Explore The Area

In the heart of beautiful Prince Edward County

near all the excitement in the county

This cottage resort is located in the heart of Prince Edward County, a beautiful island community at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Only 217 km from Toronto and 262 km from Ottawa, “The County” was declared one of Canada’s “8 Great Escapes” by Maclean’s Magazine and has more than 800 km of shoreline.

Artists, musicians, farmers, winemakers, chefs and outdoor enthusiasts all live and work here to create a Canadian destination like no other. Many have moved here to pursue their artistic or entrepreneurial passions. From cheese-making to lavender farming, you will find adventure and something new in “The County.”

The resort is just a few minutes away from Sandbanks Provincial Park, the most spectacular beach in Canada.

Come discover the region’s rich cultural life, wineries, fine dining, fine art, and home-grown hospitality.

Family sitting on the grass looking out on a lake.

The County

Sandbanks National Park’s pristine sand beaches, orchards and vineyards, makes it one of the most spectacular and popular hotspots in the country.

Diverse geological features make Prince Edward County a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and naturalists. The area is ideal for swimming, fishing, canoeing, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. Hikers and bikers can explore The County’s diverse geography at a dozen conservation areas, while bird watchers flock to the County during the spring and fall migratory seasons.

Crowned ‘the gastronomic capital of Ontario’ by The Globe and Mail, Prince Edward County is one of the few places in Canada where you can pair organic, locally farmed delicacies with superb wines produced only steps away. The County’s Taste and Arts Trails – charming, well-marked routes for drivers and cyclists alike – showcase the area’s heritage architecture and streetscapes and feature stops at over 40 wineries, eateries and galleries.

From April to October, The County’s arts scene is in full swing. Seasonal events include an authors’ festival, a jazz festival, a chamber music series, studio and gallery tours, several food festivals such as ‘Taste!’ and ‘Countylicious’, and professional theatre by the Festival Players of Prince Edward County.

For More Travel Info, Visit the Prince Edward County Tourism Directory

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ARTS TRAIL

The PEC Arts Trail was established in 2008. Using our bilingual Arts Trail Guide and Map (available both in print and downloadable from our bilingual website) – and watching for the distinctive blue Arts Trail signs – visitors can explore professional County studios and galleries year-round where they’ll find inspiring artworks in a range of price points and media. The Arts Trail connects art lovers, buyers and collectors with unforgettable works in sculpture, paintings, glass, ceramics, photography and so much more. From welcoming contemporary, rustic and historic galleries to unique artist studios, this self-guided tour is a wonderful experience for visitors to the County.

Our members are as follows:

  • 2 Gallery (Picton)
  • Mad Dog Gallery (Picton south)
  • ANDARA Gallery (Bloomfield North)
  • OENO Gallery (Bloomfield North)
  • J.D. Thompson Fine Paintings (Bloomfield North)
  • Sybil Frank Gallery (Wellington)
  • Pamela Carter Studio (Wellington)
  • Tom Ashbourne Gallery (Wellington)

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sandbanks Provincial Park is a provincial park located on Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County approximately 9 km from the resort.

It is noted for its picturesque sand dunes and beaches. It also has the world’s largest freshwater sand bar and dune system.

Other notes about Sandbanks:

  • Three expansive sandy beaches that some say are among the best in Canada; Outlet Beach is perfect for families, with shallow waters and gentle drop off
  • Location jutting out into Lake Ontario means that this park is a bird migration hot-spot in spring and fall
  • Walking trails that allow visitors to experience the dune and wetland habitats of the park

Wine & Dine

People dining.

Prince Edward County is one of the few places in Canada where you can pair organic, locally farmed delicacies with superb wines produced only steps away. The area features stops at over 40 wineries, eateries and galleries.

Art & Culture

Couple walking out of a shop.

Prince Edward County’s Loyalist heritage is evident in its colonial architecture and celebrated in tours, events and in the county’s five museums. From April to October, The County’s arts scene is in full swing. The Loyalist Parkway winds past more than 40 listed archaeological sites and at least 125 notable heritage buildings.

Recreational Activities

Bikers posing for an image.

The area is ideal for swimming, fishing, canoeing, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. Explore The County’s diverse geography at a dozen conservation areas.

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