41 Events to Put Joy in your June

June is a magical month – the start of summer, lots of fun in the sun, everything’s open for the season and your summer vacation is just days away. There’s so much to see and do in South Eastern Ontario! Here’s a round-up of 41 great June events to start your summer in style.

Bay of Quinte

  1. Bay of Quinte Art Festival
    Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and community on June 1, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Park in Trenton for a day bursting with artistic wonders. Dive into a vibrant showcase of talent with 37+ artist vendors displaying their captivating creations, Indulge your taste buds with delicious offerings, live music, face painting, balloon twisting, and be inspired. Come explore, interact, and be amazed!
  2. The Sound of Music at The Pinnacle Playhouse
    The Belleville Theatre Guild is bringing the Sound of Music to life from June 6 to 21, 2024 at the Pinnacle Playhouse stage. The beloved tale is a glorious treat for the entire family and a joyous masterpiece! Get your tickets now.
  3. Quinte West Summer Pop Ups
    Now in its third year, Quinte West Summer Pop Ups overlooking the Trent River features eight wooden cabins and five food truck stations, to entice visitors with everything from ice cream to street Thai food to fashions. Mini Pop-Ups are also on site, featuring, totes, bows and much more. Look for the Pop Ups  in Centennial Park!
  4. Homestead Adventure Park
    High ropes, mini golf, remote control boats, Beavertails, farmer’s market – wow! This adventure park is newly opened and uniquely themed to transport visitors on an exciting journey through Quinte West’s interesting histories in Trenton. The 18-hole mini golf course is surrounded by 16 high-rope challenges providing scenic views, challenging obstacles, and hours of fun for the whole family.

Prince Edward County

  1. Burlesque at the Barn
    See the best shimmy shakers and burlesque artists from across the country! Come for a simmering, scintillating night of burlesque on June 1, 2024 at The Hayloft Dancehall in Cherry Valley. The Hayloft has been a county institution for about five decades! This rustic 170-year-old barn is a summertime hotspot. Look for more events throughout June, as well, from drag shows to live music and barn parties.
  2. Trail Jam
    Ride the entire trail (or half) with a large group of cyclists of all skill levels! This ride goes end-to-end from the start of the Millennium Trail in Carrying Place all the way to Picton. Taking place Sunday, June 16, 2024 it promises the greatest bike ride in PEC! Everything culminates at Prince Eddy’s Brewing Company for a post-ride celebration meal, games, drinks, prizes, live music and more.
  3. Art in the County
    Be inspired at Art in the County, a signature event of the summer season in Prince Edward County. The show attracts thousands of visitors and showcases the highest quality works of art by Prince Edward County artists and artisans. The 31st annual Art in the Couny Juried Exhibition and Sale will be held from June 21 to July 7, 2024 at the upper level of the Armoury building in downtown Picton.
  4. PEC Country Music Festival
    The Pretty Excellent Country Music Festival at Base31 is known as an exciting two-day live music event that will get your boots stomping and make you kick up your heels! From June 28 to June 29, 2024 see headliners The Reklaws and High Valley. Grab your cowboy hat and get ready to party.

 

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The PEC Folk & Irish Festival at The Waring House, June 6 – June 9 is a celebration of Canadian folk and Irish music and the contributions of the Irish in Canada. Enjoy live musical performances, performance instruction, musical workshops, artisanal workshops, and opportunities to purchase and enjoy traditional art forms. Various dining opportunities, including a full Irish breakfast, Irish High Tea, an Irish whiskey-tasting dinner, an evening of Irish humour, and children’s activities in a day of family fun. Highlighting the history of the Waring family who arrived as Quakers seeking religious freedom.

Lennox & Addington

  1. Stoney Steps Art Fest
    Stoney Steps Artfest, Saturday June 15, is a beloved, juried outdoor show featuring a wide range of fine arts and crafts created by more than 55 skilled Canadian makers. Find the show along the beautiful banks of the Napanee River in Newburgh. Celebrate art by spending the day shopping for beautiful handmade goods and fine art from some of the best artisans in the region, watch live educational demonstrations, enjoy delicious lunch fare and homemade pie.
  2. Doors Open Loyalist Township
    Spend the day discovering some local history first-hand and celebrate the community’s heritage on June 15 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Doors Open Ontario is a province-wide celebration that provides a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy interesting places and spaces in communities across Ontario – all free of charge.
  3. Napanee Heritage 5K and Kids 1-miler
    Family fun and run! The Napanee Heritage 5K and Kids 1-miler is a well-organized event that starts and ends at Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives, located at 97 Thomas Street East in Napanee. Race profits are donated directly back into the Napanee community in support of physical or mental health initiatives.
  4. Lavender Queen Opening Day
    Lavender Queen is reopening June 22, 2024 to welcome back lavender lovers for the season! Join in the beautiful fun treats and photos in the lavender – and even shop the lavender inspired products under our new tent. Be sure to ask about the Afternoon Tea, Fresh lavender wreath making workshops and Lavender Distillation workshops!

Frontenac County

  1. The Frontenac Farmers Market
    Every Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith visit farmers, producers, creators and more – all of your favourite vendors! This year there will also be music and special events each week, as well as educational workshops. From honey to blooms and from mushrooms to wine it’s all found at the Frontenac Farmers Market!
  2. Wolfe Island Hotel
    So much live music, so little time! Hotel Wolfe Island is firing up the music scene with everything from jazz to country to folk and beyond this June. Multiple events every week featuring performers like Fred Eaglesmith, Brownman Electryc Trio, Clear Breeze and Jenny Lap and Co.
  3. MT Adventures Rock the Lock Trail Run
    This 20 km run on the Cataraqui Trail between Chaffey’s Lock and Perth Road Village is an adventure onto itself! Taking place June 8, 2024 the race fee includes a post run meal and souvenir. This daring experience travels through beautifully peaceful countryside!

Kingston

  1. Artfest Kingston
    Where do more than 200 artists meet each year? At Artfest Kingston in City Park! Artists and artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston from June 29 to July 1, 2024. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre, poetry and more!
  2. Spring Reverb
    This four-day festival promotes, develops and showcases the Kingston music scene! Running until June 2, 2024 it sees live music and concerts, panels and special guest talks across the city.
  3. S.S. Keewatin
    An Edwardian-era (think Titanic-era) steamship is now open for tours! It is permanently dry docked at the Great Lakes Museum. This unique and rare experience opens daily for two tours – one featuring the passenger experience and the other exploring below deck in the Engine Room. Register today to be some of the first people aboard!
  4. Movies in the Square
    Thursday nights throughout the summer, starting June 27, 2024, Springer Market Square is transformed into an outdoor movie theatre! Grab a blanket or lawn chair, friends or family and hunker down to enjoy movies on the big screen while munching on popcorn or cotton candy! Find out what’s playing and plan to attend.
  5. YGK Craft Beer Festival
    Unofficial kick off to summer! The YGK Craft Beer Festival invites you to sip on the finest local craft beers and beverages, indulge your taste buds with drool worthy food and snacks, enjoy all-day live music, games and shop the artisan market on June 8, 2024 from noon to 8 p.m. Taking place at Fort Henry, the location is part of the experience, with amazing water views and city views all day adding to the experience.
  6. Skeleton Park Arts Festival
    Did you know this year marks the 19th anniversary of the Skeleton Park Arts Festival? It’s true! SPAF is a non-profit annual summer solstice celebration, taking place June 22 and 23, 2024. This free, family-oriented event will be held in McBurney Park and the surrounding neighbourhood. This year’s festival includes a diverse range of artists including Kobo Town, Status Non Status, Justin Rutledge and the Undertow Brass Band. But wait – there’s more! This year SPAF is partnering with the Fat Goose Craft Fair – which runs on the same weekend at Skeleton Park.

An SEO Shout Out to these attractions opening for the season:
Military Communications and Electronics Museum: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Special programming will be in place this summer.
Bellevue House: Bellevue House is a place for conversation. Visitors Experience, Engage, Reflect at this site. This is a journey of learning. A collection of viewpoints that allow you to engage and reflect in conversation around this complex story. Operating Thursday through Monday each week.
Kingston Pen Tours: Tours daily! Go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison.
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises: Sightseeing and dining cruises along Kingston’s historic waterfront and 1000 Islands.
Fort Henry: Open daily.
Ahoy Rentals: Kayak Lake Ontario open daily.
Kingston Trolley Tours: offering city tours daily in a unique red trolley!
Original Haunted Walks of Kingston: operating Wednesday to Saturday, featuring Ghosts of Queen’s, Ghosts of Fort Henry and many more spine-tingling options.

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W.C. Creatives – JUNE 28 – JULY 2, 2024: The Ancestral Echoes Art Exhibit is an identifiably unique branded indigenous art experience that immerses the art lover into the indigenous art culture, through social messages such as climate change and truth and reconciliation. The exhibit will be featured alongside Artfest in Kingston but will provide space for Indigenous vendors, performances, and teachings.

1000 Islands Gananoque

  1. Textile Festival at Lansdowne Community Centre Enjoy the vision and feel of hand crafted art! On June 1, 2024, see spinners, weavers, rug makers, quilters, needle crafters and more showcase their skills. Feel the softness of the rovings and the colourful hand dyed wool. Finished products, wool, kits, and accessories are waiting to tempt you at the Lansdowne Community Hall.
  1. Holistic Fair at the Recreation Centre
    Come early to reserve your spot for readings! On Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lou Jeffries Gananoque Recreation Centre find what you’re looking for with numerous readers, mediums, psychics, intuitives and healing practitioners offering 20 minutes for $50. Everyone is welcome and admission is free! Also look for crystal suppliers and artisans with treasures.
  2. Gananoque Lions Club Cruise In Car Show
    Motorheads unite on June 15, 2024! See cars, trucks, motorcycles and more alongside drivers prizes, DJ music, vendors and the Gananoque Lions Club will be hosting a barbecue and serving burgers, hot dogs, fries and drink from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with complimentary cake! Proceeds in memory of Brielle Bellemore-Blouin and SickKids Foundation.
  3. 1000 Islands Family Ribfest
    Come and enjoy a great day or stay for the weekend to browse, shop, relax, taste the delicious ribs from June 28 to July 1!

