Prince Edward County: Off The Tourist Track

Prince Edward County has become a hotspot over the past few years, with places like The Drake Devonshire and microbrewery County Road Beer Company opening up as well as the countless wineries that have grown and expanded.  With tourists flocking to The County, wineries, bed and breakfasts and hotels have become packed, but you can still experience PEC without the crowds.  Here’s how:

  1. Camp at Sandbanks Provincial Park

    Beautiful sand beaches with great swimming and hiking through sand dunes make this park a great destination. If you’re looking to stay in Prince Edward County and don’t want to pay the high prices of the boutique hotels, consider Sandbanks as your base to explore the county.  Rates start at $30.25 per site. CampKit provides quality camping gear if you’re coming from Toronto.

  2. County Cider Company

    Prince Edward County isn’t just about wineries, there’s also distilleries, breweries and cideries.  Located in Waupoos, The County Cider Company is a great place to try numerous ciders, enjoy wood fired pizzas and bask in the sun while taking in their glorious view of Lake Ontario.  

  3. Little Bluff Conservation Area

    Little Bluffs Conservation Area

    Take a break from the sandy beaches at Sandbanks and head over to this rocky little hidden gem.  Little Bluffs has stunning clear turquoise water and limestone cliffs.  Pack a picnic lunch, or stop at Black River Cheese and Vicki's Veggies on your way and make a cheese board when you get there!

  4. Go Antiquing!

    Antiques

    Prince Edward County has tons of antique shops.  If you’re looking for home decorations, wooden furniture, old radios or any sort of knick-knack, you’re bound to find it in the county.  Check out Dead People’s Stuff, The Vintage Barn, Frugal and Company, or just drive around and you’ll likely stumble across a few amazing antique shops (often located in cool old barns).

  5. Birdhouse City

    Wander through Birdhouse City, just outside of Picton.  The park is a quirky destination with over a hundred different birdhouses to check out, many of them reproductions of historic buildings.

  6. Lake On The Mountain

    Head to Lake on the Mountain for beautiful views of the Bay of Quinte.  The lake is somewhat of a natural wonder, with no visible water source but a constant flow of clean, fresh water.  Perched atop a hill (the mountain) you can enjoy a meal and drinks on the patio at the Miller House Cafe-Brasserie.

  7. Scuba Dive to Shipwrecks!

    Prince Edward County may not be the first place you think of for scuba diving locations, but there’s plenty of shipwrecks to go and explore.  Named as some of the best fresh water dives in the world, you can go for an underwater adventure off of Point Traverse.  Make this is a true nature adventure and camp while you’re in the county.  Get all your camping gear from CampKit!

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