Whether you are an outdoorsman or a foodie connoisseur, the Bay of Quinte will always deliver. Known for its beautiful parks and top-notch fishing, there is rarely a dull moment when travelling through the beautiful lake-side bay. With memory makers from sun-up to sun-down, your summer bucket list awaits in the Bay of Quinte.
1. Pint And Paddle
Kick-off the weekend with a Friday night outing to remember. Meet your pals for a ‘Pint and Paddle’ at Signal Brewery. Paddle down the Moira River with Cruising Canoes ending at the historic brewery where you’ll enjoy a pint of Signal’s world-class beer on their riverside patio with views that will leave you breathless. Beginners are welcome!
2. Pop-Ups On The Bay
This is the second year for Pop-Ups on the Bay, which typically starts in June. Belleville’s waterfront is a new hub of activity with six shops, as well as food trucks on-site, in addition to the City’s waterfront, trails and parks. Located at West Zwick’s Park, the Pop-Ups on the Bay is the place to be for summertime food and fun.
If you ask the locals, they will tell you the same – there is nowhere like the Bay to play a game of golf. From Black Bear Ridge to Trillium Wood, to the Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club, you’ll want to play a few extra holes after spending some time in the picturesque Bay of Quinte.
4. Growing Happiness
If you don’t feel relaxed from your frosty beer and round of golf, take a gander through the Quinte Botanical Gardens to find your inner zen. With roughly six acres of garden displays, including romantic rose and bird and butterfly gardens, and the largest colour wheel garden in the world, you can become one with nature and learn about the beauty of horticulture.
Be enchanted by the stunningly beautiful flowers at Dahlia May Flower Farm in the rolling Murray Hills. This small, family operation cultivates romantic, fragrant flower of all varieties to offer at their farm stand, as well as at specialty shops and farmers’ markets in the Quinte area. Dahlia May is known for its rustic and elegant design. See for yourself – these blooms are captivating!
5. Water Sports
No vacation is complete without some fun in the sun, and when it comes to fun the Bay has you covered! Work out your core with instructor-guided stand up paddle boarding with Go Active Ontario or explore the wilderness and become one with the water on a canoe trip with Cruising Canoes. If you are feeling especially adventurous, try out flyboarding on the lake with FLYOntario, or settle down for a relaxing fishing trip with Quinte Fishing Charters.
There is more to the Bay than beautiful scenery and fun activities. The Bay of Quinte has a rich history that is proudly displayed at the local Air Force Museum and Glanmore National Historic Site. Travel to the National Air Force Museum at CFB Trenton to discover the history of Canadian aviation by taking an up-close and personal look at historic aircrafts with lessons from aviation experts.
If architecture is more your style, travel over to Belleville to see the Glanmore National Historic Site, built in the late 1800’s, and prepare to be transported back in time by the beautiful antique furniture, elegantly painted ceilings and charming historic paintings.
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7. Meet Me At The Market
It’s fresh on Front! The Front Street Farmers’ Market in Trenton is like finding a treasure trove of special in-season produce, baked goods, VQA wines and ciders, artwork, maple syrup, honey and preserves. Held Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to October, the market is the place to be for local love. Top that with live music throughout the summer and it’s the perfect way to start your day.
8. Batawa Trails
Hit the trails through forests that surround the Batawa Ski Hill – many are multi-use and ready for feet as well as tires! Spend quality time outdoors going for a run, hike or bike in the Bay of Quinte region, surrounded by natural beauty at the Batawa Trails. Lace up and be sure to check out the new fitness trail here that turns a normal run on its head. With natural wood obstacles and even equipment along the way, it will add an extra fun element to your workout routine.
9. ‘Slip’ Into Summer
Trent Port Marina is a boater’s dream: we’re talking 374 fully-serviced slips for both seasonal and visiting boaters, close to downtown Trenton, easy access to the Trent-Severn Waterway, the Rideau Canal, Bay of Quinte and Murray Canal which leads to Lake Ontario. Trent Port Marina will be part of a superb experience of sightseeing, shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
Meyers Pier offers and abundance of amenities for visiting boaters, from gas to security, walking trails, on-site laundry and showers and even Wifi. With 160 seasonal and transient boat slips, located at 1 South Front Street in Belleville, visitors to Meyers Pier have shopping, groceries, trendy restaurants and more within walking distance. Perhaps the coolest part? Free bikes on site for use by visiting boaters!
There is never a dull moment for seasonal boaters who call Victoria Park home with inner green space and off-shore fishing on the west side. It’s also known for being the home of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club – the second oldest such club in Ontario. Watch dragon boat racing here as the clubhouse for the Belleville Dragon Boat Club is also located here. Lace up to walk or bike on the close-by Riverfront Trail which accesses Belleville’s extensive waterfront trails.
10. Explore A Church Like No Other – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
Rooted in history and a pillar in the community, the Christ Church is a stunning place to discover. Located west of downtown Deseronto, overlooking the Bay of Quinte in Tyendinaga, Christ Church, Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal of the Mohawk, is one of just six designated royal chapels in the world – and one of only two located in Canada.
A place of great significance to the Mohawk people, and the history of Canada, this Gothic-style building was built in 1843 of local limestone and features stained glass windows, as well as a square bell tower and spire. It has also been deemed a national historic site of Canada. This is one church you don’t want to miss!
11. Tyendinaga Caverns & Caves – Tyendinaga Township
Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves provides a chance to experience the geology wonder of cave curtains, which developed about 100,000 years ago, and now have depths of up to 38 feet below ground. The park features an estimated 20,000-cubic-foot cavern that visitors can journey into. Visitors can toss a coin into an underground pond of water or slither into narrow side passages if they choose. Just make sure you’re dressed warmly – the temperature is usually about 10 C inside – and not uncomfortable with a little mineral water falling on your shoulders.
12. Conservation Areas
Potter’s Creek Conservation Area offers an abundance of recreational opportunities. Trails wind through the 140 hectares, past fragrant orchards, open meadows and scenic woodlands – making it the perfect spot for hikers and bird enthusiasts!
Pack a snack, your good camera, binoculars and get ready to stair climb for an amazing view! Sager Conservation Area, located near Quinte West, brings visitors to a lookout tower and reveals amazing aerial views of the countryside stretching into the Trent Valley.
The HR Frink Centre near Belleville is prime bird-watching territory and makes for a great escape from the city. A highlight is the 500-metre Wetland Ecology Boardwalk and look out. This
The Trenton Greenbelt Conservation Area provides the perfect setting for a picnic or a quiet cup of coffee with the Jack Lange Memorial Walkway offering the chance to walk and cycle while viewing local wildlife.
The Glen Miller Conservation Area on the Trent River is a great place to relax and watch the boat traffic along the Trent-Severn Waterway. Located just north of Trenton, Glen Miller Conservation Area provides an ideal location to launch a boat and cast a line to fish for bass, walleye and more.
Where can you find a boulder guessed to be more than 2 million years old? The Bleasdell Boulder Conservation Area where visitors discover a massive, ancient boulder more than two stories tall! Take a journey through time with a short hike to the Bleasdell Boulder – one of the biggest known glacial erratics in all of North America. This place rocks!
The Bay of Quinte really has something for everyone, whether you are an avid adventurer, relaxed beverage guru, or best friends with mother nature. Make sure you stop by one of these great spots on your next trip through the Bay!
With so much to see and do in Bay of Quinte, this summer is all about embracing local food, fun and flowers.
Updated By Rosanne Lake & Lindsay Medeiros