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ISN’T IT TIME? Welcome to the Bay of Quinte, located smack dab in the middle between Toronto and Ottawa. Simply put, we’re an authentic rural travel destination within The Great Waterway and Ontario’s Highlands tourism regions, surrounded by pastoral farmlands, picturesque waterfront and lush boreal forests. the largest air force bases in Canada to the traditional First Nations pow wows, to thriving agriculture, farm-to-table meals and old railways, we have a lot to thank our ancestors for. A sense of adventure leads our visitors into the great outdoors where world-class fishing, trails, and camping offer a natural escape from the big city. The arts and entertainment scene in the Bay of Quinte region boasts varied mediums, engaging

events and an unmatched ability to highlight the artisan community spirit of the region. Life and tourism in the region revolve heavily around the bay and its many inlets, as well as an extensive trails system and pristine country roads under wide-open skies. Isn’t it time you discovered the Bay of Quinte?

Photo: Mark Hopper

Each facet of the Bay of Quinte region brings its own unique markers to the tourism landscape, making it a destination of choice for visitors, families and businesses from Ontario and around the world. No matter what time of year, there’s something for everyone across each of the the towns connected by the Bay of Quinte. So what makes us unique? From the presence of one of

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ABOUT US

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CONTRIBUTORS TOURISM GUIDE 2015-16 BAY OF QUINTE STAFF

Jeremiah J. MacKenzie Executive Director Jennifer Pinarski happily calls the Bay of Quinte home. Her enthusiasm for active adventure is contagious and she loves to share the area’s best family-friendly attractions. When Jennifer isn’t running, swimming or cycling, she is chasing her kids though the great outdoors, tweeting and Instagramming as she goes.

Angel MacCallum hails from Nova Scotia, where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a Tourism Concentration. Now residing in Ontario, she works as a Communications Coordinator in Prince Edward County. She has a love of travel and the great outdoors – frequently spending her free time exploring the beautiful Bay of Quinte Region.

Clara Quinn is an aspiring globetrotter that always finds her way back to the Bay of Quinte region. She is currently pursuing life ambitions in public relations and international floorball. You can often find her dressed in floorball swag, running on the country backroads and taste-testing at a local winery.

Angela Hawn writes for various publications, both online and in good old-fashioned print form. Lucky enough to call exotic spots from Australia to Tuktoyaktuk home, Angela knew her traveller’s luck held steady when she landed in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region. She thanks fellow travellers, husband Mike and their two incredible daughters for their steadfast on-the-road company and gentle editing advice!

ALSO FEATURED INSIDE . . . Stunning photos of the Bay of Quinte region by Mark Hopper,  @hoptheshark. The perfect picnic, styled by Jennifer MacKenzie and shot by Adam Tilley,  @instatilley. We show you where to take a walk in the woods, and where to stop for a bite at a food truck on the way. Find four seasons of inspiration to spend some time on the bay. Did you see our alternate cover? Dock cover photo by Danny Sheppard, Sailboat cover photo by Adam Tilley.

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Dug Stevenson Director of Tourism Laura Voskamp Communications Coordinator

The Bay of Quinte region is an alliance of interdependent communities from Highway 7 to Lake Ontario. We’re bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us.

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OUR REGIONS

You’ll find us here year-round.

COME EXPLORE From Highway 7 in the North to Lake Ontario in the South, we’re easily accessible from major Canadian city centres and the Northern USA. 01 Brighton / 02 Marmora & Lake / 03 Stirling Rawdon 04 Quinte West / 05 Township of Madoc / 06 Centre Hastings 07 Belleville / 08 Municipality of Tweed / 09 Tyendinaga Township 10 Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory / 11 Deseronto 12 Greater Napanee / 13 Prince Edward County 08

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CONTENTS

Tourism Guide 2015-16

IN THIS ISSUE OUR FEATURES

26 #FOODTRUCK FRIDAYS There’s nothing like meals on wheels to get in the spirit of summertime.

32 HAPPY TRAILS Breathe in the fresh air in every season.

16 THE GREAT WATERWAY 18 SHOP & STAY 06 Belleville 07 Hastings County 08 Prince Edward County 09 Quinte West 10 Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Tyendinaga Township & Deseronto

11 LIVING IN BAY OF QUINTE

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18 Picture Perfect Picnics 20 Shop & Stay

32 OUTDOORS & ADVENTURE

22 FOOD & DRINK 22 24 29

Taste Local Flavours Cheddar & Ale meets Chocolate & Apple Local Tastes

30 ONTARIO’S HIGHLANDS

34 The Great Outdoors 36 Sport & Adventure 38 4 Seasons Outdoors

40 ARTS & CULTURE

40 Then & Now 42 Mohawks of Tyendinaga 44 Behind the Scenes

46 PLACES, SPACES & FACES 52 BAYOFQUINSTAGRAM

Photo: Waterfront Sunset, Mark Hopper

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Hit the road and explore these hidden gems.

