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Take a Hike in the Bay of Quinte

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Take a hike in the Bay of Quinte

There’s no shortage of provincial parks, rustic rural routes and unbelievable urban offerings in the BoQ—so when we tell you to take a hike, we mean it!

(REMINDER: TAKE ONLY PHOTOS AND LEAVE ONLY FOOTSTEPS)

Bleasdell Boulder Conservation Area

760 Trenton Frankford Road, Quinte West

A short hike will take you to the Bleasdell Boulder, estimated to be 2.3 billion years old and one of North America’s largest glacial “erratics” (rocks moved by glaciers from their original location). We hear there may be a geocache hidden here, too!

a large rock sitting in the middle of a forest.
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HR Frink Conservation Area & Outdoor Recreation Centre

384 & 381 Thrasher Road, Belleville

A 500-metre wetland ecology boardwalk crosses this serene, provincially significant wetland. This conservation area is an excellent destination for local photographers and hikers alike.

Sager Conservation Area

30 Golf Course Road, Quinte West

The drumlin in this conservation area is one of the highest points of land in the area and provides an excellent view to the surrounding countryside. The steep hike up Sager Tower is totally worth it for the view in every season.

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Kiwanis Bayshore Recreational Trail

Belleville

This paved urban trail is a roughly 4-km slice of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail (which starts in Sault St. Marie and travels all the way past Cornwall!). Keep an eye out for swans, ducklings and the occasional heron as you walk along the shores of the Bay of Quinte.

Trenton Greenbelt Conservation Area

441 Front Street, Quinte West

The Jack Lange Memorial Walkway (connected to the conservation area) offers options for walking, hiking, cycling or viewing wildlife. The boat launch gives access to both the Trent River—the beginning of the Trent-Severn Waterway—and south to the Bay of Quinte. Fun fact: this area is also part of a provincial fish sanctuary!

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Potter’s Creek Conservation Area

2061 & 2056 Old Highway 2, Quinte West

Quinte Conservation’s home base, this area offers lots of recreational opportunities. Trails wind through this former farm and past fragrant orchards, open meadows and woodlands. Trails on the south side of Highway 2 offer up some great views of the Bay of Quinte!

Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area

1331 Pinewood School Road, Brighton

There’s no shortage of space here, with 17 km of trails winding through 179 hectares (that’s 441 acres!). There are a few different loops to choose from, making it a great choice for beginners and families to more advanced hikers. There’s a lot of ecological variety to enjoy here, including an oak savannah and provincially significant wetlands!

a person walking down a path through a forest.
a person walking a dog on a leash.

Menzel Centennial Provincial Park

Roblin Road, Greater Napanee

This relatively short trail (3.5 km) has wide paths and boardwalks that wind and weave through marshland and past beautiful Mud Lake. The park is known for having one of the largest examples of fen (translation: peat-forming wetlands) in southeastern Ontario.

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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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