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The Arts Trail is a great way to indulge your love of things hand-crafted and real. It’s an opportunity to explore your own inner artist spirit, to collect art, or just to go wild buying unique gifts. There is something satisfying about buying a creation from the artist who made it – the object and the pleasure of purchase stay with you like a good friend and provides a life long connection to a special County story. Naturally, the galleries and studios you visit will be as diverse as the artists themselves. Multiple-artist galleries are a great way of seeing a range of work, and part of the fun of the Arts Trail is that it takes you around our beautiful countryside to discover workshops, studios and galleries in a range of settings. Expect everything from cozy country to cutting edge – all good for your imagination, your experience of the County and our creative community. Visit artstrail.ca
Prince Edward County is proud to be the newest community to establish Barn Quilt Trails as part of a North American network of rural art. Come for a drive and explore our beautiful island community! Barn Quilts draw attention to disappearing rural landscapes, timber frame barns and the family farm. Barn Quilts tell a story, draw attention to unmarked historical places and create a year-round themed route for residents and visitors alike that celebrates rural culture and the traditional arts. Here in PEC, the initial trail starts from the Picton roundabout heading west and turns left onto County Road 32 (Mallory Road). Upon the end of County Road 32, the trail turns right onto County Road 12 (Stanley Street) and rejoins Highway 33 via Mill Street in Bloomfield. Other locations are popping up all over the County as well! If you are a visitor … Welcome! Enjoy driving or cycling our newest trail … the Barn Quilts Trail!
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
Award-winning Black Walnut Gardens is a remarkable organic oasis in Prince Edward County. With 28 gardens, many of them in raised beds; medicinal plants, exceptional herbs, exotic gardens, and heritage ones are featured on this 17 acre rural landscape. Extensive perennial beds of flowers, and intriguing vegetable gardens are a companion to a kitchen garden, market gardens, and a most extraordinary three-quarter acre Fragrant – Tactile Garden that is physically challenged accessible, with Braille signage, special seating, and a fountain feature. Black Walnut Educational Gardens also acts as a facility where gardens are a backdrop for schools, informal workshop sessions, university/college mentoring, and occasional symposium. This is a registered non-profit space, there are no fees, however donations are appreciated. Website: www.blackwalnutgardens.ca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackwalnutgardens Black Walnut Kids’ Activities: http://heathermilne11.wixsite.com/childrensactivities Black Walnut Memories: www.blackwalnutmemories.com
1695 Cty Rd. 17 R.R. #2 Milford Ontario
Canadian Forces Base Picton (CFB Picton) was a military installation located on a high plateau overlooking Picton, Ontario. The base was active from the Second World War to 1969 and served the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Army. Today the site functions as the Picton Airport and Loch Sloy Industrial Park. The base and Point Petre (bombing & artillery range) were also used to film Dieppe (1993) a TV movie by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFB_Picton
Carrying Place is a community that serves as the gateway to Prince Edward County. Situated just south of Trenton, it was named for its location on the portage between the Bay of Quinte and Weller’s Bay on Lake Ontario. The Loyalist Parkway passes through the community. Carrying Place is home to the Department of National Defence’s LPH-89 antenna farm attached to CFB Trenton and located along Loyalist Parkway south of Twelve O’clock Point. Of considerable historical importance, Carrying Place or the Portage was thought to have a better future than Toronto when water transport was the principal means of travel. Situated on the narrow neck of land separating the western terminus of the Bay of Quinte from Weller’s Bay on Lake Ontario, it was a thriving community in the 1800′s. Both ends of the old portage route were well-developed to accommodate the needs of the tired traveler. Used for centuries by the Indians, Champlain rested here in 1615. A stone cairn commemorates the signing of the Gunshot Treaty of 1787. (It was by this treaty that the Mississauga Indians relinquished to the Crown all of their lands stretching from the Bay of Quinte westerly to the Etobicoke River, including the City […]
The dry stone bridge at Karlo Estates Winery in Hillier, was constructed in 2007 over Hubbs Creek (the creek is usually dry in the summer). The bridge was built with the Drystone Wall Association of Canada and volunteers from across Canada and the United States. This is a popular location for photos. Dry stone, sometimes called drystack or, in Scotland, drystane, is a building method by which structures are constructed from stones without any mortar to bind them together. ref. Wikipedia If you’d like to bring your own picnic basket, with or without the kids, Karlo Estates provides tables down by the drystone bridge just south of the vineyards. Also see: Karlo Estates Winery
561 Danforth Road, Wellington, Ontario,
