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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. Please your palette with a culinary and wine tasting adventure like nowhere else. 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.

No matter what the season is – a visit to The County is time well spent. The island culture thrives during the offseason with festivals, ice skating and ice fishing. Make it more memorable and pare it with excellent cuisine and wine from area wineries. Spend time antiquing, boutique shopping, watching local theatre or visiting one of the five museums. Wherever you end up, the view is awesome, the people are friendly and you’re always within arm’s reach of something amazing to sample.

  • 2.0 hrs from
    Toronto
  • 3.0 hrs from
    Ottawa
  • 4.0 hrs from
    Montreal

Prince Edward County at its Best

Drink and be merry this winter
Drink and be merry this winter
Peaceful natural experiences
Peaceful natural experiences
Savour the Arts and Taste Trail this winter
Savour the Arts and Taste Trail this winter
Snow means go!
Snow means go!
Go for a Skate
Go for a Skate

Drink and be merry this winter

Warm up from the inside out this winter and plan a trip to Prince Edward County’s wineries, breweries and distilleries. This is when the winemaker is pouring your tasting and you can tour like a local. Get cozy at a local winery, brewery, cidery or restaurant – they often have bonfires and snowshoes on hand to complete the experience. Whether you’re singing for your chardonnay during Wassail; hunting for the best pairing at any of the more than 40 wineries in The County, or sipping a pint of small batch heritage brewed beer, visit The County’s wineries and breweries to taste something new. Learn about the process of creating each pretty Pinot or sparkling spirit and why Prince Edward County is the perfect place to locally grown ingredients. Just don’t forget to toast to winter!

Peaceful natural experiences

Winter adds a certain shimmer to beaches and trails in Prince Edward County. It’s the perfect time of year to appreciate the quiet calm that winter brings; solitude seekers will fall in love with the icy lake shores and gain a whole new perspective on the world-class nature found in The County. For the cross country skiing enthusiast, Sandbanks Provincial Park has about 10 km of groomed trails. A quick call to the park phone will let visitors know the latest updates on trail conditions. Macauley Mountain Conservation Area is another local favourite for tobogganing, winter hikes and cross country skiing. More than 20 km of trails meander through the woods here! Marvel as The County reveals a whole new experience as the temperature drops.

Savour the Arts and Taste Trail this winter

Experience Prince Edward County’s fantastic flavours and revel in its creativity on the Arts and Taste Trail. Winter offers a time to reflect, rejuvenate and reimagine – perfect for whiling away a day gathered around a table with friends or family, imbibing with gusto at one of the local restaurants, farms, cideries or breweries. Local farmers, winemakers, brewers and craftspeople are celebrated in food and drink here. The County lives and breathes an artisanal way of life; pop into a local artisan shop, gallery or studio on the Arts Trail to meet creators personally and perhaps find a perfect artistic treasure along the way. Make the most of winter’s calm and take time to savour both art and fare in The County.

Snow means go!

Throw on a hat and strap on some snowshoes to make the most of the white stuff! With Lake Ontario around every corner in Prince Edward County, extra snow typically sweeps in – especially at Sandbanks Provincial Park. The visitor centre here is open year-round to cater to winter guests. That means The County is the perfect place to embrace the season and get active outside. It harbours numerous opportunities for snowshoeing and Sandbanks even offers access to groomed trails. Winter is long, but it’s easy to enjoy when you’re out playing in the snow in The County!

Go for a Skate

The Wellington Outdoor Ice Rink

Get your glide on at the popular Wellington Outdoor Ice Rink. Donated by Michael Hymus; this free area attraction is a favourite place to meet up for locals and visitors. Don’t have your own skates? No problem, just borrow one of the available pairs that they have and enjoy a brisk turn around the rink.

Public Skating in Picton

The Prince Edward Community Centre in Picton opens their doors for public skating from September through to March. A great way to get some exercise and embrace that Canadian spirit.

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