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Have you considered locating your business in the Bay of Quinte region? Our region

offers ample development-ready land, access to a skilled workforce and a low-cost of living with an exceptional quality of life. All this with an average daily commute time of less than 10 minutes. It truly is the prefect balance of urban and rural living.



Strategically located to serve the North American markets Convenient access to all

major transporation routes Some of the best value and

lowest cost homes in Ontario Fully serviced, inexpensive

and development-ready land Lower operating and staffing

costs compared to larger centres Access to over 100,000 skilled

workers that are loyal to the region

Ask us about doing business in the Bay of Quinte. 1 866 961 7990





Photography by Johnny CY Lam

We’ve already crumpled up a few sheets of paper while trying to come up with the best way to invite you to our region. What we’ve realized is that we just need to be ourselves and welcome you to our home.

Bay of Quinte Team Dug Stevenson Trevor Norris Jen Achilles Art Director Colleen Nicholson Cover Illustration Jeannie Phan Copy Editor Greg Murphy Contributing Editor Laura Voskamp

YOU MIGHT KNOW us as a midway stop on road trips between Toronto and Montreal, as a sports tournament destination, as the home of Canada’s largest air base, or as a top spot for walleye fishing. You might know us as the place you grew up in, or you might not know us at all. The revival of interest away from big cities and into smaller communities is stronger than it has ever been and we’re well-positioned to lead this rural renaissance in the Bay of Quinte region. It’s affordable and attractive, allowing for an attainable lifestyle. Flip through the pages of our guide as we pull back the curtain to show you why we love to live, work and play here.

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Discover Canada’s Air Force Story Summer: (May 1 to September 30) Open Daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm ** Winter hours, visit our website. 220 RCAF Rd. 8 Wing Trenton ON 613-965-7223


Outdoor Page 10

Living Page 43

Working Page 36

Food & Drink Page 58

Explore Page 16

Getaways Page 6

Contributors T hanks! Carson Arthur

Carson Arthur is an outdoor design and lifestyle expert, TV personality (HGTV, CityTV), local radio show host on Quinte Broadcasting, author and Quinte resident.

Photography by Johnny CY Lam

Charlotte Buckle

i @crabuckle Charlotte never passes up an opportunity to explore and take the long way, and as soon as she and her husband moved to CFB Trenton, she began capturing the region in her photos.

Catherine Coe

i @charcoalandteak Catherine is a wife, mom, and teacher who has a passion for turning thrift store treasures into unique furnishings for her (and others') home. Check out her thrift store finds,

home decor inspiration, and re-loved items for sale on Facebook and Instagram.

Sarah Dean

i @sarahjdean_ Sarah coordinates marketing with Team Tim McKinney Real Estate, and is a recent grad of the Ontario Real Estate College.

Rob Howsam

i @stokerrob Rob works with Vantage Point Media House and his credits include Shorelines with April Vokey and Discovery Channel's Rouge Shark. He's currently leading up the production team for Dave Mercer's Facts of Fishing.

Johnny CY Lam

Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Toronto, and now living in Prince Edward County,

photographer Johnny CY Lam is a contributor to various publications, including Food & Drink, Food & Wine and The Globe & Mail.

and the owner of Women Hike Wild, where she offers guided backcountry camping trips and outdoor education for women.

Tiffany Nobes

Aysha Tayab

A lover of travel, food, and antiques, Tiffany is a former BOQ Intern who frequently returns home to the beautiful Bay of Quinte region.

Ashley Rae

Ashley is a year-round multi-species angler, newspaper/magazine columnist, freelance writer, and blogger who occasionally presents seminars at sports shows and events.

Jessica Spooner

Jess is an outdoors guide

Aysha Tayab is a Kingstonbased digital content creator and lifestyle blogger who became enraptured by the Bay of Quinte while pursuing Loyalist College’s Public Relations program.

Kelsey Thompson

Kelsey Thompson is a Belleville-based content creator with a love for film and television production. When she’s not behind a camera Kelsey can be found enjoying quality time with family and friends.




GETAWAYS In Partnership with QAAA

What to Pack Take some of the stress out of packing your bags with these handy tips from our Bay of Quinte Stay & Play Package experts. If you’ve got the basics covered (we figure clean underwear and a lucky fishing lure go without saying), these extras will take your stay from good to great. Photography by Johnny CY Lam

Fishing Charters Over one hundred years of experience between six Transport Canada-certified marine captains, offering the best fishing experience on the Bay of Quinte. Packages starting at:


Waterproof Bag Because "rogue wave" isn’t covered by your cellphone warranty.


Hat with a strap Don’t lose your hat; these boats travel fast.

License Over eighteen? You’ll need one. Available at local fishing shops or Canadian Tire.

Cooler Bring your catch home.

Change of clothes See "rogue wave."

Golf Tee off this spring, summer, and fall with a Stay & Play golf package. Everything is included to ensure your day on the links is one to remember. Packages starting at:

Cash Money Afforable links means you can easily play a round and buy a round.

Make your mark Don’t get lost in the landscape.

Phone Charger Show us your shots at #bayofquinte.


Bug Spray Apply liberally.

Business Cards Tee up your next project on the 19th hole.

PEC Wine Tours

Comfy Shoes Don’t miss a tour of the vineyard because you’re wearing heels.

Snacks BYO your favourite pairings (crackers, cheese, nuts...).


Sit back, relax, and watch the countryside roll by on a tour of Canada’s fastest-growing wine region, Prince Edward County. Thermos More water = more fun.

Tasting Card Have a taste before you buy a case.


Packages starting at:


Notepad Your best hope to remember the name of that perfect pinot.




GETAWAYS In Partnership with QAAA

Craft Beer Tour The Bay of Quinte is an emerging craft beer region in Canada. Take a tour of the local breweries, and you will be sure to find a new favourite brew.

Hawkins Cheezies Brent Butt has this local favourite on his rider; find out why.

Take Away Worth the deposit. Many craft breweries will refill your growler.

Beard Oil Craft your beard (we know you have one) while you crack a beer.

Merch Actually, you can leave your hats at home; stylin’ merch is available at most breweries.

Good Kicks Farm-based breweries means comfort is king.

Packages starting at:


A Good Read Great landscapes inspire great authors; catch up on a local favourite.

Chair Bring your own; after all, this isn’t an all-inclusive.

Park Pass You’ll want to come back. Grab an annual pass for our provincal parks.

Picnic Basket Stop at some markets (see page 50 for a map) on your way, and pack a killer picnic.

Riley likes it! Most provincal parks have a dog-friendly zone.

Packages starting at:


Beaches Get a comfortable hotel stay plus a pass to explore one of three beautiful provincial parks nearby: Presqu’ile, Sandbanks, and North Beach.






The Bay of Quinte is an ideal spot for outdoor adventure on the water, like stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, or even kiteboarding and flyboarding. If you don’t have the gear, don’t worry-there are plenty of local operators who can outfit you and guide your day on the water. BAYOFQUINTE.CA/AVENTUREONTHEWATER


Photography by Johnny CY Lam




Neighbourhood Expert A Foodie Weekend in Belleville AS A LIFELONG resident of the Quinte region, I know this area has always been where my heart is. It makes sense that after graduating from the University of Ottawa, I moved back to the Quinte area and found a position that allows me to explore the region more than ever before. Even though I’ve lived here all my life, my position as a Real Estate Agent & Marketing Coordinator with RE/MAX Quinte has truly inspired me to become a tourist in my hometown. I’ve always been big on discovering new places, which helps me give newcomers context on the neighbourhoods they’re most interested in—whether it’s finding new cycling trails, exploring quiet conservation areas to walk the dogs in, or sampling a new craft beer. When I’m not exploring the impressive expanse of outdoor space this region has to offer, my favourite thing to do is grab a drink and some food with friends. I recently moved to Belleville, where I’ve discovered that not only is my heart in this city, but my stomach and my palate are taken care of too! Local food is easy to come by in a region surrounded by farms, so rather than going to chain restaurants, or driving to a bigger city for a night out, I often spend my time locally. If you’re looking for some great spots to hit around Belleville, here’s my list of favourites!


Photography by Johnny CY Lam

By Sarah Dean of RE/MAX Quinte


Nice Ice Baby

Paulo’s Italian Trattoria

Who says you can’t start with ice cream? This cozy ice-cream café has over thirty different delicious, hand-crafted flavours made on site (my suggestion: try the Espresso Skor in a waffle cone—you won’t be disappointed). You can enjoy your ice cream, gelato, or sorbet indoors, or on their outdoor patio. They also have great soups, salads, and paninis, which makes a midday ice-cream run easy to justify.

The interior of Paulo’s makes you feel as if you’re right in an Italian Pizzeria. I love that they carry a selection of local wines from Prince Edward County! In the summer months they open outdoor seating under their globe lights and Europeanstyle awnings on beautiful Bridge St. East. If you’re looking for a cozy spot to sip some wine, check out the courtyard next door at their sister restaurant, Dinkel’s.

„26 Victoria Avenue

„38 Bridge Street East

The Brake Room

„34 Dundas Street East

Coffee is a must, especially when you have a busy weekend full of exploring! The Brake Room is a hybrid cycle service/coffee shop that serves delicious coffees, teas, lattes, mochas, and any other caffeinated drink you can think of. I love that they regularly host events and workshops that involve bicycling, coffee, drinks, and healthy living.

