- Dog friendly
- Picnic spot
- Wheelchair accessible
A bending and curving shoreline, vast marshes and wetlands and the largest freshwater dune system in the world at Sandbanks are just some of the natural treasures you will enjoy in the County. There are also plenty of beautiful small country towns to enjoy each with excellent shops and restaurants. Carrying Place :: 6.2 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Roads & Paths http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/carrying-place-waterfront-trail/ Wellington :: 32 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Roads & Paths http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/wellington—waterfront-trail/ Bloomfield :: 5 km, Hiking & Walking, Running, Cycling – Roads & Paths http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/bloomfield—waterfront-trail/ Picton :: PEC’s Trail ends at Glenora where you can take a ferry to Adophustown and continue along the Waterfront Trail through Greater Napanee. 4.5 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Roads & Paths http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/picton-waterfront-trail/ Also see :: Prince Edward County – Conservation areas, Parks, Trails map
Prince Edward County, Ontario
Take in a show — on screen, on stage, or via satellite — at this historic theatre on Main Street in Picton. One of the few surviving art-deco movie houses in Ontario, Picton’s downtown Regent Theatre is host to a variety of plays, musicals and art movie screenings throughout the year. First run movies and an international satellite feed round out the offerings of The Regent, making it a diverse venue that truly reflects the community. Check out the The Regent Theatre Playbill, Movies and Cinefest for the latest updates, tickets and show times. Free family movies are featured on the last Sunday of each month. theregenttheatre.org History of the Regent Theatre History of the Regent Theatre, video courtesy of History Lives Here The Regent is a rare example of a still intact Edwardian opera house. It opened in 1918 in a renovated warehouse. It featured films and an orchestra. In 1922 the facade was changed, and the interior was renovated to fit 1,100 seats! The addition of a 70-foot loft tower at the rear of the building accommodates backdrops for quick scene changes. It remains the largest “fly stage” between Toronto and Montreal and is equivalent to the one at […]
Be sure to check out the Lakeshore Lodge area which, gone now, was a popular dance hall and hotel during the 1950s. It’s at the south end of the Sandbanks beach, over a rock outcropping. Enjoy great views and wave action on the rocks when there is a westerly wind. Favourite hangouts from Peta Shelton ☞ Lakeshore Lodge, overlooking the dunes beach late afternoon and for sunset. This is a great place to explore, the foundations of the old Lodge are still on site. If you climb down and walk along the shoreline you will see interesting rock formations. Lake Shore Lodge History The lodge was built between 1870 and 1893 by Daniel McDonald. It was one of the finest summer houses in Canada.The lodge featured an ice cream parlour, a small golf course, a bowling alley,and a large dinner hall. The dance hall and recreational centre were popular gathering places. In 1971 it was purchased by the National Canadian Resources and closed a year later because of its poor state of repair. The lodge and dance hall burned down in 1983.
171-341 Lake Shore Lodge Rd, Prince Edward, ON K0K, Canada
The Crystal Palace is unique in North America. This building is located in the Fair Grounds on Main Street, Picton. The Crystal Palace, built in 1890 by F.T. Wright based on a plan by Andrew Irving, adopted its name from the original Crystal Palace created by Sir Joseph Paxton in 1851 for the Great Exhibition in London England. Paxton’s design of expansive glass was inspired by his work with greenhouses. Following the Great Exhibition, “Crystal Palaces” sprang up throughout the world including New York City and in Napanee and Kingston. During the 1980s demolition of the Picton Crystal Palace was considered. The Historical Society prepared a report on the restoration of the building and in 1990 County staff began repairs under the supervision of Bert Blackford. The building re-opened in 1997 and remains one of the few original Crystal Palaces in the world. Book the Crystal Palace for your special event. This historic, rustic facility is perfect for special events, themed galas and weddings. Located in the heart of Picton, the Crystal Palace is a beautiful venue with natural lighting and wood floors. Bookings are limited to the months of May through October due to the lack of heating capabilities in the facility. Windows take up the […]
375 Main St. Picton Ontario
Visit Prince Edward County’s Taste Trail and experience first-hand the epicurean renaissance happening here. Cycle or drive bucolic back roads through the award winning, self-guided route linking restaurants, artisanal food producers, and wine and spirit purveyors. Sign up for a cooking class to learn the tools of the trade, or delight in award winning wine from Canada’s newest designated viticultural area. Home to several award winning food festivals, Prince Edward County’s Taste Trail beckons visitors to explore, indulge and savour Prince Edward County’s fantastic flavours! Visit trailtrail.ca
