So much Wine, So Little time
"Wineries, Artists, Sunsets and white sand beaches"
Picton, may be the best known and "unofficial" capital of Prince Edward County, Ontario however if you never leave Picton there will be so much you will have missed.
"Sandbanks Provincial Park"
Perhaps Prince Edward County's most famous attraction, Sandbanks as it is know comprises thousands of acres along Lake Ontario and West Lake. From the white sand beaches of the Outlet and the Day park to the high dunes around West Lake the park offers something for every visitor and nature lover.
Picton, seat of 'The County'
"Picton, Prince Edward County"
My Mom spent all her summers here and in nearby Bloomfield as a child. This included the famous Sandbanks Provincial Park, which no longer has the huge sand dunes, but has a great beach.
Picton is known for its excellent b and bs, wineries from the area, history, antiques and two provincial parks - Sandbanks and Lake on the Mountain.
At Regent Theatre, they have movies and musicians. Georgette Fry, the Kingston blues singer is coming in August
"White chapel, Picton"
This is an historic church in Picton off the main street
"Eastlake house, built 1907"
27 Centre Street, Picton. A great place to stay! This place is run by former clients of Tony's business.
An Island getaway in Ontario?
"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.
Sandbanks Provincial Park
"Tony relaxing at Sandbanks..."
Finally a beach that Tony likes!! This is very popular with students from Kingston and Belleville (although Torontonians and Ottawans visit too). There are shells all around as well, but they are mostly small (at least at the part of the beach I was on - the beach is quite long).
"Come on in, the water's warm!"
And you can walk out for a while before it gets deep (good for families)
"More Lake Ontario..."
"Castlebuilding at Sandbanks."
Can you imagine the castles when the sandbanks were huge??
"Beach @ Sandbanks"
"At the edge of the lake"
The surf was going run up into her chair... intentional I guess.
Eastlake House - great place to relax
This house is amazing! The bricks were even built of local Sandbanks sand in 1907. It has a gatehouse in the back and all kinds of curios in the place. There is room for three couples. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms
"Tony relaxing in living room with magazine & wine"
"One of two arboretums"
"Tony playing antique harmonium"
Tony even had his knees involved in playing this instrument. I took a movie of it, but its too big to post on VT
"L-A enjoying dry local sherry"
The sherry was really dry, but it was hospitably offered...
"TV room at Eastlake House"
We enjoyed a movie from this room with the cross breeze from both garden rooms...
"Parlour @ Eastlake House"
"Our breakfast table"
This room was shuttered in the evening, but very available for breakfast... And what a great breakfast it was!!