„272 Front Street „304 Front Street

This French bistro is the number-one place to go if you’re looking for a delicious weekend breakfast. Saturday mornings, when the café transforms into a bustling Parisian café, are when it’s best to visit; their freshly baked croissants— plain, almond, or pain au chocolat—are available then, and paired with a yummy quiche and cappuccino, they make for the perfect treat!

Capers is the perfect spot to go for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to have a drink after work or book a large party for a special occasion, Capers does it all. They have a great selection of local wines, ciders, and beer. It’s a relaxed, cozy environment with delicious food—I recommend trying the cheese boards! Plus, the restaurant has live music every Saturday with talented musicians from around the region.


„394 Front Street

Chilangos goes above and beyond to bring authentic Mexican cuisine to Belleville. They serve everything from tacos to signature Mexico City dishes—and amazing margaritas. In the summer they have a seriously sought-after twelve-seat patio out back, where you can enjoy your food while overlooking the Moira River.

Capers L’Auberge de France

Chilangos Mexican Restaurant

The Pier Patio & BBQ „1 S Front Street

Glazed & Confused

„144 North Front Street

Doughnuts, cupcakes, cookie towers, deluxe waffles... need I say more? This colourful bakery is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. With a dangerous selection of every dessert imaginable and all the flavours you could possibly dream of (yes, this includes cookiedough-stuffed cupcakes), this spot will become one of your regulars, and is a go-to for specialty cakes too.


Good vibes abound all summer at The Pier. This casual open-air restaurant is right on the beautiful Bay of Quinte, offering one of the most panoramic views in Belleville. Their BBQ style menu and cheap drinks makes this the perfect spot to enjoy the sunshine!




Hidden Gem Thrifting in BoQ Photography and words by Catherine of Charcoal & Teak

My coffee table was made from the base of another and a hydro spool, both found on Kijiji. I kept the chrome base from the old coffee table and replaced its laminate top with the weathered hydro spool I sanded down.

MANY KNOW ME as a wife, mom, friend, or teacher, but there’s another side of me. In the past year, my not-so-secret obsession has taken a life of its own. What started as a way to document the progress of our own home renovations and my constant need to redecorate has now become a place where others can enjoy the fruits of my labour. Long story short, I buy things. I buy ugly, dusty, worn-down, hidden gems, and I give them new life so others can see the beauty in them, too. I’m a collector of treasures, a furniture rescuer, wannabe


designer, and obsessive thrifter. This region has been my home for the past six years, and it’s also the home of some of the best thrift stores around. Thrifting not only satisfies my need for unique, eclectic home décor, but it also eases my eco-conscious mind by keeping things out of our landfills and putting money back into the pockets of the people and organizations making this place great. I often get asked how and where I find all this great stuff? Here are some tips to get you started on your thrifting adventures:


Baskets, placemats, and mirrors make beautiful wall art!



A cabinet isn’t always a cabinet, and just about anything can be art! For instance, my powder room vanity was once a liquor cabinet I found on Kijiji. 4

Worth the Wait

Thrifting the right pieces does take time and commitment, particularly when you are looking for something specific. But I promise it’s worth it. There is something special about a piece of furniture or artwork that has history or a story to tell. Even if you don’t know exactly what that is, it can be fun to imagine the life it had before it became a part of your story. 1

Where to Buy

For large pieces of furniture, the best sources are Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Kijiji, and local Facebook yard sale groups. For smaller pieces, Value Village, Bibles for Missions, and St Vincent de Paul are goldmines. 2


Often furniture or accessories can be completely transformed by cleaning or proper styling. Sometimes, it requires a little imagination (and never underestimate the power of a can of spray paint!). When I saw my pink sofa, I knew right away it would look amazing without the skirt. This is simple to do, so don’t rule out that perfect sofa or chair just because it has a dated skirt. FOR MORE LOCAL PROJECTS, VISIT


The Art of the Deal

Be respectful and fair when negotiating a deal. And when you’re talking to someone online, be safe. Never send money before seeing the product; meet in a neutral location; and take a buddy, or make sure someone knows where you are. 6

Expert help

If scouring through the ugly and the unwanted just isn’t for you, there are other ways to benefit from the power of thrifting: I will do it for you! Hint hint, nudge nudge, @charcoalandteak is a curated space that will help you find your next piece of furniture or project inspiration, and you don’t even have to get out of your cozies.


Thrifting in BoQ Funk & Gruven A to Z „52 Bridge St. E, Belleville Beautiful antiques and fun finds from furniture to lighting. The Shop „8 Elmwood Dr., Belleville Packed with goodies from furniture and art to décor items, many at thrift store prices. Weekends only. Attic Revival „444 Dundas St. East, Belleville Furniture and painting materials to DIY a piece from scratch, or buy one already done for you! Frugal & Company „167 Main St. Picton Jam packed with retro cool and farmhouse fab. Stowaway Vintage „1606 County Rd 10 Cherry Valley Cute collectables, vintage clothes, furniture and art. Jillian's Antiques & Things „1027 Cordova Rd., Marmora For all things old, and new things that look old, it has something for everyone. Mary’s Place „22556 Loyalist Parkway, Trenton The sign says it all, "New, Old, Odd & Otherwise". Treasure Chest Store „266 dundas St. E., Trenton Small, but mighty. Find some hidden treasures here for a true thrifting experience




1 1 Timelapse of the night sky over the bay 2 Bending light up Sager Conservation Area stairway 3 Highway 401 from a bridge vantage point 4 Playing with light at the Meyers Pier holiday display

More Vantage Points „The old ghost town of Point Anne „Quarry on Aitkins Road „Presqu’ile Provincial Park „Sheffield CA

Shooting Star

The Speed of Light Photography and words by Rob of VP Media House

I’VE LIVED IN THE Bay of Quinte area for the last four or five years. In that time I’ve graduated from the Television and New Media Production program at Loyalist College and have been working at Vantage Point Media House in Belleville. I’ve always been interested in the art of photography and filmmaking and have a passion for the outdoors. Living in the Bay of Quinte area has allowed me to constantly get out and explore some pretty incred-


ible sceneries. When I’m not chasing fish or other wildlife with my camera at work with Vantage Point, I can be found chasing interesting storm shots or doing night photography around the BoQ. Typically when I go out, I’m looking for an environment that’s reacting to light in a unique way, like with shadows from a full moon or reflections on still water. With long exposure photography, I can bring these elements to life in a way you couldn’t see with the regular human eye. I also enjoy using timelapse photography to reveal direction and speed­—like stars in the sky or cars on the highway. I’ll use an intervalometer that shoots at a 25- to 30-second exposure and leave the camera set up for three to four hours to capture enough photos to playback as video and watch how the world moves. Before heading out, I search various light pollution maps online and reference them with local conservation areas to see where I’m going to get my best shot, then jump in my car.




Quinte and Trent Conservation Areas Quinte and Trent Conservation Areas have thirty-three properties they manage. Conservation areas are an excellent place to shoot the stars because they’re typically out of town, so there is less light. Plus, there’s normally plenty of room for everyone to have their own private spot so you aren’t shooting shoulder to shoulder. Conservations areas are also a perfect spot for taking the dog out (be safe and check for ticks afterward). Lookout Tower at Sagers Sagers is a great local spot I’ve been to multiple times that has an amazing view across the rolling

hills of Quinte West. In the summertime, it’s an awesome spot to take a lawn chair to and sit at the top of the tower to watch a sunset because of the westerly view. Plus, then you can stick around and shoot the stars. Sagers is also a great spot in the winter when the stars are at their best in the clear night sky, because its easily accessible with just a two-minute hike to the tower. Meyers Pier I love shooting at Meyers Pier in the summer. If the County is getting lake-effect weather, the Pier is a great spot to set up and catch the stormy action without getting wet. There’s a nice little open-air bar and restaurant out on the Pier that’s hopping throughout the summer, with live music and some of the best tacos I’ve had in a long time.



Bridges Bridges are another way to get creative and get a different perspective. Because this region is close to Highway 401 and to water, we have lots of bridges to take advantage of. When I’m shooting long-exposure at night, I’m always looking for different ways to create something using the light in the scene. So, on a bridge going over a highway, I enjoy trying to get light streaks, almost creating the effect of a ghost highway where you see just the lights without the actual vehicles. Similarly, I like using the overpowering light from the moon to create


a near daytime effect, where you turn night into day. It reveals the night life in a way you could otherwise never see. Fishing Hot Spots It isn’t hard to find a favourite fishing hole on the Bay of Quinte. It’s home to many fish species such as bass, walleye, salmon in the fall, and, if you’re feeling bold, gar pike. With nothing in your way to obstruct the view, these spots can also be great for photography. For example, it’s worth the wake up call to get up early and catch a shot of the sun breaking through a thunderstorm on the water.





Neighbourhood Expert A Weekend Outdoors in Quinte West Photography and words by Charlotte of Charlotte Buckle Photography




FOR TWENTY-TWO years I lived in the same house, in the same town, around the same people. I was born and raised in Kentville, Nova Scotia, the beautiful Annapolis Valley. Since marrying my husband in 2013, I’ve found myself waking up in a variety of places. Before moving to Quinte West, my husband and I lived in Shilo, Manitoba, where he worked as an infanteer with 2PPCLI, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Second Battalion. Prior to that move we lived in Petawawa, and Newfoundland as well. We moved to Trenton in August 2016, as many do, because of a job opportunity at CFB Trenton. Being a military spouse has given me multiple opportunities to start fresh, and our move to Quinte West is the first place where I’ve taken advantage of that. I launched my photography business when we moved here, and it has pushed me to get out, camera in hand, and shoot. The Bay of Quinte is an incredibly photogenic area: thanks to its many conservation areas and its proximity to provincial and national parks, you’ll never be bored here. So far the Bay of Quinte has given me great friends, some unexpected but welcome opportunities, and a real initiative to get outside and explore my own backyard while I can.

