Lennox and Addington | Live in a Place Like No Other
The unmatched beautiful natural beauty of the area is contrasted by historic towns full of rich loyalist history passed down in legend and also in name. The region is a natural draw for nature lovers looking for a place to escape to without crowds. Ranging from the rugged, rocky terrain of the Canadian Shield to the thousands of lakes and forests, the terrain of the local wilderness is attractive as a recreational area. Throughout the rural villages and hamlets across the region there is a thriving commercial and tourism industry, waiting for you to explore.
Population: 41,824 (2011)
Area: 2,841 km²
Nestled between Belleville and Kingston, the county of Lennox and Addington is located 2 hours east of Toronto, Ontario and 3 hours west of Ottawa, Ontario. The area boasts a proud loyalist history after being settled in the late 18th century by British North Americans after the American revolution. Previous settlers in the area date back as far as 2000 years ago. Known archaeological sites include the LeVescounte Mounds of the Point Peninsula Complex.
There are many large towns in the area including Napanee, Amherstview, Bath and Odessa.
The population of the area as of 2001 was 39,461. The southern portion of the Lennox and Addington County borders on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte.
The northern part of the County, namely the “Addington Highlands” is covered in thousands of lakes and is known for it’s lumber mills and forestry.
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Lennox and Addington County
Spanning from the coast of Lake Ontario and beyond Bon Echo National Park, Lennox and Addington County is home to over 40,000 people and thriving local businesses. A destination for many visitors looking to explore its nature, history and wine regions, the area encompasses the two larger centres of Bath and Napanee, along with many smaller settlements (including Amherstview, Bath, Amherst Island, Odessa, Yarker, Tamworth, Newburgh, Erinsville, Roblin, Kaladar, Flinton, Northbrook, Cloyne and Denbigh) scattered across some of the most beautiful land Ontario has to offer.
A Proud and Rich Loyalist History
Settled by Loyalists in the 18th century, Lennox and Addington County is home to a number of historical landmarks, successful businesses, and destinations for everyone to enjoy – whether you’re a nature explorer or looking for some family fun. Featuring popular shopping spots, tourist destinations and some of the oldest communities in Ontario, there’s something for everyone to explore and discover.
Napaneee, Lennox and Addington County
Located 40 kilometers west of Kingston, Ontario Napanee is the largest town in the County of Lennox and Addington. The historic loyalist town settled in 1784 is home to home to Allan Macpherson House, circa 1826 property, in addition countless other historic sites. Located on the eastern end of the Bay of Quinte the town has become a popular shopping and tourist destination.
Bath, Lennox and Addington County
Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario the town of Bath is just north of Amhestview Island. Settled by United Empire Loyalists in 1784 Bath is one of Ontario’s oldest communities.
Other notable areas include:
- Amherst Island
Explore Nature – or the Universe!
Lennox and Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area
Southern Ontario is losing its stars – with increasing development, the province is growing short on areas to gaze at the night sky and see all the beauty shining down from space. In Lennox & Addington, we’ve set up a special place, the L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area, to look up and see what you can’t see anywhere else! Located just a few kilometres from Erinsville, you can pick a spot to stare up at the sky and gaze in wonder at the universe, whether you’re an amateur astronomer or just curious about the night sky. Just pick a night after a day of deep blue skies, and ideally one with a new moon, and you’ll see the stars sparkle at you, nestled in the Milky Way.
Hell Holes Nature Trails & Caves
If you’re feeling like exploring, Hell Holes Nature Trails & Caves has you covered! A nature area that showcases a huge variety of natural features, Hell Holes has something for everyone. Explore rare plants that developed from the glacial age, explore the nearby Devil’s Horsetail cave, traverse a gorge complete with flowerpots, overhanging stone ledges, mushroom-shaped rocks and sinkholes – then relax and refuel at the nearby log cabin and picnic area. There’s even a playground and mini golf course for families!
Hit The Road or Dive Into History
Home to a huge trail system, if you like riding the roads, Lennox and Addington is the County you’ve been looking for. If you’re a cyclist, you can explore any one of the 12 looping road cycling routes scattered across the county. Also a popular destination for motorcyclists, you can take in the beautiful nature, unique history and plenty of rural charm among the many settlements and natural features that make up the county. For those travelling on foot, there’s a vast trail system for you to explore, all maintained and mapped. Whether you want to explore the waterfront, the Trans Canada Trail or cross-country ski, there’s something you’ll love here.
Are you a history buff? Lennox and Addington County is full of heritage to excite your need to know. In present-day Bath, you can experience the story of early life in the village of Ernesttown, and learn about the connection the area has to the War of 1812. Then, visit the County Museum & Archives to look into county life in the late 18th century until now. You can explore genealogy and provincial history, all home in a newly renovated building with extra display areas and room to research.
Taste Local Flavours
Long known for the Addington Highlands’s natural bounty of forests, lakes and fertile areas, the area has been a home to many lumber mills and forestry companies. However, in recent years the region has become a celebrated producer of some of the other, more enjoyable, fruits of nature – wines, ciders and beers.
Featuring award-winning wines and delicious vintages, you can visit a vineyard and enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by layered flavour notes created by the soil of the county. Not a wine drinker? Lennox and Addington County also has some popular cider and microbrews for you to try!
Also scattered across the county are several charming gardens and historical houses where you can take in the sights, relax and be with nature, and sample local produce with a fine dining experience – even afternoon tea with crustless sandwiches, scones and preserves made with local produce.