You might work up an appetite when travelling in The Great Waterway but you’ll never go hungry. This area is the home of culinary powerhouses like Kingston and Prince Edward County and quaint village fare from neighbouring towns. It’s an area where waterfront patios offer a spectacular view, that is only rivalled by their cuisine. Off the beaten path, you’ll find food treasures where locally-minded chefs are creating food that will have you craving more. With dining so high on our priority list, you’re sure to find something to savour.
With more restaurants per capita than nearly any other city in Canada, you’re guaranteed to find something new and delicious in the City of Kingston. If you like to experiment, Kingston restaurants have offerings from across the globe, introducing your palette to all kinds of unique flavours and textures without ever going outside the city limits.
A great way to finish a 1000 Island boat tour is at one of the many quality restaurants found in Kingston, Gananoque or Brockville. You’ll find something you love out of the variety of dining experiences, ranging from casual and fine dining to unique creations and excellent pub fare. Or travel to the east end of the region where Seaway Valley offers fresh, locally caught Lancaster Perch that you can enjoy while sitting on a deck overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River.
Great artisanal foods and master chefs are peppered among the award-winning wineries of Prince Edward County. They draw their inspiration from the fresh produce of the many local farms which provide pure dairy for artisanal cheeses, excellent cider apples and barley for distinctive micro breweries. It is no wonder that Prince Edward County has been declared the gastronomical capital of Ontario!
Cheddar & Ale Trail – The Bay of Quinte is proud to be known for it’s cheese. If you ask most cheese connoisseurs where to find the ‘Cheese Capital of Canada’, serious cheese lovers would emphatically answer, “Hastings County.” In this area there are many cheese factories and even a water buffalo farm selling its own cheese. Celebrate the love of cheese on the Cheddar and Ale Trail, a guide to six cheese producers and five beer or cider houses in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. The success of this tour, is in part due to the growing trend of people craving locally-produced, small batch food. It also doesn’t hurt that visiting these places takes you down the most beautiful country roads or to the Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Picton in June.
Prince Edward County’s Taste Trail – This trail celebrates the abundance of fresh farm products, arts and culture, wineries, activities on land and water and our rich Canadian heritage. The Taste Trail highlights wineries, fine dining and farm stands that offer specialty products and the region’s fantastic flavours. Ice cold treats offered at a cidery, brewery or ice-creamery will bring you back for more. Visit the many wineries and try something new or partake in the quality Pinots and Chardonnays. The numerous Taste the Trail restaurants promise memorable gastronomic experiences while showcasing the County’s artisanal way of life.
At some point, usually in May, a magical switch gets flicked and patios everywhere in this great region come to life. Patio’s are so popular here, they’ve pretty much become a tradition and your trip to The Great Waterway wouldn’t be complete without enjoying at least one. From patios that look out over our amazing waterways to courtyard and back-alley patios, they all have one thing in common – great food is even better when you sitting outside.
For the Love of Wine – Half Day Tour
Prince Edward County Wine Tours
Winery Tours by Helicopter in Prince Edward County
Bay of Quinte Beaches + Overnight Stay