Belleville is a small city on the Bay of Quinte in southeastern Ontario. Initially colonised by United Empire Loyalists in 1789, the first local industries were a sawmill and grist mill along the Moira River. Railways and lumber were major employers in the mid-1800s, while the modern economy relies heavily on manufacturing.
- By car
- The city is on Highway 401, roughly a two-hour drive east of Toronto and fifty minutes west of Kingston.
- By train and bus
- Belleville is served by VIA rail's "Corridor" services (Toronto-Kingston-Montréal and Toronto-Kingston-Ottawa) and by Coach Canada.
- By air
- There are no scheduled civilian passenger flights to Trenton or Oshawa. The closest major passenger airport is Toronto Pearson International Airport in Malton (IATA: YYZ) — awkwardly west of Toronto. A Coach Canada bus does stop alongside Highway 401 on its way from Kingston to Malton airport.
- By boat
- Belleville is on the Bay of Quinte, which leads through Napanee-Adolphustown-Prince Edward County to Lake Ontario. Boat launch is available at the end of South George Street, at the end of South Herchimer Street and at Meyer's Peir.
- Meyer's Pier, south end of Front St & Pinnacle St., ☎ +1 613-967-1906. Fuel, visitor's docks, pump-out, showers, shore power, ice, restaurant, bicycles. VHF 68.
There is a limited amount of local city bus service within Belleville; it is also possible to reach Picton or Napanee from Belleville using the Deseronto Transit system. The Trenton and Napanee commuter bus services do not run on weekends.
A car is the most flexible means to get around as Belleville is a small city surrounded by largely rural attractions such as apple orchards, strawberry farms and wineries. Belleville is a suitable jumping-off point to visit Prince Edward County (Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Lake on the Mountain), Trenton/Brighton, Napanee or other villages in the area.
Within the city itself, there are two good paved trails suitable for cycling; the 4.4 km Riverfront Trail runs from Victoria Park along the Moira River to Lions Park while the Waterfront Trail runs from the western edge of town around Zwick's Park ending in East Bayshore Park.
- Hastings County Museum, 257 Bridge Street East, ☎ +1 613-962-2329. Historical museum in a restored 1883 heritage house, the Glanmore National Historic Site.
- The Regimental Museum, 187 Pinnacle St, ☎ +1 613-966-2100. Tu-Th 1-4PM. Two-room museum on main floor of Belleville Armoury. The Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment (the Hasty Ps) is an army reserve which traces its roots to several 1800s militia units.
- Concerts on the Bay, West Zwick's Island Park (Lions Pavilion). Seasonal concert series, Wednesdays and Sundays. Zwick's Park is on Hwy 62 South, just before the Bay bridge to Prince Edward County. Free/by donation..
- Empire Theatre, 321 Front St, ☎ +1 613-969-0099. 10AM-6PM Mon-Sat (box office). Centre for the performing arts.
- Party Castle, 393 Sidney St, ☎ +1 613-962-3450. Indoor playground, music, dance and fitness lessons.
- Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre, 265 Cannifton Rd, ☎ +1 613-966-4632. The Yardmen Arena is home to OHL's Belleville Bulls (Sep-Mar); a multipurpose facility allows recreational swimming in an eight-lane pool, skating, walking/running. Gymnasium, fitness centre and live performance venue.
Belleville's downtown is located on Front Street, on the east bank of the Moira River. Traffic in the Windsor-Quebec corridor originally followed Dundas Street (old Highway 2) through Belleville; this was bypassed by the 401 freeway in the early 1960s and newer "big box" development (such as the Quinte Mall) has mostly extended southward from the Highway 62 / 401 crossroads (exit 543) with a strong presence of various national chains on North Front Street (62). The downtown remains home to small independent restaurants and merchants.
- Farmers Market, Market Square (Front and Dundas Sts.). Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays year-round.
- L'Auberge de France, 304 Front St., ☎ +1 613-966-2433. 10AM-6PM wkdys, 9AM-6PM sat. Bakery and bistro, $35 prix-fixe menu for large groups. Phone 966-CHEF.
- Boathouse Seafood Restaurant., 32 South Front St., ☎ +1 613-969-2211. Fish and chips, crabs, boat docking at waterfront patio. Beside Victoria Harbour Marina.
- Burger Revolution, 300 North Front St, ☎ +1 613-966-3388. 11AM-9PM daily, noon-4PM Sun. Flame-grilled burgers, sausage, poutine.
