You don't have to travel all the way to Prince Edward Island to enjoy magnificent sandy beaches.
Take a short two-hour trip east of Toronto, and you'll discover the sandy beaches of Prince Edward County along the north shore of Lake Ontario.
Just south of Belleville, the irregularly shaped landform is home to Dunes Beach, Outlet Beach (both located in Sandbanks Provincial Park), and Lakeshore Beach, three of the most beautiful beaches in the province. The seemingly endless sand dunes and turquoise water will almost make you forget that you are still in Canada.After a day relaxing on the beach, there is perhaps no better way to spend the evening than enjoying a glass of fine wine. There are so many wineries in PEC that we bet you won't be able to visit them all in one day. On our journey across the county, we had a fantastic experience at Waupoos Winery. We enjoyed a bottle of their delicious 2020 Auxerrois while relaxing and taking in the views of Lake Ontario.If you're not there in the summer, a trip to PEC during the winter months is well worth your while. The 46-kilometer Millenium Trail is a challenge for even the most experienced winter warriors. Three of the area's top wineries; Three Dog Winery, Sugarbush Vineyards & Winery, and Campbell's Orchards, join in on the festivities by allowing the public to use their land for snowshoeing and even supplying snowshoes as well!
The last time we traveled through Picton and Wellington, we explored the smaller communities of the area. After passing through a stretch of farmland and hamlets, we reached Ameliasburgh at the northwest corner of the county. This area has that small-town Ontario vibe that not many places still have. As we continued our journey east, we came to Sophiasburgh, which had more of that "untouched by time" feeling.After circling the "burghs," we headed further south until we reached Picton. Here, you can experience fine dining, cafes, live music, and many local activities that you won't want to leave. We recommend trying the Acoustic Grill tavern and live music venue for delicious local cider and the best burger in Picton. We ended our stay in Picton by spending the night at The June Motel that describes itself as a hip, boutique motel brand "with a penchant for great wine and good vibes," where we kept the wine tasting and fun going well into the night. In the morning, we woke up to a fresh cup of coffee and the view of Picton Bay from the balcony.We continued on to Wellington, where we stopped at the Farmers' Market. There were so many locally made products that we simply did not have the time to sample them all. The lemonade from Lemonade Dave was so refreshing on a hot summer day that we decided to grab a case for the road. Our final stop in Wellington was at Norman Hardie Wineries where we enjoyed two wood-fired pizzas before picking up a three-pack of Back Vintage Chardonnay to bring a taste of PEC back home.If you're not ready to leave the county, then head south towards the south shore. If you're in PEC during the spring or fall, be sure to look out for the many migratory birds that pass through the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area on the eastern tip of the Prince Edward Point peninsula, located about 20 kilometers southeast of Picton. This is a scenic and peaceful place to spend the day. Pack a picnic with some fresh bread from the PECish Baking Company, dip your feet into one of several small unsupervised gravel beaches or explore the small network of hiking trails.
The best way to end a trip to the county? Perhaps by sampling more wine. You can't go wrong enjoying wine in a place that's home to so many vineyards and wineries.