Sir John A. Macdonald lived in Prince Edward County during his youth and early career. As a youth, John lived for three years at Glenora, where his father operated a grist mill. Later the family moved to Kingston, but in 1833, Macdonald returned to the Picton area to take over a law practice for his ailing cousin, winning his first case at Picton Court House. See: www.macdonaldproject.com Sculpture Internationally recognized Ruth Abernethy was selected to sculpt a bronze portrait of the young John A. practicing law for the first time in Hallowell. This life-sized statue of Sir John A. as a young lawyer, is in downtown Picton. There is the added bonus of having a courtroom bench where you can have pictures taken. Exhibit Also see on exhibit at Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton: “Always a Quinte Boy: Yours Truly, John A. Macdonald” This exhibition outlines Macdonald’s early years and specifically his many connections to Prince Edward County. Created to mark the bicentennial of Macdonald’s birth. Sir John A. Macdonald Heritage Trail The Sir John A. Macdonald Heritage Trail project was initiated in 2015, during the bicentennial year of Canada’s first Prime Minister. In early 2018, 14 interpretive panels, located in Prince […]
Our love of sculpture found a new expression when we opened Oeno Gallery’s Sculpture Garden at Huff Estates in 2011. The paths that meander through the 4 acre garden extend to the edge of the vineyard. Designed as a place of discovery and contemplation, it is a celebration of the interplay of dynamic art installations, colour, material, and the plants our gardeners coax out of the limestone terroir. Oeno Gallery 2274 County Road 1 Bloomfield
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. Electronic road signs 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 https://twitter.com/sandbankspp The most popular beaches […]
Sandbanks Provincial ParkThree beautiful beaches. 549 Campsites. Visitor Centre. Recreational rentals. Fishing.
3004 County Rd. 12, West Lake
Rutherford Stevens Lookout County Road 13 in Waupoos A scenic view overlooking Waupoos Island and Smith’s Bay. (click on the image above to see the full view)
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
Pack your favourite lunch and seek out the perfect spot while soaking in the sights. Here are some of the most beautiful spots for a picnic (from northwest to east) … Northwest Murray Canal at Carrying Place (picnic tables) Roblin Lake park in Ameliasburgh North Beach provincial park (admission fee; picnic tables; washrooms) The Grange Estates Winery in Hillier (picnic tables, washrooms; bring your picnic or buy a picnic basket at the winery) Sandbanks Estate Winery on Loyalist Parkway west of Wellington (picnic tables, washrooms; bring your picnic or buy picnic items at the winery) By the dry stone bridge at Karlo Estates Winery (picnic table; a unique setting in a vineyard) Vintage Shores pullover on Loyalist Parkway, just west of Wellington Wellington Rotary public beach (picnic shelters, washrooms) Southwest Bloomfield Mill Pond on Mill Street (picnic area; washrooms) Sandbanks Provincial Park (admission fee; picnic tables; washrooms) Old Lakeshore Lodge location at Sandbanks. Beautiful sunsets (no admission fee; picnic tables) There is also an annual old-fashioned community picnic in August, see Lakeshore Lodge Day. South Shore Cherry Valley Lions Club Memorial Park/boat launch (picnic shelter) Milford Mill […]
A picturesque and interesting motorcycle route that offers twisty roads, beautiful vistas, hills and lots of interesting places to stop along the way, including Milford, Waupoos, Cressy, Prinyer’s Cove, Lake on the Mountain, Glenora and Picton. Some of Prince Edward County’s most interesting and beautiful spots. Favourite hangout: motorcycle ride around Sandbanks, lake shore ride, ending with lunch at Lake on the Mountain…..James Furniss
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.
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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 Other Walking Tours In their operating season, The County Museums offer a selection of additional walking tours for groups (minimum of 10 people or equivalent rate); these tours must be pre-arranged with museum staff. Cost: $10 per person (incl. HST) Milford Meanderings (Mariners Park Museum) Enjoy a walking tour through the charming village of Milford, aptly named as it was once home to saw, grist and carding mills in the settlement’s earliest days. Wellington Walkabout Tour (Wellington Heritage Museum) Experience a walking tour through the rich history of Wellington village on the shores of Lake Ontario, complete with architectural highlights and fascinating stories that will make you love the village all the more! Ameliasburgh Village (Ameliasburgh Heritage Village) Participate in a walking tour through the village of Ameliasburgh, formerly Roblin’s Mills. Along the shores of Roblin Lake, this quiet […]