Prince Edward County

About

Prince Edward County, an island on the north shore of Lake Ontario, is known for the Sandbanks beach, and is popular with “foodies”, history buffs, nature lovers and boaters. In recent years this area has become a top culinary and wine destination.

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Photos: Merrill Inn & Restaurant, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Devonshire Drake Inn

The county covers approximately 1,000 square kilometres, of which over 500 kilometres are shoreline with beaches. The Murray Canal was built in 1889 to link the western end of the Bay of Quinte to Presqu’ile Bay on Lake Ontario, which technically made Prince Edward County an island. Since the 1950s there has been a steady rise in recreational use of the Murray Canal, especially by boaters who visit the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The county’s relatively mild climate due to the influence of Lake Ontario has led to the establishment of about 50 vineyards and close to 30 wineries. In recent years is has also become a top culinary destination. With emerging artists and wineries around every corner, the county has much to offer.

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Annual EventsAttractions & EntertainmentOutdoorsEatingShoppingRest & RelaxMaps  – Key Locations

Annual Events

. February – Ice Fishing Derby
. February – Vinter Festival
. March – Maple in the County
. April – Spring Countylicious
. May – Spring Birding Festival
. May – Qunite’s Isle Bluegrass Celebration
. June – Terroir Wine Celebration
. June / July – Art in the County
. July – Lavender Festival
. August – PEC Jazz Festival
. August – Country Jamboree
. September – 50s & 60s Rock and Roll Festival
. September – Sandbanks Music Festival
. October – Pumpkinfest

Events include the summer Classical Unbound Festival, with performances of classical music in unconventional venues and contexts by foremost Canadian musicians. Also in the summer is the renowned Jazz Festival which occurs in the month of August. Some of Canada’s most prolific jazz musicians gather in the county for this festival.

The County also holds the annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival, boasting cheese-makers from across Canada offering way more than 125 artisan cheeses for tasting and purchase. The festival also includes non-cheese related artisan foods such as, various breads and condiments, wine, cider and craft beer as well as many other offerings.

Attractions & Entertainment

AMELIASBURGH HERITAGE VILLAGE
Amerliasburgh / Prince Edward County
Heritage Village
Ameliasburgh Heritage Village has grown from one building in 1968, to a complex of museum buildings and displays. The main structure was built in 1868 as a Wesleyan Methodist Church. Over the years, additional buildings have been added to the site. A log cabin, display barns, an operational blacksmith shop, a carpenter’s shop, a sap shanty, dairy and beekeeping buildings, a general store and a large stone building housing the Goldie Corliss 18 foot flywheel. A highlight is Amelia’s Tea Room, which offers refreshments during special events or by request for group tours.
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MARINER’S PARK MUSEUM
South Bay / South Marysburgh / Prince Edward County
Museum
Mariners Park Museum explores the many ways the inhabitants of Prince Edward County have interacted with its surrounding waters, including fishing, ship building, ice harvesting, rum running, and boat racing. The lighthouse relocated from False Duck Island is a highlight of South Bay, where you can also explore Fort Kente, a recreated fort from the 1812 War-era. The musuem has also become the home of multiple “treasures” retrieved during early diving expeditions of shipwrecks in the waters surrounding Prince Edward County.
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Outdoors

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY LAVENDER
Hillier / Prince Edward County
Farm – Store – B&B
On the farm you will find many cultivars of lavender that can be used for essential oils, culinary creations or crafts. Tour the fields of lavender, the knot garden and flower beds, or book a night or two in the century home bed and breakfast. There are also a wide range of other herbs to purchase either in potted form, or processed and packaged in the boutique – either individually or in special blends, such as Herbes de Provence, Hillier Herbs, Fines Herbs and Holiday Herbs.
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SANDBANKS PROVINCIAL PARK
Picton / Prince Edward County
Dunes
World’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation with three expansive sandy beaches
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Eating

COOKE’S FINE FOODS & COFFEE / SUSAN’S KITCHEN DRAWER
Downtown Picton / Prince Edward County
Fine Foods – Gifts – Cooking
Since 1865, Cooke’s has been offering customers fine foods in an authentic Victorian décor. The selection includes coffees, cheeses, chocolates, jams, candies, crackers, and more. Gift baskets are available with products picked from the shelves or in prearranged configurations. Susan’s Kitchen Drawer is a seasonal addition, providing unique cooking and kitchen supplies.
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Shopping

GILBERT AND LIGHTHALL MARKETPLACE
Downtown Picton / Prince Edward County
Gifts – Furniture – Home Decor
In the past, the landmark 120-year old Gilbert & Lighthall Building allowed merchants to sell fine furniture and custom cabinetry. In 2005, the building was restored and reconstructed after a fire, and the Gilbert & Lighthall Marketplace was established as a home décor emporium – offering furniture, tableware, gifts, rugs and more.
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Rest & Relax

DRAKE DEVONSHIRE INN
Downtown Wellington / Prince Edward County
Inn – Restaurant – Art Exhibits
This contemporary hotel is on the shore of Lake Ontario in the little community of Wellington. The property has a lake-view restaurant/bar serving regional cuisine, a waterfront deck with an adjacent lakeside fire pit, rotating on-site art exhibits and a general store.
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JACKSON’S FALLS COUNTRY INN
Milford / Marysburgh / Prince Edward County
Inn – Restaurant – Bar
Established in 1870 as a one-room public school house, it has been renovated into a dining room, bar and guest lounge, with live entertainment. Experience the fusion of European and First Nations cultures in the dining room and décor, and enjoy local wines and craft beer on tap, with a menu that includes indigenous wild food. Nine guest rooms surround the Public (school) House, with the self-contained Coach House just steps away along the garden path.
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MERRILL INN & RESTAURANT
Picton / Prince Edward County
Inn – Restaurant – Fine Foods – Gifts
An elegant historic inn centrally located in Picton, with 13 well-appointed guestrooms and suites. The inn also has an intimate bistro with seasonal patio, serving local wines, beers and ciders. and a gift shop featuring ‘Inn made’ fine food, “Essential” bath products, and local artisan gifts.
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Maps

The following google map lists the Towns, Villages and Townships of Prince Edward County that are listed further below.

Surrounding Regions Map

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Key Locations

Cities, Towns, Townships

Following are the towns, villages and townships within Prince Edward County to explore.

Towns
Picton

Villages
Bloomfield
Wellington

Townships
Ameliasburgh
Athol
Hallowell
Hillier
North Marysburgh
Sophiasburgh
South Marysburgh

Visit the Official Regional Site of Prince Edward County
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