The city is on a section of Highway 401 designated the "Highway of Heroes" and is about two hours east of Toronto and one hour west of Kingston. The former Ontario Highway 2 passes through the base and the city's downtown; Trenton is also the western terminus of the Loyalist Parkway (former Ontario Highway 33) which leads to Prince Edward County.
Trenton serves as a terminus on the Trent-Severn waterway, a canal system which reaches Peterborough (Ontario).
While Trenton's location at part of the Windsor-Quebec corridor places it on key lines served by many intercity bus and train routes, most runs are express services which do not stop in the city. Slightly better service is available in nearby Belleville.
As home of Canada's largest air force base, Trenton serves primarily military flights; the final flight path for fallen Canadian soldiers led from Afghanistan to Trenton by air, then followed the "Highway of Heroes" from Trenton to Toronto.
Scheduled passenger services are provided on a limited basis by:
- Coach Canada, toll-free: +1-800-461-7661. Bus service to Toronto-Malton airport (IATA: YYZ) and Kingston/Montréal.
- Trenton Junction train station, 18277B Telephone Rd, Trenton K8V 5P9. VIA Rail's station is an unmanned shelter on the Toronto-Montréal/Ottawa line. No tickets are sold on-site.
The best way to get around Quinte West is by automobile. There is no local transit, although limited commuter service runs to Belleville.
- Laidlaw Transit, toll-free: +1-888-738-8808. Three bus runs weekdays between Trenton's Market Square and Belleville via the former Ontario Highway 2.
- National Air Force Museum of Canada, 220 RCAF Road (8 Wing/CFB Trenton), ☎ +1 613-965-7223, toll-free: +1-866-701-7223. 10am-5pm. (965-RCAF) Restoration of military aircraft, including North America's only Halifax Bomber. free.
- CFB Trenton (8 Wing). Canada's largest air force base.
- Bay of Quinte Community Players, 55 King Street, Trenton K8V 3V9, ☎ +1 613-392-7635, toll-free: +1-800-930-3255.
- Old Church Theatre, 940 Bonisteel Road, Johnstown, ☎ +1 613-392-9212. Former 1876 Methodist church as community centre.
- Front Street Farmers' Market, Front Street along Trent River waterfront. 7am-2pm, Thursdays and Saturdays, May-November.
- The city's downtown business district is centred around Dundas Street (old Highway 2).
Various signed routes proclaim the region to be part of the "Apple Route" (extending westward), the "Arts Trail" (extending eastward through Hastings County) or the "Wine Route" (extending southeast into Prince Edward County). Apples and strawberries may be gathered in-season at various farms and orchards in the region.
- Old Stockdale Mill Restaurant, 1914 Stockdale Road, Frankford, ☎ +1 613-398-1700. Supper club in 1860s rural wooden mill building. $16-30.
- Tomasso’s Italian Grille, 35 Front Street, Trenton K8V 4N3, ☎ +1 613-392-4333. Italian restaurant and pizzeria. Takeout +1 613-392-1266
- Comfort Inn Trenton, 68 Monogram Place, Trenton K8V 6S3 (401 exit #562), ☎ +1 613-965-6660, fax: +1 613-965-1385. Slightly above C$100/night.
- Ramada Inn, 99 Glen Miller Road, Trenton K8V 5P8, ☎ +1 613-394-4855, fax: +1 613-394-7116. Check-in: 3pm, check-out: noon. Former Holiday Inn adjacent to Highway 401.
- Travelodge Trenton, 598 Old Hwy 2, Trenton K8V 5P5, ☎ +1 613-965-6789, fax: +1 613-965-1953. Check-in: 3pm, check-out: 11am.
- Cedar Cove Campground, 79 Carter Road, RR 2 Carrying Place K0K 1L0, ☎ +1 613-475-1620, fax: +1 613-475-9598. Outdoor pool, fishing, paddleboats.
- ONroute, Ontario Highway 401. Rest stops in each direction offer one hour free wi-fi to motorists.
- Brighton Applefest, On main street and King Edward Park. Annual weekend festival, late September, various locations. BBQ, dog show, children's village, dances, street fair, car show, arts and crafts show, dinners, Sunday parade.
- Memory Junction, 60 Maplewood St. S., Brighton, ☎ +1 613-475-0379. One of nine remaining 1856 Grand Trunk wayside stations (of 32 or 34 originally) on the Montréal-Toronto-Sarnia main line, now a museum (the train no longer stops in Brighton). Rail and local memorabilia, steam engine, box cars, souvenir shop.
- Presqu'ile Provincial Park, 1 Bayshore Rd, Brighton, ☎ +1 613-475-4324. Waterfront park with Ontario's second-oldest operating lighthouse and original lighthouse keeper's cottage.
- Proctor House Museum, 96 Yonge St., Brighton, ☎ +1 613-475-2144. Local 1850s merchant's home with wishing well, barn and carriage house.
|Routes through Trenton|
|Toronto ← Cobourg ←||W E||→ Belleville → Kingston|
|Oshawa ← Cobourg ←||W E||→ Belleville → Kingston|
|Trent-Severn Waterway ←||N E||→ Prince Edward County → ferry → Kingston|