Other must-see spots in the Bay of Quinte area 3

Bleasdell Boulder, Frankford This is an area where you have no idea what you’re in for. The enormity of this boulder is beyond what I, and I’m sure many others, had expected. The scenery of trees, trail, wooden bridges, and streams distract you from what lies ahead. Such an easy spot to take the dogs for a run around the one-kilometre loop or extend our stay by going farther along the trail. Potter’s Creek, Bayside

Potter’s Creek is my favourite spot close to town with that “out of town” feel. I like that it has an option for the person who just wants to walk along the water, but you can walk through a tunnel under Highway 2 and enjoy trails I haven’t even seen all of yet! Even on the coldest day this place radiates beauty, is great for the outdoorsy folk, and is a photographer’s paradise. Mount Pelion, Trenton

Moving from Manitoba, where hills are far and few between, FOR MORE ON QUINTE WEST VISIT

Mount Pelion was just what we needed, especially since we’re originally coming from the East Coast, where “walking up hills both ways” is a commonly used phrase. The prize for reaching the top, whether you walked from the very bottom or started at the stairs, is a breathtaking view of the Trenton area.

of the last spots we checked out. It really left me with a great feeling for the area and added excitement for our move here. This simple but beautiful area of Trenton shouldn’t be missed. This is the perfect area to finish any trip to Quinte West. It will leave you with a feeling of joy and anticipation to come back for another visit!

Sager Conservation, Oak Hills Another spot with a view no one should miss! The best part of Sager Conservation is its location. It’s tucked away; surrounded by beautiful homes, and trees a plenty; and it has this secluded feeling to it. The quick onekilometre walk up to the tower will get your heart racing, but once you’ve reached the top of the tower, you’ll see the panoramic view of the area cannot be beat. Trenton Waterfront/ Bayshore Park/ Centennial Park

When we first visited Trenton on our house-hunting trip, the waterfront area was one BIT.LY/QWDISCOVERYGUIDE

Frankford Frankford Tourist Park Batawa Batawa Ski Hill, Dino Dig, and trails. Belleville Zwick’s Park, Riverside Park, Jane Forrester Park/Meyers Pier Trenton Bain Park, National Air Force Museum of Canada. Brighton Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Trent Severn Waterway For someone who doesn’t have a boat or know anyone locally who does, I still find the Trent Severn Lock system fascinating. The waterway stretches 386 kilometres, and I have only been to Lock 1. I’m making it a goal to drive up and see the seven of fortyone located in Quinte West. This would be a fun way to see more of the area while enjoying one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. 4TH EDITION

Prince Edward County Lake on the Mountain, Wellington Beach, Little Bluff, and Point Petre.

1 Trent-Severn Waterway 2 Charlotte Buckle 3 Bleasdell Boulder BAY OF QUINTE GUIDE




Photography by Mark Hopper


Those who don’t fish are often intimidated by ice fishing. But, it’s an authentic Canadian (and Bay of Quinte) experience and worth a try if you’re here during the winter. Local fishing operators have all the gear and expertise to help you navigate the process. BAYOFQUINTE.CA/FISHING






Christ Church Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks Photos by Johnny CY Lam Text adapted from the Christ Church Royal Chapel Capital Fund


N A QUIET country road winding down to the shore of the Bay of Quinte sits a structure unique to the area and, in many ways, the world. 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, explains Chief R. Donald Maracle on a rainy Monday afternoon. It is one of only six Royal chapels outside the United Kingdom, and one of two in Canada (the other is Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks near Brantford, Ontario). It was designated a National Historic Site in 1995 and still hosts a congregation for worship and fellowship every Sunday morning in addition to being an open space for special events, tours, and concerts. Christ Church was built by the Mohawks themselves in a simplified Gothic Revival style in 1843. Religion and a deep belief in God was not foreign to the Mohawk people. Entrenched in the Long House tradition was a great reverence for the Creator and for the gift of life. Pursuit of peace, democracy, and the realization of good and evil made it easy for the Mohawk people to accept Christianity. There is a wealth of history around Christ Church as it relates to the American Revolution. Many Mohawk people, as military allies of the British Crown throughout the revolution, were proud of their TO READ MORE ABOUT CHRIST CHURCH, VISIT


Visitors are welcome during Sunday services and special events, and can call the Mohawk Band Office at 613-390-3434 to inquire about tours during other hours.

status and designation as United Empire Loyalists. While Loyalists settled around the Bay of Quinte and in Prince Edward County, Mohawks who were relocated from their indigenous lands were provided lands in what is now Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory; they were known from then on as the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. After the revolution, Mohawks continued to volunteer alongside His Majesty’s troops in unprecedented numbers in comparison to their population during the War of 1812, the Great War, and the Second World War. Rooted in history and a pillar in the community, the Christ Church is a stunning and unique place to worship and explore.






Royal Gifts On Display at Christ Church

A triptych of The Apostles Creed, The Ten Commandments, and The Lord’s Prayer in the Mohawk Language, as well as a bell given by King George III Coat of arms given by King George V Communion chalice given by Queen Elizabeth II


The historic Queen Anne Communion Silver

2 1 Members of the Christ Church Chapel Royal Restoration Committee, from left: Shirley A. Maracle, Charles Maracle, Edith Green, Chief R. Donald Maracle, Wilma E. Maracle and Elmer Maracle. Absent members are:

Dan Whalen, Delores Maracle-Whalen and Gail Clement. 2 18 Karat gold stars signifying the celestial heavens. 3 A rare, 1-manual, 7-rank Karn Warren organ with a print depicting St. Kateri Tekakwitha.



The chapel also houses a memorial window given by Dr. Oronhyateka, one of the earliest academically accredited Native American medical doctors, a graduate of the University of Toronto and Oxford University in England. The doctor is buried at the Royal Chapel.





Albert College founded by the Episcopal Church as the Belleville Seminary

The new campus opens at the College’s current location on Dundas Street West

First stained-glass window installed in the Memorial Chapel, dedicated to Jessie B. Tuite, former dean of women

The college celebrates its 160th Anniversary as Canada’s oldest co-educational boarding and day school

Discover a World of Opportunity Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12/PG 160 Dundas Street West, Belleville, ON • 613-968-5726 •

s g n i d d e W autp o o s Wa WAUPOOS ESTATES WINERY is the

only vineyard on the water which makes us the ideal location for your lakefront ceremony on our private dock. We can accommodate an intimate retreat for two up to a gathering of 200 people. Waupoos Winery is the first established winery in Prince Edward County and boasts an outstanding flavour portfolio, including award-winning wines and dessert icewines. Our restaurant provides catering to all weddings and events. At Waupoos Estates Winery we believe that the best things really do “Grow in Ontario” which is why we strive for Farm to Table cuisine in all aspects. On the estate we grow our own apples, citrus, peaches, vegetables, berries and organic free-range meats. You will have access to all of our properties and can indulge in private tastings and tours with our winemaker. Plus, our private helicopter pad creates a truly one-ofa-kind entrance or exit for the couple! Our beautiful Victorian farmhouse can accommodate your family, friends or wedding party before, during and after your wedding. You will be able to dress and have your hair, makeup and preparation photos done on-site. The classic aesthetic of our house and lush greenery of the vineyards are the perfect backdrop. In our boutique you will find Donini chocolates, gelato and confectionery. We can even create custom candy bars or feature our decadent truffles in your wedding or event! To explore our pristine grounds, taste our award-winning wines and enjoy our restaurant, call 613-476-8338 or email 3016 County Road 8, Picton.


Clafeld’s award-winning ciders and fruit wines are crafted from fruits we grow in our own backyard! With berry infusions such as strawberry, cranberry and raspberry our ciders are crisp, fresh and bursting with natural flavours. When you visit our Marketplace you will find yourself surrounded by homemade jams and spreads featuring produce from our grounds— perfect for wedding favours. Must Try: Gold-Award Winner at the Canadian Wine Championships—’Smashed Cider’ and our essence infused ciders with elderflower and rosehip! To set up a tasting of our award-winning ciders, fruit wines and hear more about our mouthwatering jams and spreads, call 613-476-1772. 3013 County Road 8, Picton BIG APPLE

We have sold over 5 million pies so it is no surprise The Big Apple is a national icon, family favorite and everyone’s must-stop-shop! Our Big Apple is impossible to miss with a smile so big. Our freshly baked pies, tarts, breads, rolls and speciality treats are all made on-site. At The Big Apple there is something for the whole family and any occasion! There is also a chocolatier, restaurant, petting zoo and mini-golf course— The Big Apple is a full destination. When you are here you must try our Apple Pie and warm Apple Bread. Call 905-355-2574 to inquire about all our pastries, pies and treats. As well, our famous 401 Cider Brewery too! 262 Orchard Dr, Cramahe 401 CIDER BREW

Located right in Northumberland County’s famous Apple Route, we are perfectly situated to access Orchard Crisp designated apples, which must meet strict growing and quality standards. We take no short cuts; our cider making philosophy is

simple and straightforward: use 100% Ontario grown apples! The result is delicious, perfectly balanced, crisp and lightly carbonated hard apple cider. Phone 905-355-2574 262 Orchard Dr, Cramahe DONINI CHOCOLATE

