Belleville (Ontario)

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.

Get in

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.

Get around

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.




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.




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.




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.


Shannonville is 15 km (10 miles) east of Belleville, near the Tyiendenaga Mohawk Reserve.


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.

Go next

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

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