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Taste, Tour, Explore and Unwind

One of Canada’s newest wine regions, “The County” is a place of inspiration, hospitality, tranquility and fun, where rural roots and creative pursuits come together to make a unique island vibe. Follow bucolic backroads to award-winning wineries, cideries and breweries. Stop in at art galleries and artists’ studios on the Arts Trail. Visit with artisanal food producers, then sample their wares on the Taste Trail. With 800 km of shoreline, one of Canada’s best beaches and a range of accommodations from camping to luxury spa suites, you can relax, rejuvenate, and experience the majestic in all seasons in beautiful Prince Edward County.

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Prince Edward County at its Best

Reconnect with Nature
Reconnect with Nature
Peaceful Natural Experiences
Peaceful Natural Experiences
Millennium Trail
Millennium Trail
Serving-up Something Different
Serving-up Something Different
Got weekend plans?
Got weekend plans?

Reconnect with nature

Not ready to give up climbing trees, collecting wildflowers and camping under the stars? Kick off your shoes and get in touch with nature in a place where you can easily spend a day (or week) on the shores of Lake Ontario. The County is dotted with Conservation Areas and Provincial Parks boasting enough forest, birds, streams, trails, flora and fauna to inspire even the most urban of urbanites to pick up a field guide. The County’s natural beauty is stunning whether you’re in flip-flops, hiking boots or snow-shoes.

Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (or PEPtBO) is committed to increasing the appreciation, knowledge, and understanding of birds by collecting data through spring and fall banding programs, a daily census, observation surveys, and research projects.  We strive to provide the community with opportunities to support and engage in the conservation of bird populations and habitats.

We’re a volunteer-run charity, with an active bird migration monitoring station since 1995. We’re members of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network and caretakers for the globally significant Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area.

Benson Park

Located in the heart of Picton, Benson park features playground equipment, a tennis court, benches, green space, picnic benches, and public washrooms.

Little Bluff Conservation Area

Steeped in history and rich in natural features, this Conservation Area, located atop a 20 metre high limestone bluff, commands a panoramic view of Prince Edward Bay and the rugged shoreline of this southern reach of the county. Take the pathway to the cobblestone beach below and view the high bluff from a different perspective. There are 1.5 km of trails at this 28 hectare (70 acre) site. This quiet shoreline is actually a barrier beach, effectively protecting a small wetland from the windswept waters of Prince Edward Bay. Here, Canada geese, mallards, great blue herons, bitterns and Virginia rails find the protected habitat they require.

Harry Smith Conservation Area

Harry Smith Conservation Area is a lovely spot for a picnic. The area includes a small pond, originally created to move logs into a log mill that was located on the property in the 1800s, near the outlet of the pond. Two picnic tables are located on the grounds, and area residents have planted flowers around a commemorative plaque. There are no maintained trails at this Conservation Area.

Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area

Featuring a steep east-west escarpment rising some 40 metres above the local terrain, Macaulay Mountain is a favourite destination for hikers and picnickers. There is plenty to see here from famed Birdhouse City with its over 100 miniature reproductions of local buildings, to the Whattam’s Memorial Walkway. This walkway is maintained by Whattam’s Funeral home. There are 20 km of trails on this 178 hectare (440 acre) property, including biking trails.

Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park

The lake is a natural curiosity with a constant flow of clean, fresh water, with no apparent source and set 60 metres above Lake Ontario with views towards the Bay of Quinte, the Glenora Ferry and the north shore. Great picnic spot if you are exploring Prince Edward County with a day-use park, parking, and public washrooms. Toilets and the boardwalk to viewing platform have barrier-free access.Anglers can try for Large and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and sunfish.

North Beach Provincial Park

Beautiful North Beach Provincial Park had a ribbon of sand over one-kilometer that shelters tiny North Beach from Lake Ontario. The sandy beach is a great place to picnic on a summer day or take a stroll. Swim or boat in the sheltered waters of the bay or the more open Lake Ontario. This park is a quieter park than its more famous neighbour – Sandbanks. Visitors to North Beach may see hawks, Saw-whet Owls, and Turkey Vultures. Anglers visiting North Beach could catch Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, perch and sunfish.

Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area

Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area (NWA) was one of the first sites in Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Protected Areas Network to protect habitat for migratory passerine birds (songbirds). Located at the tip of a long peninsula on the northeast shore of Lake Ontario, at no other location on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario are birds known to occur in such high densities during migration.

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sandbanks offers more than 620 campsites in six campground areas: Outlet River A & B and Cedars campgrounds are on the East Lake side of the park, Richardson and the new West Lake campground are on the West Lake side of the park, and Woodlands campground is located in the middle of the park between East and West Lake. Campsites in these campgrounds accommodate equipment ranging from tents only to large trailers. Amenities such as water taps, comfort stations and laundry facilities are close by. Over 260 campsites offer electricity.


