. Friends of Sandbanks runs the Nature Shop. Look for the Friends publication, Sandscapes: Exploring the Dunes of Sandbanks Provincial Park. As well, exhibits provide an opportunity to learn more about Sandbanks history and natural features. Displays include live reptiles, amphibians and fish, as well as examples of some of the more common plant life found at Sandbanks. Visit the Friends website at friendsofsandbanks.org for a list of annual events.
3004 County Rd. 12, West Lake, Sandbanks Provincial Park, West Lake Ontario
Take in nature and wildlife at the following conservation areas for a variety of outdoor activities: H.J. McFarland (for the panoramic view of the Bay of Quinte), Pointe Petre (for the birding), Little Bluff (for the view of Prince Edward Bay) and Macaulay Mountain (for the hiking). The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory and Beaver Meadow Wildlife Management Area are also fun, educational family-friendly outings. The trails in Quinte Conservation areas are available for hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. For information on County Trails as well as other trails in Ontario please visit Ontario Trails – this website identifies trails from the Sandbanks Provincial Park, Millennium Trail, as well as winter trails for snowmobilers (PEC Trail Riders). http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/
Prince Edward County, Ontario
Currently a trail runs alongside the Johnson Street Soccer fields at Johnson Street in Picton. The trail is lined with various outdoor fitness equipment for both adults and children. Future plans include extending the trail into the Picton Fair Grounds.
Children 7 to 13 can join in summer fun, exploring and learning about the great outdoors in Belleville and Picton. Week-long day camps are offered for select weeks in July and August. For over 20 years Quinte Conservation has been offering quality day camp experiences to local youth through summer camp programs. The Nature Links Day Camp program offers children a fun, active and outdoor summer experience at Potter’s Creek Conservation Area near Belleville or Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area near Picton.
Macaulay Mountain, Picton Ontario