Imagine a place where local is a way of life. Food and drink meld naturally and lead to memories while discovering unique gastronomic adventures. Prince Edward County is the perfect palette pleaser from entrée to dessert – and 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 with renowned beaches, wineries around every corner, and local culinary creativity at every meal. Read on to discover five 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 here that stretches past the shores into the relaxed atmosphere that locals live and visitors crave. Embrace the island culture and spend the day wandering the white dune beaches at Sandbanks Provincial Park. 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. North Beach Provincial Park is another day-trip option, as is Wellington Rotary Public Beach which has a bonus of free parking and even a neat boardwalk lining the beach!
A buffet for the senses: Arts and Taste Trail
Local food brings with it a good feeling – unparalleled freshness paired with satisfaction. Savour life in Prince Edward County with that home-grown goodness at the root of 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 awaits on the Taste Trail which showcases wineries, to waterfront restaurants, farmers markets and even artist spaces. Food grown close to home plays a big part of creating the authentic foodie experience here.
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 – making it 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 particularly cool-climate provides a terroir that is prime for producing scores of award-winning wines. The County produces world-class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, among others, from its limestone-rich soil and cool climate. 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 of Sandbanks Provincial Park.
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 – night time sparks another chance to make hearts glow. See a movie at the Mustang Drive-In making parents and grandparents nostalgic and introducing the kids to a one-of-a-kind experience that is increasingly rare. 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, local history is brought to life including the Crawford Collection, which tells about the importance of the canning industry in the county. Visitors to Macauley Heritage Park can tour the gardens as well as a traditional Carriage House in this historic former church. Lastly, feel like a pirate by visiting the Mariner Park Museum to see treasures which have been surfaced from shipwrecks in the waters around Prince Edward County.