1000 Islands Rideau Canal Waterway

  1. Red Brick School at Elgin
    This historic schoolhouse is like a step back in time! Active from 1887 to 1964, it has many character defining elements that express the heritage of the red brick gem. The Elgin & Area Heritage Society has an intriguing new exhibit opening this June, showcasing the brilliance of local historical photographer, Clifford Pennock – in large format colour! The exhibit opens on June 29 and runs only on weekends until Sept. 1, featuring an extraordinary collection of photos by Clifford Pennock, an early 20th century photographic pioneer. The society invites people to rediscover how Clifford Pennock viewed this era through his masterful photographic lens and what he saw after he pressed the shutter. To bring this to life, his work has been digitally remastered, in full colour, for a 21st century audience. Look for more than 100 of his best photos, providing a new lens on South Crosby. A truly unique learning atmosphere! Keep an eye on the Facebook page for open dates and events.
  1. Father’s Day Breakfast and Car Show
    Take Dad out for a spin to the Father’s Day Car Show! Start with a breakfast heaping with eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausages and beverages, and stay for a car show! Get your motors running on June 16 at the Drummond Building in Spencerville. Get your best Dad jokes ready and burn out!
  2. Summer Concerts at the Kemptville Street Piano

It’s Kemptville Street Piano Summer Concert Series time again! Taking place rain or shine on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Grenville Public Library, the concerts are all ages, free to attend, dog friendly, and start June 1, continuing weekly until August 31. The lineup this year has something for everyone, including R&B piano great Jeff Rogers, blues guitar queen Jesse Greene, internationally renowned cello monster Raphael Weinroth-Browne and his ensemble Musk Ox, art-folk bilingue trio Moonfruits, heart-breaker chanteuse Tara Holloway, and beloved local acts and events such as our monthly Street Piano Jam (hosted by Bradley Smith). New for 2024 are added workshops, song-writer circles, and happenings made possible by Ontario Presents’ Slow Touring Project, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts! Get in tune with the happenings and come on out!

An SEO shout-out goes to Follow 44 Day Trip Adventures! The Follow 44 route takes you along County Road 44 from Rideau River Provincial Park, through Kemptville, past several country attractions, and into Spencerville. At only 27 kilometres long, you could drive it in half an hour—but that’s no fun! Take time to discover your own favourites along the way from vineyards to paddling and an animal sanctuary to a historic mill.

  1. Red Canoe Fest Seeley’s Bay will be buzzing on June 1 when the Red Canoefest takes over the waterfront! The day starts with breakfast and a free kid’s fishing derby, and continues with a paddling silent poker run, barbecue and more.
  2. Surya Yoga Festival The Kemptville Campus is the venue for this restorative outdoor festival that runs from sunrise to sunset. A ticket for June 22, 2024 grants you full access to more than 10 yoga classes led by authentic, holistic teachers. The festival includes a yogi market, delicious local food and more!
  3. Rideau Lakes Studio Tour
    Discover the art of creative minds at work in Rideau Lakes on Canada Day weekend! Enjoy incredible original art, sculptures, pottery, weaving, beading, and more. The Rideau Lakes Studio Tour celebrates over 25 years, and promises a spectacular showcase of the region’s finest artists. Taking place on Canada Day weekend, June 29 and 30, 2024, the event will feature more than 20 artists opening their studios to the public, allowing visitors to see how these talented creators work their magic.
  4. 1000 Islands Celtic Roots Festival If you love Celtic kitchen party music then you’ll be in your element June 14 and 15, 2024 at Happy Green Aces Campground! An awesome line up kicks off on  June 14th with Turpin’s Trail followed by The Mudmen and finishing off the night with The Fiddleheads! Starting June 15 is Spencer Scharf followed by The Celtic Kitchen Party and ending this awesome weekend of Celtic delights are The Steel City Rovers!
  5. Spencerville Father Daughter Ball Be enchanted at the Father Daughter Ball! This magical evening on June 1, 2024is all about making memories with your little girl – cherish the moments! With lots of activities complementing the dancing, like face painting, making matching bracelets, upping your nail game at the polish station or striking a pose in the photo booth it all adds up to fun.

Brockville

  1. Downtown Brockville Shop the Streets
    Dust off your boots for a night of dancing at the June 27, 2024 Country Western Street Dance! We hear the Ottawa Senators will be making a special guest appearance!
  2. Fairies in the Park
    Calling all fairies, wizards, mermaids and friends! The annual Fairies in the Park event is set to sprinkle magic on June 15 at St. Lawrence Park in Brockville! Meet Tinkerbell, get your face painted, bounce around and take part in kids activities! Admission is free, but donations for Girls Inc. accepted.
  3. 1000 Islands Regatta
    The 15th annual Brockville Hydroplane Festival is right around the corner it’s set to be a splash of fun! Great fun for all ages witnessing Hydroplane Racing, live music and a kid zones with vendors. The 1000 Islands Regatta is taking place from June 28 to 30, 2024. See Canadian icons perform as 54.40 will be playing on Friday night, while on Saturday, June 29 Big Wreck takes the stage!
  4. Rockin’ River Revue Party Cruises
    Cast off with Captain Andy and crew on June 1 and 7, 2024 aboard the Sea Fox II to rock the boat with hometown bands! This is known as the islands’ only regularly scheduled public party cruise. Hope aboard and let loose!

SDG Counties

 38. 1784: The 240th Anniversary of New Johnstown and the Royal Townships It’s not often you can revisit history or see how your ancestors lived and coped, but June 7 to 9, 2024 will provide that unique experience while celebrating the 240th anniversary of Cornwall and the SDG Counties. This year it will be 240 years since John Johnson’s loyalist refugees from the American Revolution brought their boats ashore in a wilderness area that was to be their new homes. Today these names are more familiar to us as Cornwall and the Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. A special event is being planned for June 7 to 9, 2024 seeing Lamoureux Park transformed to what life was like when these new settlers arrived. See a tented village replicating New Johnstown as it was in 1784! Visit the encampment to learn how these early settlers survived their arrival and flourished. For music lovers, concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings presenting French, Celtic and Akwesasne entertainers. The Cornwall Community Museum will be open for tours and will introduce its new exhibit on “1784”. In addition, the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada will be hosting its national conference in Cornwall. This celebration of our past is presented by the SDG Historical Society and is a free event open to all.

Cornwall

  1. Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre This is one of Cornwall’s most popular indoor attractions – and it’s back open for the summer season! Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the centre showcases the rich history of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project and the communities and people affected. The facility is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until August 30 and admission is free! The Visitor Centre is part of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) which operates the R.H. Saunders Generating Station. Did you know that with a 1,045-megawatt capacity, it is the second largest hydroelectric station in Ontario? That’s electrifying!

Prescott Russell

  1. Bike Night at Hawkesbury Ride into the weekend! Bike Night at Hawkesbury is back on June 7 from 5 p.m.to 9 p.m. with Judy Ann and her band, Hell on Heels, performing live! Look for food vendors on site. Meet up at Maximum Powersports in Hawkesbury!
  1. Music in the Vines at Vankleek Hill Vineyard
    Live music at a winery every Friday and Sunday! No reservations needed  – first come first serve on the patio. Kids are welcome but pets must be leashed.  Serving artisanal pizza, charcuterie and other surprises. Musicians throughout June include Better Half, Larry Cool, Normand Fullum and Shawna Caspi.

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Les Vergers Villeneuve and Blueberry Farm will be hosting local Feast dinners, 2 per month in June, July and August. These multiple-course meals are prepared by professional Chefs using local products only. Les Vergers Villeneuve and Blueberry Farm will also host its first local producers’ market on June 22, 2024. Expect local products from the region, such as fruit, veggies, different meats, honey, maple syrup, and more delicious offerings.

The dog days of summer are upon us and we’re aching to get out and do all the things! South Eastern Ontario has enough happening to fill your calendar three times over.  So, get your summer go-bag packed, plan to revel in the heat and dive into summer like you’re on permanent vacay.

24 Things for 2-4 May long weekend in South Eastern Ontario

Heads up: long weekend approaching! May 2-4 weekend, also known as the Victoria Day long weekend, is the unofficial kick-off of summer activities in South Eastern Ontario. Whether you’re in the mood to relax or you’re getting together with friends, here is a list of 24 things to do this weekend.

Outdoor Activities

  1. Play a round (or two) of golf: From lush greens at Hammond Golf to luxury fairways like Black Bear Ridge we have a golf course for you. Book your tee time now to avoid disappointment!

READ ALSO: Tee Time in South Eastern Ontario

  1. Go camping: From car camping to backcountry and everything in between, we have the perfect campsite. Mainstays like Charleston Lake Provincial Park are always popular for trails and wildlife viewing, as are sites further east like the Parks of the St. Lawrence campsites, including gorgeous waterfront sites. Hardy campers will appreciate the peaceful backcountry at rugged Frontenac Provincial Park.

READ ALSO: 16 Luxurious Cottaging and Glamping Ideas in South Eastern Ontario

  1. Go star gazing: It’s hard to believe that just a short drive north of the 401 is a place so serene that the skies are very much like they were 100 years ago. The L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is a must-see for night sky photographers and lawn chair astronomers.
  1. Build sandcastles at the beach: If you’re more of a day tripper, grab your kiddos, a sand bucket and shovel and head to Sandbanks Provincial Park. It is the world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation with three expansive sandy beaches that some say are among the best in Canada (and we tend to agree with those people).

READ ALSO: 20 Beaches to Spend the Day at in South Eastern Ontario

  1. Paddle the Rideau Canal: Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal offers an unforgettable canoeing or kayaking experience. The locks are opening this weekend! Bring your own boat or rent one from local outfitters like Frontenac Outfitters , Trailhead Kingston, or rental places throughout the Rideau Lakes, like Rideau Tours.

READ ALSO: 10 Ways to Paddle in South Eastern Ontario

  1. Go fishing: For some species, like Northern Pike and walleye, the fishing season opens the third Saturday in May, which means you can head to the water in search of that famous Bay of Quinte gold. Many deem the opening day of the walleye fishing season is the unofficial beginning of the open-water fishing season in Ontario. Remember to follow all fishing regulations according to your zone, including having a valid Outdoors Card and fishing licence.

Sightseeing & Tours

  1. Cruise the 1000 Islands: Cruising the St. Lawrence River is a classic experience in South Eastern Ontario. With a variety of boats to choose from, like the Wildcat high-speed catamaran to the elegant Island Queen, there’s no better way to experience the river. Find cruises in Gananoque, Kingston, Rockport and Brockville as a memorable way to kick off summer!

READ ALSO: 8 Unforgettable Cruising Experiences in South Eastern Ontario

  1. Take a ghost walk…if you dare: Haunted Walks of Kingston is an award-winning and bone-chilling walk through the city’s historic streets. Your guide tells ghost stories during your stroll and we’ve heard of ghost sightings too!
  1. Have a family day at the Aquatarium: The Aquatarium in Brockville offers a full range of interactive exhibits and activities for kids and adults in a comfortable, and accessible environment! Check out the live otters playfully swimming, Justin Beaver’s antics and feeding times, ships to explore, the planetarium, fish to marvel at and even a touch tank with starfish and crabs. Learn about the incredible biodiversity in our region.
  1. Visit a museum: No matter your interests, there is a museum in South Eastern Ontario that will capture your imagination. Learn about the region’s penitentiary history in Kingston or step back into the 1860s at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg.

