Fall isn’t just a season in the Bay of Quinte: it’s also a time to get outdoors and celebrate life in the open air. With that in mind, it’s no surprise to discover that the top five things to do in the Bay of Quinte region in autumn revolve around appreciating nature – with a healthy dose of adventure!
Reel in the big one
Every year, anglers get hooked on fishing at the Bay of Quinte during fall. Trophy walleye are routinely caught here – in fact it’s known as the walleye capital of the world. Celebrity anglers are often seen traversing the Bay waters each fall, like Bob Izumi, Ashley Rae, Big Jim and more. Don’t let the cooler fall weather deter you; it’s worth it! Round up a few friends or family members and set sail with a professional guide who knows the hot spots or a boat charter that offers group excursions. Local bait and tackle shops are ready to help prepare for your fishing tour – make a weekend of it and rent a cottage or indulge in a hotel room so you can enjoy maximum time on the water.
Lace up and hit the Batawa Trails
What’s popular as a skill hill in the winter months is also a perfect place to explore during autumn! Batawa’s 22-km of non-motorized trails make visitors fall in love with fall. Spend quality time outdoors going for a run, hike or bike in the Bay of Quinte region, surrounded by beautiful forests at the Batawa Trails. Download a trail map, lace up and discover why it’s dubbed the small hill with a big heart. Make the most of the autumn and immerse yourself in the fall colour change!
A different perspective at Sager Conservation Area
Pack a snack, your good camera, binoculars and get ready to stair climb – you’ll be rewarded, we promise! If you’re looking for a perfect fall colour panorama, make a point of visiting Sager Conservation Area this season. Located near Quinte West, a short, steep hike brings visitors to a lookout tower and reveals amazing aerial views of the changing treetops and countryside stretching into the Trent Valley.
The 0.5 km hike to the tower takes about 15 minutes, and using a well-crafted staircase allows visitors to reach the top of the lookout. Be sure to read on-site information to give some context into the conservation area and what you’re looking at. There is a picnic shelter on site, if that snack you packed turns into a lunch.
Take a swing into fall
Fall is the perfect time for a round of golf – cooler weather, fewer bugs, peaceful fairways – time to focus on yourself and your game. Whether it’s sweeping vistas of one of the top 30 courses in the country at Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, or the living history of the Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club, modelled after country clubs in Europe, golf in the Bay of Quinte is a great way to enjoy the outdoors before winter sets in. Find Trillium Wood Golf Club nestled expertly into more than 200 acres of scenic woodland, and take advantage of its premier driving ranges and teaching areas. Barcoven Golf Club in Brighton has fast greens with a penchant for water, while Brighton’s Timber Ridge Golf and Country Club boasts large greens and an abundance bunkers to keep avid golfers sharp. Watch here for the ever-popular Fall Colour Classic!
Craft a delicious one
The Bay of Quinte region is a haven for craft brewing with more than 25 amazing beer and cider breweries to explore. Fun fact: the Bay of Quinte is home to Canada’s largest rural craft beer and cider scene. Find out what all the fuss is about – explore and taste on your own or as part of a Bay of Quinte Craft Package Tour. Witness the passion that goes into brewing and meet the makers before finding your favourite flavour at places like Signal Brewery or Wildcard Brewing.
Plan Your Trip Today
Located along the north shore of the St Lawrence River, the South Eastern Ontario region spans from Cornwall and SDG Counties to Ontario’s burgeoning wine and craft beer country known as Prince Edward County and the Bay of Quinte. Along the shores of these waterways, you’ll find fascinating history, quaint villages, inspiring art, live theatre and gastronomic delights. No matter how you choose to experience it, South Eastern Ontario offers some of the best places to visit in Ontario.