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Bring on the Best of Times in the Bay of Quinte

Scenic strolls along the water, sipping hot beverages in a quaint cafés and taking in a fall festival are just the beginning to an incredible getaway in the Bay of Quinte. Pack your clubs because autumn is the perfect time to hit the links at one of the area’s spectacular golf courses. And for those with a passion for fishing, this is a great time to throw in a line and see if you can catch a walleye. Leave time to hop on the Cheddar and Ale Trail and discover why this region is known for it’s barley, hops and cheese.

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Bay Of Quinte at its Best

Cheddar and Ale
Cheddar and Ale
Air Force Museum
Air Force Museum

Say ‘Cheese’

Hit the Cheddar and Ale trail and celebrate the history of this area. In the 1940’s, this region boasted more than 100 cheese factories, and Hastings County was known as the Cheese Capital of Ontario. Today, many still carry on this tradition, including several of Canada’s oldest producers. They continue to make award-winning cheddars, often in much the same way as they did 100 years ago – in open vats, using real milk and guided by master cheese makers.

The latter half of the 1800’s was known as the “Barley Days,” as barley was a major commodity and this region’s, bay barley was regarded as some of the best in the country. As shipping and farming flourished here, so did the passion of creating great local beer.

Today this same passion thrives in both cheese making and in craft beer production. Drive the Cheddar and Ale Trail down picturesque country roads, and take your taste buds on a delightful tour of artisanal cheese, beer and cider in the Bay of Quinte. Download the PDF HERE for additional information about the Cheddar and Ale Trail.

Local Talent in Abundance

The Bay of Quinte is a vibrant, artistic community where amazing, live theatre is easy to find. In the bustling city of Belleville, find The Belleville Theatre Guild – performing awe inspiring plays and musicals in the Pinnacle Theatre. The Empire Theatre, also in Belleville offers live musical performances by popular artists. Or visit one of the quaint village theatres close by and be charmed and inspired by amazing local talent.  Performing arts thrive in the Bay of Quinte; now that’s entertainment!

Theatre Venue’s in the Bay of Quinte:

Belleville Theatre Guild: Live theatre productions, 256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, ON

Empire Theatre: Musical performances, concerts and movies, 321 Front Street, Belleville, ON

Brighton Barn Theatre: Plays performed in a barn, 96 Young St, Brighton, ON

Lennox Community Theatre: Local theatre performances, 2219 County Rd 11, Selby, ON

Stirling Festival Theatre: Local theatre performances, 41 W Front St, Stirling, ON

The Village Theatre: Belleville dinner theatre performances, call for information: 343 263-8434

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Get out on the Greens

The Bay of Quinte is home to some of the finest golf destinations in South/Eastern Ontario. Here are some of the most picturesque golf courses in this area.

Black Bear Ridge Golf CourseBelleville, ON
Sweeping vistas, all-natural water features and five sets of tees combine to make BBR a memorable championship course. One of the top 30 courses in Canada, Black Bear boasts all the facilities to keep you comfortable and your game on track.

Timber Ridge Golf & Country Club – Brighton, ON
Reminiscent of the Scottish Heather Lands, Timber Ridge’s holes meander through mature bush and wide open spaces. Large greens are peppered with 80 well-placed bunkers to keep you on your toes with each shot.

Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club – Belleville, ON
Modelled after the country clubs of Europe, BQGCC’s first 9 were designed by Howard Watson in 1921, with the second 9 dreamed up by Robbie Robinson in the 1950s. Fully renovated in 2010 with a focus on new challenges, it’s a course not to be missed.

Trillium Wood Golf Club – Belleville, ON
Fitting in seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, TWGC is dotted with mature trees on over 200 acres of scenic woodlands. Trillium Wood also boasts one of the region’s premier driving ranges and separate teaching and practice areas.

Barcovan Golf Club – Brighton, ON
Situated on 150 acres of treed woodland this manicured course features fast but true greens and a challenging design utilizing water on more than ten holes. There are 4 sets of tees to choose from, which makes Barcovan the perfect choice for players of all abilities.

Gone Fishin’

Walleye or pickerel fishing is serious business on the Bay of Quinte. This area is known as the walleye capital of the world, meaning this is the spot for some amazing trophy fishing. Professional guides know where the fish are biting and can teach you the basics, while boat charters offer group excursions to favourite spots. Be sure to visit one of the local bait and tackle shops to get fully kitted out with a reel, live bait and maybe even a few helpful hints for your pickerel fishing tour.

PB&J Charters – Bay of Quinte, just south of Napanee: Captain Joe Pickstock, your fishing quide is Transport Canada Certified. Book a guided walleye or salmon trip on the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario. Set sail on PB&J, a 27 foot Sportcraft Coastal Fisherman that is ideal for BOQ walleye fishing. It is equipped with the latest GPS/Fishfinder from Lowrance Marine VHF, kicker, bathroom, BBQ and heater for cooler days. Captain Joe will make your trip on the water a memorable one.

Aviation at its Finest

The National Air Force Museum of Canada is dedicated to telling story of Canada’s heroic air force. You will be taken back in time, where you will learn an important part of Canada’s heritage and the people who made it possible for us to have the freedoms we have today. There is an impressive variety of displays, artifacts and information, as well as a large number of static aircraft. Flying enthusiasts should make a point observing first-hand the on-going restoration of the worlds only MARK VII Halifax Bomber. A visit to this very popular public attraction will tell you an enlightening and enjoyable story about Canadian pride and who doesn’t love a great story?

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