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Prince Edward County, Ontario

  • By SilverTraveller Kate_14

    1 review

  • Aug 2010
  • Solo

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Between Toronto and Kingston is a delightful place, almost an island, which means taking a detour off the Highway 401 for a while.



The County as we are known, offers villages, a small town, rural landscapes and many opportunities to stop and wander, photograph and visit.



We are unique, in that there are several vineyards offering wine tastings and tours; there are cheesemaking factories, a grand word for the small, family operated businesses!



Driving along the Kings Highway, no 33, you will pass through tiny hamlets and larger villages, filled with Victorian style mansions and smaller cottages; there are museums, antique shops and barns, boutiques and cafes.



To leave the County, to go east to Kingston along a lovely lakeside drive, is a free ferry, a continuation of the Kings Highway no 33; a short five minute boat ride across to the 'mainland'.



We have a history of ship building, gone now, but the harbours are still busy , visited by many yachts and cruisers, and there is excellent access to waterways, such as the Trent Severn, or to visit the Thousand Islands area.



Your own car would be advisable or rent one, there is no public bus service on the County; there are many fine B&Bs, hotels and restaurants.



The visit here is unforgettable, it's so compact, refreshing and a delight to the traveller's eye.

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  • Derek-Andrews
    about 6 years ago
    We did in fact visit the area as promised. We liked it so much we returned for a second day. Many good wineries to visit and there is a small distillery and brewery to visit, both give tastings and are worth dropping in. The host at 66 Gilead Distillery was from Broadstone Dorset and he gave us a taste of all that was offer, including whiskey, gin and some japanese spirit. Very tasty and drinkable. The Barley Days Brewery made us very welcome. It has connections and is run by a descendant from a brewery in Preston.
    Great beers, the Brown Ale and Oyster stout are worth a try. In addition to tastings there is a small bar and you can purchase beer to take away. Needless to say bought 24 bottles.

    There wineries are quite numerous from very small to not so small. Most offer tastings. You are not obliged to purchase wines. The area is growing in stature for making reasonable wines. The whites are pretty reasonable, the Reds will get there in time.
  • Derek-Andrews
    about 6 years ago
    Our son lives in Kingston where he is attending Queens University. He mentioned that Prince Edward County is great place to visit. In particular the cheese and wine outlets. We are off there next month. Cannot wait.