DAY TRIPPING QUINTE

Summer is the time for road trips and the rural backdrop of the Bay of Quinte region makes for some pretty spectacular scenery along the way. For those looking to spend a perfect day exploring the small towns and villages that make this region unique, we’ve rounded up the locals’ top picks to create your ideal day trip itinerary, no matter where you’re headed in the region. By Angel MacCallum

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BELLEVILLE The Friendly City’s historic downtown is nestled along the banks of the Moira River and is easily

Point near the Belleville Harbour. If you’re passing through Zwick’s Park on the trail, keep an eye out for Concerts on the Bay and other community events. @idealbike, 613-779-6979, 316 Front St., Belleville

accessed from Hwy. 401. Meander your way through the core, leading you to beautiful Meyers Pier and the Bayshore Trail. The largest

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and most central point of the region, it’s easy to find your way from Belleville to all other areas of the Bay of Quinte region within an hour.

Lunch at Café E. Sidled up alongside historic Belleville mainstay The Empire Theatre, you’ll find innovative lunch fare and daily features at the theatre’s namesake café. @cafeebelleville, 613-968-1412, 357 Front St., Belleville

Afternoon Activity Tour Glanmore. Located in Belleville’s historic East Hill neighbourhood, Glanmore National Historic Site was built in the early 1880’s by a banker named J.P.C. Phillips. Now restored to its former glory, the house is a living museum which hosts historic events like high tea and old-fashioned ice cream making, as well as travelling exhibitions. @glanmoreNHS, 613-962-2329, 257 Bridge St. E, Belleville

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Breakfast Breakfast at L’Auberge de France. Locals know that the best place to start your Saturday morning downtown is with a freshly made almond croissant from this authentic French bistro. Open daily, you’ll also find homemade salads, quiches, sandwiches and espresso, all with that perfect “je ne sais quoi.” @laubergefrance, 613-966-2433, 304 Front St., Belleville

Morning Activity Cycling the Waterfront Trail. Once you’ve polished off a couple of croissants, find Ideal Bike just a few doors down. Bicycles (including Fat Bikes perfect for winter rides) are available for rent, and you can hop on the Waterfront Trail just behind the shop to start exploring the edges of the Bay of Quinte. Take a moment to explore Memory Lane along the trail and stop at the Susanna Moodie monument at Freestone

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Afternoon Activity Boutique Hopping. Starting with All Good Things Home Shop around the corner from Café E, you can hit up Downtown Belleville’s thriving antique and boutique scene at shops like Boretski Gallery, Exclusive Invites, Pure Honey, Miss Priss, and Funk & Gruven A-Z. You’ll also find the works of local artisans at Gallery 121, the John M. Parrott Art Gallery and the Belleville Art Association. @DTBelleville, Downtown Belleville

Afternoon Snack Afternoon Pick-Me-Up. Summer means handcrafted gelato at Gourmet Diem, but you’ll also find plenty of hot chocolate, espresso and whipped cream for a treat during the colder months. @gourmet_diem, 613-779-9995, 249 Front St., Belleville

Dinner at Capers. Upscale pub food (think wild mushroom gnocchi and fois gras topped burgers) in a cozy, exposed-brick interior. During the summer, watch as the front window rolls up to introduce the restaurant to the busy sidewalks and catch live music every Saturday night year-round. @capersbrasserie, 613-968-7979, 272 Front St., Belleville

Evening Empire Theatre Live Events. Throughout the year, downtown Belleville plays host to some of the biggest events in the area at The Empire Theatre. Whether you’re looking for a quiet movie night during the week (a la Quinte Film Alternative on Wednesdays) or a large-scale festival, (like Empire Rockfest in July), you’ll find evening entertainment on a weekly basis at The Empire Theatre. @empiretheatre_, 613-969-0099, 321 Front St., Belleville


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HASTINGS COUNTY Comprised of Tweed, Marmora, Madoc,

selection of antiques and finish things off with one of their famous butter tarts or golden fudge nuggets. 613-473-5310, 55 Durham St., Madoc

Stirling and surrounding hamlets, there’s

winery opened to the public in June. Tour the beautiful vineyard estate, enjoy a tasting, and be among the first to buy their artisanal wines. Call ahead. 613-478-1478, 1445 Potter Settlement Rd., Tweed

no shortage of small town charm here.

