THE BEACH IS FULL, NOW WHAT?
When the beaches are full, don’t despair. Grab your picnic basket and head to any of these fabulous waterfront spots to enjoy the sun in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region!
Why not start in the area’s eastern tip with lovely Napanee Conservation Park? Within easy walking distance of downtown, this idyllic picnic spot right (shown in featured image above) on the Napanee River offers seasonal washroom facilities, free parking, docking facilities and hydro hookup for boaters. If sitting still looking at the pretty view gets old, consider an amble down the waterfront boardwalk or get the kids into their swimsuits and head for the nearby splash pad!
A series of urban, waterfront trails pass by several promising picnic areas in Belleville, Bay of Quinte’s largest community. Families seeking first-rate entertainment for active kids should head immediately to the Pirate Ship Park’s massive playground, right next to the mighty Moira River. This spot also features a skateboard park and washroom facilities, as well as picnic tables where the adults can relax.
If the idea of a pleasant stroll appeals, check out the nearly three kilometre long paved and illuminated Kiwanis Bayshore Trail. Along the way, take advantage of public washrooms, a seasonal canteen and children’s playground facilities, all while keeping an eye out for swans, geese and the odd turtle paddling round Bay of Quinte’s north shore.
Savour the atmosphere and fantastic view from Meyers Pier Marina or continue west towards Zwick’s Park which offers plenty of free parking. Another fantastic playground, complete with zip-line, awaits the kids, while furry, four-legged family members can let loose in the dog park. Take a moment to examine the imposing Golden Hawk Sabre Jet monument or settle onto a park bench and enjoy gazing at the magnificent Bay Bridge. No time to pack a picnic? Grab a bite to eat at Pop-ups on the Bay!
QUINTE WEST AND BRIGHTON
Trenton’s Centennial Park on the bay offers free parking and public washrooms plus a splashpad, skatepark and excellent playground for the kids. Those looking to stretch their legs can hit the paved waterfront trail which links directly to downtown. Head to Bain Park near CFB 8Wing Trenton for stunning views and an opportunity to pay your respects at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial.
Just west of the downtown area, take a break on a beautiful garden bench and cozy up to local celebrity Roy Bonisteel’s statue while watching boats come and go at the Trent Port Marina.
Located near the entrance to Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Brighton’s boat launch boasts bountiful free parking, picnic tables and pretty water views. Avian aficionados can dine al fresco and ogle a broad range of birdlife, from terns and ducks to herons and elegant swans.
A waterfront picnic is great, but sometimes you just have to let someone else do the cooking! If patio dining is more your style, head to one of our waterfront patios.
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