Bay of Quinte Tourism

Author: Monika Kraska

Meet the Locals Series: Cara and Shane

Bourbon and Bean Handshake Society is one of the newest additions to Belleville’s downtown core. Situated on Front Street, their building boasts a brick exterior surrounded by floral accents. Red cushions line the outdoor benches while downtown’s newly renovated sidewalk streets complement their contemporary design.  The cafe owners Shane and Cara Poyner were born in Prince Edward County but have recently moved back to the area with dreams of setting up shop in downtown Belleville. Cafe by day and ...

Culture and Connection in Tyendinaga

Earlier this week I met up with Tyendinaga community member Karissa Maracle at The Tyendinaga Mohawk Landing Site. Karissa or Yehnentewaks (her Mohawk name), has lived on the reserve her entire life, leaving home only to study away at University. We spoke about why she made the choice to return home, her culture and how she plans on applying what she’s learned in school towards her new position as one of Ohahase Education Centre’s newest teachers. MK: What does living ...

Photography and the Notion of Home

Belleville has always been my home, it’s a place that is comfortable to me and a place where I feel most at ease. Having been living in Montreal for the past three years, I began reflecting on how our home can shape us as individuals. I started thinking about the differences between two environments and how leaving home can affect behavior within them.  My most recent year in a fine art program was a reflection of that and the ...

The Vile Bodies to play Rockfest 2017

The Vile Bodies is a lo-fi rock and roll revival act with its roots in Belleville’s Downtown. I met with band members Rory Kyte, Elliott Gould, Mike Faires, Chandler Betteridge, and Dylan Hendrick during a band practice to discuss what the region has meant to them. M: You’ve all left the area at one point or another and ended up coming back. What is it that’s brought you back to the Bay of Quinte Region? VB:  Dylan started living here ...

Moon Sugar for Rockfest 2017

Quinte West locals Moon Sugar describe themselves as a Party/Dance band. I sat down with the group in their practice studio, a quaint house located in Carrying Place to talk about their experiences with genres, Rockfest, and the region they call home. M: Tell me a little bit about how you guys ended up in this current group/genre? MS: A few of us went to high school together. Sean has a recording studio here, so when the other fellas came to record ...

Last Chance Marie on Music in the BOQ

Last Chance Marie has been making music in the Bay of Quinte region since 2007. After a temporary pause for post secondary education in New Brunswick, the group has reassembled with a tweaked roster and a new rehearsal space: a Church that Tayson Ingersoll, the band’s lead singer attends. I met with them there to get their perspective on how the region has evolved, and to find out where bands go to eat on the Bay. M: Having the experience ...

Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.

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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.