- Earl and Angelo's, 182 Front St., ☎ +1 613-962-1182. 11AM-9:30PM Mo-Thu, 11AM-10:30PM Fri, 5-10:30PM Sat. Steak and seafood, bar, martinis. $30-40.
- Northway Restaurant, 205 N. Front St., ☎ +1 613-962-7119. Steaks, burgers, Canadian and Greek foods.
- The Old Firehouse, 394 Front St, ☎ +1 613-779-6663. Burgers, soups, salads, breakfast foods, wi-fi, catering.
- Paulo's Trattoria and Dinkel's Restaurant, 38 and 44 Bridge Street East, ☎ +1 613-966-6542, fax: +1 613-966-2728. Italian restaurant, extensive local wine list.
- Reid's Dairy, 222 Bell Blvd, ☎ +1 613-967-1970, toll-free: +1-888-676-4362. Inexpensive sundaes and milkshakes.
- Sans Souci, 240 Front St., ☎ +1 613-968-2952. 10AM-5PM Mon-Wed, 10AM-9:30PM Thu-Fri, 10AM-4PM Sat. Soups, sandwiches, catering.
Belleville was the birthplace of the former Journey's End Corporation, established 1978 as the first in a long string of economy limited service chains - inexpensive hotels with no restaurant, bar, pool or other amenities. More than a hundred locations in Canada and the US northeast were rebranded (most often as Comfort Inn) and the headquarters moved out of region after a 1990s corporate takeover.
- Comfort Inn Belleville, 200 North Park St (401 exit #543), ☎ +1 613-966-7703, fax: +1 613-966-0274. Refrigerators, 32" TV, wi-fi, meeting room for 12 people, hot breakfast, newspaper, pet-friendly.
- Best Western Belleville, 387 North Front St (401 exit #543), ☎ +1 613-969-1112, fax: +1 613-969-8461. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Indoor pool, hot tub, wi-fi, meeting facilities for 100 people, hot breakfast.
- Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Belleville, 407 North Front St (401 exit #543), ☎ +1-613-962-9211, toll-free: +1-800-228-2800, fax: +1-613-962-9300. Fitness centre, indoor pool and spa. $130+.
- Holiday Inn Express and Suites Belleville, 291 North Front St, toll-free: +1-877-660-8550. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Indoor pool/whirlpool, fitness centre, Internet, Express Start hot breakfast bar included.
- Park Lane Motel, 648 Dundas St. W., ☎ +1 613-962-5394.
- Salmon River Motel, 6421 Old Hwy 2, Shannonville, ☎ +1 613-962-4735. 13-room country motel on 15 acres.
Wi-fi is available in various coffee shops, such as Starbucks (in Chapters bookstore, near Quinte Mall), Tim Hortons (ten locations) and McDonalds. There is also a Highway 401 rest stop (ONroute) in Trenton (both directions) which offers one hour free wi-fi access, no password required. Belleville has one public library (254 Pinnacle St, +1 613-968-6731) with a café and art gallery.
Deseronto is a small town on the north shore of the Bay of Quinte, between Belleville and Napanee, which has one Inn and one B&B.
- Centennial Park. Waterfront park with boat launch ramp.
- Deseronto Market, Rathbun Park (Centre and Main Streets), ☎ +1 613-396-2440. 8:30AM-4PM Sundays, May–October. Outdoor market with artisans, craftspeople, produce, foods and entertainment.
- The O'Connor House, 369 Main St, ☎ +1 613-396-1888. Tue-Sat 11AM-4PM. English tea room.
Shannonville is 15 km (10 miles) east of Belleville, near the Tyiendenaga Mohawk Reserve.
- Shannonville Motorsport Park, 7047 Old Highway 2, Shannonville, ☎ +1 613-969-1906. Car and motorcycle race track, drag racing, FAST School for motorbikes.
- Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves, ☎ +1 613-478-5708. 10AM-5PM daily Canada Day-Labour Day, weekends only Victoria Day-end June. Cave tour, sensible shoes and flashlight recommended. $12/person, cash only.
Sterling is a tiny village 25 km (15 miles) northwest of Belleville; follow Hwy 62 north to old highway 14 (Foxboro-Stirling Road) in Foxboro.
- Farmtown Park, 437 West Front St, Stirling, ☎ +1 613-395-0015. Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage, complete with indoor re-creation of a 1930s rural village.
|Routes through Belleville|
|Toronto ← Trenton ←||W E||→ Napanee → Kingston|
|Oshawa ← Trenton ←||W E||→ Napanee → Kingston|
|Algonquin Provincial Park via ← Maynooth ←||N S||→ Prince Edward County → END|
|Tweed ←||N S||→ END|