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Prince Edward County

Enjoy red wine and white sand in a Canadian island community

Located on the north bank of Lake Ontario, just west of the St. Lawrence River Inlet, Prince Edward County is a rustic getaway with beautiful beaches and a thriving wine scene. This live-by-the-land region buzzes with culinary innovation and entrepreneurship, but its easy-going atmosphere makes RV travelers feel right at home.

Prince Edward County’s 390 square miles are almost completely ringed by picturesque beaches, which allow for unparalleled access to swimming, sailing, fishing and scenic photography. Known by locals simply as “the county,” a charming rural atmosphere and mild weather draw legions of visitors each year to dip their toes in its white sands and enjoy the hearty bounty from inland farms.

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Local Flavor and Self-Guided Tours

Prince Edward County is home to nearly 50 vineyards, with almost as many wineries to match. The limestone-rich soil combined with the optimal temperatures and humidity provides the ideal environment for viticulture. Both red and white wines are crafted in the region, making it a hotspot for oenophiles eager to taste new flavors.

A journey along the local Taste Trail will introduce epicures to vineyards as well as farms that grow vegetables and fruits. Rural organic farmer’s markets, fine dining within the city limits, and locally sourced cheese make this a moveable feast for visitors.

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Say Cheese

Nothing pairs better with wine than cheese. The locals of Prince Edward County seem to have taken this truism to heart, supporting a robust cheese industry that has gained worldwide attention. The iconic Black River Cheese Company, for one, claims more than 100 years in business. The Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company, meanwhile, boasts several international awards.

It’s no surprise that Prince Edward County hosts the Great Canadian Cheese Festival. This annual outdoor event is held at the Picton Fairgrounds and attracts cheesemakers from across the continent to show off their creations.

The healthy population of winemakers and chefs has resulted in an ever-increasing amount of culinary-focused activities, including Six Barrels for Six Chefs, which matches select wines with their edible counterparts to raise money for area charities. The annual “Taste” celebration honors farm-to-table contributions from local chefs and farmers.

While edible creations keep food lovers coming back for more, non-edible art in the county is just as abundant as artisanal cheese. In the same tradition as the Taste Trail, an Arts Trail will lead the aesthetically starved along a path of visual wonder.

The rural influence on homegrown styles of art featured along the Arts Trail ranges from modern galleries that feature the latest exhibits to rustic and unique studios located in old barns and restored homes. Picton is also home to the Regent Theatre, one of the only remaining art-deco movie theaters in Ontario. While the Regent hosts plays, musicals and art house films all year long, the Festival Players of Prince Edward County entertain children and adults during summer months. You can even catch one of their plays at an artisan cheese factory.

Sandy Banks and Saw-whet Owls

Located on the south end of the county, between East Lake and West Lake, Sandbanks Provincial Park features the largest freshwater sand bar and dune system in the world.

On the water, boating, kayaking, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing are common pastimes for locals and tourists alike. In addition to aquatic options, the park offers drier recreation choices in the form of trails and playgrounds, all of which feature pet-friendly areas.

A short trek to the eastern tip of the county will lead birdwatchers to Prince Edward Point, a semi-secluded destination that features expansive wetlands, lush forests and preserved grassland. Birds such as the golden-winged warbler, red-bellied woodpecker and saw-whet owl can be seen up close at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory and along the small network of hiking trails located within this

National Wildlife Area.

Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park is another popular destination. Sitting near the the headland coast and the Bay of Quinte at a height of 200 feet, this natural attraction makes for excellent photos. Share them with your friends over a glass of wine.

For More Information

Prince Edward County

800-640-4717

www.prince-edward-county.com

 

Ontario Travel

800-668-2746

www.ontariotravel.net