READ ALSO: Travel Through Time At These 17 Historic Sites In South Eastern Ontario

  1. Go skydiving: Kick off summer by crossing off a bucket list item! Skydive Gananoque is your go-to when visiting South Eastern Ontario.
  2. Trek high through the trees: Take in big views through the towering white pines at TreeTop Trekking in the idyllic 1000 Islands! Whether ziplining across a lake, navigating wooden bridges or tightropes on a discovery course, or playing in the treewalk village, or even on a night trek, this adventure park is a great way to start the season making memories!
  1. Take a helicopter tour: Seeing the 1000 Islands from the air is breathtaking. Soar above the St. Lawrence River, castles, lush islands and brilliant blue water with 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours. A true gem of an experience!

Entertainment, Culture & Heritage

  1. Experience military life: Come visit Fort Henry in Kingston, an award-winning UNESCO Heritage Site! Get an immersive glimpse of life at the Fort in the 1800s with the pomp of the Garrison parade, the boom of firing cannons and a muster drill.
  2. Go to an art gallery: While strolling in the heart of downtown Kingston, check out eclectic Martello Alley. Get inspired on the Art and Culture Tour in Bay of Quinte or the elegant Cline House Gallery in Cornwall.
  3. Indulge in retail therapy: Each town and city in South Eastern Ontario have its own unique collection of shops. Downtown Kingston has boasts upscale retailers and niche boutiques. In The County, expect to find stores full of perfectly curated vintage goods and candy shops. Westport and Newboro have lovely stores with everything from luxe kitchen wares and designer furniture. Have a peek at our 11 destinations to discover your next trip to the shops.
  1. Catch a concert or live theatre: The place to be this long weekend is the region’s pubs, breweries and coffee shops, where local talent takes to the mic! From Kingston’s Grand Theatre to the Brockville Arts Centre and the Aultsville Theatre in Cornwall, live performance is never far, but far from ordinary.
  2. Try an escape room: Test your problem-solving skills at Kingston’s Improbable Escapes, Cornwalls Rush Hour Escape, or Prince Edward County’s Escape Room at Macaulay Heritage Park a collection of escape rooms where you are pitted against the clock to get out of a locked room.

Food & Drink

  1. Go on a wine tour: Prince Edward County’s terroir is recognized throughout the world as being unique and the hospitality of The County’s winemakers will make you feel right at home. Self-guided wine tours or chauffeured options are available. Look here for all the details to experience wine in The County.
  2. Turn those wheels: Rolling hills, iconic landmarks, beautiful countryside, charming villages. Cyclists in South Eastern Ontario witness all this, plus wildlife and friendly locals. Choose from 10 cycling itineraries in destinations across the region. From waterfront paths to urban loops to gripping town and country routes – South Eastern Ontario is a cycling gem!
  3. Pack a picnic of local food: Go to a farmers’ market and pack a picnic lunch of local food, such as bread, cheeses, honey, fruit and vegetables. Kingston’s Springer Market Square is home to the province’s oldest open-air market and Belleville, Prescott, Cornwall, Gananoque , Prescott Russell, and Brockville and more all have markets that are a short walking distance from parks that you can sit down and enjoy the sunshine in.
  1. Tour a craft brewery: Almost each town and city in the region boasts a craft brewery. Check out Rurban Brewing in Cornwall, Mackinnon Brothers in Lennox & Addington, Westport Brewing Company in the Rideau region, 1000 Islands Brewing in Brockville just to name a few. All of these places offer flights and a bottle shop to take home your new favourite brew. Check in with our destinations to find more of what’s brewing in SEO.
  2. Dine out with endless options everywhere: Kingston has more restaurants per capita than anywhere in Canada. The County is a culinary gem. Eateries in SDG Counties focus on delicious local flavours.  Gananoque is known for its eclectic cafes and Belleville and Trenton are home to Italian restaurants boasting fresh pasta made daily. We’re serious about food here, with chefs often sourcing local ingredients paired with local food, ciders and wines from Vankleek Hill to Tamworth.
  3. Go for ice cream In Bloomfield, grab a cone at Slickers, The County’s most popular ice cream shop, featuring fresh homemade flavours. Sundaes and soft-serve are a favourite at Brockville’s Cowan’s Dairy Bar. Kingston’s Reid’s Dairy Company is famous for their cheap shakes and yummy treat-filled hard ice cream. Kemptville’s Dairy Barn is set to make your weekend sweeter with sundaes, smoothies, hurricanes, milkshakes, and soft serve. The Opinicon Ice Cream Shop in Chaffey’s Lock serves up scoops made on the spot with unique flavours like Golden Squirrel!

No matter what you’re doing this weekend, it’s sure to be a treat to kick off the season in South Eastern Ontario. What’s your favourite spot to go in SEO?

Family, Community, Wine at Vankleek Hill Vineyard

Coming into the entrance of the Vankleek Hill Vineyard, visitors are greeted with a massive artistically-painted raven adorning the silo, welcoming all and taking guests under its wing. Part of the Popsilo Route in Prescott Russell, it’s perfectly poised to watch over the vineyard  – but also as a beacon to the community connection that unfolds daily at Vankleek Hill Vineyard.

When Teresa Bressan and Scott Lambert took over the fifty-five-acre property on Dandy Road in 2019, they knew they wanted to live more sustainably and had fallen in love with Eastern Ontario. But what they didn’t know was how the strong connections they were about to forge would help transform the vineyard into a true family space.

“It was like a breath of fresh air coming here,” Bressan said, noting they saw the potential in the property and have worked hard through blood, sweat and tears to get it to where it is now. But the community has been along for the ride and has responded tremendously every step of the way, she said. Bressan notes it’s family, community and wine that gathers people together at the vineyard.

“We basically extended an invitation to our table,” she said. “It is amazing to think where we started to where we are now. This is a direction Covid took for us in the best way possible.” Although she admits that’s a sentiment that isn’t always the case, Bressan pointed out that they worked hard respecting the guidelines and rules during Covid, and were able to still open their outdoor space up to community members. They responded.

Now it’s nothing for Bressan to blink and see the 130-seat patio full in the summer, witnessing families holding reunions there, friends gathering to celebrate and catch-up, couples on date nights – or repeat guests who everyone knows by name that refer to it as “their winery”. “It’s a really special thing to see everyone enjoying the wine while enjoying each other’s company,” she said.

Their winery has become an extension of people’s backyard, where connections are forged and customers become like family. “We’re truly more than a vineyard,” she said. “It’s like a family here. There’s a laid-back, humble vibe. Nothing is pretentious. We’re living the dream; welcoming in the community to come share it with us.”

The Wines

Teresa comes from an Italian background, and she remembers making wine with her Dad and Grandfather as a youngster. Now, Scott is the winemaker, and they grow five acres of cold-climate grapes: Frontenac (red) and Frontenac Gris (white). Some grapes for their wines are sourced from the Niagara region.

Their Frontenac Gris series continuously sells out. In fact, they have waiting lists for it. While Vankleek Hill Vineyard is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Lambert said their Frontenac Gris Estate, which was made in a Ripasso style, recently sold out in weeks. Fumé Blanc and Cabernet Franc also prove popular in summer, Bressan said.

A newly released project is the Frontenac Gris Rosé, a playful cold-climate Rose/Orange. It’s fermented on pinot noir skins, which lends strawberry and herbal notes with a touch of sweetness—and it’s already a hit.

“We release projects not wines,” Bressan said. Each project has been assigned a number since they started producing and they’re looking forward to releasing #41 shortly. “The variety of wine will repeat itself, but the project itself is different,” she said of their small batches. “Our mindset is that the end result is always something slightly different: same characteristics and baseline, but subtle differences because of Mother Nature’s play in the grapes. It’s beautiful that they all have uniqueness to them.”

Guests can purchase by the glass, bottle or tasting flight– with no reservations needed at the beautiful patio and outdoor tasting bar at Vankleek Hill Vineyard. The outdoor areas are a blend of shade and open spaces to lounge, while overlooking the estate vines.

However, to elevate the experience and try out their wines while gaining insider knowledge, Vankleek Hill Vineyard and Tasting Cellar offers a friendly guided tasting of five personally-selected wines. In this hour-long seated tasting experience, the wines chosen are the best representation of the sustainable growing and production methods.

Those methods extend beyond the vines, as well. Aside from the wine, Vankleek Hill Vineyard has 22 bee hives on the property and they produce their own honey. In addition, the clothing sold in the boutique is 90 per cent Ontario or Quebec produced with the shirts even screen-printed right in Vankleek Hill.

Summer lovin

Get into the summer groove and experience the Music in the Vines series, featuring live music four months a year, twice a week at the vineyard. Vankleek Hill Vineyard also has some new offerings on the horizon for the coming year, including unique accommodations in a Mongolian Yurt, and an expansion on food offerings including charcuterie boards and artisanal pizzas on the patio. Keep an eye on their socials for more!

“Come as you are. Bring kids, your pets, all generations,” Bressan said. “People start the weekend and end the weekend here, feeling totally connected, and we’re so fortunate to be a part of that.”

The winery is open on weekends until June, then it opens from Thursdays to Sundays until Labour Day. For more information, find Vankleek Hill Vineyard online at www.vankleekhillvineyard.com or on Facebook @VankleekHillVineyard and Instagram @vignoblevankleekhill. Better yet, stop by and say hi at 3725 Dandy Road (County Road 12) in Vankleek Hill.

Stay It With Pride: South Eastern Ontario Pride Trail

The spring & summer months in South Eastern Ontario are a time for getting together and celebrating warm weather, good vibes, and love in all its forms. So pull out your Pride gear and rainbow accessories and put them to good use this year with a trail through South Eastern Ontario to hit up all the great Pride events happening throughout the region!

Pride Parade #1: Napanee – June 1, 2024 

Greater Napanee Pride is the proud host of the annual Pride parade for the Greater Napanee area and a vendor fair. Both of these events will be taking place on June 1, 2024, with their parade taking place at 11:00 am at the Napanee Conservation Park, located at 20 Pearl Street in Napanee. The parade will conclude back in the Park with the vendor market, featuring local artisans, live music, and activities, until 4:00 pm. Be sure to score tickets to the after-hours “Pride in the Country” event, which features both an all-ages entry for earlier in the evening and a 19+ event that runs later into the evening and showcases a line-up of incredible drag performers.

Before the kick-off of Pride in the Country, be sure to visit the Waterfront River Pub and Terrace for dinner – featuring incredible waterside views, and a proud supporter of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, score a patio table and tuck into their mouthwatering dishes. They have a variety of separate menus available to accommodate a variety of diets including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, and even offer Napanee River Tours. They are also the only location in Napanee currently offering drag brunches with local drag celebrity, Oktavia

Make the most of your time enjoying Napanee Pride by staying locally at the Dowling House Country Inn and Retreat. Robert and his partner run this adorable country stay that boasts the perfect opportunity to travel with your whole crew, as the property can sleep up to 16 guests (plus furry friends!). It is also conveniently located in Napanee, which makes it super easy to score a local taxi or Uber to and from Pride in the Country so you can indulge in some adult beverages and have peace of mind that you have a safe ride back to your accommodation.

