Picton, Prince Edward County

The Heart of Beautiful Prince Edward County

Picton is the largest community and the economic hub of Prince Edward County. Located in the island community of Prince Edward County in Southeastern Ontario, roughly 160km east of Toronto, it is a popular tourist destination and agricultural hotbed. With a population of 4,487 people (2011), it is home to many retired residents, as well as an increasing number of young families and lifestyle-oriented entrepreneurs. Picton is located at the south western end of Picton Bay, a branch of the Bay of Quinte, which is along the northern shoreline of Lake Ontario. The town is named for General Sir Thomas Picton, who most famously fought as second in command in the Battle of Waterloo.

 

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The Perfect Destination

Things to See in Picton, Prince Edward County

Picton Destination Landmarks

Picton’s main street, Highway 33, also known as the Loyalist Parkway, boasts a plethora of shops, restaurants, overnight accommodations, heritage homes, historical landmarks such as The Regent Theatre and a gorgeous harbour with a fully functioning marina. It operates as Picton’s prime link to the larger Ontario highway channels. The Crystal Palace, located in the Fairgrounds at 375 Main Street, was built in 1887 and is a down-scaled replica of Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace in London, England. The building is host to numerous county fairs, culinary and wine expositions, art shows, and more.

 

Nature & Beauty

Things to Do in Picton, Prince Edward County

Parks and Recreation

There are six municipal parks in Picton including Macaulay Heritage Park, Delhi Park, Rotary Park, and the small, yet stunning Hill Street Park overlooking the Picton Harbour. Walking trails start in the Mary Street parking lot and sprawl throughout Picton, varying in length from a 1 km ‘Walk in the Park’ to a 5 km trek which eventually connects with The Millennium Trail. The main dog park is located in Delhi Park on Lalor Street and welcomes visitors and their four-legged companions. The Prince Edward County Fitness and Aquatic Club features an olympic-sized indoor pool, saunas, and a full gym. In the winter, as the tourist season slows down, there are many outdoor and indoor activities to enjoy. Cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, as well as an indoor public skating rink, an annual curling bonspiel, and a bustling ice fishing community, means that there is no shortage of activities to be enjoyed.  

A Historic Community

Picton, Prince Edward County 

A Bustling Loyalist Industry

What was once a town whose main industries were based in agriculture and a large amount of canning factories, Picton has transformed into a bustling community. With an emphasis on tourism, elder care, the arts, food, wine, and beer, there are a lot of other professional enterprises located in town.

Picton is home to the Loch Sloy Business Park, formerly known as Camp Picton, whose tenants range from landscaping companies, to yoga and photography studios. Three times a year it hosts the ever popular Arm-Drop Races on a former landing strip used during World War II. It was also a filmming location for the hit show Canada’s Worst Drivers. A second industrial park in Picton features many different manufacturers, including the Proctor Silex/Hamilton Beach factory outlet, a filtered water bottling operation, several industrial catering kitchens, and a pallet producing company.

The Essroc Cement plant is located on the edge of Picton, and employs a large number of county residents year-round. There are a number of quarrying operations locally that support the cement plant.

 

Food & Wine

Picton, Prince Edward County

An Up-and-Coming Foodie Destination

There are several wineries, breweries and notable restaurants within Picton, as well as in the surrounding areas. From 1860 to 1890, Prince Edward County was known for their strain of barley, and became renowned throughout the area, stretching out as far as New York State. Picton’s first brewery was called The Glenora Springs Brewery, and is now known as Barley Days Brewery (est. 2007). The Miller House Cafe/Brasserie opened at Lake on the Mountain in 2013, offering a selection of charcuterie and house-made craft beers in a breathtaking setting overlooking the bay. In 2015 the county’s first brewpub opened on Picton Main street called The County Canteen. The Black Prince Winery was established on Loyalist Parkway in Picton in 2003, offering a wide array of wines and vinegars.

There are numerous restaurants located in Picton, ranging from greasy spoon diners to high end gourmet Bistros. The Picton Harbour Inn is a favourite among locals and tourists alike, offering wonderfully personable service and one of the best breakfasts in town. The Acoustic Grill and the Barley Room Pub are popular meeting spots for locals and visitors alike, and both boast classic pub fare as well as live music weekly. Blumen Garden Bistro, lead by head chef and owner Andreas Feller, offers casual fine dining with a focus on fresh and local ingredients.

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