Wine and Culinary
One of Canada’s most exciting wine regions, Prince Edward County is Ontario’s newest Designated Viticultural Area. Situated halfway between Toronto and Montreal, the area is brimming with award winning wineries, as well as cider houses, a brewery and a craft distillery. Producing world class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, among others, Prince Edward County offers high quality wines to please every palette. The County’s internationally acclaimed wineries offer a variety of experiences, from tastings and tours to winemakers dinners and live entertainment.
Prince Edward County is also a culinary hotspot. With a history steeped in agriculture, the area once produced a third of Canada's canned goods and there is still an immense amount of pride in local produce.
The “bounty of the County” is available everywhere, from quaint farm stands and boutique stores to cafes and fine dining restaurants. Follow the Taste Trail for a self guided tour of some of the areas most exciting restaurants and wineries.
Not just a summer getaway
While the sand dunes and pristine beaches of Sandbanks Provincial Park are a popular destination for summer sun-seekers, the County has plenty to offer all year round. From fabulous country fairs and the popular bi-annual price fixe dining promotion, Countylicious, to the wine community's take on the ancient tradition of Wassail in the fall and March’s popular Maple in the County maple syrup festival, there are year round activities for the whole family.
A diverse landscape for the whole family
You’ll be amazed at the diversity Prince Edward County offers. Surrounded by water, the County is home to some of Canada’s best beaches and trails. Best known for the internationally acclaimed Sandbanks Provincial Park and the mysterious Lake on the Mountain, the County also boasts North Beach Provincial Park, Little Bluff Conservation Area and the 49 kilometer long Millennium Trail. From exploring hiking trails to world class fishing and water sports like windsurfing and wakeboarding, there are a multitude of activities for the whole family.
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A creative community
Indulge your inner chef and create your own gourmet fare at one of Prince Edward County’s cookery schools. Learn steamy international cuisine at From the Farm Cooking School or whip up a spicy Thai or Cajun dish with Chef Michael Hoy.
Spend a day or two exploring the Arts Trail, where you’ll find some of the County’s most talented artists. Whether you are a fan of painting, glassblowing, wood turning or fibre art, you’ll meet the most interesting people and, who knows, perhaps you’ll even find that must have piece for your own home.
Theatre lovers are in for a real treat. Prince Edward Community Theatre offers intimate performances in the unique Mount Tabor Playhouse and The Festival Players of Prince Edward County perform a full summer season of great Canadian plays in different locations throughout the County. Where else can you catch an award winning theatre in a vineyard or a barn?
Music lovers will rejoice. The Prince Edward County Jazz Festival is an annual five day celebration of jazz and the Prince Edward Music Festival is a must for classical and opera lovers. For those who prefer a more relaxed environment, the Acoustic Grill in Picton provides excellent live entertainment on a nightly basis and Picton’s historic Regent Theatre is famous for its events ranging from film screenings to live music.
History and architecture
interested in maritime history, more than 50 shipwrecks have been located in the water surrounding the County and the Mariners Park Museum is home to many of the treasures retrieved during diving expeditions.
Relatively small by geographic standards, the County has a rich and storied history. Five museums are open to the public, each offering a a varied lineup of exhibitions to provide a unique insight into days past. Of special note to those