The next morning, pack up the car and head an hour-and-a-half east to Kemptville to take part in their annual Pride events!

Pride Parade #2: Kemptville – June 2, 2024

A vibrant and inclusive celebration of love will take place in Kemptville on June 2, 2024, hosted by the folks at North Grenville Pride. Festivities kick off at 10:30 am with the Pride Parade at Riverside Park and will travel down Prescott Street. After the parade, head over to the Kemptville Campus, 40 Campus Drive in Kemptville, to enjoy a day packed with delicious food truck eats, shopping at vendors and artisan stalls in their market, and family-friendly drag performances on the main stage, going until 4:30 pm that afternoon.

After wrapping up at Pride, check in to your accommodation for the evening at the Kemptville Suites, located right downtown Kemptville. These luxurious suites are immaculately designed and curated with local art and exposed stone walls and are conveniently located right around the corner from great dinner spots like Salamanders Restaurant and Hyde Smokehouse & Bar.

The next morning be sure to start off on the right foot with breakfast at Bubba & Bugs Coffee Bar – proudly 2SLGBTQIA+ owned and operated and just a short walk from your suite. Score a handcrafted hot or cold beverage of your choice, and be sure to grab yourself one of their incredible “eggie” sandwiches served on a delicious handmade buttermilk biscuit. You should also consider stopping by the Crusty Bakers on your way back to your car and pick up some treats for later in the day – we highly recommend their bacon butter tarts!

Be sure to schedule some time to explore the Rideau Woodland Ramble to explore their magical gardens. They have a full trail system through their stunning gardens and also offer a full garden centre to take a piece of Kemptville home with you for your own garden. Looking for something a little more adventurous? Stop by Drifters Outdoors Canoe & Kayak Rentals. They offer (you guessed it!) canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals to get you out on the water in the Kemptville Creek and Rideau Canal system.

Pride Parade #3: Brockville – June 8, 2024

Brockville Pride will kick off its Pride celebrations with activities starting on June 3 and continuing throughout the week leading up to their Pride Parade and vendor fair on June 8, 2024. They will have several activities including a comedy night, Lunch and Learns, a paint night, and much more, all culminating into the Pride Parade and volleyball tournament the following day. Follow the parade route down two blocks of King Street, past City Hall, and ending at Hardy Park for the vendor fair. Shop the vendors in the park and be sure to check out the Brockville Railway Tunnel – Canada’s first railway, originally completed in 1860 and now renovated and open to the public for free (though donations are accepted!).

Grab some dinner at 1000 Islands Brewing Co., located right in the middle of downtown Brockville, and home to Brockville’s local craft brews and delicious eats. Enjoy a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich or a warming bowl of jambalaya with a flight of their delicious, handcrafted brews. Another great option would be the Barley Mow – serving up 1000 Islands Brewing beers, boasting a big menu with lots of variety, and a regular venue for local drag queen, Ophelia Upp!

Spend the night at 2SLGBTQIA+ friendly 48 West – a luxurious boutique hotel in downtown Brockville and within walking distance of great dining, attractions, and shopping! The next morning consider a walk down King Street to score some great retail finds, or head over to Skedaddle Escape Rooms to give your brain a workout with one of their three escape rooms. Consider coming for Pride festivities with a group of friends and registering for the Pass for Pride Volleyball Tournament taking place during the day on June 9th!

Other great Pride events for you to consider:

Loud & Proud in Prince Edward County – they’ve curated the ultimate Prince Edward County Pride Month bucket list, packed with fun and inclusive events for everyone to enjoy.

Belleville – June 8th, 2024

The fine folks at Bay of Quinte Pride will be hosting their annual Pride parade Downtown Belleville on June 8th, 2024. The parade will conclude at Zwicks Park with Pride in the Park activities and vendor fair, and kick back after hours with Pride After Dark at the Smokin’ 116 Bistro!

Kingston – June 15th, 2024

Kingston Pride will be hosting their annual Pride festivities from June 8th-June 16th, with their parade cruising along Princess Street in Downtown Kingston on June 15th, 2024. The downtown core will be alive with activity that day, including a community fair and events in Springer Market Square. They will be having many activities taking place the week leading up to their parade, including queer trivia and karaoke nights partnered with local breweries. 

Gananoque – July 13, 2024

The annual festivities in Gananoque will be hosted by the Gananoque Pride Alliance from July 8th-13th. Their Pride parade and festival will be taking place on July 13th with the parade travelling down King Street in downtown Gananoque and ending with a vendor fair and live entertainment in Joel Stone Park, right on the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River.

Cornwall – July 20, 2024

Diversity/Diversité Cornwall will be celebrating their Pride festivities throughout the communities of Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) and Akwesasne from July 12th-July 21, 2024. Their Pride Parade and festival will be their main event, occurring on July 20th from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The parade route will travel from the Aquatic Centre to Lamoureux Park where there will be a day full of free, family friendly activities including live music, drag performances, bouncy castles, a BBQ and beer tent, face painting, petting zoo, carnival games and more!  

The information provided here is current at the time of publication and is subject to change. Please check websites for listings of upcoming events, costs, availability and weather and road conditions that may affect operations.

38 May Events to Bring on Spring in South Eastern Ontario

Hooray, hooray it’s finally May! South Eastern Ontario is blooming with events and wonderful experiences opening this month for the summer season. From flower farms to castles and from mountain biking to farmers markets it’s all happening in May in South Eastern Ontario! Read on for 38 events plus doors are opening to seasonal attractions!

Bay of Quinte

1. Kiwanis Walleye World Fishing Derby

Reel in some memories on May 4 and 5, 2024 on the Bay of Quinte! The Kiwanis Walleye World is a fundraising effort by the Trenton Kiwanis Club to help raise money supporting youth in the community through sport, sciences, academics and more in support of the goals of Kiwanis International. Register today to get in on the action!

2. Make Your Mother’s Day Market

It’s back! On Saturday, May 4, visit this free community event by Side Hustle Market to Make Your Mothers’ Day. More than 30 artisans will be on site at Venue 1906 in Belleville to help make the special day shine with unique finds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

3. New Homestead Farmer’s Vendor’s Market

A visit to Homestead Farmer’s Market promises a unique shopping experience filled with farm-fresh produce, handcrafted good and one-of-a-kind offerings surrounded by community. Coordinated by PEC Markets, this new endeavour will be open seasonally starting Sunday May 12, running until October 27. Look for the market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6 Douglas Road, Trenton and find local farmers, food and beverage producers, artisans, local non-profits and small businesses!

A big welcome back to these seasonal events:
Belleville Pop-Ups: May 17
Quinte West Pop-Ups: May 31

Prince Edward County

4. Think Pink: A Rosé Adventure
Shift your thinking about Rosé! Join the Cellar Sisters for a journey of local Rosé during this casual, sit-down evening. Find your new favourite Thursday May 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 260 Main St. in Wellington.

5. The Pilot’s Lounge Comedy Nights at Base 31
Get ready to laugh! Lighten up spring as Base 31 rolls out comedy nights at the Pilot’s Lounge on Thursdays May 2, May 16 and May 30. Essentially a joke jukebox of improv, stand up, and sketches, these are hosted by Lenny Epstein and Gavin North of Short Attention Spa so you know it’s going to be a hoot and a holler. Pay what you can!

6. Mother’s Day Laughs and Lunch
Laughter is the best way to celebrate the special day for Moms and the wonderful women in your life at Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar. Enjoy a la carte lunch and be entertained by The County Comedy All Stars with a 45-minute improve show – make your resos soon! Cost is $15 per adult for the show and kids are free.

7. Drake Devonshire BBQ Series with Littlejohn Farm
Enjoy an afternoon filled with flavour! On May 18, experience the Garden-to-Grill feast + Succulent Pig Roast for the Drake Devonshire BBQ Series with Littlejohn Farm. The farm’s honey, herbs, and vegetables like wild leek, rapini, and asparagus will all be grilled to perfection, complemented by lively lakeside games and DJs spinning summer sounds. It’s the perfect kick off to grilling season!

8. Dog Day at Sugarbush Vineyards
Furry friends take note! Saturday May 25, 2024 is Dog Day at Sugarbush Vineyards, which means it’s a day dedicated to canine companions. From 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, hike the 2 km trail, enjoy special doggy vendors, wine for the humans and of course, lots of treats! And to get those tails really wagging there are even photo ops in the big chair. Donations will be collected for a rescue organization.

9. Spring Birding Festival
A festival dedicated to our feathered friends… swoon! The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory is hosting the Spring Birding Festival from May 12 to 15 with demonstrations, workshops, guided walks and even a Mother’s Day special program. Check out the free programming for all ages with kids activities and even banding demonstrations. Lots to chirp about!

10. Apple Blossom Festival
Join in some good old fashion family fun on the farm! Saturday May 18 to Sunday May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Creasey’s Apple Dapple Farm in Waupoos is hosting an Apple Blossom Festival to celebrate spring. With Free wagon rides through the orchard, kids crafts and face painting, barbecue and apple pies and much more it’s sure to be the perfect start to the season.

An SEO Shout Out to these ongoing events:
Picton Farmer’s Market opening May 12.
A Path Forward, exploring Truth & Reconciliation efforts in PEC through Indigenous works of art, stories and heritage. This permanent and evolving exhibit at Macaulay Heritage Park, 23 Church Street, Picton is co-curated by the Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na, the Downie Wenjack Fund and The County Museums.
Sensory Garden at Base 31 opening mid-May.
Karlo Estates Events has bubble brunches, live music, tastings as well as lots of fun LGBTQ2+ welcoming Drag events, bingos, trivia and more all year through.

Lennox and Addington

11. Laser Guided Stargazing Tour
Look up – way up! The Dark Sky Viewing Area is hosting another popular laser-guided stargazing tour event on May 10 and 11, 2024! Get an informative guided tour of the night sky and take a peek through a telescope! The tours begin about an hour after dusk and last about 60 minutes.

12. Foster Lamb Visits at Topsy Farms
Starting May 16, get up close with the adorable lambs at Topsy Farms on Amherst Island! Get right in the thick of things, snuggling and interacting with the lambs while learning about spring on the farm and experiencing true farm cuteness overload.

13. Ride for MRI Napanee
Hit the road on two wheels while supporting the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital Foundation MRI campaign! The Ride for MRI is a cycle fundraiser taking place on Sunday, May 26, 2024. Participants can ride solo or with a team and enjoy the 30 km scenic ride through the Town of Greater Napanee and Stone Mills Township. Have a family? Bring them along! A 4 km family route winds through Downtown and is open to all levels of riders.

