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.
- picnic tables are located beneath large, shady trees.
- toilets and the boardwalk to viewing platform have barrier-free access.
- 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.
Waterfront Trail: 7.4 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Roads & Paths
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 10 minutes from the County Cider Company, featuring one of the best views in the County. Drop by for a taste of cider, or linger over a pizza lunch on the patio.
A Natural Curiosity
- located nearly 62 metres above the Bay of Quinte
- this unusual lake has a constant flow of clean, fresh water
- it defies all known geographical and geological theory
- stories of volcanoes, meteorites and massive glacial whirlpools abound
- the most generally accepted theory holds that it is a collapsed doline, an odd feature found in areas with limestone rock foundations
- Lake on the Mountain has no visible water source
- the lake’s outlet stream flows northward through a shallow bedrock channel, eventually tumbling over the Prince Edward Escarpment to the Bay of Quinte below.
Unlocking the Secrets of the Past
- the mystery of the lake has played a prominent role in the cultural history of the land
- the Mohawks called it Onokenoga, or Lake of the Gods, and believed that spirits dwelled within its deep waters; each spring they offered gifts to the spirits to ensure a successful crop in the coming year
- early settlers believed the lake was bottomless and still others thought Lake on the Mountain led to a subterranean passage and distant water source
- Lake on the Mountain and the community of Glenora at the base of the escarpment are also steeped in Ontario’s past
- the bay’s excellent harbour facilities, the abundance of water power supplied by the lake, and access to main shipping lanes attracted other entrepreneurial efforts including a turbine foundry and Glenora Mills.
- Built in the village of Glenora in 1806 and owned by Peter Van Alstine, Glenora Mills was operated as a Gristmill. The Glenora Mills stand today, and the buildings are used by the Ministry of Natural Resources as a fisheries research station.
For more information, see the Official Lake on the Mountain Park web site.