Lake on the Mountain

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Lake on the Mountain defies all known geographical and geological theory. Discover one of Ontario’s natural wonders at Lake on the Mountain Park. Cloaked in mystery and legend, the turquoise lake is a source of amazement and a beautiful setting for activities in the park.


Lake on the Mountain- View of Picton Bay & Glenora Ferry

Take in the outstanding view high above Picton Bay as you enjoy a quiet picnic overlooking the lake and surrounding countryside.

Bring along your camera to capture nature’s beauty while contemplating the secrets hidden in this truly memorable place.


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
  • saw and grist mills produced flour, the major commodity from the region, from 1796 continuing until the early 1900′s
  • 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
  • the Glenora Mills stand today, and the buildings are used by the Ministry of Natural Resources as a fisheries research station.

Peaceful Outdoor Pursuits

  • spend a few hours in this quiet, intimate park
  • take your camera to capture the spectacular view overlooking the edge of the Prince Edward Escarpment, and the Glenora Ferry below
  • picnic tables are located beneath large, shady trees.

Waterfront Trail

7.4 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Roads & Paths—waterfront-trail/

Plan Your Visit Now

  • Lake on the Mountain Park is located on County Road 7 off Highway 33 near Glenora
  • From the west, take the 401 to Belleville, head south along #62 to Bloomfield, then east on the 33 past Picton to County Road 7.
  • From the east, take the 401 to the Deseronto exit, #566 then head south along #49 into Picton then head east along the 33 to County Road 7 or you can reach the park on the Glenora Ferry from Highway 33.
  • Note:  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.
For more information, see the Official Lake on the Mountain Park web site.

Visit Lake on the Mountain Inn & Resort

You’re only 5 minutes from the County Cider Company. Drop by for a taste of cider or wine.

Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Coordinates Coordinates: 44°03′10″N 77°03′54″W / 44.0528328091879°N 77.06500254929°W / 44.0528328091879; -77.0650025492902
Area 104 ha
Governing body Ontario Parks
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