Bay of Quinte Tourism

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ITINERARIES – HISTORY

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TAKE A SELF-GUIDED HISTORY TOUR ACROSS THE BOQ!

DAY 1

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THE OLD POST OFFICE

Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to walk Napanee's historic streets. First up, the Old Post Office, built circa 1888. The building was designed in the Romanesque style by Abraham Fuller, Chief Architect for the Department of Public Works and co-designer of the centre block of the Parliament Building in Ottawa. The building continued as a working post office until 1969, and has since been designated by the Town of Napanee under the Ontario Heritage Act.

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OLD HAY BAY CHURCH

Did you know: Old Hay Bay Church is the oldest surviving Methodist building in Canada? It was built in 1792 by settlers, including United Empire Loyalists, who had recently arrived and established the community of Adolphustown (in modern-day Greater Napanee). 

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ALLAN MACPHERSON HOUSE

Built for Allan Macpherson in 1826, this is a gentry-styled house with Neo-classical elements and balanced Georgian design. Macpherson operated the grist and saw mills at Napanee Falls starting in 1818. The Macpherson House now functions as additional gallery space for the Lennox & Addington Museum & Archives.

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WATERFRONT RIVER PUB

Is all that history making you hungry? Kick back on the patio at the Waterfront River Pub. Chill out with a cheese board and a frosty pint from the Napanee Beer Company before diving into a hearty sandwich or double-stack burger.

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CHAPEL ROYAL OF THE MOHAWKS

Christ Church, Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal of the Mohawk, is of great historical significance to the Mohawk people and to the colonial history of Canada. It is one of only six Royal chapels outside the United Kingdom, and one of two in Canada (the other is Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal of the Mohawks near Brantford, Ontario).

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THE RESTING PLACE OF DR. ORONHYATEKHA

Dr. Oronhyateka, one of the earliest academically accredited Indigenous medical doctors, was a graduate of the University of Toronto and Oxford University in England. The doctor is buried at Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of the Mohawks. On August 21, 2005, he was recognized as a Canadian Figure of National Historic Significance with a plaque erected by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

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GLANMORE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Glanmore is a restored Victorian mansion and community museum in Belleville's East Hill neighbourhood. Throughout the museum you'll find artifacts related to local history, as well as the occasional travelling exhibit!

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OLD EAST HILL NEIGHBOURHOOD

After a visit to Glanmore, take a stroll through East Hill while you make your way downtown. We suggest a quick stop to smell the flowers at the Corby Rose Garden. It won't be long before the tree-lined streets and historic homes in this neighbourhood have you planning your move here! In fact, you can follow along with the restoration of Crest View House, a Victorian house built in 1889, on our blog:

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BELLEVILLE CITY HALL

The 144-foot clock tower can be seen from quite a distance, making it a recognizable part of the city's skyline. According to the Ontario Heritage Trust, it is one of a very few public buildings of its period (1870s) designed in the High Victorian Gothic Revival style.

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CAPERS KITCHEN

Located in the heart of Belleville since 1999, Capers has become the go-to restaurant for those seeking top-notch food in a comfortable atmosphere. Don't sleep on the Smash Burger with a Capers Lager!

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TIME TO SLEEP IT OFF

Lay your weary head to rest at the Henry Corby House, a historic bed & breakfast in the East Hill. The house was built in 1875 for Henry Corby Sr., a prominent figure in the community. He ran a number of successful businesses including the Corby Distillery, now home to Signal Brewing Co.

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DAY 2

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SMALL SCALE BREAD

Fuel up for another day in search of local history. Any of their in-house treats pairs well with a fair-trade Americano: brownies, chocolate chunk cookies, cardamom buns... shall we go on?

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HOLLYWOOD NORTH

When you hear "Hollywood North", you may think of Toronto or Vancouver. But, did you know that Quinte West (at that time, Trenton) was home to Canada's first—and for a time, ONLY—film studio?!

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MOUNT PELION

Designated as a historical site in 1989 by the former City of Trenton, Mount Pelion is a drumlin 191 feet above the Bay of Quinte created by glacial movement. At this height you get a great view of the Bay, the Trent River and the northern shores of Prince Edward County.

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NATIONAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM

Discover Canada's aviation history through a wide variety of exhibits, interactive activities and displays, including the fully restored World War II Halifax Bomber (the only one of its kind in the world). The NAFMC has 35 aircraft on display both inside the Museum and in the RCAF Memorial Airpark.

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TOMASSO'S ITALIAN GRILLE

Let's lunch! This cozy Italian restaurant features homemade pastas, pizzas and entrees, plus a waterfront patio with views of the Trent River.

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THE OLDEST OPERATING LIGHTHOUSE

At the tip of the southeastern peninsula in Presqu'ile Provincial Park, you'll discover Ontario's second-oldest operating lighthouse, as well as the original lighthouse keeper's cottage. The park is also a migration hotspot in spring and fall, so don't forget to pack your binoculars!

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PROCTOR HOUSE MUSEUM

This historic home was built by one of the first families to settle in Brighton, the Proctor family. Love the paranormal? Some stories suggest that a ghost hangs around as payback to the Proctor family for some financial dealings.

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THE GABLES

This restaurant is located in a historic home just off Main Street. The Lockwood family built the house in 1872. The patriarch of the family, Joseph Lockwood, along with his son Thomas, was responsible for choosing the town’s name in 1831, in honour of Brighton, England.

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THE BARN THEATRE

Welcome to the barn! The theatre is on the grounds of Proctor Park, next to the museum. Get ready to laugh, cry or even bite your nails while you enjoy the show.

*No shows at the moment. Stay tuned for more in 2022!

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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.