TASTE * TOUR * EXPLORE * UNWIND…….February 2017

Bundle up and come on down for a warm County break! February is the calm before the storm of business in the County. It’s an ideal time to visit for some R&R or a romantic getaway.


Many of our hospitality partners are offering fabulous winter specials and romantic getaway packages.

Black River Bed & Breakfast :: Waterfront adult-only B&B in a park-like sanctuary. Unique gourmet dinners.

Wine Tour Packages with Sandbanks Vacations & Tours :: Stay & Play Packages :: Half Day Tours :: Lunch & Wine Tours :: Group or Corporate Packages

Jacksons Falls Country Inn :: :: Girlfriends Getaway • Group getaways Authentic native fare • Wine Tours • Public house • Live music series.

winter on the lake

Sunrise Cottage Resort :: a Waterfront Resort with Luxury Cottages and a sparkling clean outdoor heated pool. Ideal for family vacations or group events and reunions.

Merrill Inn :: Where the Art of Hospitality and the Passion for Fine Food Meet in Perfect Harmony – Girlfriend Getaways – Seasonal Packages – Fine Dining.

The Wexford House :: Spectacular, historic 13 room vacation rental in Picton. A perfect venue for Family Gatherings • Group Reunions • Small Weddings • Girlfriends Getaways • Meetings & Retreats.


valentineThe countdown to Valentine’s Day is on
. Take the stress out of Valentine’s Day shopping with these unique County finds.

My Bitter Valentine, hosted by The County Cider Company and Acoustic Grill ~Tues February 14 from 6-8pm at the Acoustic Grill. This is an “anti-valentines day” event targeting singles. The event will feature creative “anti-valentines” cocktail names, dated valentines movies, and a grand prize draw for a Cider Singles Gift Basket. County Cider }

Valentines at Drake Devonshire ~ February 11-14 @5PM. We’re serving up a romantic V-Day prix-fixe for every Valentine + Pal-entine! $75 prix-fixe. Drake Devonshire }

Valentines/Family Day Weekend Brunch at Trail Estate Winery ~ Saturday Feb 18 and Sunday Feb 19, 10:30am – 3pm. Enjoy piping hot, freshly made Ice Riesling-Infused French Toast, fresh fruit and maple cream in our warm, modern new space. Trail Estate }



Toronto Vs. Montreal Chefs Barn Burner Hockey Game ~ Sat February 4, 2pm at The Duke Dome (Essroc Arena), Wellington. barnburner hockeyEach $20 ticket to the game includes free food, plus kids 12 and under are free. 100% of ticket sales are donated to Community Food Centres Canada. Special guests Ken Dryden (NHL Hall of Fame) and Mike Krushelnyski (4x Stanley Cup champion) will be on the bench to coach the teams.

Join us for a FREE family skate at the Wellington outdoor ice rink from 9 to 11am, then see some of Canada’s top chefs face off in a charity hockey game at 2pm. The chefs will head back to the Drake Devonshire Inn to cook a beautiful dinner for guests. Tickets on sale now! More details at www.thedrake.ca/hockey }

Merland Park 8th Annual Ice Fishing Derby ~ Fri February 10 to Sun February 12 @ Merland Park Resort, 12488 Loyalist Parkway. On-Ice Games & Great Prizes. 2 nights accommodation in winterized cottage. Friday night pulled pork dinner & dessert. Saturday night fish fry dinner & dessert. Texas Hold ’em with 50% of the winnings going to Kiwanis Terrific Kids. Merland Park }

Sophiasburgh Winter Carnival ~ Sat February 18 @ Historic Sophiasburgh Town Hall. Winter fun for everyone. Sponsored by Sophiasburgh Recreation Committee. Details }

Ontario Family Fishing Days ~ February 18-20, 2017 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday) are a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. Details }

Karlo Estates Winery Ski-Doo Suite Ski Bunny Dance Party ~ Sat February 18 from 2-9. Free Admission. Cash Wine Bar, food and hot drinks. Karlo Estates Winery }

winter at sandbanksOntario Family Day is on Mon February 20, and is an official public holiday. Enjoy some quality family time in Prince Edward County.

Winterfest at Sandbanks ~ Mon February 20.  Sorry, event has been cancelled.

Family Day at Drake Devonshire ~ Mon February 20. Spend Family Day at Drake Devonshire with Kids Crafts + Movies in the Pavilion and fresh cuts by Town Barber in the Glass Box. Be sure to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Storehouse Food Bank. Drake Devonshire }

scrub hockeyRotary Family Day ~ Mon February 20 at the ESSROC Centre, including free public skating, demonstration events from local skating and sports clubs, GPS scavenger hunt featuring the Millennium Trail, and family games both inside and outside of the ESSROC Centre. Details }

Find more Family Day activities at /tag/family-day/

family day activitiesX-country skiing & Snowshoeing
The famous Sandbanks Provincial Park offers many scenic ski and snowshoeing trails for you to enjoy. Details }

Ice Fishing
Ice fishing is a very popular pastime in Prince Edward County and the surrounding areas. The Bay of Quinte, “Walleye Capital of the World”, is the main attraction. Several local businesses offer ice-fishing packages and accommodation packages. Details }

Photography & Fitness / County Outings. Join us Wednesdays and Saturdays for fun exploratory treks throughout the region. Details }

Photography Adventures

Winter Outing at Point Traverse


weddingsLakeside weddings, cottage garden weddings, fine country inn weddings, classic old church weddings, under-a-tree weddings, just-the-two-of-you-on-the-beach weddings … you and your beloved can have any kind of wedding you want, right here in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

The beautiful island adventure that’s so near – yet feels so far away. We have everything – and everybody – you need to plan a memorable wedding.