At Donini Chocolate, we blend traditional European recipes with Canadian favourites to produce the finest milk, dark, and white chocolate. Our chocolate is available across North American in both solid and liquid forms; also in molded items such as cups, truffle shells, sticks, bits, buttons, shaved chocolate, blocks, and wine pairing bars. We are chocolatiers specializing in lovingly creating hand poured, unique chocolate art for your enjoyment. When you visit our Belleville location you must try our Maple Crunch, a local favorite made with real maple syrup from our Waupoos Estates maple trees! Call 613-967-2378 to set up your party favours, flavours and style or stop by in-store to see our decadent chocolate displays and unique gifts. 335 Bell Blvd, Belleville BARLEY DAYS / BARLEY STAYS

Barley Days Brewery opened its doors in 2007 as the first craft brewery in Prince Edward County and now boasts up to ten craft brews. Every season we are delivering a new flavourful beer, as well as our classic lineup. Must try: Our County Light is a bright yellow, very light, easy drinking North American lager. Crisp and refreshing with malts from barley, flaked corn and flaked rice. It is a local favorite and always available on tap or in bottle. Call 613-476-7468 to set up your tasting or plan your next event in the brewery! We can host up to 50 people! Need accommodation too? Our Air BnB Barley Stays house is right next door and it sleeps ten. 13730 Loyalist Pkwy, Prince Edward

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The Best Of Both Everyone deserves the chance to choose the space they truly desire. A move to the Bay of Quinte region allows you to do just that and take advantage of a unique opportunity that many communities don’t have. Spread out, have gardens galore and get in touch with nature on your picturesque rural property. Or, enjoy one of the many great neighbourhood vibes in a more urban setting just steps from all the things our cities like Belleville and Quinte West have to offer. Either way you slice it, you’re minutes away from the beautiful countryside, stunning waterways, outdoor adventure and modern convenience. Affordable, attractive, attainable. Choose your space in the Bay of Quinte. 30 BAY OF QUINTE GUIDE  4TH EDITION




From killer coffee shops to authentic Mexican food and even sushi, the Bay of Quinte has all the culinary hotspots without the hassle of big city congestion. Think owning a piece of history is just a pipe dream? Think again. Buying a beautiful century home in a great neighbourhood is within reach. Not much of a DIYer, don’t sweat it. The region is booming with incredible homes in budding new neighbourhoods. Customize to your heart’s content with a new build dream home.

A wise man once said “They aren’t making any more land”. Find your acreage here in the Bay of Quinte. Settle down in a charming farmhouse, indulge your inner thrifter and make your Pinterest wishlist a reality. Grow your own food. Raise those chickens you’ve been talking about. Stop denying your rustic side and realize your very own homestead.



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Millennials on the Move The largest generation in history is about to change the economic game. Their desire for space and character over proximity makes for an interesting future for smaller communities like the BoQ By Carson Arthur

EVERY SPRING I like to take a look at the housing numbers associated with buyers and what they are seeking so that I can gain a better understanding of how to help homeowners improve their home’s exterior. I’ve always known that even if you’re not planning on selling today, making smart upgrades to your yards can have long-term dividends when it comes to home valuation. What I couldn’t predict was the colossal impact this new generation of buyers will have on these outdoor spaces and how they will be used. The numbers continue to roll in about the size of the millennial population, and many online sources put this group at up to 25 percent of the population of Canada. Much later than prior generations, the average millennial is starting to buy at age thirty. This trend is in part due to high real estate costs and even higher student-loan debt (National Association of Realtors). Millennials are expected to account for up to 35 percent of home sales in 2017 as over 90 percent of this group considers owning a home an immediate priority (CNBC). Although I’m not a millennial, I did exactly what all experts are predicting this younger group is going to do over the next five years. We sold our cottage and bought a farm! I use that term very loosely as it doesn’t


have a barn—that project will happen one day. What it does have is 6.5 acres of opportunity. Officially the farm is quickly replacing the cottage as the second home for many Canadians. My cottage was a great property, but I couldn’t really afford to have the open space I really wanted and still have some distance from my neighbours. So we made the leap and sold it, choosing instead to buy in the Bay of Quinte area. We gave up the crowded lakes and long commutes for fields full of grapes, corn, and wheat, and I couldn’t be happier. I am not alone in this migration to one of Ontario’s hidden gems; the Bay of Quinte region has a growing youth population because of an affordable housing market and high quality of life. So what do millennials want in a home? Surprisingly, location has dropped as a priority, according to Century21 Canada. Instead, millennials continue to choose more space over proximity to work. Millennials want yards on a budget. A quick look on Quinte-MLS. com, the real estate site for communities surrounding the bay, shows almost fifty homes with over one hundred acres of land listed in spring 2017. Ideal homes for millenials have great character, as you’ll find in some of the long-standing neighbourhoods here. They are drawn to good curb appeal, with houses that have front yards setting them apart in suburban neighbourhoods. They shy away from cookie-cutter houses. Good curb appeal is a priority, and according to the National Association of Realtors (2017), having a home with character can increase its worth by up to eight percent. Millennials are also very drawn to communities that have cultural outlets such as restaurants, live music venues, and art galleries, which we’ve got covered here from town to town. Young homeowners are choosing wholesome hobbies such as knitting, canning, and even urban farming as a movement away from tech-related endeavours. When asked, this generation wants to ensure their children have hands-on experiences in growing their own food or making their own clothes. While some are concerned about this migration into their rural communities, I personally think it’s great news. They are choosing to live on or around farms because they genuinely want to work on the land. This group of newcomers is going to come up with their own ways to make things work, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what’s next for them. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LIVING IN THE REGION, VISIT







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For over fifty years, Quinte Home Builders Association has been building our community. They represent more than 140 member builders, suppliers, trade contractors, financial, and service professionals in the Quinte Region. Photography by Johnny CY Lam


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Working in Bay of Quinte A strong manufacturing sector thrives in the region Portraits by Kelsey Thompson


HE BAY OF QUINTE region’s diversified economy provides a wide range of employment opportunities for the residents in the area. The ability to earn an adequate income and maintain an attractive lifestyle all while living in a picturesque environment is a rare find. The BoQ’s strong and advanced manufacturing cluster is a driving force for the economy in the region and the support from municipal economic development and organizations such as the Quinte Economic Development Commission and the Quinte Manufacturers Association help to create on-going career opportunities for the growing population. A number of factors have cultivated this fertile ground for employment and lifestyle satisfaction. The regional chambers of commerce consist of members who represent a wide range of expertise. From technology and industrial to hospitality and retail, both the private and public sectors are represented. Community groups and non-profit organizations engage and support the communities and other partners like Loyalist College and the East Central Ontario Training Board work to prepare a strong new workforce.

Here are three personal accounts that show how an ideal work/life balance is easily achievable in the Bay of Quinte region. 36 BAY OF QUINTE GUIDE  4TH EDITION

Casey Richardson The Machining Center Having lived in Trenton his entire life, Casey Richardson has worked at The Machining Center, or TMC for short, for the past 28 years. With experience in the automotive industry, Casey saw a strong connection between his skills and the work done at TMC. And so, his avid and persistent interest in the company was mutually beneficial for both himself and TMC. At work there is never a dull moment for Casey. He mentioned “I get bored easily and with TMC that is never really a problem. We do work for many local businesses but we also provide services to anyone just walking in off the street. Those are my favourite challenges. We also do some work off site and I truly enjoy representing TMC for these projects making sure customers are happy.” Casey is also proud to see his son following in his footsteps fulfilling a welding apprenticeship with TMC. Working and living in the Bay of Quinte region has served Casey well. A big positive for him is living close to home so that he can maintain balance between work and family. He spends much time with his family outdoors fishing and camping. He especially enjoys ice boating along the Bay of Quinte and says: “It is a real rush when you lay in that small boat and the wind pushes you across the ice sometimes going as fast as 50 mph.” To add to the excitement, Casey had the opportunity to ice boat with Rick Mercer while he was visiting the area. Casey is fortunate to find fun and work at his fingertips and says himself “it just doesn’t get any better.”

Rudy Bishop Vantage Foods

Ken George Procter & Gamble In the mid nineties, Ken George was selected from the University of New Brunswick to work for Procter & Gamble. He and his wife, Valerie, moved to Belleville shortly thereafter. They have lived here ever since. The transition from Newfoundland to Ontario was a welcomed climate shift as living in Belleville allows Ken and Valerie to enjoy the four seasons. They take advantage of the wide range of activities available to them—“For the outdoor enthusiast, the Bay of Quinte enables water activities. The countryside makes camping, hiking, cycling and horseback riding some of our favourite things to do outside work.” Over the last decade, Ken has witnessed an exciting restaurant scene emerge which has added to his positive experience in the region.  One of his favourite places is Toro Sushi. Being an employee at P&G has been a rewarding experience for Ken. He values the fact that employees have the opportunity to rotate their roles every three years—“this keeps the work very fresh and challenging every day.” And, working in the BoQ region allows the George family to travel between Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto easily while keeping Ken close to the workplace.



