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Spring is an optimistic season of new beginnings and new life, and The County has found colourful and creative ways to celebrate it. We welcome the first harvest of the season – maple syrup; spring birding migration; cultural festivals; food & wine markets; nature walks, garden tours and plant sales …

  • Maple in the County (March 25 & 26)
    mapleA self-directed, two-day celebration, with pancake breakfasts, tours of maple bushes, sugar shack demonstrations, music, dancing, shopping, fine dining, family activities, and so much more.
  • Spring Countylicious  ( March 31 to April 23 )
    CountyliciousPrince Edward County’s twice annual prix fixe culinary celebration.
  • Waterfall Tours (Easter weekend, April 15 & 16)
  • Authors Festival (April 20-22)
    pecauthorfest-logoEnjoy readings by authors of fiction, nonfiction and poetry plus panel discussions.
  • Walleye World Fishing Tournament (May 5-7)
    The Walleye World Fishing Derby is a live release event the first weekend in May. Big fish to catch and big prizes to be won.  Bay of Quinte is known as the “Walleye Capital of the World”.
  • County POP Community Music Festival (May 6)
    Participate in the timeless tradition of reveling in music, food and family to welcome the magic that is springtime in the County.
  • Terroir Wine & Farmers Market  (May)
    TerroirPrince Edward County’s wineries serve their own unique county-produced wines, featuring the new spring releases.
  • Spring Birding Festival (May 13-22 )
    Weekend activities include workshops on birding, insects, wildflowers and photography with a hospitality tent where visitors can post sightings, share information and just hang out.
  • Quarter Moon Coffeehouse in Bloomfield (May-Sept)
    The anything-goes, everybody-welcome open stage coffee house returns for another summer of music every other Thursday evening.
  • Welcome Weekend (May 20, 21)
    Opening weekend for The County Museums for the 2017 season. “Loyalist Encampment” Event.
  • Antique Show and Sale at the Crystal Palace in Picton   (May 20 & 21)
  • Quinte’s Isle Bluegrass Celebration (May 26-28)
    Featuring local, regional and national bands, bringing together the finest in bluegrass music.. Join us for a weekend of music, food, jamming, fun and friendship.
  • Terroir Run (May 27). 11k run among the winery back roads.
  • Great Canadian Cheese Festival (June 3 & 4)
    Cheese FestivalThe best cheesemakers from P.E.I. to Vancouver Island offer cheeses to taste and buy at the only pan-Canadian showcase of artisan cheese.
  • The Wine Passport to Canada (June 17), featuring hundreds of award-winning Canadian wines, ciders and meads.
  • Art in the County (June  23 to July 9)
    Art in the CountyOriginal works by County artists and artisans at this annual juried exhibition and show hosted by the PEC Arts Council. Enjoy paintings, photographs, jewellery, sculpture, fibre arts and glass.

Favourite hangouts from Catherine-marie Durning ☞ We especially love the Lilacs that frame every county road in the spring.

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Summer brings beaches, picnics, winery tours, camping, cottages, music festivals, art shows, craft shows, live theatre and historical walking tours …

 

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Fall is a wonderful season to visit The County.  The beaches are quieter and harvest festivals abound.  Enjoy fall colour tours, cycling, marathons, regional food celebrations, grape & apple harvesting, pumpkin festival, artist studio tours, and country fairs …

