Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is a county and amalgamated municipality of Ontario, Canada.

Understand

Prince Edward County was originally divided into smaller towns: Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington being the main population centres. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the area is known for beaches (including Sandbanks Provincial Park), farms on which visitors may pick apples and strawberries in season and a few local wineries.

Get in

By car

By far the most convenient way to get around in The County, cars can be rented in the nearby city of Belleville.

You can access The County from three main points off of Hwy 401 or Hwy 2.

An alternative is to take Highway 33 from Kingston to the free Glenora Ferry and follow Hwy 33 to Picton. Kingston to Picton takes approximately one hour.

Bus or train

Accessing The County by bus or train can be difficult. The nearest intercity bus terminal serviced by major bus lines is in Belleville, as is the nearest train station. Cost for a taxi from Belleville to Picton could be anywhere from $25-$40.

Deseronto Transit runs a limited local bus service from Belleville to Picton, and weekdays from Belleville to Napanee.

By boat

The County is almost an island and therefore a popular stop for boaters touring Lake Ontario. Harbours in Waupoos and Picton may rent a slip overnight; some of the waterfront campground and cabin sites offer boat launch, docking or boat rental.

Get around

The easiest and most popular way to travel around The County is by car, as many points of interest are separated by fair distances. It is possible to hire a taxi to drive you between points but this can be costly. While driving be alert and courteous of slow moving tractors on County roads, as they often use main roads to travel between farms. Usually the driver will wait until it is safe and move to the side, allowing you to pass. Signs posted in rural areas remind drivers "Slow Moving Vehicles- Farmers producing YOUR food." Please respect these hard working people and realize that honking and/or tailgating will not get you very far. Also, be mindful of the many cyclists that travel County roads as there are no bicycle lanes on most roads.

Cycling is an environmentally friendly and increasingly popular way to see the area. To avoid busier main roads The County has many side roads that are well worn and paved in many cases. They offer fantastic views and a taste of the area that many visitors miss.

See

Museums

Do

Prince Edward County is a very interesting place at the moment. The local rural culture is blending with the newer additions of artisans, wineries, spas and high end cuisine. As a result there is a wide range of activities, festivals and attractions available. These are some highlights;

Parks and beaches

Golf

Events

Buy

In Bloomfield

Bloomfield is filled with small boutiques offering everything from clothing to antiques to sweets and is also a haven for artists, hosting many of the stops on the Arts Trail. Bloomfield is home to perhaps the world's funkiest bike shop, the Bloomfield Bicycle Company.

In Picton

Picton is the largest town in the County and offers many stores and boutiques. For clothing try Jimodi or Beach Bum. Popular boutiques include Gilbert & Lighthall (housewares, art, jewellery), Allison's (bed and bath, art, stationary) and Kelly's (amazing jewellery, funky knick-knacks, clothing). Picton also has grocery stores, pet stores, pharmacies, a guitar shop (Strum) and a Canadian Tire for camping supplies. Free parking available on Mary St (turn right at Bean Counter).

On the farm

Local farms and orchards invite you to pick your own apples or strawberries in season; berries are usually ripe before Canada Day and the various types of apples are ready between August and October. Local produce is also available in the farmers' markets seasonally.

Wine and cheese

A vibrant wine industry has sprouted from grapes planted in Prince Edward County over the course of the past decade. The official designation of DVA Prince Edward County was established in 2007, with over 40 wineries open locally.

Eat

Prince Edward County's food scene is an interesting mix of urban flair and rural simplicity.

Groceries

Fast Food

For familiar food in a hurry Picton has a McDonald's, KFC, Subway and Tim Horton's. All located on Main St. Subway has a patio that is popular in the summer.

Pizza

Mid-range Restaurants

These places offer casual fare at decent prices;

Drink

Cafés

Pubs and Lounges

Sleep

Hotels and resorts

Motels

Bed and breakfast

Cottages and short-term rentals

Campgrounds

Connect

Go next

Routes through Prince Edward County

Trenton CR33  W  E  ferry Adolphustown Kingston
Deseronto CR49  N  S  END
Algonquin Provincial Park Belleville  N  S  END


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