Frontenac County

14. Summer Kickoff Music Festival
Welcome summer by getting into the groove in Harrowsmith! The Summer Kickoff Music Festival is a true celebration of local talent, with masterful music, food, craft beer and cider and more in South Frontenac. Even a Kid’s Zone for the youngest festival goers! The Festival is set for May 25, 2024 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A big wave and welcome to these Frontenac County recurring events:
Hotel Wolfe Island: Nightly arts and culture events, featuring live music, comedy, DJs, theatre and even a Mother’s Day brunch!
Frontenac Farmer’s Market: Opening day is Friday, May 10 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and running every Friday until October 25, 2024 at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith.
The Market at Wolfe Island Commons: starting for the season in mid-May 

Kingston

15. S.S. Keewatin
This Edwardian-era (think Titanic-era) steamship is opening for tours on May 13! It is permanently dry docks at the Great Lakes Museum. This unique and rare experience opens daily for two tours – one featuring the passenger experience and the other exploring below deck in the Engine Room. Register today to be some of the first people aboard!

16. The Juvenis Festival
Showcasing the artistic side of youth in the region from May 2 to 12, 2024 with a Storefront Art Gallery, Youth Film Night, Battle of the Bands, and theatre performances! Did you know that Juvenis is one of only two youth arts festivals in all of Canada? As such it showcases the talented local youth ages 30 and under.  

17. Queen’s University Science Rendezvous Kingston
Come one come all to the Slush Puppie Place for the incredible Science Rendezvous on May 11! Keep an eye out for a Killer Whale skeleton, display of Leonardo DaVinci’s helicopter and armoured vehicle, a Chemistry Magic Show, bees, an electric jeep and dune buggy, a scale-model 3D printed house, brains, hearts, robots and sooooo much more! The best part? It’s free!

18. Bellevue House
This landmark re-opens May 18. Bellevue House is a place for conversation ready for visitors to experience, engage, and reflect on a journey of learning.  Recognizing a complex story surrounds the house’s ties to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir. John A. Macdonald, Bellevue House offers a collection of viewpoints that allow visitors to engage and think.

An SEO Shout Out to these attractions opening for the season:
Kingston Pen Tours: Tours daily starting May 10. Go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison!
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises: Departing daily from the Crawford wharf! Sightseeing and dining cruises along Kingston’s historic waterfront and 1000 Islands.
K-Pass – Kingston’s All-Inclusive Attractions Pass: It’s back on May 18! More than a dozen of Kingston’s top museums and attractions are included in the K-Pass, with a 24-hour, 48 hour or 72 hour pass available for purchase. There’s even one for residents!
Fort Henry: Open daily starting May 18
Ahoy Rentals: Kayak Lake Ontario open weekends until May 18, then daily.
Kingston Trolley Tours: offering city tours daily in a unique red trolley!
Original Haunted Walks of Kingston: operating Wednesday to Saturday, featuring Ghosts of Queen’s, Ghosts of Fort Henry and many more spine-tingling options.
Creative Kingston Walking Tours: Self-guided, inspiring.

1000 Islands Gananoque

19. Cirque LuzDalia

Witness an incredible performance featuring world-class circus stars from around the globe on May 13, 2024 that is sure to have the entire family on the edge of their seats! Wonder in the magic of the circus at the Lou Jeffries, Gananoque & T.L.T.I Recreation Centre at 4:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Also happening at these locations:

Brockville May 12,  Napanee May 14,  Trenton May 15

20. Kioti Black Creek Rodeo

Enjoy an adrenaline-filled rodeo with saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, team roping, tie down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and, of course, the bull riding on May 24 and 25, 2024! Live music by Eastbound of Bytown (Friday) and The Derringers (Saturday) will follow the rodeo at 1251 County Road 3, Lansdowne.

What have we here? Another market starting back up for the season!

21. Art/Craft Market: Popping up in Town Hall Park in Gananoque every Saturday from May 25 until October 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s known as one of the best markets in the area – bet you’ll find unique handcrafted treasures from local artisans, live music and plain old fun.

1000 Islands Rideau Canal Waterways

22. Gather Brewery & Glassworks Grand Opening

Join in the grand opening of the newest brewery in the Rideau region: Gather Brewery – melded with Glassworks! Such a unique combination brews inspired times to be sure. Plan to be in Merrickville on May 14 to experience something brand new in the community.

23. Maple & Rose Rideau Canal Culinary Season Opener
This darling historic gem of accommodation in Merrickville is hosting a five-course culinary longtable dinner and show to celebrate the opening of the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal for another season. On May 18, experience the food, the venue, and 2024 Juno nominee Steph La Rochelle, all welcoming another season on the fabled Rideau.

24. The Spencerville Mill & Museum: Tea Box, Poker Run and Spirits
Get your calendar sorted because the Spencerville Mill & Museum has lots on the go for May! From a Mom & Me Tea Box on May 12 or a Canoe Paddle Poker Run on May 25 to The Spirits of the Grist Mill Paranormal Investigation on May 25, it’s sure to be an exciting spring.

25. Kemptville Buskerfest
Kemptville Buskerfest returns to the streets of downtown Kemptville on May 18, 2024, ready to shock and delight! Prescott Street will be open to pedestrians, letting people of all ages experience Downtown Kemptville in a carnival-like atmosphere with performances, surprises, and live entertainment.

26. Country Flavour Fest at Furnace Falls Farm
Flavourful fun on the farm for everyone! Look here for local food, plants, entertainment and artisans, with demonstrations, animals, greenhouse, and scavenger hunt. Set for May 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring  the kids – they each receive a seedling for free while supplies last!

A warm welcome to seasonal events and places opening up again this month:
The Delta Old Stone Mill National Historic Site: Season opening on May 18 with milling and blacksmithing demonstrations! The Blacksmith shops will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at 1 p.m. the Old Stone Mill will have a milling demo featuring its 200-year-old millstones grinding heritage Red Fife wheat into flour. Free admission (donation appreciated).
Spring Hike Day in North Grenville: Visit Limerick Forest for Spring Hike Day in Ontario, highlighting the recreational benefits of hiking and walking.
Treetop Trekking in the 1000 Islands: Open weekends beginning May 4! Walking among the treetops and discover the beauty of nature in the 1000 Islands.
Kemptville Farmer’s Market: Opening May 12 and running every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. until Oct. 27, 2024, located in the B&H Grocer parking lot.

Featured Business

Daffodil Days: Celebrating Art, Connection, and Spring Renewal

Join Stone Manor Studios for Daffodil Days, beginning May 3 through to May 18, for a series of art and craft gatherings set in a stunning countryside backdrop.

These events go beyond traditional art classes to cultivate creativity and connection in an upscale atmosphere and an inspired setting.  From Stained Glass Daffodils to Indigenous Beading, there’s something for everyone. Located in Newboro, Rideau Lakes, the Daffodil Capital of Ontario, these events draw inspiration from the season’s vibrant colours and rejuvenating essence.

Brockville

27. Shop the Street: Beach Party Edition
On Saturday, May 25 King Street will transform into a marketplace full of local businesses vendors, artists, musicians and more for the DBIA Shop the Street event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Make a Splash at the Beach Party themed memorable day on King Street, where fun meets the sun, shopping, and art in a spectacular beach party atmosphere. Whether you’re shopping, admiring art, checking out cars, or enjoying the kids’ activities, there’s something for everyone.

A big welcome back to these seasonal offerings in Brockville:
The Brockville Farmer’s Market: This historic market opens Saturday, May 4 and runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with more than 30 booths every week featuring food, flowers, art, distilleries and more!
Brockville Island Mooring and Camping: Beginning Friday, May 24, boats can once again dock at islands for day trips or overnight and camping is permitted on designated sites on City islands.
1000 Islands Seaway Cruises: Starting on Saturday, May 4, Brockville’s very own boat tour can be found launching from Blockhouse Island. Join Captain Andy to see the magnificent 1000 Islands!
Fulford Place: Walk through the doors of legendary Fulford Place and enter a world of opulence, tragedy and mystery. Opening for the season on Wednesday, May 22 this is a shining example of living on Millionaire’s Row.

SDG Counties

28. Yoga with Alpacas
Join the folks at Heart of the Willow for an hour-long yoga session on May 18 with instructor Lori Link, surrounded by alpacas! This unforgettable experience culminates with 30 minutes of meeting and learning about the adorable alpacas. Two sessions are offered at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. 

29. Perch and Paddle Comedy Night and Mother’s Day Brunch
Get ready to laugh in Lancaster! Dan Allaire Comedy is set to take on the Perch and Paddle on May 23, 2024 starting at 8 p.m. on the patio. We also hear there is a special Mother’s Day brunch event in the works at Perch and Paddle on May 12, to honour the most important person in your life! Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., accompanied by local harpist and pianist, Rachel Campbell. Every mother will also receive a complimentary Mimosa and flower! Book ahead to treat Mom.

30. Main Street Taylor Swift Tour in Winchester
Are you ready for it? Get your Eras outfits ready, Swifties! Stop in participating businesses in Winchester on Saturday, May 18 to pick up your friendship bracelet and browse Taylor Swift themed merchandise and promotions! There’s even special guest vendors set up at The Old Town Hall with more Taylor merch. The Eras movie will be playing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. so feel free to pop in and out. Sing and dance your way down Main Street!

31. Mother’s Day at Upper Canada Village
This historic village is opening again on May 4, but there’s something special to welcome Mom on Sunday, May 12: free admission to Upper Canada Village for all mothers! Upper Canada Village is one of the largest living-history sites in Canada, depicting life in a rural English-Canadian setting during the year 1866. Honour Mom with a cool experience!

A big welcome to the summer season to these SDG offerings:
Stonecrop Acres Vineyard Concert Series: Look for Hadrian’s Wall on May 25 and The Once on May 12, both starting at 7 p.m.
Historic SDG Jail: Opening for tours from Wednesday to Sunday starting on May 22 until Aug. 25!
Camping with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission: booking is open and sites are getting scooped up – reserve your spot now. Camping is available for May!

Cornwall

32. Taco Love
Bet this will make your mouth water: one-of-a-kind tacos at 11 different Cornwall restaurants during Taco Love, from May 1 to 10. Ten days of tacos! Check out participating restaurants and plan your taco tour.

33. Trails of Light
Experience this new exhibition of paintings by celebrated local artist, Pierre Giroux! The Cline House Gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Trails of Light is starts on May 9. Admission is free!

34. Dinosaur World Live
This roar-some show is a must-see for the whole fam jam! Delight in dinos during this matinee interactive show on Sunday, May 12 at the Aultsville Theatre in Cornwall.

