It’s About Time You Lived in Prince Edward County
Escape the Ordinary to a Place Truly Extraordinary
Affectionately known as “The County” by locals, Prince Edward County is place full of rich history, unbeatable natural wonder, culinary delights and people like no where else on earth. Set alongside some of the most beautiful island shorelines that Canada has to offer the area’s boasts a rich farming history, unmatched culinary destinations and vibrant community full of creatives. Settled by British Loyalists in the 18th century, the area consists of several smaller towns (Picton, Wellington, Bloomfield) and communities (Rednersville, Ameliasburgh, Sandbanks, Milford, Waupoos, Glenora, Carrying Place, and Consecon).
Everything you want on one island
Prince Edward County is a beautiful island community nestled in Lake Ontario, only 2 short hours from Toronto. It has become a bustling community and an international destination for arts and culture, food, and wine.
Prince Edward County is an island located south of Lennox and Addington County. Long celebrated for its famous beaches including Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County has historically been known for it’s farming. Over the last 20 years the area has become known and celebrated as a wine, food, art and culinary destination.
It is affectionately known as “The County” by locals.
The island is approximately 1,000 square kilometres and is surrounded by 500 kilometres (310 mi) of shoreline with countless celebrated beaches. The three largest towns in the area are Picton, Wellington and Bloomfield. The area’s total population was 25,258 as of 2015. This number reflects a small percentage of the people that vacation in the area each year.
There are so many beautiful natural features that have made the County a widely celebrated destination for visitors and locals alike, from the otherworldly sand dunes of Sandbanks National Park to the shorelines of the hundreds of kilometres of beaches. These beautiful beaches that surround the three largest towns in the County, Picton, Wellington and Bloomfield, are destinations for many travellers to come and buy unique, local items.
The County is home to some 25,000 people, plus it hosts many more people on vacation, enjoying the food, wine, arts, and culture. A celebrated location, Prince Edward County was named as the only Canadian destination in Travel & Leisure’s 2015 listing of where to travel, and it’s easy to see why so many people visit every year to take in the beautiful scenery, buy from local businesses, and enjoy the local offerings from county artisans.
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Towns of Prince Edward County
Picton, Prince Edward County
Picton, which has a population of just of 4,487 people (2011), is the the largest community and economic hub of Prince Edward County. Located on the Bay of Quinte in South Eastern Ontario, the town is a popular tourist destination. Named after Sir Thomas Picton, second in command to Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo, the town was first settled in the 1780’s by empire loyalists. The town is a popular destination for tourists because of its shopping and historical landmarks such as the Crystal Palace and Regent Theatre.
Wellington, Prince Edward County
Wellington, which has a population of nearly 2000, is the second largest community in Prince Edward County. Located off the shores of lake Ontario the town, like Picton, is a popular tourist destination. The town boast an beautiful beach and is the closest town to the celebrated Hillier wine region. The town has several renowned culinary destinations including the Drake Devonshire, Pomodoro, East and Main and Tall Poppy Cafe.
Bloomfield, Prince Edward County
The village of Bloomfield is located in the heart of Prince Edward County, in between Wellington and Picton on the Loyalist Parkway. The village is the third largest in Prince Edward County and is a popular shopping destination. Bloomfield is the closest town to Sandbanks Provincial Park – a popular destination in large part because of it’s famous fresh water dunes.
Other Prince Edward County Locations Include:
- Carrying Place
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Food in Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County has become home to a whole host of culinary treats and landmarks, showing off the breadth and skill of chefs, artisans and culinary experimenters that all call it home. Due to its special geography, The County is home to some remarkably fertile farmland and has become a rising star on the international wine scene. The region has been gaining an ever more popular reputation as it exports the quality wines produced here far and wide! Even the United Kingdom has developed a taste for the fine flavours in county wine. With so many wineries to visit, you can have an endless wine tour that can last a whole season.
The Taste Trail
The Taste Trail has become a touchstone of all The County has to offer, cataloguing all the different tastes and delights there is to offer in one self-guided tour. The menus at all of the wineries, cideries, breweries, restaurants and cafes are ever-changing and locally sourced, rooted in the bounty of the surrounding land. You can try as much as you like while enjoying the many beautiful views of the nature around you.
The Taste Trail map is full of exciting surprises for your taste buds – whether you’re craving a cool ice cream treat, a delicious and savoury artisanal cheese, or a local brew to help you relax, the combinations of flavours in the county is limited only to your imagination!
“We are both simple and sophisticated. We have something for everyone, and the lake is never far.”
Prince Edward County has a very stable year-round population of just over 25’000. The seasonal population increases by approximately 6’000 in the summer months. With a growing and vibrant tourism industry we attract over 550,000 visitors annually.Welcome home to Prince Edward County
Art in Prince Edward County
Rest and Relax – Or Explore
The beaches that line the shores of Lake Ontario are only some of the jewels that have made The County sparkle. Dry off from your swim with a little golf and any of the many golf courses that are scattered all over. When you’re done with your game, relax at a café, or enjoy some wine at a local winery or restaurant – even sample a little local entertainment at one of the many shows and festivals The County has to offer!
Explore living history in the many museums that are home to the story of The County, something to fascinate both young and old. Go fishing in the wide waters that make The County a beautiful island setting, or in many of the interior bays and lakes. You and your family can come back every year and still not finish it all!
Local Artists and Culture
Art has a home in The County and the Arts trail is your guide to exploring everything local artists have to offer. There are many destinations that have become extremely popular with tourists and locals alike, and the diversity available is astounding.
Ranging from galleries, shops, studios, to even work installed along the road, you can stop to take in the beauty created by the people of The County. From the familiar to something completely unexpected, you can even take a piece of The County home with you, something to treasure for years to come! Looking for a perfect gift for someone special? There’s endless possibilities at every corner – you may even find something for yourself while you’re at it!