Peaceful Natural Experiences

On April 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Picton Rotary hosts its annual spectacular Waterfalls of Prince Edward County tour, featuring rushing waters located on private property and available to the public Easter Weekend only. It’s an excellent chance to see falls at Cape Vessey in Waupoos and Jackson Falls in Milford. Hiking attire is recommended. (Photos courtesy of Pure Ontario.)

Explore the beautiful Prince Edward County by bus from Toronto. Short hikes will take you to visit the Cape Vessey and Jackson’s Falls. Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch at the Waring House in Picton and savour wine tastings and learn the history of Waupoos Estates Winery where our guide will take us into the viewing room of the cellar where we will learn about of winemaking. It’s a great way to spend the day.

Price: From $119

Price Details: Per package, per person.

Skill Level: Beginner

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Millennium Trail

The Millenium Trail system serves as a County-wide recreational facility for local residents and visitors. It also provides access for farm vehicles by adjacent landowners. The trail corridor is 15 meters in width and 49 kilometers in length and a total land area of 73.5 hectares. The trail starts in Carrying Place and winds through The County to Picton with various vistas and natural landscapes.

The Millennium Trail is an important local off-road connection that links residents and communities along the entire 49-kilometer corridor length. Although predominantly rural, the corridor passes through several urban areas that are characterized by adjacent residents, street crossings and connections to other walkway systems. The County acquired the abandoned rail line from the Canadian National Railway in 1997 for the purposes of developing a trail system through The County.

The Trail is accessible at several locations throughout The County with specific hiking points in Picton, Wellington, Bloomfield and Consecon.

Serving-up Something Different

The County is covered with juniper bushes that lend their fruits to artisanal gin. Old-growth orchards produce apples both sweet and sour that are transformed into cider. And industrious honey bees are foraging wildflowers, giving unique floral notes to mead (honey wine). Expand your palette and learn something new by visiting The County’s distillery, cideries and meadery and meeting the makers and crafters of local cocktails.

Clafed Cider House & Market

We Share our stunning 100-acre water front property with the award-winning Waupoos Estates Winery. Before the winery was constructed and vineyards were planted most of the property’s land was covered in apple orchards with some of the oldest trees dating back to 1975. The Fruit Winery and Cider house were a welcomed addition to the Estate with the doors officially opening in 2014.

Honey Pie Hives & Herbals

Honey Pie Hives & Herbals keeps bees, grows herbals, and makes honey wine in Prince Edward County.  Our mead is a traditional wine made from honey, long ago considered the drink of Kings and Queens. Just as wine made from grapes has a terroir, or taste of place, from the soil the grapes are grown in, wine made from honey has the terroir of the flowers grown in a  specific region. Every batch of mead we make has a different flavour because of the different honey that our bees produce as the flowers change throughout the season.

Apple Falls Cider Co.

At Apple Falls Cider Company, we aim to create cider that features the true flavours of Prince Edward County. Our cider is made with delicious apples from Campbell’s Orchards and fermented using traditional methods. Everything from start to finish is conducted at our estate cidery, including harvesting, pressing, fermenting, bottling and drinking! All of our varieties are unfiltered and bottle conditioned for natural carbonation.

Settler’s Cider Company

Settlers Cider Company is an orchard-based cidery & has a vision to make high-quality traditional style cider that reflects the heritage of both the owners and the area.

Kinsip House of Fine Spirits

In the heart of Prince Edward County, Kinsip House of Fine Spirits is a farm-based craft distillery – and The County’s only distillery.

Grain-to-glass spirits feature local botanicals and herbs. Tours of the distillery are available, and you can linger at the farm with its heritage hops barn, funky chickens and Cooper-Norton house built in the Second Empire style.

County Cider Company & Estate Winery

The County Cider Company & Estate Winery is a family-operated estate winery specializing in mouth-watering hard ciders. (In North America hard cider is an alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice.) Carefully crafted from the best apples grown on our family farm and nearby orchards, our ciders are made with 100% pure apple juice.

Located on the picturesque island of Prince Edward County in Southeastern Ontario, our tasting room and retail store welcome visitors from May to November. Come visit us or look for County Cider Co. products at restaurants, bars, and LCBO stores

Got weekend plans?

You’ll need to make some room in between the beach and wine-tasting to check out our year-round roster of festivals and events. Tickets get you into unique venues within historic buildings, farmer’s fields, and wine cellars. County events bring out the whole community, often as both attendees and volunteers making it happen. We love being host to all things cheese, fibre, lavender, art, jazz, comedy, maple and more…


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