The Black River

The Black River

The community of Black River was first surveyed in 1874 for settlement by refugees from the American Revolutionary War. Currently, it has a year-round population of about 250 which more than doubles during the summer. Residents are a friendly mix of farming families who have been here for many generations and new arrivals. Black River is home to many food producers (maple syrup, honey, eggs, pastured pork, goat and lamb, and a wide variety of organic vegetables), various accommodation providers (bed and breakfasts, and cottage rentals), artists, artisans, antiques and crafts shops, and Black River Cheese.


Black River MemorialChapel

Black River Memorial Chapel

Black River was a booming community that first peaked in the 1860s and 70s. It had wharves where schooners were built and where storehouses kept grain and fruit for shipment to Toronto, Kingston and Oswego, and stocked manufactured goods for local residents. Black River had a brickworks, blacksmith, sawmill, post office (the building still exists as the roadside store for Vicki’s Veggies), church (built in 1870, the Black River Wesleyan Methodist Church is now called the Black River Memorial Chapel), one-room schoolhouse (built in 1874 and still standing), and cheese factory (not Black River Cheese that was established in 1901, but an earlier one called Black River Bridge Cheese that began around 1870 and whose buildings still stand). The current Black River Bridge, built in 1967, replaced earlier bridges, including a wooden swing bridge that was constructed to allow schooners to make their way to and from Milford.


Rutherford Stevens Lookout

View from Rutherford Stevens Lookout

Remnants of the past include the 1870s dry stone fences along Morrison Point Road, many 19th-century farmhouses, the remaining stone foundations of early barns and drive sheds, and many varieties of split rail fences.

Black River’s natural features include the 150-year-old maples along Morrison Point Road, the environmentally protected McMahon Bluff where Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons nest, Grimmon Woods, Smith’s Bay, Prince Edward Bay, a great variety of birds, including many waterfowl and migrants, and various species of turtles.

The Rutherford-Stevens Lookout provides an ideal location from which to view the Black River community.

Events for 2019

spring festival May 18/19: Black River Spring Festival
August 31/19:  Black River Fall Festival

… more events to follow.

Questions? Contact Conrad Biernacki and Brian Musselwhite, Black River Bed and Breakfast, 613 476 7346



“Black River Rising” article featured in County Magazine

(click on image below to read the article)
Black River Rising

A Watershed Moment for Black River

“A Closer Look at the Flourishing Black River Community” is the lead story in the summer issue of Watershed Magazine.

Watershed is free and can be picked up at locations throughout the County, including Black River Cheese. Online, you can read the article here (with fewer photos): https://watershedmagazine.com/index.php/beyond-the-garden-gate, or see the entire magazine: https://watershedmagazine.com/index.php/summer-2018-full-issue (flip to pages 26 to 29).

Black River Bridge

Black River bridge



PDF iconBlack River Visitors Guide (printable version)


Art & Antiques

Andrew Burkinshaw’s Woodcuts

Amor’s Antiques (Amor Conde)

pARTnershop Gallery (fine art; Sarie Jenkins)

Torild’s Barn (a variety of arts and crafts; Torild and Mustafa Aladina)


Black River Bed and Breakfast (Conrad Biernacki and Brian Musselwhite)

Black River Cottages (Heather and Johan Buys)

Magnolia North (Donna Kearns and Glenn Hyde)


Quinta do Conde (harvest dinners; Amor and Joaquim Conde)


Quinta do Conde (rural living courses; Amor and Joaquim Conde)

Farm Produce

Black River Cheese (Cindy Menzies, manager, and Jessica McCormak, assistant manager)

Conde Gourmet (organic olive oil, pesto, prosciutto; Joaquim Conde)

Zeleny’s Loyalist Jams (farm produce and baked goods; Judy Zeleny)

Morrison Point Farm (eggs, pastured goat; Robert and Sheila Burkinshaw)

Morrison Point Farm (honey; Andrew Burkinshaw)

The Local Food Shop (Amor and Joaquim Conde)

Vicki’s Veggies (organic vegetables; Tim Noxon)

All Black River Businesses

Logo Design thanks to Tim Snyder, Ton-Up Creative



Our Address:

Black River, Prince Edward County, Ontario