Arriving from the east, the Loyalist Parkway from Kingston is a beautiful lakeside scenic drive and the Glenora Ferry shuttles cars to and from Prince Edward County at no charge. Get out of the car, stand at the railing, and watch the majestic landscape get closer. The ferry crossing is operated by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, which runs at regular 30-minute intervals year-round (and more often at peak times in summer). The crossing (one-way) takes fifteen minutes. Click here for Ministry of Transportation Glenora Ferry website & schedule Also see Loyalist Parkway scenic route (Hwy 33) Local tips: Lineups for Glenora ferry are longest when visitors are arriving or leaving on weekends. Check the MTO Twitter account for updates on delays. Follow @mtoferryglenoraTweets by mtoferryglenora
Glenora FerryGlenora Ferry - free car ferry connecting Prince Edward County with the mainland at Adolphustown
Highway 33 between Lake on the Mountain and Adolphustown, Picton Ontario
Graveyard & Gallows Walking Tour Friday nights in Picton (July & August) 6:30 p.m. 1.5 hours walking tour through the grounds and graveyard at Macaulay Heritage Park, venturing on to the neighbouring County Gaol & Gallows, the site of a most notorious double hanging in 1884. Graveyard & Gallows Tours are booked through the Regent Theatre 224 Main St. Picton 613.476.8416 www.theregenttheatre.org Walking Tours of Historic Picton (July 4 – Oct 28, 2018) Let experienced guides take you on a 90-minute journey back in time. Re-live the heady days of tall ships, sail and steam, when Picton was a major shipping port exporting its timber and agricultural produce to world markets. Hear the stories from the 1830s, when Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, walked these streets as a young lawyer. And later, when we smuggled booze across Lake Ontario during the dangerous days of Prohibition and the rum-running trade. Tours leave from the Regent Theatre, 226 Main St. Picton Wednesdays to Sundays, tours leave twice daily at 9.30-11 a.m. and 4-5.30 p.m. Historical Walking Tour of Loch Sloy (Camp Picton) July 20, July 23, August 6, August 17, August 20, 2018 @ 1.30-3.30 p.m. Loch Sloy – aka Camp […]
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: Steps away is Lake on the Mountain Inn & Resort, offering two restaurants at this beautiful site. Favourite hangout from Vilma DeMille ☞ Miller House at Lake on the Mountain You’re only […]
296 CR7, Picton, Ontario, Canada
There are 6 lighthouses on Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County. All of these lighthouses may be at risk of being lost. Some of them have been declared surplus by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). All of these lighthouses have heritage value and meet the Federal Government’s Criteria for Heritage Lighthouse Designation as well as the Ontario Government’s Criteria for Determining Cultural Heritage Value or Interest under the Ontario Heritage Act. See details at http://countylive.ca/blog/?p=16839 Shown above: Lighthouse at Long Point NEW! Lighthouses of Prince Edward County. Packed with vintage photos, some never seen before, plus maps and lightkeepers’ personal stories. Available at CountyMagazine.ca $30.
Prince Edward County, Ontario
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
The Loyalist Parkway, “your route through history.” The Loyalist Parkway (Hwy #33) follows a pioneer colonial route on which the first segments were built two hundred years prior. The route connects several historical settlement sites in Prince Edward County, continuing east through Bath to what is now Kingston. While driving the Loyalist Parkway, experience some of Ontario’s best boutique shopping, countless studios and galleries, quaint inns, homegrown B&B’s, and fabulous restaurants and cafés. There are over 40 listed archaeologic sites and at least 125 notable heritage buildings adjacent to the Parkway. A one meter wide paved shoulder has been provided for cyclists along its length.
Hwy 33 Prince Edward County
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. 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, Leisure and Trail Biking, 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)
Mariners Park Museum explores the many ways the inhabitants of Prince Edward County have earned their living from the surrounding waters from fishing and ship building through ice harvesting and rum running. The lighthouse relocated from False Duck Island beckons visitors to the site, where they can also explore Fort Kente and enjoy a picnic in the park. More than 50 shipwrecks have been located in the waters surrounding Prince Edward County and the Mariners Park Museum has become the home of many treasures retrieved during early diving expeditions. Local tips: The Mariner’s Museum holds war time artifacts, racing memorabilia, treasures from a variety of sunken ships and history of prohibition rumrunners. If you like local history this is a must see. Annual events: Mariner’s Park birthday bash (July) Dog Days of Summer (August) Mariner’s Service (September) Mariners Park Museum welcomes: Bus Tours School Visits Volunteers If booked in advance, the museum can also provide walking tours of the nearby village of Milford for groups. Also see: Shipwreck diving Local lighthouses
2065 County Road 13 South Bay Milford Ontario
There are picnic facilities here, the impressive mill dam, as well as the historic Scott`s Mill (closed). Facilities: Comfort Station | Fishing | Photo Spots | Picnic Areas See details at Quinte Conservation > Conservation Lands Also see the Village of Milford.