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Bay of Quinte Spring Bucket List

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BAY OF QUINTE SPRING BUCKET LIST

Spring has sprung and we’re ready to ditch the winter coats and boots for another year. These bucket list activities are sure to put some spring in your step as we welcome the new season!

BUY BLOOMS

Nothing says spring like a beautiful bouquet of rad ranunculus or terrific tulips! Grab some stems from a local grower like Dahlia May Flower Farm or Philburn Farm. There are also plenty of specialty flower shops across the region to get your flower fix this season.

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GET GARDENING

Green thumb or not, gardening is a great activity to get you outside and connected to nature while staying closer to home. Plus, you get to enjoy the (sometimes literal) fruits of your labour! Find seeds, seedlings, pots, plants, soil and everything else you need to get started with these garden centres in the Bay of Quinte region.

If you’re curious about the importance of saving seeds, read about the Kenhtè:ke Seed Sanctuary and Learning Centre in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

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BIRDS OF THE BAY

Our region is packed with conservation areas and parks, making it a dream for the ornithologist, amateur or otherwise. If you want to get the lowdown on some of our feathered friends that call the BoQ home, check out our blog for insights by local birding pro, Tom Wheatley.

If you’d like to catch a glimpse of birds in your own backyard, grab some supplies at the Birdhouse Nature Store in Brighton.

SWEET SYRUP

According to The Canadian Encyclopedia, Canada is the world’s leading producer and exporter of maple syrup. We can’t get enough of this sweet stuff! Get a taste of these locally-made syrups:

Did you know: this sweet sap was first known and used by Indigenous peoples? Learn more about the history here.

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HIT THE ROAD

Ready to head out on two wheels? The BoQ Adventure Cycling Club awaits! Referring to gravel biking or bikepacking, these adventurous routes will take you on a scenic journey so that you enjoy more tree-lined roads and less traffic. Many routes include fun pit stops at restaurants, breweries or wineries to reward riders for their efforts. Start your adventure here!

ALL ABOUT ART

There are oodles of creativity waiting to be discovered across the region, both in galleries and out in the community. Here are just a few places to get you started:

Check out our Art & Culture Tour for more galleries, artist studios and public art.

FARMERS’ MARKETS

The Bay of Quinte is home to lots of farmers’ markets and stands where chefs, locals and travellers alike flock to sample the best the region has to offer. And of course, no market would be complete without local artisans, makers and bakers sharing their one-of-a-kind goodies! Check with each market for opening dates this season.

  • Belleville: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays | 8 am – 5 pm | Market Square
  • Brighton: Sundays | 10 am – 1 pm | 2992 County Road 30 (Codrington)
  • Quinte West: Wednesdays and Saturdays | 8 am – 1 pm | 67 Front Street
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Let’s see what we got!

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The Bay of Quinte RMB Land Acknowledgement

The Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board is committed to acknowledging, appreciating and understanding the Indigenous peoples’ historic connection to this land and to raising awareness by building relationships in collaboration with Indigenous partners and communities. 

We recognize and acknowledge that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Wendat, Mississauga, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee which includes the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte) with whom we work in direct partnership with. 

This partnership focuses on the common goal of celebrating the region with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka who are equal partners within the organization and at the Board of Directors table contributing to the mandate and operations.

This mandate includes listening to, learning from, and collaborating with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka and actively incorporating their culture and heritage into the practice of responsible destination marketing and management of the region.

We understand that this land acknowledgement is only a small step towards the larger process of reparations and reconciliation.

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