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Greater Napanee: The Place To Be

An aerial photo of Greater Napanee. Text along the top: 5 reasons to visit Greater Napanee.

Aerial photo in header: Downtown Greater Napanee BIA


Well-positioned just 2.5 hours east of Toronto, two hours south of Ottawa and 3.5 hours west of Montreal, the Town of Greater Napanee is perfect for a trip from any direction! Natural beauty, a rich history and a vibrant network of local businesses? It checks all the boxes.


To say that Greater Napanee has more than its fair share of natural beauty is an understatement! The entire Salmon River Watershed to the north has a unique and well-preserved geography carved by the river and ancient glaciers. Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve is a great place for a scenic family hike to Mud Lake.

A boardwalk trail lined with trees.
Photo: Town of Greater Napanee


On the way to the Nature Reserve be sure to take in Buttermilk Falls in Forest Mills, a peaceful retreat with lots to see and explore. Right in the heart of Napanee you can take in Napanee Falls; this winding cascade that was once used as a mill is at the start of Springside Park. Make sure to visit the top and wind yourself down the beautiful trail around the Napanee River. These are just some of the places of amazing natural beauty that are found in this historic area.

A small waterfall with a river and tree on either side.
Buttermilk Falls. Photo: Jim Eadie


If experiencing early Ontario history is your thing, Greater Napanee is a essential visit. A plethora of museums including the Lennox and Addington County Archives, The Allan McPherson House and the United Empire Loyalist Heritage Centre and Park are all extremely well-maintained and brilliantly showcase the rich local culture and heritage.

An historic blue sign outlining the history of the Macpherson House in Napanee.
Photo: Jim Eadie


The Old Hay Bay Church in particular is a jewel that should not be missed. Originally built in 1792, it was the first Methodist chapel in Upper Canada. It currently houses a museum, holds regular services and its grounds offer beautiful views of the Bay of Quinte.

Old Hay Bay Church, a two-story building with clapboard siding, and a National Historic Site.
Photo: Jim Eadie


While taking in the natural beauty and history of Greater Napanee, you will inevitably be drawn to the historic Central Business District. Greater Napanee has a small town feel with top-notch restaurants, trendy boutiques and shops offering many locally made goods. Listing all of the places that should be experienced here would be impossible!

An aerial photo of Greater Napanee.
Photo: Downtown Greater Napanee BIA

You should definitely reserve a portion of your trip to explore Dundas Street West. Two businesses that must be highlighted are The Waterfront River Pub and Terrace, serving Canadian pub meals and leading-edge cuisine; and Len’s Bakery, which never fails to provide amazing fresh baked goods.


If you have a day, a weekend, or even longer, the Town of Greater Napanee and the surrounding area is an excellent choice for a getaway. The rich heritage of centuries past is a natural draw. You can be lost in the natural beauty of the rivers, rapids and of course the Bay of Quinte, then end your day with dinner and drinks along the waterfront.


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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.