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Taste, Tour, Explore and Unwind

Named ‘the gastronomic Capital of Ontario’ and one of Canada’s most exciting wine regions; Prince Edward County is a great vacation destination. The fall harvest is sure to please your palette, especially when pared with a wine tasting adventure. This region is brimming with award-winning wineries, cider houses, craft breweries, farm stands and fine dining. Creative influence is everywhere in The County with unique artist creations in modern galleries and rustic barn studios.

A day in The County is a day well spent, but never enough – be sure to plan for a weekend or return trip. Embrace the island culture and spend the day hiking or exploring, go antiquing, boutique shopping, visit one of the five museums, attend a festival or take in local theatre. Wherever you end up, the view is awesome, the people are friendly and you’re always within arm’s reach of something fresh from the farm.

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Prince Edward County at its Best

Fall Coloured Drives
Fall Coloured Drives
Fall Harvest
Fall Harvest
Sand and Waves
Sand and Waves
County Museums
County Museums

Hop in the car to experience some of the best fall drives in Ontario in Prince Edward County!

Drive the Loyalist Parkway – a historic route connecting original settlement sites from west of Kingston, throughout the County. This is the ultimate fall Sunday drive – not just because of the remarkable fall foliage and unforgettable water views of Lake Ontario, but also because of the incredible heritage here. This drive is literally traversing history – there are more than 40 listed archaeological sites and more than 100 heritage buildings on the Parkway.

Both main roads and backroads in Prince Edward County lend effortlessly to memorable fall drives, with gorgeous landscapes, loads of water view opportunities, lush green space and the charm of small communities in abundance. Clusters of small hamlets and villages combine with nature and the County’s 800 km of shoreline to guarantee something enticing along the way. Fall is made for meandering and discovering so be sure to stop at some of the boutiques, studios, cafes or antique shops along the way! The County in fall will steal your heart. Plan your route here.

Harvesting the Bounty from the County

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – harvest time! Savour life in Prince Edward County with home-grown goodness at the root of fall fun. The bounty from the County is known for flavourful feasts, and artistic culinary creations that pair well with local wine or craft brew.

The County is ripe for tasting at this time of year with almost 700 acres under vine with Ontario wine grapes and countless other types of produce waiting to be used for fall preserving projects. Harvest parties dot the landscape in the County during fall that the public can attend, and there are even corn mazes, like the one at Campbell’s Orchards, where you can also pick-your-own apples! Open air markets and farm stands bring with them a level of freshness that is unparalleled with colourful, fresh-picked seasonal fruit and vegetables in abundance.

Relish the harvest with County events to experience the beauty in bounty first-hand.  TASTE community grown is one of Prince Edward County’s most anticipated wine and culinary day-long festivals – as well as offering the best of local food and drink under one roof. Think farm stands meet comfort food; beer meets wine; live entertainment meets shopping –  and more than 50 vendors meet hundreds of guests all taking place in the unique venue of an airplane hangar. In addition, Homegrown: County Craft Brewing Festival celebrates local growers, markers, and tasters of craft beer and cider by bringing together brewers, farmers, and families to toast the harvest season outside at the Crystal Palace fairgrounds. Finally, Fall Countylicious sees County chefs craft menus inspired by ingredients found in our own backyard. Each of the 12+ participating restaurants put together new menus featuring local ingredients!

Tempt your taste buds by celebrating local foods during harvest time in Prince Edward County!

See the fall colours on two wheels

Cycle on quiet rural roads in Prince Edward County and be rewarded with stunning views of waterside panoramas and wine country in the fall. Pedal power is a perfect way to watch the seasons change and the small towns and country roads along the way are fodder for memorable cycle trips.

Bring your own bike or get in touch with local bicycle companies to get set to hit the road. Look here for route suggestions and all you need to know about cycling in Prince Edward County.

If a challenge is what you crave, take part in the Kiwanis Fall Colour Fondo on Sept. 23, which rides around Waupoos. With three distance routes to choose from at 25, 50 or 100 km, participants are rewarded at the finish with wood-fired pizza and desserts from Waupoos Estate Winery.

Spend fall enjoying sand and waves

Fall is what you make it – and it promises tantalizing warm days that are still perfect for a swim or even an amazing fall walk with the water quietly lapping the shore. Look fall square in the colourful foliage and take advantage of the beautiful beaches that abound in Prince Edward County.

Water is a way of life here that stretches past the shores into the relaxed atmosphere that locals live and visitors crave. Spend the day wandering the white dune beaches at Sandbanks Provincial Park, feeling the sand between your toes while turquoise water stretches towards the horizon. 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 fun boardwalk lining the beach! Enjoy the last few breaths of warm weather by the water and make memories to last all winter.

Revel in fall by delving into the past

The County is steeped in history and its five local museums are the keys to unlocking a fascinating story as the seasons change. The museums are still open weekends throughout September!

Discover Prince Edward County’s 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.

Other historical sites also make a home on the island and are fun to explore such as Point Traverse Lighthouse, Victoria Schoolhouse, Naval Marine Archive, Loch-Sloy Business Park and more.

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