Insight Advisor

Bring on the Best of Times in the Bay of Quinte

Scenic strolls along the water, sipping hot beverages in quaint cafés and taking in a winter festivals and events are just the beginning to an incredible getaway in the Bay of Quinte. The region is known as the Walleye Capital of the World and boasts some of the the best Walleye fishing around. If you’re not an angler, there’s still tons to do; raise your glass and find your favourite flavour of craft beer or cider on a Quinte Craft tour.

  • 2 hrs from
  • 3 hrs from
  • 3.5 hrs from

Bay Of Quinte at its Best

Ice Fishing in the Bay of Quinte
Ice Fishing in the Bay of Quinte
Hockey Night in Belleville
Hockey Night in Belleville
Fantasy of Lights
Fantasy of Lights
Power Up The Powder
Power Up The Powder

Gone Fishin’

Anglers come from around the globe to fish in the Bay of Quinte. The eastern tip is more than 50 km long and is plentiful with pike, bass, and walleye. Ice fishing starts when the hard water season begins – usually in early January when safe ice forms in some locations. But the ice fishing season really “heats” up in February and is extremely popular right up until March 1st, when walleye season closes.  

The Bay of Quinte has become affectionately known as the Walleye Capital of the World as it’s not uncommon to find double-digit walleye in this area. Despite the healthy population; it is possible for even the more experienced anglers to come up empty-handed. Frustrating indeed, for those who have traveled here to snare one of these monsters. Increase your chances by hiring the services of a guide who can steer you in the right direction, make sure you have everything you need, share techniques and keep you safe on this massive body of water.

Downhill Skiing

Head to the Batawa Ski Hill for skiing or snowboarding fun. This outdoor winter gem boasts nine runs; that suit everyone from the novice to the experienced, including a terrain park with assorted rails, boxes, jibs and jumps. After a few hours zooming down the hills, head to the rustic chalet and warm up in front of the the fireplace. Don’t have your own gear? No worries, they’ve got your covered with a full range of ski and snowboard gear.

Cross-country Skiing

There lots of trails to explore this snow-filled season.

Quinte Conservation Area

Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail

Hanna Park

Trenton Greenblet Conservation Area

Lower Trent Trail

Centennial Park Trail

Hollinger Park

Sidney Conservation Area

(here is the link to these: )

The Bay of Quinte has some great options to get you out on the slopes and on the trails this winter.

Hockey Night in Belleville

Score one for winter as the season means hockey, hockey and more hockey in the Bay of Quinte region! The Belleville Senators hit the ice from fall to spring for their 2018-2019 season and they attract a rabid following for home games at the CAA Arena in Belleville. Get in on the action and take in a game or two of these AHL affiliates of the Ottawa Senators. With rivalries, theme nights and even free giveaways at some home games, seeing the Belleville Sens live is an all-around fun experience for the whole family. Forget Netflix and chill – add some excitement to your weekends and cheer on the home team in Bay of Quinte!

Fantasy of Lights

Holiday spirit comes alive in Bay of Quinte region! Celebrate with lights festivals until January 1 in both Frankford and Trenton communities – see beautiful twinkling lights, holiday scenery, and even hear carols playing. The Frankford Christmas Fantasy of Lights takes place in Frankford Tourist Park, while the Trenton event takes place at the Fraser Park. Rekindle the magic of the holidays and gaze at the lights aglow around a route in each park. A perfect family outing! Kick start your festive season by touring the lights displays and enjoying warm and fuzzy community spirit.

Power Up The Powder

Get your sled tuned up and make your mark on some Bay of Quinte trails. The snowmobiling here is second to none and with lots of groomed trails which lead from small towns, through fields, woods, beside lakes and rivers and many clubs along the way. There is never a dull moment and the beauty of snow blanketing the countryside is breathtaking. The Madoc Snowmobile Drags take place in February and see enthusiasts from near and far gather to participate or spectate. Be sure to map out your route to take in local landmarks and restaurants as some showcase that Bay of Quinte hospitality and cater to snowmobilers – re-fueling yourself is half the fun!

Things to Do

0 Results

  View on Map View My Wishlist
Sort by:

Is Your Business Not Listed?

Sign-up to our industry site tourismtalk and allow your business to be featured on The Great Waterway website.

From The Bay Of Quinte Blog

16 Cute Winter Date Ideas To Do With Your S/O

The cold weather and snowy streets are the perfect excuse to cuddle up to someone special this 2019. We want to give you every excuse to hold hands with your hunny so we put together a list of the top 16 date ideas to do this winter in South Eastern Ontario. Kingston 1. Kingston Food Tour No matter the weather, food never goes out of style. And in Kingston’s thriving culinary scene, your tastebuds will be changed forever! Grab your S/O, warmest clothes, and put on yo...
Read More

Bay Of Quinte Visitor’s Guide

Download the official 2018 Visitor's Guide

More Stories From Bay Of Quinte

6 Places You Need To Visit In The Bay Of Quinte This Winter

Fall In Love With Winter Trust us, we know how great it is sitting indoors by the fire, watching Netflix, and peeking out the window to view the snow fall outside. But winter can be the most adventurous time of the year! This winter, I wanted to add skiing to my winter bucket list and naturally thought about visiting Batawa Ski Hill in the Bay of Quinte! Right off the 401 highway is the Best Western hotel that we chose for our accommodations. There's something nostalgic about hotels, ...
Read More

16 Fun Adventures for Family Day In South Eastern Ontario

Grab the kiddies and hop in the car for a road trip to...
Read More

5 Reasons To Look Forward To Winter In The Bay Of Quinte

Embrace the weather this winter by taking on some fun plans ...
Read More

What’s on the Tube?