35. Paranormal Investigations at the Historic SDG Jail
On May 25 and 26, The Haunted Walk and Phantoms of Yore will explore some ghastly encounters at the SDG Jail in Cornwall! Tickets can be purchased to not only be on site for the paranormal investigations, but to experience being an investigator! Due to the SDG Jail’s dark history and frequent strange stories it has attracted the interest of ghost hunters from across North America.

A big SEO welcome back to the Cornwall Speedway which celebrates its Season Opener on Sunday, May 19.

Prescott Russell

36. Science Magic: Crazy Gadgets
Be amazed by the world of science through tricks that use everyday items. Experiments can be recreated with family at home! See this in action on May 11 at Embrun Arena (Palais des Sports). From potato rocket launchers, to giant smoke cannons, there are gadgets galore in this family fun show!

37. Clarence-Rockland Concert Series
The Optimiste Performance Hall will be buzzing on May 11 when Vaches The Musical hits the stage, followed by Vilain Pingouin and Les Frères a Ch’val on May 31. These shows are part of the winter and spring cultural program through the City of Clarence-Rockland. Be there for a fun evening out!

38, Good times at Hammond Golf and Broken Stick Brewery
Join Devona Coe and guest as they host Drag Bingo at Hammond Golf and Broken Stick Brewery on Sunday, May 19! Be sure to try the rainbow cocktails: proceeds from sales will be donated to LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow offered by Family Services Ottawa. As if that isn’t fun enough, comeback for May 25 for 70s Night with Lady Soul! Rock the night away with this eight-piece band that plays funk, soul and Motown hits of the 1960s and 70s. 

South Eastern Ontario kicks off the season right! With unique events in every region, better get a whole new calendar rocking for the destination tours that are about to make spring 2024 hit different. Be our guest!

Flags wave to open new season of racing across Eastern Ontario

A new season of racing gets underway in May, with the checkered flag in sight at dirt tracks and waterways across the region. 

The Brockville Ontario Speedway (BOS), celebrates 30 years this season as drivers rumble toward the starting gate and racing fans line up for season tickets.

The BOS is a revered hub for motorsport enthusiasts. Featuring a dirt track oval, the speedway sets the stage for racing events. Its clay surface provides an optimal track for drivers to exhibit their prowess across various car classes, including modifieds, street stocks, and the sportsman division. 

From the onset of spring to the cool days of fall, Brockville Ontario Speedway’s racing season buzzes with activity, offering a diverse array of events. These include weekly races alongside special competitions and series races, drawing participants and spectators from the local community and beyond. Collaborations with regional racing associations and touring series enrich the speedway’s calendar, ensuring an exciting lineup for racing aficionados.

Ogilvie’s Auto & Fleet Triple Crown Series for Small Block and Sportsman-Modifieds will be in the lineup this season, with opening day slated for Saturday, May 18. The return of the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series, as well as Sportsman and touring NLMA Late Models, is on tap for Wednesday, July 24.

Don’t miss the 358 Modifieds, Outlaw 200 Mini Series, Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club, Karts, Street Stocks and more are all part of this year’s super stoked agenda. 

The BOS is located just off Highway 29, north of Brockville, on Temperance Lake Road, where you can hear the action before you see it! Check this link for the schedule

The Cornwall Motor Speedway – one of the best places in Eastern Ontario for family entertainment – has one of the premier dirt track facilities in North America. 

The speedway stands as a cornerstone of the region’s motorsport scene. With its iconic dirt track oval, the Cornwall Speedway is renowned for delivering heart-pounding racing action. The track’s clay surface sets the stage for thrilling competitions, featuring a variety of racing that entices both seasoned local racers and talent from neighbouring regions.

Beyond the thrill of racing, Cornwall Speedway plays a vital role in the local community, providing entertainment, recreational opportunities, and economic stimulus through tourism and associated businesses. Its presence not only enriches the motorsport landscape but strengthens the sole of the community, making Cornwall Speedway a beloved destination for racing fans and a source of pride for the region.

Cornwall runs the gamut from the Mini-Stock to 358 Modifieds, as this year marks the 55th season of operation. There is lots of fun in store, with the season opener slated for Sunday, May 19.

Watch for the Short Track Super Series Aug. 7 with this 75-lap feature winner earning a $10,000 prize.  It will be the first time that the Short Track has made a pit stop in Cornwall. 

Keep your eyes on their website as there will be more special events throughout the season, including the fifth edition of the Canadian Super DIRT Weekend in October. 

The speedway is located at 16981 Cornwall Centre Rd, Long Sault. Mark your calendars – here is the schedule 

Shannonville Motorsport Park is having a 50th anniversary in 2024 and what better way to celebrate than with a full slate of excitement for the entire family.

The facility was built in 1974 by John Nelson, a motorcycle and racing enthusiast. He operated a motorcycle shop in Toronto and built the track to organize motorcycle racing events. The original Nelson track was expanded over the years and can now be used in four different configurations. The facility also includes a drag strip and skidpad.

It’s a premier destination for motorsport enthusiasts, boasting a variety of racetracks including the Fabi Circuit, and the Pro Circuit, the park caters to a diverse range of motorsport activities. From thrilling road races to competitive karting events, Shannonville has something for every speed enthusiast.

Throughout the year, Shannonville Motorsport Park plays host to an array of events, from amateur races to professional competitions, drawing participants and spectators from far and wide. Shannonville also provides opportunities for education and skill development. With comprehensive driver training programs and performance driving schools, individuals can sharpen their abilities both on and off the track. 

This park isn’t just a place for drivers—it’s a community hub. Facilities, including pit garages, spectator viewing areas, and concession stands, create an inviting atmosphere for all attendees. Whether you’re a seasoned racer or a newcomer to the motorsport scene, Shannonville Motorsport Park offers an unparalleled experience, blending excitement, education, and camaraderie in one entertaining package. The schedule can be found here

If hydroplane racing is more your speed, check this one out. The 1000 Islands Regatta and Festival takes place Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, at Brockville’s Blockhouse Island. Legendary Canadian rockers, 54-40 will kick off the event on Friday as they captivate the audience with their timeless hits of the 1980s. On Saturday, the spotlight will shine on Canadian rocker Ian Thornley and Big Wreck, whose career spans decades and has been giving audiences an unforgettable show for years.  

This is the 15th annual Brockville Hydroplane Festival with unforgettable racing, live music and a kids’ zone with vendors and lots of food. 

The regatta attracts participants and spectators from both sides of the border and beyond, making it a significant event in the region’s boating and racing calendar. The races often include hydroplanes, offshore powerboats, and other high-performance boats, showcasing a range of thrilling waterborne competitions. 

In addition to the races, the 1000 Islands Regatta often includes festivities and events for attendees, creating a vibrant atmosphere along the riverbanks and in nearby communities. It serves as both a sporting competition and a celebration of the rich heritage of the Thousand Islands region.

Whatever your need for speed may be — on the water or at the track — these pulse pounding adventures are sure to please every adrenaline junky. 

The information provided here is current at the time of publication and is subject to change. Please check websites for listings of upcoming events, costs, availability and weather conditions that may affect operations.

We’re not fooling: April events are springing up in SEO

Scream it from the rooftops – spring is here! We’re looking forward to throwing open the windows and welcoming the season of mud and migration with some seriously fun events in South Eastern Ontario.

If you’re looking for eclipse events across the region, please read more on our Solar Eclipse page. In the meantime, sit back and let us help plan your calendar for April! Get ready to bloom in SEO with these 23 events.

Bay of Quinte

 

1. Belleville Theatre Guild: Hilda’s Yard
Canadian playwright Norm Foster thrills again with a touching and heartfelt comedy that covers themes of life, love, and social change in the span of one day! Presented by the Belleville Theatre Guild, Hilda’s Yard is being staged from April 4 to 19 at the Pinnacle Playhouse. Get your tickets soon!

2. Tegan and Sara at The Empire Theatre
Tegan and Sara have been touring for 25 years and are constantly evolving their live show – which means no two nights are ever the same.  See them live at The Empire Theatre in Belleville for an unforgettable and intimate acoustic evening on April 2. Did you know they have sold more than one million records and released 10 studio albums, including their latest release, Crybaby? Be there!


Prince Edward County

 

3. Raclette Sundays at Lighthall Vineyards
It’s back, baby! Your Sundays are about to get cheesy. On April 7, 14 and 21 from noon to 3 p.m. Raclette Sundays will be melting your heart during afternoons of hot raclette cheese on a baguette, drinks and good company. We hear Lighthall will also be offering progression mimosas and non-alcoholic mimosas. Cue the mouth-waters.

4. Countylicious
Savouring local flavour, sharing community love! Form April 4 to 28 indulge in dishes from local restaurants and take the opportunity to get to those spots you’ve been eager to try. Support the vibrant PEC culinary scene and savour while celebrating the renewal of spring. Get ready two-course lunches or three-course dinners showcasing locally-sourced ingredients!

5. Radia: BigLake Winter Concerts
Witness Radia’s unique singular musical style on April 4 at the Drake Devonshire, which brings together extensive classical training with loop pedal techniques. Violist Ryan Davis is Radia, an innovative composer-performer, who combines the inspiration of classical, folk, electronic, and hip-hop music.

Lennox & Addington

 

6. Lennox Community Theatre
See community theatre at its finest in Selby! Lennox Community Theatre presents Jonas and Barry in the Home by Norm Foster from April 5 to 20. Showings at 7:30 p.m. with matinees being held on April 7, 14 and 20. Reserve your tickets early!

7. Stargazing Tours and Astrophotographers Assemble
Shutterbugs unite! The Astrophotographers Assemble on Saturday, April 13 at the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Centre will be an informal evening where night sky photographers of all skill level are encouraged to visit and photograph the stars. What’s more, Laser-Guide Stargazing Tours are taking place on Friday and Saturday nights near a new moon. But in April there will be three laser-guided tours – April 5, April 6 and a bonus on April 7. Each event starts about an hour after dark and last about 60 minutes. Take your turn looking through the 16” Dobsonian Telescope! This is a wonderful way for novice stargazers to get to know the night sky. All events are free and weather permitting.

Kingston

 

8. Kingston Trolley Tours
Learn intriguing tidbits and behind the scenes notes about Canada’s first capital city – Kingston! A one-hour guided trolley tour is a great way to explore the history and iconic visitor attractions. See the historic old town and shopping district, Fort Henry and the Kingston Penitentiary. The City Tour is offered on Saturdays and Sundays in April, daily starting April 20; be sure to reserve a spot on the bright red trolley.

9. Creative Kingston Walking Tours
Visit locations with hidden special meaning to Kingston’s film, music and literary scene! Discover Kingston’s cinematic marvels by seeing recent production locations; explore Kingston connections of notable Canadian authors while visiting landmarks that inspire, and dive into the musical stories of Kingston by visiting places where some of Canada’s most talented musicians cut their teeth – and continue to thrive.

