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Culinary creativity

You might work up an appetite when travelling in South Eastern Ontario but you’ll never go hungry. This area is the home of culinary powerhouses like Kingston and Prince Edward County and authentic village fare from small towns along the way. Dine on a waterfront patio with a photo-ready view or treat yourself to discovering a taste trail or food tour. In South Eastern Ontario restaurants cater to every whim of culinary delight – and elevate the dining experience to the next level.

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Eat your heart out in South Eastern Ontario

Delicious is guaranteed in South Eastern Ontario where palate pleasers meet trendy bistros; chefs create masterpieces using local food, and craft breweries are the icing on the cake.

Kingston has more restaurants per capita than nearly any other city in Canada – with menus bursting with class and culinary creativity. Introduce your palate to unique flavours and textures without ever going outside the city limits.

Savour the taste of the 1000 Islands. Gananoque offers everything from being wined and dined to casual goodness; from pub fare to unique cafes this town on the St. Lawrence River has exciting dining options. Watch the sunset from a waterfront patio and then move inside to listen to live music!

Treat yourself by dining in Brockville, and find the perfect spot to tempt your taste buds. Discover many tastes from homestyle food to historic restaurants and from fine dining to bakeries, bistros, pubs and even tearooms.

Travel east along the St. Lawrence River, where rumour has it that experienced chefs in Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry often try to top each other by creating dishes that take local ingredients to the next level.

Taste the bounty from the County – artisanal foods and master chefs are abundant among the award-winning wineries of Prince Edward County. Seasonal menus will have you eating your way through The County year-round, with restaurants drawing from many local farms which provide fresh ingredients.

Bay of Quinte’s agricultural traditions are alive and infused into the local food scene. Produce, preserves, world-class cheddar, locally-raised meat and craft beer are yours for the tasting.

The Rideau Heritage Route restaurants are like finding hidden gems among the back roads. Each one is a pleasure to encounter, with flavour bursting from plates at a country inn in Westport or a modern hearty menu at a reimagined resort in Chaffey’s Lock on the Rideau Canal.

Discover delicious on your own terms

Food trails are second-to-none in South Eastern Ontario. This area lends naturally to celebrating the local harvest and everything that goes along with savouring the food and drink that sets this region apart. Bring your appetite and prepare to please your palate; taste trails here are downright delectable!

Stroll through Kingston’s hip and historic downtown on Kingston Food Tours with stops at some of the best, local restaurants. Feed your passion for food while learning about unique restaurants, artisans, the city’s history and the farmers who contribute to Kingston’s thriving local food movement.

Let your taste buds lead you in Brockville for a downtown tasting tour through 1000 Islands Tasting Tours. Foodies learn about Brockville’s rich history on a guided walk which stops at four of the top restaurants to share award-winning cuisine. Each stop represents one course of your meal. Bring your appetite and hunger for local knowledge!

Raise your glass in the Bay of Quinte, Canada’s largest rural craft beer and cider region. Explore the region from a brew master’s perspective and taste your way around with more than 25 incredible options to experience the unique flavour of the Bay of Quinte Region. Seek out new breweries and cider makers on your own, or as part of a Bay of Quinte Craft Package Tour.

Fantastic flavours are waiting to be discovered along the Prince Edward County Taste Trail. The County redefines the artisanal way of life in real time and the Taste Trail celebrates the abundance of fresh farm products, arts and culture, wineries, and rich Canadian heritage. Enjoy ice cold treats offered at a cidery, brewery or ice-creamery – guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

Patio perfection

Patios are alive and well in South Eastern Ontario. As soon as the weather warms up, it’s like a magical switch gets flicked and patios everywhere in this great region come to life.

Kingston has some of the most visitor-friendly, street-side patios around (think heated!) but enchanting hidden courtyard patios are just steps away from the main streets downtown. They feel like entering another world away from the bustle of the city and make the dining experience take on another level. Some are even covered or lit up for the perfect ambiance when dinner turns into an evening of drinks and good times with friends.

Bay of Quinte region sports great waterfront patios in Belleville that have become a haven for boaters, visitors and locals alike. Imagine docking the boat at a restaurant and finding a waterfront patio spot waiting for you! Look for patios at local breweries, too, and quench your thirst while savouring summer outdoors.

In Land O’ Lakes, Napanee also has some picturesque options – including an expansive waterfront river pub and terrace which even has tented tables along the Napanee River.

Brockville also boasts unique patio experiences with a focus on views of the majestic St. Lawrence River. A rooftop pub patio is the perfect spot overlooking the river to relax and check out activities happening all summer at the waterfront, while a unique take-out window on Blockhouse Islands allowed visitors to grab an ice cream cone or fast food and sit to watch the boats go by.

The Rideau Heritage Route pairs great views with perfect patio fare. From patios overlooking the Rideau Canal locks in Merrickville to unforgettable live music events on patios in Westport, the Rideau Canal ties together authentic patio experiences in small communities surrounded by lakes and locks.

Gananoque enjoys street-side patios as well as spacious waterfront patios that overlook the dock of the local boat line so visitors can witness the excitement of the boats coming in and departing. Charming ice cream shops and pubs, coffee shops and more have water views of the river that are photo worthy.

No matter which location you’re in, the patios in South Eastern Ontario provide the perfect backdrop to an enticing meal or refreshing bevvy.

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