Rudy Bishop has lived in Belleville for over 47 years. He is proud to be a part of Vantage Foods since its opening six years ago. As a deaf employee, being part of Vantage Foods has been a rewarding experience. He received the support and training necessary to be a part of the team and follow work safety practices. He told us that “Vantage Foods was eager and willing to integrate a deaf employee into the workplace.” Since a number of his colleagues are deaf, Rudy has found an opportunity to socialize inside the workplace which is important since Vantage Foods holds annual social events that he himself loves to attend. Rudy is proud to be a part of a company that produces product sold at a local level.  Adhering to strict guidelines of quality and safety makes it easy for him to represent the company as their brand ambassador and with a commitment to employee involvement to unlock potential it would seem Rudy has found the perfect environment to work in. Outside the workplace, Rudy can be found outdoors camping with his family or taking friends and visitors to social events held by the Belleville Association for the Deaf. For Rudy, Belleville is a growing community that maintains a small town feel. “There are opportunities for advancement and growth for career driven citizens but still allows residents to enjoy the benefits of rural landscape, conservation areas and provincial parks in close proximity to Belleville.”




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These young business leaders exemplify the spirit of the Bay of Quinte region as a place that celebrates innovation, encourages growth, and cultivates talent.








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S IT BECOMES more difficult for aspiring entrepreneurs to forge a place for themselves in larger urban centres, many young business owners are seeking out smaller communities in which to grow their businesses and realize their dreams. Recent years have seen the Bay of Quinte region emerge as a new business hotspot, an ever-growing region with true smalltown values and an unparalleled sense of community. Meet the inspiring young entrepreneurs whose vision, talent, and tireless hard work are breathing new life into our vibrant region. Our participants come from various sectors, from film to skilled trades, representing a diverse local business landscape. This talented group includes born-and-raised locals, returnees, and new arrivals to the area, all of whom are helping their chosen communities grow and thrive.


Adam Gray

Gray Brothers Films

• Describe your company. At Gray Brothers Films we make documentaries for television and the big screen. Our films have aired on networks such as HBO, The Movie Network, Movie Central, The Sundance Channel, CBC Documentary, Bravo!, and Vision TV. • How long have you been here? I returned to Belleville about fourteen years ago after living in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver. • What brought you to the region? I grew up in Belleville and when I hit thirty I was coming back almost every weekend because I loved the area so much. I wanted my kids to have the same great experience I did growing up in a small city surrounded by such beauty. The internet has allowed me to run my business from Belleville with only a couple trips to Toronto a month for meetings. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? We are only a two hour drive from Toronto, and the low overhead costs give us freedom that my friends in the city don’t have. I have a studio in our big 140-year-old house that I could never afford in Toronto. My commute involves walking from the kitchen to the studio with a hot cup of joe—pretty rough! I remember listening to traffic reports on the radio, but that is a distant, hazy memory. • What advice do you have for entrepreneurs moving to the area? Jump in! Get involved in the amazing community, introduce yourself, and let people know you’re here. Learn to harness the power of the web! Most of the people I work with don’t realize I’m not in Toronto. In the digital age—distance is state of mind.

Kailey Bosch

Melrose Market Garden

• Describe your company. Melrose Market Garden is a small-scale vegetable farm growing veggies and herbs organically and sustainably. We run a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and have our produce available at the Belleville Farmers’ Market as well as Tyendinaga Township Farmers’ Market. • How long have you been here? Five years ago, we returned to farm the piece of land that my partner, Rich McFarlane, was born and raised on, in the small community of Melrose. • What brought you to the region? Having left to obtain post-secondary education in both Ottawa and Guelph, I was drawn back to the Bay of Quinte because of the wonderful connections I have here. We have such an incredible support network in this area and we feel honoured to be part of a farming community who share their wealth of knowledge. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? People in the Bay of Quinte express a strong attachment to local businesses and truly embody what it means to support local. With our CSA model, members are given the opportunity to support the farm through thick and thin. Whether it be a year of abundance or last year’s drought, our members have become more in-tune with the weather, the season, and the land, as well as how these affect the food available to them at different times throughout the year. They have chosen to support Melrose Market Garden because having access to local food, and a personal connection to those who produce it, is an important aspect of what it means to call the Bay of Quinte home.





Luke Vandenbosch

Kristina Steunenberg

• Describe your company. My business partner Kevin and I run KESA Painting; we provide residential new-build painting services for local building companies. We have the pleasure of employing a dozen great employees from the area who work hard to bring the best service to our clients. • How long have you been here? Both Kevin and I grew up here. We both moved away with our families and chose to come back to the Bay of Quinte region. After living in Burlington for five years and having kids, my wife Teri and I were ready to move back to a place where we felt actually at home. • Describe your perfect day off. The BoQ region is a perfect microcosm of the best Ontario has to offer. Our family enjoys spending Sundays on my parents’ farm in Frankford, where I grew up, picking vegetables and riding horses, or hanging out on a Saturday evening in Brighton, where Teri grew up. The racetrack is always a hit when friends from the city come to visit. Everyone is always in awe of the things we have close at hand in this area. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? The residential building market has been booming in recent years, and this has made a huge impact on small businesses such as ours. It really is a tight-knit [business] community. This region has so much to offer, both in work and play—I couldn’t imagine calling any other place home for our company.

• Describe your company. Minim Designs is a small home-based floral business that specializes in loose, understated, and natureinspired florals for intimate weddings, events, photo shoots, and workshops. • How long have you been here? We are brand new! My husband and I moved here from Vancouver, BC, in 2016 for his work. • What advice do you have for entrepreneurs moving to the area? Do it! Reach out: if you meet other people in your industry, you will find your community. Collaboration before competition. • What have you discovered about running a business in a small town? I was nervous that I wouldn’t find other creative businesses in the industry I would be able to work with, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised to keep finding other amazing vendors and creatives in the area.

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Minim Designs

“Jump in! Get involved in the amazing community, introduce yourself, and let people know you’re here.” Adam Gray

Erin and Adam Keats

Amanda Keenan

• What is your business? Trenton Delicatessen sells European goods, imported cheeses, speciality meats. • How long have you been here? I (Erin) grew up in this area. I went to school in Trenton and Belleville, and we lived in Brighton. I moved to Ottawa for school and met my husband there. • What brought you to the region? My family is from this area, and the housing market is more affordable and appealing. We also had a dream of starting our own business, and we knew that committing to a community would help our business flourish. • What’s your secret to surviving winter? Being smart. Adam and I worked hard on finding alternative ways to sell our products. We developed our lunch menu so there is always a steady stream of customers even if the big shoppers can’t make it out because of bad weather. We also started delivering, offering appealing weekly specials, and promoting our back-door entrance. There are always ways to diversify. Set your business up to evolve and change. Never get yourself caught in a corner. • What advice do you have for entrepreneurs moving to the area? Work hard. Be smart. Do your research. Invest in your community. We spent a lot of time researching this area and the industry before purchasing the Delicatessen. We visited many other delis, cafés, butchers, and bakeries. We wanted to make sure this business had potential to grow. We made a business plan. We made honest goals. We put the time in and worked long hours.

• Describe your company. I run a letterpress and design shop called Silverplate Press, where I create handmade wedding invitations. I specialize in custom-designed and letterpressprinted invitations. I make them using handmixed ink and an antique printing press. • How long have you been here? Since 2016. • What brought you to the region? My sisterin-law and her family are here. My husband, Justin, and I have two boys and wanted our families to grow up close to each other. We moved from Toronto, so Belleville is a change of pace and a quieter life that is closer to nature. We’ve always loved visiting the area, and it just seemed like the right time for it. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? The wedding industry is just going to get busier here because more and more people are discovering this Ontario gem. Couples getting married with a backdrop of the Bay of Quinte will need invitations suiting the uniqueness and beauty of it—I think my business does just that. I haven’t been here that long, but there really seems to be so much support for young entrepreneurs. • What advice would you give entrepreneurs moving to the area? Meet the locals—they will tell you the best spots to get anything done! The Brake Room has been a great place to meet other creatives (and also get really good coffee.) • What suprised you about running a business in a small town? I expected my business to slow down after moving from an urban centre to a small town; I’m surprised that just the opposite has happened.  

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Tiff Siddall

Traveling Barber i @travelingbarber

• What is your business? The traveling Barber started as an event-based grooms-men parties service. It now services multiple locations in the Belleville and PEC area on a weekly basis. People are busy. And they really enjoy getting a haircut on their terms, with a beer in hand and a couple of friends in the cue. • How long have you been here? I have been in the area for ten years. I did not grow up here, but have noticed many clients have come home again and are excited to see that Belleville has grown, as they have, while they were away. • What brought you to the region? What brought me here originally has faded away, but I have gained true friendships and partnerships that challenge and support me and a city that is on the verge of finding itself. • Describe your perfect day off. Espresso done right, followed by pursuing thrift scores downtown. If it’s nice out, the afternoon’s a great time to bring a book to the Waterfront Trail. I’d end the day with truffle frites and a bottle of wine at Capers. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? A vast group of people are buying into the craft renaissance in our region, which includes barbering. • What suprised you about running a business in a small town? How many champions there are here. They say word travels fast in a small town, and that’s a great thing. I’ve been referred so many times over and have great support from my patrons who truly have become friends.


Joel George

Prime Focus Productions

• What is your business? My business is Prime Focus Productions. We specialize in communication through video production. • How long have you been here? I’ve been operating in Quinte West for over five years. • What brought you to the region? My wife and I relocated because this is home and where we wanted to raise our kids. Both of our families live in the area and we wanted to come back because it’s a family-oriented community. • What’s your secret to surviving winter? Diversification is key. When you specialize, especially in a growing field, you may not always have an active market. Expanding your offerings to fill in down-time helps supplement revenue and provides breathing space. Offering photo services or occasional wedding videos to complement corporate work gives me a variety of things to do. (Also, warm gloves!) • Describe your perfect day off. Going out with my family to a community festival or enjoying the sunshine down by the water followed by a scenic drive in the countryside, and finishing off with friends and locally-brewed beer. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? The cost of living is low, and the quality of life is high, so I don’t have to starve as my business grows. It’s right in that sweet spot for growth where people are embracing the digital age but businesses are still very much personalized and relational, offering their own unique flavour of whichever industry they may be in. There’s a beautiful character of community here that it is my great pleasure to capture and help showcase.