10. Land of Talk at the Broom Factory
As the creative force behind the influential Canadian outfit Land of Talk, Montreal-based songwriter, Lizzie Powell, has amassed four albums that stretch the boundaries of indie rock. Now they’re performing at The Broom Factory on April 25. Don’t just talk the talk… get your tickets.

1000 Islands Gananoque

 

11. Meet the Donkeys at Berry Homestead Farm
Get up close and personal with these darling donkeys! Berry Homestead Farm near Lyndhurst offers donkey visits – more than an hour will see you learning about donkeys, petting them in pasture and getting a real appreciation for them in the process! Please note that visits are by appointment. Be sure to look for the donkey milk soap and elderberry products, too! Read more about farm experiences in the 1000 Islands Gananoque area.

1000 Islands Rideau Canal Waterways

12. Delta Maple Syrup Festival
Celebrate liquid gold! The Delta Maple Syrup is set for April 20 and 21 paying tribute to the first harvest of the season – maple syrup. This has been a spring event in Delta for 57 years, held on the third weekend in April, featuring pancakes with local maple syrup, wagon rides, sales of maple products and crafts, as well as a huge book sale and children’s activities! The Delta Mill Society also opens the Old Stone Mill National Historic Site for special demonstrations, exhibits and tours. It’s the sweetest time of the year.

13. Merrickville Heritage Classic
An annual favourite! Reconnect with running friends and make new ones on Saturday, April 27 while running a 2K, 5K, 10K or half marathon. This friendly, fun run in beautiful Merrickville is capped off by cool medals designed and manufactured in the village by Alloy Foundry Company Ltd. (the Village Metalsmiths).

14. Daffodil Days
Each spring, thousands of daffodils bloom beside roads, along fences, in public spaces and in private gardens in Rideau Lakes. Known as the Daffodil Capital of Ontario, Rideau Lakes brings spring to a new level with the vibrant yellow flowers ushering in the new season. Experience the beauty: look here for a variety of picturesque locations.

Brockville

 

15. History Talk at the Brockville Museum
Explore Brockville’s fascinating social and industrial history with the museum’s Community Program Coordinator on the second Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. This month the talk is on April 11 with a topic of Our American Neighbours – Brockville’s Relationships with Morristown and America and will run for about 45 minutes. The cost is $5/person plus HST and that includes tea.

16.Fanaticcon
Find the best in vintage toys, comics, retro games, art, costuming, entertainment and more! Fanaticcon is set for April 28 at St. Lawrence College, 2288 Parkdale Ave. in Brockville. Get ready for fantastic fun.

SDG Counties

 

17. Raisin River Canoe Race
One of the longest canoe races in Eastern Ontario! On the water Saturday, April 13, it runs 30 km from St. Andrews to Williamstown and started in 1973. Now in its 51st year, the Raisin River Canoe Race is always held during the spring freshet when water levels are high and flows are favourable for paddlers. With rapids, a dam, portage and Devil’s chute to navigate, this event is exciting to participate in – or watch!

18. Maple Weekend
Ontario’s Maple Weekend is ready to sweeten up your spring! From April 6 to 7, maple syrup producers from across the province will showcase the craft of traditional maple sugaring letting visitors taste why pure Ontario maple syrup is a favourite springtime treat. Maple producers in SDG Counties are participating! Tour the sugar house at Wightman Sugarbush, explore the process at Grandpa’s Sugar Shack, enjoy maple cones, taffy – and the pancake house – at Sandroad Sugar Camp, or get in touch with La Sucrerie a Frank Sugar Shack to discover more maple goodness!

Cornwall

 

19. St. Lawrence Marathon
This event is a certified qualifier for the Boston Marathon! It’s set to return on Saturday, April 27, with a route that follows the St. Lawrence River from Crysler Park Marina near Morrisburg to the finish line at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. The event also offers half-marathon (21.1 km), 10 km and 5 km distances along the scenic Waterfront Trail.

20. Cornwall & Area Lifestyle Expo
Featuring the latest trends and styles in home improvement, health, real estate, wellness, housing and lifestyle, the Cornwall & Area Lifestyle Expo from April 26 to April 28 is celebrating all things business and fun at the Benson Centre!

21. Eco Day
Wrap up Earth Week on April 20 with the fourth annual Eco Day in Cornwall! From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. residents are invited to Lamoureux Park for all ages activities and information including a landfill diversion challenge. Look for the St. Lawrence River Institute, Cornwall’s Youth for Climate Action Working Group, Transition Cornwall+, and Cornwall Transit on site. We hear that the Raisin Region Conservation Authority will also be hosting their annual tree giveaway!

Prescott-Russell

 

22. Broue & Chew Road Trip
Have you heard? Be tempted this spring by the many local products grown and prepared by artisans, producers and chefs in Prescott-Russell. Explore the Broue & Chew Road Trip routes, outlined on a special map to follow your taste buds around the county – and be prepared to fall in love with authentic local food and drinks! From breweries to cheese and from alpacas to gelato there’s something marvellous to discover around every bend in the road.

Plus Ontario Maple Weekend happens April 6 & 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit a participating sugarbush and explore how maple syrup is made, taste the fresh 2024 batch of maple syrup, and experience all that is maple.

There’s so much on the go in SEO! Which event will you take in first as we hop into spring?

The information provided here is current at the time of publication and is subject to change. Please check websites for listings of upcoming events, costs, availability and weather conditions that may affect operations.

Ready, set, GO! – Unmissable Sporting Events Across South Eastern Ontario

Explore thrilling running, cycling, and boating adventures for all ages, packed with fun and excitement!

Whether running, cycling or boating is your jam, check out these family-fun events where adventures await. Read on for places to stay and great eats while hanging out in these waterside towns for the main events.

Running amok

1. St. Lawrence Marathon, Saturday, April 27, 2024. This is a Boston-qualifier marathon that follows the St Lawrence River from Crysler Park Marina, east of Morrisburg, to St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. Options include half-marathon, 10km and 5km distances that follow the scenic Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. Marathoners have been given a 15% discount on rooms at the Best Western in Cornwall. The hotel is located at 1515 Vincent Massey Drive. Watch the promo video here.

2. Thousand Islands Triathlon & Run, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2024, 70 Water St. E., Brockville, ON. Race options include Olympic Triathlon, Olympic Duathlon, Sprint Duathlon, Olympic Swim Cycle, 5km run, 10km run, sprint triathlon, and a Try a Tri (16+). This is a fundraiser for the Sobriety House. Fun fact: Participants of the Thousand Islands Triathlon & Run love traversing through the Brockville Railway Tunnel. It’s located at the base of Market Street West, just south of Water Street at the top of Blockhouse Island. Experience Canada’s First Railway Tunnel, which passes half a kilometer, from Brockville’s waterfront, right under the city. Enjoy the dynamic and colourful light show and new soundtrack. The path at the north end of the tunnel is now paved, leading to the gravel parking lot for your convenience.

3. The Country Marathon 2024, Sunday, Sept. 29. Prince Edward County. Registration is open for the 21st annual Prince Edward County Marathon, Half Marathon and Ultra 50K taking place on Sunday, Sept. 29. This event is now under the care and control of experienced race director Brian McLean. The marathon and the half are both Boston Marathon qualifying events. The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Back the Build program will be this year’s recipient of funds raised during the event. Both the marathon and half marathon are point-to-point routes with the marathon starting in Wellington, passing through Bloomfield before finishing in Picton. The half marathon will start just outside Sandbanks Provincial Park before finishing in Picton.

Cycling adventures

1. 1000 Islands St. Lawrence River Ride: May 24 to 26, three days and two nights from Gananoque to Cornwall. This includes two nights’ accommodations, two breakfasts and three lunches, snacks and hydration stops – it’s a one-stop weekend experience by bike. This 157km ride will start in Gananoque and end in Cornwall, and follow the Waterfront Trail east. It’s a mix of trails and roads along the 1000 Islands Parkway Trail and Long Sault Parkway, with stays in Brockville and Morrisburg. Take your time, and fall in love with these river views along the picturesque routes.

2. Ride the River is a fundraising event for the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation on Sunday, May 26. The event takes participants along the scenic 1000 Islands Parkway. There are two options to choose from. Riders supporting Ride the River have the flexibility to ride at their convenience and location of choice before May 26, or take part with others along the scenic 1000 Islands Parkway, with four distinct routes available: 5km, 25km, 50km and 100km.

3. The second annual Naturally L&A Gravel Ride on Saturday, June 8, promises to be one of fun and adventure as you traverse the backroad countryside. It starts and finishes at A Good Farm, 2017 Centreville Rd., Centreville. The fantastic route takes you through the wonderful rural countryside in Stone Mills Township, crisscrossing the Salmon River into the communities of Centreville, Croydon, Tamworth and Enterprise. Enjoy live music, local treats and a glass of beer from The Napanee Beer Company at the end of the ride! This 53-kilometre ride offers a great mix of asphalt and gravel roadways that are perfect for hybrid & mountain bikes.

Whatever floats your boat

1. Raisin River Canoe Race: Saturday, April 13, beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Catholic School, (17283 County Rd 18, St Andrew’s West). The Raisin River Canoe Race, Eastern Ontario’s longest, began in 1973. Covering 30km from St. Andrews to Williamstown, it occurs during the spring when water levels are high. Support from sponsors and the Race Safety Committee ensures successful coordination each year.

2. 1000 Islands Regatta and Festival, Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, Brockville at Blockhouse Island. Legendary Canadian rockers, 54-40 will kick off the event on Friday as they captivate the audience with their timeless hits of the 1980s. On Saturday, the spotlight will shine on Canadian rocker Ian Thornley and Big Wreck, whose career spans decades and has been giving audiences an unforgettable show for years.  This is the 15th annual Brockville Hydroplane Festival with unforgettable racing, live music and a kids zone with vendors and lots of food. Lots of places to say the weekend. Check this site out.

3.The Great Tubie Race in Morrisburg, Ont., Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4, has been happening on the St. Lawrence River from Mariatown to Morrisburg for more than 50 years. Discover the vibrant energy of Morrisburg’s Tubie Weekend, an annual celebration featuring thrilling tube races, live entertainment, delicious food vendors, and a welcoming atmosphere that brings families and friends together for an unforgettable summer experience along the picturesque St. Lawrence River. What is a tubie? A tubie is a participant in the tubing races that are a central feature of this event. These races typically involve individuals or teams navigating inflatable tubes down a river course, competing for speed and skill – with lots of spills and thrills along the way. There is a parade through town the Saturday before followed by a dance that evening, with the race taking place from Arlor Haven Campground on Sunday. Camp overnight at the campground, or find a place nearby. But be sure to watch on their Facebook page for more information.

