Brave men in kilts

“Canada is a nation of immigrants.” – Canadian Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen Did you know that Highlanders were the earliest European immigrants and settlers in Prince Edward County — and 200+ years later their family names are still well known in The County? They were members of the British 84th Highland Regiment that defended […]

Hero of 1812

During the War of 1812, American soldiers often made forays into British territory to capture enemy officers, who could then be exchanged for American prisoners of war. With that end in mind, thirteen Americans landed at Conner’s point, about two miles from Prinyer’s Cove. Outposts carried the news of their presence to Captain John Prinyer […]

Picton had two beautiful castles

Not so long ago Picton had two castles, both overlooking Picton Harbour. They were significant architectural and historical landmarks in Prince Edward County.  They’re both gone now, an irreplaceable part of Picton’s identity. Castle Villeneuve Castle Villeneuve (previously called Castle Inn), was a magnificent building on Bridge Street overlooking Picton Bay.  The castle’s restaurant was popular […]

The Barley Days

By the mid – 1800s, the pine and hemlock forests of Prince Edward County had been cleared for farmland. The big crop was barley shipped across Lake Ontario to Oswego, New York for the American brewing industry. It was so lucrative, some farmers paid off their farm mortgages in a single season. But it was […]

Lucrative rum running

Main Duck Island, twelve miles from the shore of Prince Edward, was a convenient staging point for rum runners smuggling liquor into the United States during Prohibition. In the early years, possession of alcoholic beverages for personal use was still legal in Ontario, and although the island was occasionally raided, there was little federal agents […]

History of the fishing industry

Prior to the twentieth century, Prince Edward County`s industry was driven by farming, fishing, ship building and shipping. In the mid 1800’s, the rich harvest from the surrounding waters developed into a commercial fishery that supported generations of County families. Sports fishermen made annual trips to local resorts to haul in trophy catches. Fishing became a big […]

The Garden County of Canada

In the early 1880s, a new industry quickly took root in Prince Edward County, the canning of fruits and vegetables. Within a decade, canned produce from this tiny Ontario place was shipped all over the world earning the area its title as The Garden County of Canada. But by the 1970s, increasing competition from other […]

Loyalist Roots

The County is the second largest area of Loyalist architecture, second to Williamsburg. Tour the Loyalist Parkway/ highway #33, which runs from Trenton to Kingston. The United Empire Loyalists, many of whom helped found America from the early 17th century, remained loyal to King George III after the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War.  […]