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Devin and Leslie Huffman

Nate Card

Barn Owl Malt

Wild Card Brewing Company

• Describe your company. Barn Owl Malt is a local craft malt house; we use a traditional technique called “floor malting” to malt Ontario grown grains, mainly barley, for local craft breweries. • How long have you been here? We moved in June of 2012, though we often visited the area in our free time prior to moving here. • What brought you to the region? We knew we wanted to settle down in a rural setting. We chose a property that had once belonged to Devin’s grandparents, and began living our dream. We feel very lucky to call this place home, and operate our business on our land. • What’s your secret to surviving winter? We produce our malt year round, like so many other local food and beverage producers. But it’s a time when tourism is lower so you can get to know local producers on a relaxed and personal level. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? A unique opportunity for our malt to be processed into beer in the same region the grain was grown, now that’s local! There’s also a fantastic community of brewers here in the region ( and access to the 401 makes it pretty convenient for distribution too. • What advice do you have for entrepreneurs moving to the area? We would say go for it! There are many options here for supporting and facilitating new businesses, such as local small business centres and organizations like QuinteVation. Whatever the business, get out there and make it happen!

• Describe your business:Wildcard brewing is a small batch family-run brewery • How long have you been here? 6yrs • What brought you to the region? Essentially everything we have available to us in this area brought me back­—and being close to the water is important to me, the farming and the producers, like the water buffalo farm and good butcher shops that use local meat. The small town, rural feel was also really attractive. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? The people here are so friendly. People love supporting local businesses in this region. It’s highlighted through our continuous stream of returning customers within this area. Many of the residents just love hanging out with friends. They come to the brewery and share stories. It’s really rewarding as a business owner. • What suprised you about running a business in a small town? People really want to connect with you. They’ll listen to what you have to say.



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Nick Pujic

Vantage Point Media House

• Describe your company. Vantage Point Media House is a full RED digital cinema studio offering ultra high-definition shooting and post-production services to clients interested in capturing their productions at full 6K resolution. • How long have you been here? The business was born in 2007. I grew up in the area, and I’ve never really had a good enough reason to leave. We have access to great local talent, and my work takes me to all corners of the globe. I love living in the Bay of Quinte and sincerely believe it gives us a competitive advantage. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? I can fly out of Toronto, Ottawa, or Syracuse all within reasonable time. The cost of doing business is significantly lower than what my competitors pay. Because we are heavily invested in outdoor television and film-making, access to year-round natural resources just can’t be matched anywhere else. • What advice would you give entrepreneurs moving to the area? Pull the trigger and don’t look back. You’ll be glad to be out of the city and in a creative environment. Don’t be tricked into thinking your clients will care that you’re not in a city. More often than not, a scenic place such as the Bay of Quinte means your clients will actually enjoy coming to see you more often. • What suprised you about running a business in a small town? The amount of community support is overwhelming. I always knew it existed here, but to experience it firsthand really makes you appreciate how much local business owners are willing to help each other. It’s refreshing.


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Martin Hajda

Brooke Miller Runway Bridal

• Describe your company. Runway Bridal offers a complete bridal experience that is both individual and unforgettable. We have a beautiful and comfortable space for our clients to relax in and offer some of the most sought-after bridal gowns. We can also complete looks for the entire wedding party. • How long have you been in the region? Since 2009. I was away for school for a few years and came home to find a career. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? We draw a lot of customers from outside the Quinte Region to the north, east, and west. So we are central for those areas as well as our local customers. We have a lot of great wedding venues in the area as well. • What advice do you have for entrepreneurs moving to the area? Start small, and grow with your market. It will be worth the wait. • What suprised you about running a business in a small town? People are happy to refer you if they receive a great product and service. Word of mouth is our best form of advertising!

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Victoria and Paula Watts

• Describe your company. We are an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) company. • How long have you been here? My business partner Donovan and I both started our careers in the Quinte Region, but we went into business for ourselves in 2012. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? The Quinte region has a ton of heart because it’s a tight community. It has strong values and culture and is one of the only places left where people will stop traffic to let the other car go through first. People here have a “we’re all in this together” attitude, and so do we. Word of mouth has always been our best advertising, and we intend to keep it that way by working hard for the Quinte region. • What advice would you give entrepreneurs moving to the area? Get to know the area and hire and use as many local people as possible. When your neighbours see you’re part of their community, they get behind you. As a business, help out organizations that need sponsorship, like minor hockey or Habitat for Humanity. • What suprised you about running a business in a small town? It’s incredible how loyal our employees are and how hard they work. Family is a term thrown around loosely in business, but when you hire people from your small town everyone does become close, and everyone has each other’s back. Even when they book days off they still come in for a visit! We owe everything to them, and everyone defends “our” reputation because it’s also theirs.

• Describe your company. At Pasta Tavola in Belleville we manufacture and retail fresh pastas, ravioli, sauces, and oven-ready meals using 100-percent Ontario milled wheat and local-first ingredients. Pasta Tavola began selling small batch pastas at the Belleville Farmers’ market in 2009 and opened its storefront location in 2010. • How long have you been here? Victoria moved to the region in 2006 with her family. Paula moved in 2010 when the business began. • What brought you to the region? Originally the reason was career-related and to be closer to family, but when the idea of starting a food manufacturing business began to unfold, it just made sense for us to build our business here. • What’s your secret to surviving winter? Our fall and early winter is quite busy, but during down time we plan, plan, plan. We focus on keeping our operation moving, stay on-point with trends and explore new potential product lines. Keeping in touch with our customers and generating new sales is also important. • What makes the BoQ region a good fit for your business? The region is rich with fresh agricultural ingredients and the cost of setting up a facility was affordable. We intend to grow our business through wholesaling our products throughout the province, and the BoQ is perfectly situated en route to cottage country and major city centres. • What suprised you about running a business in a small town? So many passionate entrepreneurs! And “word of mouth” goes a longer way than we would have ever imagined!

Martino HVAC

Pasta Tavola




Photography by Colleen Nicholson

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The wines of Prince Edward County will make an impression you won’t soon forget Ever wonder why some wines feel like they linger just a bit longer after you sip them, those haunting flavours echoing across your tongue and imprinting themselves on your memory? It begins with the region’s unique soil—a rare prehistoric lake bed of calcareous limestone—adding a wonderful third dimension of minerality to the wines. Farming this rocky soil has its challenges, but with great struggle comes great reward. PEC is one of the few regions in the world to bury vines in the winter to protect them, and strict attention to detail is the key. This dedication, passion, and patience winegrowers in PEC have can be tasted in every drop. With an artisanal focus, the winegrowers produce fruit with intense flavour and Old World character. Grapes grown in PEC’s cool climate ripen and accumulate their flavour slowly. These wines are complex and balanced, with bright acidity and stoney minerality—making them incredibly food-friendly. Find out why the world is falling in love with Prince Edward County wine, and have a sip to remember.



The Bay of Quinte is home to plenty of farmers’ markets and stands where chefs, locals, and travelers alike flock to sample the best the region has to offer. Illustration by Jeannie Phan

Belleville Farmers’ Market

„Market Square, Belleville Having just celebrated two hundred years of operation in 2016, the Belleville Farmers’ Market are experts in homegrown fruits, vegetables, crafts, and more. Open all year round, this market is your one-stop shop for all your grocery needs. Known For All-year service

Quinte West Farmers’ Market

„67 Front Street, Trenton Every market day, this caring community leaves two spaces available for non-profit organizations to use at no charge. Located on the waterfront of the Trent River, the Quinte West Farmers’ Market offers guests a spectacular view and all manner of produce, baked goods, and crafts. Known For Waterfront views, non-profit hosting

Grills Orchards

„886 Grills Road, Quinte West Open year round, this Quinte West product hub is full of items for all types of shoppers. One conversation with the orchard staff will prove that they know their stuff when it comes to apples. Known For Apple variety, fudge

Palliser Downs Farm

„98 Frankford Road, Foxboro Since 2003 the husband-and-wife duo at Palliser Downs Farm have been experimenting with different ways of growing delicious fruits not often found in Canada, including haskap berries, tart cherries, and goji berries (yes, those goji berries). Known For Haskap Berries

1 Crews’ Country Market 2 Roju Farms 3 J Grimson Farm Stand 4 Front Street Farmers Market 5 Hamilton Farms 6 Grills Orchards 7 Willow Creek Farms 8 Mc Caw Farm Stand 9 West Moira Orchards 10 Belleville Farmers’ Market 11 Marsh Hill Farms Stand 12 Palliser Downs Orchards 13 Melrose Market Gardens NEED MORE INFO?





FOOD + DRINK In collaboration with QuinteVation

Known for its Bay Barley during the prohibition era, Quinte makes a name for itself once more in the brewing scene.


Photography by Johnny CY Lam

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Mackinnon Brothers Brewing Company

„1915 County Rd. 22, Bath.