4.Kingston 1000 Islands Poker Run, Friday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18. Power boats from across the continent will zip to five stops throughout the 1000 Islands. At 80m/h, the competition is intense as participants race to collect playing cards to get the best poker hand. If you don’t have a poker face, you can watch from the spectator fleet or at card stops. After the race, enjoy a downtown street party, exhibits, live music, and incredible scenery in Kingston.

Places to stay

Morrisburg

The McIntosh Country Inn offers amenities that would rival most hotels and offers full-service restaurant and pub to satisfy any craving.

Tasty Tidbit: Did you know that John McIntosh discovered the original McIntosh apple in 1811. The young tree was found in an overgrown part of his orchard on his farm in Dundela, just a stone’s throw away from Morrisburg.

Cornwall

For the budget-friendly traveller, visit these places in Cornwall for a stay of less than $100 per night: 

  •   Martin’s Inn: 2200 Vincent Massey Dr., with free Wi-Fi. Rooms start at $80/night.
  •   First Canada Inn Cornwall: 1618 Vincent Massey Drive, Cornwall, comes with free Wi-Fi, and 24/7 front desk service. Parking and AC included. Rooms start at $83/night.
  •   Century Motel: 1209 Brookdale Ave., where rooms start at $92/night.

Brockville

Hampton Inn by Hilton Brockville. Located at 290 Crocker Cres., the inn is in the middle of the action and the amenities of a busy city. Free hot breakfast, a heated pool and a 24-hour fitness centre are some of the perks of this location. 

Sir Isaac Brock B&B Luxury Suites has guests raving about their stay in this limestone Georgian bed and breakfast at 89 Church St. in Brockville. The suites offer a unique historical feel in the middle of downtown Brockville. It’s a designated heritage property steps away from the Aquatarium, the Brockville Arts Centre and fine dining eateries.  Enjoy personalized service in two newly furnished luxury suites, each having an ensuite and sitting area, and a free hot breakfast before you head out for a day of exploration.

The Nobel Suites in the heart of Brockville is located at 20 Broad St. offers seven suites and coach house to unwind and chill. The coach house sleeps six and is a separate two-storey building that is connected to the main house. Unlike most of the main hotel building, its décor is Early Canadiana, featuring pine floors, barn beams separating the living and dining areas, and exposed stone. It boasts modern amenities such as a fully equipped kitchen and zone heating, providing all the convenience and creature comforts travellers have come to expect.

Prince Edward County

Picton Harbour Inn, located at 33 Bridge St., Picton. Modest rooms and a homestyle restaurant on site. Prices start at $139/night. Enjoy pub fare in the Lighthouse Restaurant and take in the view of the harbour. A picture-perfect place to unwind and relax after a day of marathon grinding.

Runaway Rooster, 76 Main St., Bloomfield. Fly the coop and chill out in this cute country space. The B&B is nestled within a stunning red cedar log cabin, beckoning you with its charm and enveloping you in tranquility. Whether you choose to snuggle up on a plush couch or discover a serene reading nook in the welcoming Great Hall, adorned with its expansive windows and soaring A-frame wood ceiling, you’re sure to find blissful comfort. Hungry? Hot or cold, eggs or fresh fruits, your hosts are happy to accommodate.

Newsroom Suites, 269 Main Street, Wellington. Newsroom Suites is more than a comfortable retreat – it’s situated in the lively lakeside village of Wellington and is just steps away from exceptional food, wine, cider and beer makers. If you want to bring your own food and dine in, choose a room with a well-stocked kitchenette option.

Fuel up at these great eateries

Cornwall

Birchwood Restaurant & Bar: Located at 119 Sydney St. in Cornwall, you’ll find this fine dining experience one of the best in the city. With spectacular service and attention to detail, guests find themselves returning for pulled pork or a pan seared salmon, which are among the favourites. Enjoy a glass of Spanish wine, a smooth scotch, or a martini to order. Make a reservation here.

Big Bites Cornwall, 1003 Montreal Rd. Have a chicken Caesar wrap, poutine, fries, club sandwiches, or a variety of poutine, the generous portions won’t leave you wanting more. Rated four out of five stars by reviewers and won’t break the bank.

Riley’s Bakery, 248 Pitt St., Cornwall. Grab some soup and a sandwich, top it off with a sweet treat and you’re all set.

Brockville

The Noshery Steakhouse, located at 209 King St. W, Brockville, offers local cuisine. Not only is the steak cooked to perfection, but vegans and vegetarians will find something delicious on the menu. There are also gluten free options.

 The 1000 Islands Restaurant & Pizzeria is located at 226 King St. W, Brockville, and offers delicious Italian and Greek flavours. This family favourite restaurant has been in the city for over 50 years offering their famous quality pies, perfected over time.

Kingston

Sima Sushi at 66 Princess St., Kingston, caters to locals and tourists alike. With a loyal following, it’s known for its quality ingredients, attentive service, and exciting dishes, making it a favorite destination in the area.

Lonestar Texas Grill, Lone Star Texas Grill, Ontario’s pioneer in Texas-inspired cuisine, has delighted patrons with award-winning fajitas for over 35 years. From sizzling wood fire-grilled specialties to Tex-Mex favorites, each dish is crafted with the freshest ingredients and house-made signature sauces, delivering the bold flavors of Texas to diners right at home.

Prince Edward County

The Dugout Grill at 514 Dundas St. E., Belleville. This one hits it out of the park. Large portions, flavourful favourites, and a great atmosphere for this family friendly restaurant.

The Miller House, 264 County Rd. 7, Picton (Lake on the Mountain) boasts one of the county’s most picturesque views, where patrons can indulge in dining either within the historic ‘miller’s house’ or on the patio, overlooking the bay 200 feet below as the ferry crosses. Specializing in tapas, small plates, and sharing platters, they offer an exceptional selection of local and imported wines, alongside their signature craft beer from Lake on the Mountain Brewing Company.

Gear up for an unforgettable journey filled with adrenaline-pumping challenges and unforgettable memories. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a novice adventurer, these running, cycling, and boating explorations offer something for everyone. From scenic trails to serene waters, each destination promises a unique experience that will leave you craving more. So, lace up your shoes, hop on your bike, or grab a life jacket – the adventure of a lifetime awaits!

 

Where to watch the 2024 Eclipse in South Eastern Ontario – April 8

Unlike annual occurrences, total solar eclipses are exceptionally rare, happening once every few centuries. Destinations across South Eastern Ontario have been planning ahead to welcome you on April 8th with special viewing parties, themed events and celestial celebrations.

Going all out in Kingston

Witnessing the 2024 solar eclipse promises to be a remarkable event and Kingston’s geographical position places it within the narrow strip of the “path of totality,” making it an ideal location for witnessing the eclipse. With various events planned across the city, including at Fort Henry and Grass Creek Park, there’s no shortage of options for eclipse enthusiasts.

Far be it for us to tell you what makes Kingston so special for the April 8th solar eclipse — check out Mommy Gearest’s latest blog post, pointing you squarely into the path of totality.

Transit Kingston will be offering free transit courtesy of Tourism Kingston. Find a park and ride location.

Primary viewing location + programming will take place at Grass Creek Park, located off highway 2 between Kingston and Gananoque.

View the full lineup of events happening in Kingston here including maps of viewing sites, information on accommodation partners, and entertainment.

Plan your day at these other South Eastern Ontario Locations

Bay of Quinte

The Bay of Quinte website has a map of the best viewing locations and some featured events, including a Greater Napanee viewing party, BOQ.Bike Belleville ride,  Bollywood Night at BayLeaf and Total Eclipse of the Sun Party at The Waterfront Pub.

The complete solar eclipse represents an opportunity to mark an important milestone in the history of the Rotinonhsyon:ni (People of the Flint/Iroquois People).   Join the Kenhtè:ke Seed Sanctuary and Learning Centre and friends on April 8th from 1:30-4 pm to honour this historic moment in time. Events will include sharing of Rotinonhsyon:ni history, cultural practices and observation through eclipse glasses on the land of the Peacemaker.

1000 Islands Gananoque

The Town of Gananoque will fall into darkness for three minutes and 39 seconds. To mark this momentous occasion, the Town of Gananoque will host “Total Eclipse of the Park” at Joel Stone Park on April 8, with other community events happening throughout the weekend prior.

Brockville

The city will sit in the path of totality and is celebrating with a special Solar Eclipse Viewing event on Blockhouse Island with food & music, special exhibits, and a vendor market. Learn More

Prince Edward County

There are various events happening in the county to celebrate this rare eclipse.

These include a Solar Eclipse Party at Sandbanks Winery, The Waring HouseThe Royal Hotel, Slake Brewery, a solar Eclipse Beach Party at Drake Devonshire, and an Epicurean Eclipse at the newly-renovated Sergeants Mess Hall at Base31 where you can indulge in a delicious four-course meal prepared by Chef Jamie Kennedy, guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds.

View them all and more on the Visit The County website.

Cornwall

Lamoureux Park in Downtown Cornwall will be the city’s official viewing area, and different activities will take place in the park on that day. For additional information, please visit Cornwall Tourism’s dedicated landing page.

A limited number of ISO-certified eyewear will be available for purchase in advance at the Benson Centre and Aquatic Centre as well as on the day of the eclipse at the Visitor Information Centre in front of the Cornwall Civic Complex leading to Lamoureux Park. Make the most of your visit.

SDG Counties

Upper Canada Village – Morrisburg, Ontario – Monday, April 8, 2024, from 1pm-4:30pm, at Battle of Crysler’s Farm National Historic Site, for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Witness the magic of a total solar eclipse with the St. Lawrence River as your backdrop. Get FREE eclipse glasses, bring your lawn chair, enjoy eclipse-themed music, and tasty treats by BeaverTails, and hop on the beloved Miniature Train for an afternoon of fun. Gates open at 12 pm. Pre-purchase your parking pass online https://www.uppercanadavillage.com/event/solar-eclipse-2024/

Destinations with partial Eclipse viewing

1000 Islands Rideau Canal Waterways

The week before the eclipse, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, Rideau Lakes Public Library is hosting an all-ages talk about the eclipse with Canadian amateur astronomer Frank Hitchens.

Furnace Falls Farm Lunch & Learn – Apr. 7 & 8
Enjoy lunch while learning about our fascinating solar system and how to watch the eclipse safely.

Indoor Viewing Party on the big screen Public Library, Kemptville Branch 1:45 in the program room.

For more information on all of these events, visit the 1000 Islands Rideau Canal Waterways website.

Lennox and Addington

The L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is a great place to see the stars anytime… but if you want to learn a little more about the night sky, they host events from April to October.

The Town of Greater Napanee will be hosting an event to view the solar eclipse passing through our area! Join us on the Soccer Field at the Strathcona Paper Centre on Monday, April 8th, 2024, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Please remember safety first and learn how to watch safely. 

Learn more about why this solar eclipse is such a big deal in 2024, view the path of totality and see what times the sun will be fully eclipsed across South Eastern Ontario on April 8.