Imagine a place where local is a way of life, food and drink meld naturally and lead to unique gastronomic adventures. Prince Edward County is the perfect palette pleaser from entrée to dessert. The relaxed pace of life in the county makes vacationing here effortless. Prince Edward County has a reputation for capturing hearts and imaginations and it’s easy to see why! There are renowned beaches, wineries around every corner, and local culinary creativity at every meal. Read on to discover 6 ways to enjoy the best of The County this season!
Where Water Meets Sky
With more than 800 km of shoreline in the County, the water is a way of life that stretches past the shores into the relaxed atmosphere. Embrace the island culture and spend the day wandering the white dune beaches at Sandbanks Provincial Park and North Beach Provincial. Feel the warm sand between your toes while turquoise water stretches towards the horizon. Roll in the waves and experience sandbars underwater as the water carries your cares away with every wave. Another day-trip option, as is Wellington Rotary Public Beach which has neat boardwalk lining the beach!
A Buffet For The Senses
Local food brings unparalleled freshness paired with satisfaction. Savour life in Prince Edward County with home-grown goodness and culinary creativity. Local bakeries, restaurants and pubs are not limited to traditional fare, often offering culturally-infused food complimenting county-inspired menus. A buffet for the senses with wineries, to waterfront restaurants, farmers markets and even artist spaces. Food grown close to home plays a big part in creating the authentic foodie experience here.
Let Your Creativity Run Wild
Artistic flare is diverse in The County. You’ll find artist creations and spaces in galleries, rustic barn studios and even in outdoor exhibitions. Visit these spaces to discover everything from paintings to pottery and glasswork to silk art. But the artistic experiences don’t stop there, dive into the arts scene head first and create your own piece inspired by The County! Get your hands dirty in an in-studio workshop to create the ultimate keepsake. Drive the countryside to chat with the artists and gallery owners who make the county a beautiful place to explore and unwind.
The arts meet history at the Regent Theatre in Picton. This beloved arts centre in Prince Edward County holds a special place in the community: it’s a rare example of a still intact Edwardian opera house. Construction began in 1918 using the 80-year old foundation of a former warehouse.
Sip And Savour
The County has the welcome mat out for wine lovers, with more than 40 wineries, and a growing craft-beer scene enticing visitors to sip and savour while indulging in a winery tour. Even cider, mead, spirits, cordials and kombucha are being nurtured in The County. This is the perfect place to leave the city bustle behind and relax while enjoying award-winning wines in rustic barns, on patios or overlooking vineyards. The County’s limestone-rich soil and cool climate provide a terroir that is prime for producing scores of award-winning wines. The County produces world-class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, among others. Not sure where to start? Explore here.
From the water to the land to the sky, Prince Edward County is a mecca for families. Yes, grown-ups can enjoy the wineries, but the kids are going to love watersports like boating, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, as well as jumping in the waves at the pristine beaches throughout The County.
Family cottages and camping spots are abundant in The County; cozy up around the campfire and roast a marshmallow while sharing stories of the day. It’s not just daytime that is ripe for family memory making – nighttime sparks another chance to make hearts glow. Seeing a movie at the Mustang Drive-In can make parents and grandparents nostalgic while introducing the kids to a one-of-a-kind experience. The big screen lights up at dusk – and the horns blare! Join in this local tradition: before the first feature, all the vehicles at the drive-in honk their horns.
Write your summer story in Prince Edward County.
Unlock The Past
The County is steeped in history and the five local museums here are the keys to unlocking a fascinating story. Prince Edward County has a rich heritage with contributions from Indigenous, British, French Dutch, German and many others who have called the County home.
With deep farming roots stretching back to the late 18th century, the Museums of Prince Edward County interpret that dynamic heritage. Visit a pioneer village, complete with a log cabin and blacksmith shop at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village; or head to Rose House Museum to get a sneak peek into life for the first Marysburgh settlers. Housed in an 1885 Quaker Meeting House, Wellington Heritage Museum brings local history to life. Visitors to Macaulay Heritage Park can tour the gardens and former parish of Reverend William Macaulay. Or try to ‘ escape’ from
Macaulay House with their escape room. Lastly, feel like a pirate by visiting the Mariner Park Museum to see treasures surfaced from shipwrecks in the waters around Prince Edward County.