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Discover Prince Edward County This Spring
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Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Prince Edward County is a a blissful escape from the fast-paced, nonstop world of Toronto. Home to geological phenomenon such as the Sandbanks and Lake-on-the-Mountain, the island community is rich with history and colonial architecture. Filled with farms, vineyards, antique shops and beaches, Prince Edward County has also become a popular culinary and winery destination in recent years. If you’re looking to venture away from hectic urban life for a weekend, here’s our guide to the scenic region and its various intriguing attractions.
Check out the local art scene
Prince Edward County may boast some impressive views, but this picturesque locale is full of art galleries, museums and studios. The Arts Trail is where you can meet the island’s local artists and gain insight into their original works. Art lovers can also purchase art to add to their collections, or try their hand at some of the in-studio workshops. From painting to glass blowing, the community nurtures and promotes many different forms of art.
Self-guided Taste Trail tour
Foodies can enjoy the local wine and cuisine of the island with this self-guided tour. The Taste Trail is made up of artisan shops, restaurants, pubs and wineries. With spring around the corner,guests can also plan a visit during Prince Edward County’s Countylicious event. Hosted twice a year in April and November, the event features prix fixe menus at local restaurants, for an affordable fine dining experience. Each of the participating venues creates unique three-course menus which are meant to celebrate the county’s cuisine.
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Learn about the county’s history
Once home sweet home to Sir John A. Macdonald, Prince Edward County is also a must-visit for the Canadian history buff. With five museums to choose from, history buffs can get a taste of the island’s heritage. The Wellington Heritage Museum features a unique canning collection, which highlights the importance of the canning industry in Prince Edward County during the late 1800s.
Explore the island’s beaches
If you’re from Toronto, the thought of jumping into Lake Ontario may seem unappealing! However, Prince Edward County’s beaches are known for being tranquil, beautiful and welcoming. Sandbanks Beach is one of the more popular beaches the island has to offer, recognized for its golden sand and sparkling water. For those looking to get more than a tan, many of the beaches on the island offer fishing, boating, hiking and camping. Be sure to check out Lake-on-the-mountain, which is considered by Prince Edward County to be one of Ontario’s natural wonders.
Since Prince Edward County is so steeped in history, there are a number of antique shops and boutiques. Some of these businesses carry pieces that date as far back as the days of the first settlers. There is a store which is humorously named “Dead People’s Stuff”, that is home to mixture of pine furniture, cottage décor, vintage tools and so much more. For those looking for a unique souvenir, the island’s antique selection just may help you adorn your space.