BROTHERS IVAN AND DANIEL are the siblings behind MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, but the sense of family extends to everyone who has a hand in their farm-based brewery. Located in Bath, Ontario, the brewery opened in 2014 on their family’s 200-plus-year-old-farm. In 2016, the team brewed their first 100 percent farm-based beer, with every ingredient sourced from their own farm. We tend to think there’s no more authentic way to share in the taste, tradition, and character of the area. The process of crafting a farm-based brew didn’t happen overnight: it took the team six years of harvesting malting barley, three seasons of hop growing, and dedicated sourcing of their own water tables, solidifying their commitment as Farmers and Brewers. MacKinnon Brothers are featured on tap across the province at restaurants in Toronto, Kingston, and Hamilton. You’ll also find the brews on tap closer to home in Belleville, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West.

3 1 Repurposed century farm buildings 2 Brothers Ivan and Daniel

3 Blasted limestone forms the brewery’s underground storage area 4TH EDITION






Signal Brewing Company „86 River Road, Corbyville.

4 After significant construction and updates, Signal Brewing opens in June 2017 5 The young guns working behind the scenes at Signal pose between renovation projects 6 The historic Corby’s Distillery

signal beer

FOR 125 YEARS Corbyville Distillery sat on the banks of the Moira River, holding its status as one of Canada’s oldest distilleries. A project that has been years in the making, local entrepreneur Richard Courneyea is working to bring this historic distillery back to life. Opening in the distillery buildings in the late spring of 2017, Signal Brewing Company will be the first microbrewery in Belleville. Once a thriving outpost on the Moira River, Corbyville was named after its founder, Henry Corby, during the 1830s. The Bay of Quinte region was a hub for agriculture at the time, and as a local gristmill owner, access to grain got Henry’s entrepreneurial wheels turning. Decades of


distillation at the Corby Distillery ensued, but for the past thirty years, his storied building has sat vacant on the outskirts of town, the relic of a different time. Its history as an economic driver has caused people to ask, “What’s next?” for the area, and as the craft brewing movement has gained steam, the answer is beginning to present itself in Signal Brewing Company. When Signal Brewery opens its doors, the completed facility will boast a 5,000square-foot patio overlooking the Moira River and a catered assembly hall to accommodate 270 people. Signal will also include a 1,000-square-foot tasting room and a 4,000-square-foot event space. As the region continues creating a cohesive image as a great place to live, work and play, the marriage of manufacturing, agriculture, history, and tourism at Signal Brewing will be an incredible asset that ties together our past and future.

FOOD + DRINK In collaboration with QuinteVation

Barn Owl Malt

„224 Zion Rd., Belleville.

BARN OWL MALT has played a pivotal role in sustaining and driving the local craft beer industry. Devin and Leslie Huffman are the proud owners, operators, and maltsters behind Barn Owl Malt. Craft beer in Ontario is commonly made with local ingredients: local hops, local water, and even local honey. However, one key local ingredient that has been missing from craft beer is malt. Barn Owl Malt has been successful in bridging that gap through its ongoing collaborations with local agricultural producers and craft breweries. Doing so has allowed them to produce a new local market for grains. Barn Owl Malt is strategically located along the outskirts of Belleville, where Devin and Leslie call home. The property previously belonged to Devin’s grandfather. In 2015, the artisanal malt house was built on their property to allow for traditional floor malting techniques. With the amount of observation and tending required for this method, Devin and Leslie are fortunate to be within close distance to the facility. The end product of highyielding, uniform, distinctly aromatic, and flavourful artisanal malts makes the floor malting process a worthwhile pursuit. The barley malts are produced using a tworow variety used in Prince Edward County As Ontario’s only craft maltster, Barn Owl Malt’s products have been widely used. Craft beer companies including Amsterdam Brewing Company in Toronto, Barley Days Brewery in Picton, ChurchKey Brewing Company in Campbellford, and many others have integrated Leslie and Devin’s malt into their craft brews. These local brewers have the unique opportunity to access a regional terroir not available in commercial malts.



7 Devin and Leslie Huffman are the proud owners, operators, and maltsters behind Barn Owl Malt. QUINTECRAFT.CA




From classic chip trucks, to gourmet outdoor kitchens, some of our favourite meals from around the region come from food vendors like the ones on this handy map. Illustration by Jeannie Phan




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1 Tabersnack 22186 Loyalist Parkway,

Carrying Place TabersnackPEC Delicious Quebec-style food with many gluten-free options. Must try: Authentic poutine.

2 JERKebago 22178 Loyalist Pkwy,

Carrying Place A true Caribbean experience. Must try: Pimento-smoked, charcoal-grilled jerk chicken.

3 Picnic Rosehall Run Winery 1243 Greer

Road, Wellington Serving gourmet sandwiches, poké, salads, and desserts. Must try: The Famous PICNIC Po’boy.

4 Guapos Cantina Traynor Family Vineyard 1774 Danforth Rd. Slingin’ PEC’s best latin streetfood Must try: "El Fuego" jalapeno sausage taco.

5 Black Sheep Food Truck 471 Main Street Bloomfield Elevated comfort classics with a twist. Must try: Dirty Bird poutine.

6 Big Mike’s 13730 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton Texas-style BBQ, hand-crafted with real smoke for real BIG flavour. Must try: Texan Platter.

7 Parsons Outdoor Kitchen 876 County Road 49, Picton Authentic Mexican and Southern Comfort cuisine served al fresco. Must try: Ceviche and Street Corn and The Savannah Burger.

8 Downtown Julie Brown’s Food Trailer 113 Station Street, Belleville Downtown Julie Brown’s Food Trailer Handmade food, fresh Quinte ingredients. Must try: Julies’ famous burgers, fries, and Montreal-style poutine.

9 Burger Revolution Various locations,

check website: Fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. Must try: La Revolution.

10 Herbert’s Incredible Fries

350 Cannifton Rd, Belleville Herberts Fries Truly incredible fries. Must try: Mac and Cheese Dog with local cheese curd poutine.

11 Potato Patato 2528 Stirling-Marmora Road, Stirling Potato Patato Chip Truck More than just a chip truck. Must try: Twisted Potato and bacon cheeseburger. READ MORE ON OUR BLOG





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Local Flavours You too can build this stunning party platter (without ever setting foot outside the region). Photography by Johnny CY Lam Styling by Ruth Gangbar


Food 1 Saved By The Dunk beer, Wild Card Brewing Company 2 Sourdough baguette, Humble Bread 3 Assorted oysters, Sand & Pearl Raw Bar,

The Shore Oysters 4, 5 Assorted mustards, Cressy Mustard Co. Cressy Mustard Co. 6 Garden Relish, Portland Bridge Pickling Society Portland Bridge Pickling Society 7, 8, 9 Assorted cured meats, La Cultura Salumi WEBSITE ADDRESS




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17 10 2014 Chardonnay South Bay Vineyards VQA PEC, Huff Estates Winery 11 Jerusalem artichoke, Portland Bridge Pickling Society Portland Bridge Pickling Society 12 Micro greens, Cloven Farm Cloven Farm

13 Mozzarella Di Bufala, Ontario Water Buffalo Co. 14 Assorted cheeses; Black River Cheese, Ivanhoe Cheese, Gay Lea Foods 15 Summer sausage, Ontario Water Buffalo Co. 16, 17 Assorted fudge


and estate-grown apples, Grills Orchards 18 Assorted truffles, Mrs. B’s Country Candy

Style A Sand Dunes tea towel, Kate Goldin


B Assorted flowers, Dahlia May Flower Farm C Handmade wood serving board, MacCool’s Reuse D Woven linen tablecloth, Moroccan ceramic sauce bowls, small wooden serving spoon, Sand & Sumac, KOKITO





Match and Release Whether you’re on the water or on the ice, the Bay of Quinte is home to four-season, world-class fishing. Get started with this handy guide to some of the most common fish you’ll find in the bay (catching them, on the other hand, is up to you). Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri

Longnose Gar Habitat: warm, quiet areas of larger bodies of water Bait: live bait minnows and crankbaits

Freshwater Drum (aka Sheephead) Habitat: large, shallow water with mud and sandy bottoms Bait: jigs and worms

Walleye Habitat: deep, rocky structure and drop-offs Bait: soft plastic jigs, live bait minnows, worms, crayfish

Northern Pike Habitat: quiet, vegetated waters, deep water in summer Bait: spoons, spinners, topwater lures, live bait chubs and suckers


Muskie Habitat: sunken islands, points, bottlenecks in current flows, and weedbeds Bait: diving lures, spoons, spinners, and live bait suckers, chubs or frogs

Largemouth Bass Habitat: warm, weedy areas or clear rocky water Bait: spinners, jigs, soft plastic or live bait minnows, and crayfish

Black Crappie Habitat: fallen wood, shallow water bays and low rivers Bait: small jigs, live bait small minnows, and worms

Pumpkinseed Habitat: cool to warm lake water and slow-moving streams Bait: small plugs, spinners, jigs or live worms, and insects

Common Carp Habitat: bottom of the lake; warm, shallow, and weedy Bait: doughballs, large kernel corn, and worms







Fish of the Bay By Ashley Rae


ORN AND RAISED on the outskirts of Napanee, I feel very fortunate to have grown up in the Bay of Quinte region having access to so many species of fish. Although fishing wasn’t a pastime my parents took part in, I was lucky to be introduced to the sport by a family friend at the age of five and have loved to fish ever since. As I got older I spent more and more time out on the bay with friends in their boats, fishing from a kayak, and then eventually in my own boat. Throughout the seasons there is no shortage of fishing opportunities, and each year I try to spend time focusing on as many species as I can. Fishing is a constant learning experience, and no two days on the water are ever alike. On such a vast body of water there’s always potential for some truly BIG fish to be caught!

