The Ice Covered Bluffs
Photo Don Chisholm
  Prince Edward County is a little slice of heaven tucked out of harms way just below the 401. It's located between Montreal and Toronto, east of Kingston and directly south of Belleville. This just barely connected peninsula is separated from the mainland by an intricate network of bays and reaches.

Photographers and naturalists will find this to be one of Ontario's finest areas to explore. The isle juts out into Lake Ontario making it the first landfall across from the the American shore. Travel weary migrants (of the feathered variety) make good use of this to reduce their flight time over water. You'll find hundreds of birds species using the beaches, bays and points as recovery and staging areas during migration. The isles winding shoreline, extensive sand dunes, bluffs and escarpment, provide habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna.

 
Getting Here: If your driving from Montreal take the 20 west (or the 40 west, then the 540 south to pick up the 20). Just above Napanee take exit 566 then follow the 49 south. From Ottawa take the 416 south to Prescott, then head west and pick up the 49 south as above. From Toronto take the 401 east and take the 33 south from Trenton, exit 522. If your driving from the U.S. cross the international bridge north of Syracuse near Alexandria and pick up the 401 west. If your coming from western New York, head west at Buffalo to one of the border crossings in the Niagara area and take the QEW to the 427 north then pick up the 401 eastbound.

Note: Prince Edward County is referred to by several different names. Quinte's Isle, Quinte and PEC are all used.

 
Prince Edward County has three provincial parks. Sandbanks is well know for its popular beaches and camping. North Beach is also a popular swimming area.
The Dunes of Sandbanks
 
The mysterious Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park is another day with an interesting natural feature, which perplexed area residents for years. See if you can solve the mystery.
 
  Prince Edward County Conservation Authority is in charge of the isles fourteen conservation areas. These areas offer some excellent birding opportunities and a chance to explore the isles varied flora. While nature observation and hiking are the most popular activities in these areas, there is also excellent mountain biking and cross country skiing. Macauley Mountain has 11km of intermediate and expert MTB trails. You'll also find great tobogganing here, but watch out, it's a very steep run.
 
Birders will be please by the wealth of observation areas available to them. One of the finest birding areas in Ontario during migration is located at the southeastern tip of the isle at Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. The beaches of Sandbanks and the the bluffs in the conservation areas are just a few of the other opportunities.

If you want to do some road biking, Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has outlined six different bicycle tours. Free pamphlets are available from the tourism office.

Prince Edward County is developing a solid reputation for its diving as well. There are a number of shipwrecks in the area and some, may yet lay, undiscovered. There is a local charter available.

 
Quinte's Isle in the Spring
  At the heart of Quinte's Isle lies the quaint town of Picton, a picturesque country town with much of a big cities amenities. You'll find most everything you'll need here. Fine restaurants and excellent accommodations (we highly recommend the isles comfortable B&Bs) are available here and throughout the peninsula.  Picton has very good theatre which you just might want to take in. There are also a number of museums and historic sites in the region worth seeking out.
 
Before you leave you should make a point of sampling some of the local wineries offerings, then stop in to visit the Black River Cheese Factory to pick up some of their excellent cheddar. You should also take advantage of the great deal on fresh mushrooms from the Highline Mushroom Farm just outside Wellington. We did!
 
Visiting from outside Ontario
   
 
Visiting from outside Canada
 

 
  Spring Bird Banding at Prince Edward Point
   
  Prince Edward County Parks and Conservation Areas
   
 
  Sandbanks Provincial
Park
- Lazy days, camping and endless sandy beaches
   
 
  Presqu'ile Provincial Park - Sandy beaches, hiking, cycling and birding on Lake Ontario's shore.
   
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Prince Edward County

Official Site - Prince Edward County - One of the best regional sites we've seen.

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  • Ameliasburgh
  • Athol
  • Bloomfield
  • Cherry Valley
  • Hillier
  • Marysburgh
  • Milford
  • Picton
  • Sophiasburgh
  • Wellington

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