"An Island getaway in Ontario?" Picton by airkarat

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Prince Edward County

On the north shore of Lake Ontario between Toronto and Montreal, Prince Edward County is a traingular 'island' - still largely rural, but with quaint villages for shopping and with the white sands and sand dunes of the Sandbanks Provincial Park.

We have been to PEC and Picton, its central city, twice in 2004 - once to a bed and breakfast in the early spring, and again for camping near Sandbanks in August.

When searching for tourist information, search for 'Prince Edward County' (not Prince Edward Island which would be a smidgen further ;)

Fun for all ages

PEC is a great getaway for a family with school-aged kids. We stayed at a B&B with a sheep farm, but there are other places to see animals, including an emu farm and an exotic animal farm.

University students from nearby Kingston and Belleville come here often, and the Sandbanks park is booked solid by late spring. Quieter campgrounds, spas, country inns, cater to families with young children or to seniors.

Of course the sand dunes could occupy children for days, with the digging of foxholes and the turf wars that ensue.

Plenty of history here - this is where Lake Ontario narrows into the St. Lawrence River, and on the other side of the river is the USA - so plenty of history here with the Loyalists resettling here after the American War of Independence.
There is a maritime museum here, and one outfit that offers scuba diving for shipwrecks.

Nearby is Kingston, Ontario and the 1000 Islands. To get there faster you can take a free ferry across Adophus Strait.

Canadian Forces Base Trenton is always busy with military aircraft and search and rescue operations being based there.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Appeals to every age group, whether looking to relax or for fun.
  • Cons:A bit too far from the highway for a one-night stopover.
  • In a nutshell:Good weekend getaway as alternative to 'up north'
  • Last visit to Picton: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MURRA's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2005 at 5:03 AM

    prince edward county nearly as nice as niagara penninsula

  • sedona2's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2005 at 9:38 AM

    Hi.. loved your Picton info I often travel there and stay at the Waring House right now,, I am without car so if going alone, would have to get a bus.. but it is very nice How as that B and B you mention .... Sedona

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