Taste, Tour, Explore and Unwind

Named ‘the gastronomic Capital of Ontario’ and one of Canada’s most exciting wine regions; Prince Edward County is a great vacation destination. Please your palette with a culinary and wine tasting adventure like nowhere else. This region is brimming with award winning wineries, cider houses, craft breweries, farm stands and fine dining. Creative influence is everywhere in The County with unique artist creations in modern galleries and rustic barn studios.

A day in The County is a day well spent, but never enough – be sure to plan for a weekend or return trip. Embrace the island culture and spend the day wandering the white dune beaches at Sandbanks Provincial Park, go antiquing, boutique shopping, visit one of the five museums, attend a festival or take in local theatre. Wherever you end up, the view is awesome, the people are friendly and you’re always within arm’s reach of something fresh from the farm.

  • 2.0hrs from
    Toronto
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    Ottawa
  • 4.0hrs from
    Montreal

Prince Edward County at its Best

Wineries and Wine Tours
Wineries and Wine Tours
Shops, Markets and Artisans
Shops, Markets and Artisans
Dining and Food
Dining and Food
World Class Beaches
World Class Beaches
Far From Ordinary – PEC
Far From Ordinary – PEC

Wineries and Wine Tours

Wine enthusiasts have discovered that Prince Edward County is home to many passionate winemakers, who are turning out some of the province’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These winemakers are just one of the reasons why this is Canada’s fastest growing wine region and a designated viticultural area – now over 40 wineries! The County’s limestone-rich soil and particularly cool-climate provides a terroir that is prime for producing scores of award-winning wines. If you live close enough you might be tempted to plan a day trip, but given the area’s ample inns and bed and breakfast options combined with the fact that you’ll want to try a lot of wine, a weekend get-a-way is the way to go. With so many unique wineries across the island to choose from, searching for the one (or many) that suit your taste is fun and easy.

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Start planning which wineries to visit on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await. Alternatively, you can see more learn more with the Prince Edward County Wineries Interactive Planner.

Shops, Markets and Artisans

Prince Edward County has certainly made a name for itself when it comes to first-class wineries. However, some may not realize that this beautiful island region is also peppered with charming boutiques and fabulous antique shops. It is the perfect place for a shopping destination. Browse the stores found on the main streets of Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington or take a drive to one of the many farm stands found across all corners of the island.

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SIGNSpend a day or two exploring the Arts Trail that takes you around the beautiful countryside to discover workshops, studios and galleries in a range of settings. This is where you’ll find some of The County’s most talented artists, perfect if you are a fan of painting, glassblowing, encaustic, wood turning or fibre art, and who knows, perhaps you’ll even find that must have piece for your own home. There are modern galleries to explore and quaint studios offering unique, hand-crafted items. Prince Edward County is an arts and culture lover’s dream come true, you’ll find world-class artisans and even have the chance to get your hands dirty at an in-studio workshop. Start planning your trip visit on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

Dining and Food

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Once called the ‘Garden Capital of Canada’, The County has been a thriving community rooted in agriculture since the Barley Days of the late 1800s. Today it’s a rural hotspot for food and drink where ‘locally sourced’ is a way of life. With over 40 wineries, a growing craft-beer scene, cider, mead and spirits, your thirst will easily be quenched. Menus are ever-changing with the seasons and often inspired by The County’s agricultural roots as well as our very own backyard – Lake Ontario. Follow the Taste Trail to discover some of the best food and drink in The County. Whether at a farm stand, vineyard, field or table – you’re never far from experiencing the bounty of The County.

Did you know that The County once provided the country with a third of its canned goods? When dining, look for featured seasonal ingredients as part of revolving creative menus all provided by the countless family run farms. What better to celebrate food than event that highlight it front and center. Culinary events include Countylicious, The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, TASTE Community Grown, Wassail, County Terroir, and Maple in the County.

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Ready to eat and indulge, start planning your trip visit on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

World Class Beaches

You’ll be amazed at the diverse landscapes Prince Edward County offers. An island with 800km of shoreline, The County is home to some of Canada’s best beaches. The most popular is the internationally acclaimed, Sandbanks Provincial Park with its white sand and the world largest freshwater dunes. Looking for a quieter spot? Don’t miss a swim at Little Bluff or North Beach. Come for the day or stay for a while in any of the nearby campgrounds or accommodations.

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Some Great Reasons to Visit Sandbanks Provincial Park

– World’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation

– Three expansive sandy beaches that some say are among the best in Canada; Outlet Beach is perfect for families, with shallow waters and gentle drop off

– Location jutting out into Lake Ontario means that this park is a bird migration hotspot in spring and fall

– Walking trails that allow visitors to experience the dune and wetland habitats of the park

– Daily interpretive programming for the whole family during summer months

– Great starting point to explore Prince Edward County known for its bicycle touring, wineries, food and antiques

Ready to dip you toes in the water, start planning your trip visit on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

Far From Ordinary

Spots to Visit

Lake on the Mountain
Cloaked in mystery and legend, the turquoise lake is a source of amazement. Located nearly 62 metres above the Bay of Quinte this unusual lake has a constant flow of clean, fresh water and no visible water source. Enjoy the spectacular view, pack a picnic, and decide for yourself what mysterious lie in this majestic spot.

Museums
The Museums of Prince Edward County are five unique locations across the island, each with a unique story. In scenic surroundings, they interpret the community’s dynamic heritage with settlement dating from the late 18th Century. Step back in time at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, Macaulay Heritage Park, Mariners Park Museum, Rose House Museum or Wellington Heritage Museum.

The Regent Theatre
Once the setting for 25-cent movies starring Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, now a community gathering point for festivals, theatre, music and way more.

Festival Players
Likely the area’s most popular theatre group, Festival Players matches plays with places in The County and performs them there in the summer. Picture a comedy performance set in a vineyard while you sip the local vintage.

The Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace is unique in architecture (circa 1887) as it may be the only Crystal Palace left in North America. It is the host venue for many large community events including TASTE Community Grown, Terrior, and The Great Canadian Cheese Festival.

 

Outdoors

Cycling in The County
With its gently rolling hills, wineries, parks and uncrowded roads, The County is a great cycling destination. The distances between villages and attractions are short, allowing for rest stops. Rentals and friendly bike-savvy staff in Bloomfield and Wellington are there to get you road ready.

Millennium Trail
Walk, run or bike all or part of this 49 kilometre trail that goes from Carrying Place to Picton, linking communities like Wellington and Bloomfield, and passing by farmers’ fields, marshes, creeks and forests.

World Class Birding
One of the finest birding areas in Ontario during migration is located at the southeastern tip of the island at Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. And don’t miss Bird House City, just outside Picton at Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area.

 

Food and Drink

From the Farm Cooking School
Pick the season’s best produce from local farms and then head to an 1830s farm house to learn how to cook it.

Wine Tour
Sit back, relax and learn all about County wine on a half- or full-day tour of wineries across the region. Accommodation options with dinner also available.

Take the Taste Trail
Can’t decide where to take those taste buds? Let the Taste Trail be your guide, linking you to sustainable farms, cheesemakers, wineries, cafes and restaurants.

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