  • Women Killing It  A new crime writing festival that puts the spotlight on Canada’s talented women writers who work in the crime and mystery genre.  (Sept 1 & 2)
  • Rednersville Road Art Tour (Labour Day Weekend Sept 2,3,4)
  • Quarter Moon Coffeehouse in Bloomfield (May-Sept)
    The anything-goes, everybody-welcome open stage coffee house every other Thursday evening.
  • Red White & Blues (Sept)
    A weekend celebration of innovative local wine, food and music set amongst four County wineries.
  • The Picton Fair (Sept 8-10)
    All the fun of a country fair plus a bustling midway; cattle show and a myriad of agricultural exhibits; demolition derby and live music in the big top.
  • Antique Show and Sale at the Crystal Palace in Picton   (Sept)
  • PEC Music FestivalPEC Music Festival (Sept 15-24) – The festival brings together acclaimed performers from around the world.
  • Sandbanks Music Festival (Sept 16)
  • Annual Mariner’s Service (Sept) Paying special tribute to those who work and play on County waters.
  • Live 50s & 60s Rock n Roll Festival (Sept 15-17)
    A Weekend of Live 50s & 60s Rock n Roll Music and dancing.
  • The Milford Fair (Sept 16)
    60 years old+ and going strong, Milford has a great old fashioned fair with lots of fun for everyone. Enjoy live music, delicious food, lots of activities for the kids, a dog show and petting zoo, home baking and more.
  • PEC Studio & Gallery Tour (Sept 22, 23, 24)
    PEC Studio TourVisit a wide spectrum of professional studios and galleries throughout the year, or during these special weekends when artists will demonstrate and discuss their work.
  • Ameliasburgh Fall Fair (Sept 23,24)
    This event starts with a parade and carries on all day with a judged horse show, the cat and dog show, a softball tournament, a big little kids area.
  • TASTE! community grown (Sept)
    Taste Community GrownAn epicurean experience, TASTE! showcases the finest artisanal products, wines, beers, cider and cuisine that Ontario’s Gastronomical Capital, Prince Edward County, has to offer.
  • Model Train & Hobby Show (Sept) – A treat for train lovers of any age. Miniature trains – maximum enjoyment.
  • Comedy Country (Sept )
    Comedy CountryBig laughs in rural places – annual comedy festival.
  • County Marathon (Oct 1)
    This Boston Marathon Qualifier goes through the County along the picturesque route from the village of Wellington along winding country roads, through three towns and past three lakes.
  • Scarecrow Festival (Oct 7 & 8)
    Fall family fun on Thanksgiving weekend, make your own scarecrow.
  • Pumpkinfest (Oct 14)
    Watch the Parade of Giant Pumpkins wind its way through the village of Wellington to the Pumpkin Grower’s weigh-off. Local entertainment, vendors, food booths, games for children, pumpkin sales and pumpkin pie.
  • Fall Countylicious (Oct to Nov)
    Countylicious
    Prince Edward County’s twice annual prix fixe culinary celebration. The County’s top restaurants will offer three-course culinary creations for $40. Don’t miss your chance to dine on divine food with a down to earth price tag.
  • The Makers Hand (Nov 3,4,5)
    The Maker's HandShow and Sale of Eastern Ontario’s finest artists and artisans. Shop for that special Christmas gift.
  • Firelight Lantern Festival (Nov)
    A magical celebration for the whole community.
  • Wassail (Nov 18 & 19, Nov 25 & 26, Dec 2 & 3)
    WassailIn thanks for a bountiful harvest and the “hilling up” of vines, revelers, shoppers and tasters make merriment.
  • Annual Christmas Craft Show & Sale, Picton Arena (Nov )
  • Consecon Santa Claus Parade (Nov 19)
  • Bloomfield Festival of Lights (Nov 24)
    The village of Bloomfield sparkles like a magical fairyland for their annual night-time holiday parade.
  • Festival of Trees (Nov 24-27)
    Silent auction of over 150 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, as well as a huge bake sale, bucket draw, Christmas boutique, with live musical entertainment.
  • Picton Santa Claus Parade (Nov 26)
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With wine celebrations, holiday parades, and winter markets, come celebrate Christmas in the County!

snowflakeWelcome to our winter carnivals, celebrations of all things winter.

There are lots of winter-time activities to choose from! Cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, hockey, curling and skating … Or, just cozy up by a roaring fire with some good food, good wine and good friends!

  • X-COUNTRY SKIING
    For cross-country skiiers, Sandbanks Provincial Park has 10 kms of trails, and Macaulay Mountain conservation area has 11 km. Or, try snowshoeing the frozen dunes for an uncommon view of a popular beach.
  • ICE FISHING
    Test your mettle as the mercury goes down with some ice fishing. The Bay of Quinte is one of the top walleye fishing spots in the world. Several local businesses offer ice-fishing packages and accommodation packages.
  • HOCKEY
    The County loves its hockey!  The Wellington Dukes are a Junior “A” ice hockey team from Wellington.  The Picton Pirates are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Picton.
  • ICE SKATING
    The County offers 2 rinks with public skating, and Wellington also has an outdoor rink.

Check out more winter activities 

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