Northern Pike


Longnose Gar

The trophy migratory walleye put the Bay of Quinte on the map as a world-class fishing destination. If you want to catch the biggest walleye of your life, there’s a pretty good chance your new personal best is swimming in the Bay. What’s unique about this fishery is the migration that takes place in the late summer when these monstrous fish move in from Lake Ontario to feed up and spawn throughout the Bay. Although walleye can be caught throughout the year in the Bay, most anglers know that fall and winter are the best times to land your biggest fish. Fall is certainly my favourite time to target walleye, and the most effective way to cover water is by trolling. My hottest lures this past season were the Berkley Flicker Minnow and the Rapala Jointed Deep Husky Jerk, run at various depths and speeds. During the summer months I love ripping a bucktail jig through the weeds for walleye.


Largemouth Bass

Following walleye, largemouth bass are next in line for the most popular species on the Bay. Numerous tournaments are held each year in pursuit of bass, bringing in anglers from near and far. Largemouth are typically found in the shallows in close proximity to cover (healthy green weeds, docks, trees, et cetera). What’s fun about this species is that they can be targeted with a wide variety of presentations. My favourites include topwater frogs such as the Live Target Hollow Body Frog and also weedless jigs to get into the heavier cover. There’s nothing quite like seeing the explosion of a bass coming up to crush a frog or setting the hook using a jig in heavy cover. It’s surprising where these fish can be hiding out.

It’s always a thrill chasing predatory fish with teeth, and northern pike are no exception. The Bay is home to some pretty large pike, and they’re typically found in the shallows throughout the seasons, much like the largemouth. My favourite presentations include spoons, jerkbaits, and swimbaits. With their razor-sharp teeth comes the ability to slice through your line like butter, so using a steel or heavy fluorocarbon leader is a good idea to keep the fish on as well as bring your lures home at the end of the day. Longnose gar are just as unique as they appear. In addition to breathing underwater, they also have lungs and can live in water with low oxygen by coming up for air. They’re not as common to target as their prehistoric look puts some anglers off, but they’re a lot of fun to catch and are open all year to be targeted. Gar are typically found in schools and in the largest numbers during the spring when they move into the shallows to spawn. I first stumbled upon this species from my kayak in just a couple feet of water. I was able to sight-fish for them using a small Rapala X-Rap by reeling and twitching it alongside the gar, as their eyes are on the sides of their head. Targeting them using fly fishing gear is also popular and effective. Gar are known to chase aggressively and can put on quite a display of jumping while being reeled in.

You can follow my adventures on the Bay of Quinte and beyond at







#Quintelicious A celebration of local food and drink


ACH SPRING AND FALL, the independent restaurants of the Quinte Restaurant Association come together for Quintelicious, a celebration of local food and drink. Prix fixe menus feature unique ingredients sourced from farmers and producers across the Bay of Quinte region, like meats, cheeses, heirloom vegetables and artisan sweets, and are paired with local craft beer, cider and wine.

Nineteen Restaurant & Bar


Earl & Angelos





Photography by Graeme Murphy

Royal Haveli







Attend special events and activities, lounge with friends or book a meeting room.

Book ice pads for hockey, figure skating, speed skating and more!

Pick a pool and swim laps, treat injuries, learn to swim or teach your kids.

Join a program and pay as you go. No membership fees. Children, youth, adults, older adults.

Walk, run or train on the three lane, indoor heated, rubberized track. 265 CANNIFTON RD., BELLEVILLE, ON 613-966-4632 66 BAY OF QUINTE GUIDE  4TH EDITION




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Quintevation is a non-governmental, bi-partisan, not-forprofit organization. A collection of entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and policy makers. We are focused on accelerating the inspired sector growth that is found in the Bay of Quinte region, uniting the region as a hub of entrepreneurial spirit, thinking, and action here in rural Canada.

Inspired by our rich history and guided by the values that stem from community, we are working together to look beyond 2020. This is for the future generations that will want to call this place home. Quintevation looks at the philosophy of abundance; that we have enough resources, talent, and natural attraction in this region for all of us. We believe those that create jobs need more help, not less, and that all of us, whether it be the entrepreneur, the elected official, the volunteer or the educator need to work closely together, not in isolation.


We are led by entrepreneurs, we think like entrepreneurs, and move quickly, like entrepreneurs would, often changing direction and course correcting as needed. We ’show the love’; hosting meetups with entrepreneurs, and we listen to them, connecting them to our larger nationwide network through Startup Bay of Quinte, part of Startup Canada.


• facilitation • accelerated industry sector growth • community building • collaboration • data collection


Together, we will make Bay of Quinte, the greatest example of rural economic development in all of Ontario, and a best-in-class example for Canada. We look forward to working together with many organizations and people across this region to make this happen. It’s time. It will happen here, and it starts now.


Thanks to partnership funding from CEDP, and from the Federal Government of Canada, Quintevation has launched RevUP, Eastern Ontario's first business growth stage accelerator, a program that works with Accelerate Okanagan, Launch Lab, and entrepreneurs. Quintevation supports Quinte Craft, ( the newly born association that is made up of more than twenty producers from areas such as Brighton, Quinte West, Prince Edward County, Napanee, Tyendinaga, Campbellford, Bath and Belleville. Startup Bay of Quinte designation, part of Startup Canada, a nationwide network that fosters entrepreneurship across the country. Bay of Quinte joins a list of 32 other Canadian cities that have been designated as “StartUp” communities by StartUp Canada.


The Ottawa Senators and City of Belleville are proud to announce the return of Senahockey to the Bay of Quinte area. Sena tors owner Eugene Melnyk purchased the American Hockey League affiliate with the intention of relocating them in advance of the 2017/18 season. In doing so, residents of the Bay of Quinte will have the opportunity to experience a level of hockey never before seen in the region. An important part of this transition will be facilitated by substantial renova renovations to the team’s new home at the Yardmen Arena. Incoming fans will be entitled to a venue and experience that have been elevated to the standards expected within professional hockey. This includes new premium seating, the addition of luxury suites, an entirely reconfigured fan deck, professional concessionaire service, installation of a new video board and an expansion in capacity to over 4500 people.


Become a Season Ticket Holder today to reserve your piece of the action. Save on game day tickets and licensed merchandise, gain advanced access to Calder Cup playoff games, annual fan appreciation festivities and the NHL Centennial Classic to be played in Ottawa next season. Holders also receive an exclusive welcome gift courtesy of the Belleville Senators. This is something that you do not want to miss! Follow the team on social media and visit their website to stay up to date on all the excitement.

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Creating Canadian Opportunities For many immigrants in Canada, adjusting to a new environment comes with its own set of challenges. Those who have settled in the Bay of Quinte have seen the region as a place to create their own opportunities because of the accessible job market in our small communities, the attainable lifestyle, and ultimately, the affordable cost of living. Photography by Aaron Bell




Abraham Ramos

Luisa Sorrentino

Dr. Jinni Demine

Abraham Ramos moved to Canada from Mexico in 2013 to join his sister, Marlem, who made the move back in 2000. He says, “People here welcome me with open arms. They are good hosts and great friends.” After serving Mexican food as a pop-up at the Belleville Waterfront Festival, people asked where they could get their great food regularly. The idea was born and Chilangos Mexican Restaurant opened in March 2016. “This has been a fantastic opportunity. People love the authentic Mexican food,” Abraham notes. “We have fifteen employees, all Canadians; as immigrants, we try to give back.”

Luisa Sorrentino has lived in the region for almost a decade, after moving from Rome, Italy. “I love it here, it’s a great place to grow a family,” she explains. I really enjoy the small community and the feeling that people care. I love the fact that there is a lot of space and trees and nature.” She also enjoys how accessible things are and the proximity to bigger cities. “I live very close to the beautiful bay and we go to the park pretty much every day. This would not be possible if I still lived in Rome. If you feel like you want to go to the city for the weekend, everything is very close—you can go to Montreal, to Ottawa, to Toronto.” Her parting advice to those interested in moving to the region, “Go straight to the volunteer office in downtown. That’s your ticket to integrate into the community.”

Dr. Jinni Demine has lived in Canada since 1997. After leaving Russia with her family, her parents encouraged her to become a veterinarian. Dr. Demine completed her education at the University of Guelph and then chose to move to the Bay of Quinte region, where she purchased Trenton Pet Hospital in 2005 and has devoted herself to treating small animals and exotic pets. She has been happy to raise her children while enjoying the slow-paced lifestyle. “I love this area,” she says. “There’s no traffic, clean air, safety. All those things as Canadians we take for granted. Coming from such a country as Russia, we don’t take those things for granted. I have three kids and I just can’t imagine raising them anywhere else.”




Photography by Johnny CY Lam

Come Ashore —


The premium 374-slip Trent Port Marina is the ideal home port and stop point for boaters navigating the Bay of Quinte and TrentSevern Waterway. Just steps from the marina an abundance of Quinte West experiences await…shopping, dining, events, scenic and thrilling attractions and local culture. A diverse Natural Attraction in both landscape and recreational opportunities, Quinte West beckons visitors throughout all four seasons. Safe, well-planned neighbourhoods, clean waterways, rich farmland, abundant business and employment opportunities and plenty of recreational activities make Quinte West the ideal place to visit or call “home”.


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