Looking for fun, affordable and memorable escapes for your entire family? VIA Rail’s Virtual Tour features Prince Edward County as one of their 5 favourite family vacation destinations (2010).
This large island in southern Ontario holds a double whammy: some of the finest wineries in Canada AND one of the country’s best beaches – Sandbanks. Also gourmet restaurants, a thriving artists’ community and historic settlements.
Prince Edward County offers something for kids big and small and is the perfect family getaway destination. Treat your family to a Prince Edward County adventure and let your kids spend some quality time with your inner child!
- County Youth Park (375 Main St. E. @ Fairgrounds/Crystal Palace) • Skatepark • Splash Pad • Playground • Free parking.
- Benson Park: (King Street, or accessed behind The Victory, 205 Main St. ) Play Area • Picnic Tables
- Delhi Park: (York Street) • Play Area • Picnic Tables Walking Paths • Ball Diamond • Free parking •
Home to Canada Day Celebrations
- Rotary Park: (Ontario Street) • Play Area
- Shire Hall Parkette: (332 Main Street) Picnic Area • Gazebo
- Birdhouse City, a collection of whacky and wonderful birdhouses, some are exact replicas of County landmarks. County Rd. 8, also known as Union Street.
- Picton Harbour is an easy walk down Bridge St., to the marina with yachts and lesser boats.
- Sailing School
- $5 at Giant Tiger or the Dollar Stores will keep kids busy for a while ( a rainy day idea).
- Ice cream at Scooperman!
- Movies at the Regent Theatre in Picton or the Mustang Drive-In
- Macaulay Heritage Park – an attractive historic site featuring many points of interest
- Millpond Conservation Area & Park, Mill Street, Bloomfield features fishing and picnic areas.
- Ice cream at Slickers!
- As well as a safe pebble beach and boardwalk, Wellington village has a lovely park on the lake side of Main Street.
- Fishing at the Wellington dock, or the Wellington Kids Fishing Derby in June
- Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard at The Reel Thing Fishing Pro at Wellington Harbour.
- Wellington Heritage Museum, Main Street
On route to Sandbanks Provincial Park and many campgrounds and resorts, ‘the valley’ has a small playground behind the Town Hall at 1625 County Rd. 10 plus the waterfront Lions Club Park with a small dock and boat launch. No playground equipment but lots of room to run and play.
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!
- West Lake Willy’s Water Park (near Isaiah Tubbs) is as much fun as it sounds!
- Quinte Isle Campark: Splash park, Mini golf, & Horseback riding
- Caddy Shack near Sandbanks: Mini golf course
Sandbanks: Obviously. Most kids need nothing more than a big sandy beach and cool, shallow water to have a brilliant day.
- Sandfest Family fun sand sculpture event in July.
- Lakeshore Lodge Day in August at Sandbanks Provincial Park, an annual celebration of one of the area’s most historic lodges. Take part in the re-creation of an 1890’s picnic.
- Children’s Programs at Sandbanks, a variety of fun, interactive educational programs.
- The Sandbanks and North Beach parks are ideal for motorboating, small-craft sailing and canoeing.
- There are many museums and most of them have special exhibits to interest the kids. Check them out at More info »
- History Alive: Summer Experience Camps for Children July & August
Sophiasburgh Activity Pad
- Friendship Lane – behind Sophiasburgh Town Hall in Demorestville
Summer Library Programs: peclibrary.org
National Air Force Museum of Canada: Nearby in Trenton, a very popular destination (especially great on a rainy day!) airforcemuseum.ca