Find Venues | Party Rentals | Event Planners | Caterers | Florists | Limos & Carriages | Music & Entertainment | Photography & Videography | Salons & Spas | Wedding Officiants | Churches



The Sound of Music, a Senior School Production at Albert College ~ Thursday, February 9, Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. Contact 613-968-5726 for more information. This is a family-friendly play, all are welcome. albertcollege.ca }

The Regent Theatre presents The Balloon Tree ~ Sun February 12 @4pm. Leap from reality into this Renaissance inspired fairy tale by beloved Canadian children’s author Pheobe Gilman. theregenttheatre.org }

Roblin Lake Jamboree and Open Mike ~ Sat February 18 from 2 – 5 pm at the Ameliasburgh Town Hall, 13 Coleman Street. Roblin Lake Jamboree and Open Mike is for fans of country and rock, blues and jazz. Come out and perform – instrumental and/or vocals, country, rock, jazz or blues – all levels and skills welcome. Join us for coffee, tea and goodies and enjoy the music; no charge, but donations welcome. Sponsored by the Ameliasburgh Ward 4 Recreation Committee.

Proof play

Prince Edward Community Theatre presents “Proof” by David Auburn on-stage in the Mt. Tabor Playhouse ~ February 18th – 26th. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Auburn’s “Proof” centres on Catherine, a troubled young woman, who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. www.pecommtheatre.ca }

My Journey Back to the Mohawk Valley ~ Wed February 22 @ 1pm at Macaulay Heritage Park. In celebration of Heritage Week in Ontario and The County’s 225th Anniversary, join author Jennifer DeBruin, UE, as she takes you on a virtual tour of the Mohawk Valley, NY, exploring the places where many of our earliest settlers, the United Empire Loyalists, once lived. Admission by donation—Macaulay Heritage Park (church).

Free Family Movie @ The Regent Theatre ~ Sunday Feb. 26.
224 Main Street, Picton (613) 476-8416 ext 28 (Box Office) | theregenttheatre.org


Encaustic Painting Workshops ~ Encaustic Sculptural Painter Andrew Csafordi is offering two separate weekend encaustic painting workshops in February … February 11th & 12th and February 25th & 26th. andrewcsafordi.com }

Winter Blues? NO WAY! Baxter Arts Centre is READY FOR YOU. Feed your body, mind and spirit. Indulge! Read all about our fabulous winter programs here }


pecacTo learn more about local arts & cultural events, sign up for the PEC Arts Council’s newsletter Artscene. www.pecartscouncil.org



Hawthorn HerbalsStress, and Care of the Nervous System
~ Herbal Health & Medicine-making Workshop: Sun February 5, 2-4 pm at Bloomfield Town Hall. This is the first of a 4-part workshop series covering natural approaches to various aspects of home health care, with a special focus on herbal medicine. Each workshop also includes a “make & take” herbal project… Hawthorn Herbals }


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Albert College Admission Information Night at The Agrarian in Bloomfield – Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. This evening provides an opportunity to learn more about the Pre-Kindergarten through to Grade 12/PG program at Albert College. All are welcome.

Spend-A-Day at Albert College ~ Friday, February 3. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 can spend a half or full day shadowing a current Albert College student. Your child will attend classes, meet the faculty and enjoy lunch at the College. Contact 613-968-5726 or [email protected] to register.

Albert College Junior School and Early Primary Learning Centre Open House ~Wednesday, February 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. This afternoon provides an opportunity to learn more about the Pre-Kindergarten through to Grade 6 program at Albert College. All are welcome.

Picton Community Blood Donor Clinic ~ Mon February 13 from 2 pm- 8 pm at Prince Edward Community Centre, Picton. The Picton Community Blood Donor Clinic needs your help! There is a great need for new and existing blood donors to support this clinic. With over 120 open appointments available there are plenty of options that will work within your schedule. Not sure if you can donate? Are you over the age of 17 and in good general health? Then take the online eligibility quiz at blood.ca & make your appointment online. Give the Gift of Life on Monday February 13th!

Athol Recreation

Scrabble Tournament Sunday February 19th 11am- 3pm
Saloon Night with Whoa Nellie Saturday February 25th Doors open 7:30
Games Night Friday February 24th 7pm
More events in the works….stay tuned! Athol Recreation }


job fairAttention Job Seekers : Prince Edward County Job Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 10 am to 2 pm
Prince Edward Community Centre, 375 Main Street East, Picton

For full details visit www.buildanewlife.ca/jobfair }



  • Public Swim Hours at PEFAC – Prince Edward Fitness & Aquatic Centre, Details }
  • Quinte Dolphins Swim Club offers youth swimming lessons. Details }

Public Skating ~ Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Wellington & District Community Centre. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at Prince Edward Community Centre (Picton). Check the schedule }

Enjoy an outdoor skate at Wellington’s outdoor rink, located at 266 Main Street Wellington across from the library. Open to everyone 7 days a week 10am-10pm. There are 40 pairs of skates available to borrow, brand new and sharpened. Be safe, and enjoy the ice.

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.

Follow our local teams:

Picton Pirates– our local Junior “C” ice hockey team. Details & schedule at pictonpirates.ca }

Wellington Dukes – our local Junior “A” ice hockey team. They are in the Eastern Division of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Details & schedule at wellingtondukes.com }




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