Oh Bay of Quinte, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. We couldn’t include EVERYTHING, but here are 21 reasons that we think you’ll love the BoQ, too.
21 Reasons to Explore the Bay of Quinte
Batawa Ski Hill – The ski hill offers year-round activities, including dino digs with Walter, a 40-foot replica Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, in the summer and of course skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding in the winter. Tip: It also caters to weddings and event rentals.
Sager Conservation Area – This lookout is one of the area’s highest points and sits on 47 acres of land. It offers a picnic style lunch setting, lookout, and beautiful trails.
Bleasdell Boulder – This 1.5-km trail is filled with wildlife, trees, plants, and its iconic boulder, also know as the Glen Miller Rock.
National Air Force Museum of Canada – The museum is an important part of Canadian military aviation and provides a space to learn about the history of the RCAF. The fully restored Halifax Bomber, from the Second World War, is one of over 35 aircrafts to look at throughout the 75,000 square foot facility.
Reid’s Dairy – Known for their famous “Loonie Shakes,” this family owned and operated dairy company provides various flavours of ice cream, beverages and snacks. The castle and playground setting provides a fun experience when picking up a scoop (or two) of ice cream.
Trent Port Marina – A boater’s must-stop spot at this premium-class municipal marina with more than 370 slips. The marina provides free wifi and laundry, high-end shower pods and is located in close proximity to downtown Trenton.
Centennial Park – There is something for everyone here, whether you want to bring the kids to the splash pad and enjoy play equipment, skateboard, watch an event in the amphitheatre, or just relax in the sun on a nice day.
Murray Canal – This 5-mile long canal is a great way to take a short cut if you’re looking to get to Lake Ontario from the central and western part of the Bay of Quinte. A great place to get outside for paddle boarding and swimming.
Trenchtown Wake Park – This cable wake park offers an exciting way to spend some time outside. It accommodates those who are going out for the first time as well as people who are more skilled and want access to the rails and jumps for extra adventure.
Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre – The centre offers a variety of activities such as swimming, yoga, badminton, hockey and basketball in its very spacious 330,000-square foot facility. This is also where the Belleville Senators face off.
Quinte Mall – Count them up: there are 125+ stores and services in the mall, plus restaurants and a modern, multiplex cinema. Plus, it’s the only major mall between the east GTA and Kingston!
Zwick’s Park – A place for all ages to relish the outdoors with events, walking and bike trails, all while enjoying the view of the Bay. The Waterfront & Multicultural Festival is a must see summer event.
Bay Bridge – The bridge allows for quick access to Prince Edward County, or “The County”.
Signal Brewing Company – A community-focused brewing company that provides craft beer and entertainment with lots of communal seating. The view of the Moira River is a great excuse to have a drink on the patio (not that you need one 😉 ).
Glanmore National Historic Site – The museum was built in 1882-1883 and is open to the public year round. It has been recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada from its 2nd Empire architecture in 1969. It holds exhibits and other interactive events like Make and Taste, where participants make ice cream with an old-fashioned churn.
Belleville City Hall – The High Victorian Gothic Revival architecture of City Hall brings a unique and memorable experience to the building. The 144-foot tall clock tower is a significant feature of the downtown community.
Meyers Pier – A seasonal stop for boaters to fuel up their boat—and themselves. Some features offered are showers and laundry, 160 slips and a patio restaurant with daily specials like Margarita Monday and Sangria Saturday.
HR Frink Conservation Area – A 341-acre conservation area that offers 13 km of trail walks, a picnic area and boasts a 500-metre Wetland Ecology Boardwalk.
Christ Church – A National Historic Site, Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal of the Mohawk was built in 1843 by the Mohawk community. It is one of six Royal Chapels outside of the United Kingdom and one of only two Royal Chapels in Canada.
Mohawk Landing Site – Located in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, “the birthplace of the Peacemaker,” the Mohawk community holds an Annual Landing Celebration on this site in recognition of their arrival to the territory.