Bay of Quinte Tourism

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Bay of Quinte Bucket List: Summer

Safety is top of mind for local businesses as they re-open to welcome visitors and residents. Here are 15 activities and places to cross off your bucket list for boatloads of fun this summer! (Pro tip: It’s a good idea to check in with individual businesses for availability and hours of operation.)

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Across the region

Count ‘em one, two, three, FOUR farmers’ markets in the BoQ. Our long agricultural history means we have plenty of producers across the region! Local farmers grow everything from asparagus to zucchini (and fruits + vegetables from every letter in between) to flowers and raise animals. And of course no market would be complete without local artisans, makers and bakers treating us to their one-of-a-kind goodies!

  • Belleville: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays | 8 am – 5 pm | Market Square
  • Brighton: Sundays | 10 am – 1 pm | 2992 County Road 30 (Codrington)
  • Greater Napanee: Saturdays | 9 am – 2 pm | 16 McPherson Drive
  • Quinte West: Wednesdays and Saturdays | 8 am – 1 pm | 67 Front Street

WATERFRONT PARKS

West Zwick’s Park, Belleville and Centennial Park, Quinte West

With 1,200 km of waterfront in the region, getting outside to see the water is easy peasy. Bring your family (and four-legged friends!) for a walk along paved trails at either park. Check out the work of local artists at West Zwick’s Park, where you’ll spy a number of colourful outdoor murals. Keep an eye out for local businesses setting up shop for the summer months at Zwick’s and Centennial Park.

If you find yourself in Napanee, head for a stroll along the boardwalk at Conservation Park before heading downtown.

Even though it’s technically across the road from the Bay, Tsi Tkerhitoten Park on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory is worth a visit, too! It’s home to the Annual  Pow Wow, and for the month of July you can check out local vendors at Pop-Ups In The Park.

PRESQU’ILE PROVINCIAL PARK

Address: 328 Presqu’ile Parkway, Brighton

No tropical vacation necessary! Squish your toes in the white sandy beaches of Lake Ontario on your next visit to Presqu’ile. Enjoy the Park for free Monday through Thursday from May 1 to September 2! Pack your SPF and a sun hat for a full day of biking, birding, boating, canoeing, fishing or hiking. If you’re looking to camp, don’t forget to reserve your site ahead of time at reservations.ontarioparks.com/.

TREK SOME TRAILS

Across the region

There are a number of provincial parks, 10+ conservation areas and incredible urban offerings in the BoQ—so when we tell you to take a hike, we mean it! There are many options, depending on your comfort and level of experience. While there are plenty more to choose from, here are a few with great views and cool attractions:

  • Sager Conservation Area, Quinte West
  • Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area, Brighton
  • Bleasdell Boulder Conservation Area, Quinte West
  • HR Frink Conservation Area, Belleville
  • Napanee River Boardwalk, Greater Napanee
  • For more on accessible trails, check out bayofquinte.ca/accessibility

    REMEMBER: TAKE ONLY PHOTOS AND LEAVE ONLY FOOTSTEPS!

 

GET A SCOOP (OR TWO!)

Across the region

What’s the scoop? Not a day goes by over the summer where we aren’t thinking about where to go for ice cream. There are more than 20 places across the region to get a scoop, sundae or shake, but here are a few to get you started:

AL FRESCO

Belleville Downtown District

Outside is where the magic happens this summer in downtown Belleville! Check out the extended patios on brightly-coloured parklets; grab takeout and join a friend at a tête-à-tête bench (which are painted by local artists!); explore five new light installations on Front Street; safely explore local shops; and get your fill of tasty foods during Saturday Breakfast Club. Visit downtownbelleville.ca for all the info.

TRENT PORT MARINA

15 Creswell Drive, Quinte West

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 a hop, skip and a jump to downtown Trenton. The marina also has Blue Flag designation for its high environmental standards! Bonus: they also serve Kawartha Dairy ice cream from the take-out window so you can savour the summer while overlooking the Bay.

MEYERS PIER

1 South Front Street, Belleville

A seasonal stop for boaters to fuel up their boat—and themselves. Some features offered are showers and laundry, 160 slips and a waterfront patio restaurant, The Pier Patio Bar and Grill, with daily specials that will take you from Margarita Monday to Sangria Saturday.

RIVER CRUISE ON THE NORMAN PAUL

22 Water Street W, Greater Napanee

Sit back and relax as you enjoy snacks and sips aboard the Norman Paul! Climb aboard the new 48-passenger pontoon for a scenic tour along the Napanee River. Book ahead at thewaterfrontnapanee.com/

TRENTON ROWING & PADDLING CLUB

80 Ontario Street, downtown Trenton

Prepare for a paddle along the scenic Trent River or head south into the Bay of Quinte! The Trenton Rowing and Paddling Club offers rentals of stand up paddle boards (SUP), kayaks and canoes during July and August.

GO FOR A RIDE

Fina Vista Farm, Quinte West

Take your pick: on horseback or e-bike! Better yet, spend the afternoon and do a bit of both. Take a guided trail ride through acres of quiet forest and rolling fields on a Paso Fino horse, known for their smooth gait. Trade in your stirrups for a ride on two wheels as you ride through the Oak Hills—we recommend making a few stops here and there for photo ops or a snack break. Book ahead at finavistafarm.weebly.com/

PERFECT PATIOS

Across the region

Soak up every second of patio season (and sunshine) by grabbing a drink or bite to eat outdoors! Local restaurants are finding ways to safely serve up our favourite sips and eats. Here are a few waterfront patios to check out this summer:

MURRAY CANAL

Begin at County Road 33 in Quinte West

This eight-kilometre-long canal is a great way to take a shortcut if you’re looking to get to Lake Ontario from the western part of the Bay of Quinte. It’s also a great place to glide along on a stand-up paddleboard with local company Go Active Ontario.

FOOD TRUCKS

Across the region

Classic chip trucks, outdoor kitchens, gourmet pizza—we love ‘em all! Some of our favourite meals come from these mobile food vendors. Check ahead for hours and availability.

MAKE A SPLASH

Across the region

Keep this list of pools and splash pads handy for when you need to cool off on a hot summer day! Check with each municipality for a complete list of facilities and hours of operation.

  • West Riverside Splash Pad: 373 Moira Street E, Belleville
  • Kinsmen Community Outdoor Pool: 151 Dundas Street E, Belleville
  • Centennial Park Splash Pad: Quinte West
  • Frankford Splash Park: 358 Riverside Parkway, Quinte West
  • King Edward Park Splash Pad: 75 Elizabeth Street, Brighton
  • Rotary Splash Pad and Park: 38 Pearl Street, Greater Napanee

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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.

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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.