Afternoon Activity Dinner Breakfast Breakfast at Gateway Family Restaurant. Start your day off right at the local feeding ground, with one of their hearty breakfast platters or specialty omelettes. 613-478-2530, 327 Victoria St. N, Tweed

O’Hara Mill Homestead & Conservation Area. Take a step back in time amid pioneer buildings and artifacts, with a historic sawmill, dam, covered bridge, mill pond, and gorgeous gardens rounding out the property. 613-473-2084, 638 Mill Rd., Madoc

Dinner at Marmora Inn. Step inside The Crowe and The Beaver Dining Room at the Marmora Inn: a beautiful B&B in the heart of Hastings County, offering dinner service nightly. A seasonal menu complements the cozy locale, which opens its licensed deck each summer. 613-472-6887, 29 Bursthall St., Marmora

Afternoon Snack Morning Activity Hiking Vanderwater Conservation Area. Head out into the great outdoors and explore 15 kilometres of scenic trails along the Moira River. There’s plenty to discover in all seasons with the park becoming a popular destination for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing once it transforms into a winter wonderland. @quinteca, 613-968-3434, 512 Vanderwater Rd., Thomasburg

Cool Treats at Tom’s Cabin. Get your frozen fix in the form of sundaes, banana splits, homemade ice cream sandwiches, or choose from 24 flavours of ice cream if you’re feeling something simple. 613-473-2963, 203 Russell St., Madoc In the Stirling area? A Little Taste of Paradise boasts some of the best butter tarts going, made with Stirling Creamery butter from the creamery next door. 613-395-2146, 23 W Front St., Stirling

Lunch Afternoon Activity Potter Settlement Winery. No longer is Prince Edward County the sole local source for vino! Hastings County’s first

Summer: Crowe Lake Cruises. Soak up a picturesque sunset with a relaxing boat ride around the lake. Transport is spacious but limited to six people per trip, ensuring that your experience is an intimate one. 613-472-1500, 79 Riverview Cres., Marmora Winter: Stirling Festival Theatre. In any season, the Stirling Festival Theatre is a rural Ontario gem. Home to the famed Young Company, live music events and professional theatre productions year-round, stock up on chocolates from the on-site Village Chocolatier, and sit back to enjoy a show. The annual winter panto is not to be missed! 877-312-1162, 41 W Front St., Stirling

Photo: Field in Stirling, Adam Tilley

Lunch at Hidden Goldmine Bakery. Stop in for their soup or sandwich of the day, made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. While you’re there, be sure to browse the quaint

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PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY Breakfast Start your day in The County by visiting a café or restaurant. Locally sourced everything is a way of life here and many breakfast menus feature local eggs, bread, bacon and even locally roasted coffee. When you know where your food comes from, it tastes so much better. Check out the Taste Trail for a listing of restaurants and cafes. TasteTrail.ca, @VisitTheCounty

from a food truck, restaurant or even a farm stand... some wineries and B&Bs will even pack you a picnic lunch #awesome. Head to Sandbanks Provincial Park, a winery or conservation area and enjoy your picnic lunch al fresco.

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Summer. Festival Players, The County’s summer theatre company, offers live performances throughout the summer months. Enjoy a play in a vineyard setting. Find live music at pubs, restaurants, patios or the annual Jazz Festival or Music Festival. festivalplayers.ca, pecjazz.org, pecmusicfestival.com

Wine Tour. The County’s limestone-rich soils create an unmistakable taste of place and produce award-winning wines. Don’t be surprised to rub elbows with winemakers while touring and tasting at the 40+ wineries in Prince Edward County. princeedwardcountywine.ca, @PECWines

Winter. Surrounded by water and laced with trails, The County is ideal for a day of ice-fishing or snowmobiling. Rather stay indoors? No problem! Many wineries, galleries, shops, restaurants and studios are open year-round. VisitTheCounty.com, @VisitTheCounty

Morning Activity The Arts Trail. Art is everywhere in The County. Find Arts Trail artists in modern galleries, rustic barn studios and everywhere in between; the places you visit will be as diverse as the artists themselves. Purchase a unique work of art as a keepsake of your time in The County. ArtsTrail.ca, @PECArtsCouncil

Lunch The County was made for picnics! Grab lunch-to-go

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Evening Activity

Dinner Food is central to The County’s past, present and future. Menus are ever-changing and are often inspired by The County’s agricultural roots as well as our very own backyard – Lake Ontario. Check out the Taste Trail for a listing of restaurants or, if you’re visiting in the spring or fall, check out Countylicious - a twice-annual culinary celebration where participating restaurants offer fixed-price menus. TasteTrail.ca, Countylicious.com, @VisitTheCounty


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QUINTE WEST Visitors may know Quinte West because of Trenton’s RCAF history and its position as the beginning of the Highway of Heroes. It’s also famous for waterfront activities, with a brand new marina and wake park opening in 2015.

Lunch/Brunch Lunch at L’Auberge de France. Delight your taste buds with authentic French flavours in the heart of downtown Trenton. Here you’ll find organic, local lunch fare in the form of soups, salads, and sandwiches on fresh breads. @laubergefrance, 613-392-3700, 22 Front St., Trenton

Golf, dine, and explore in this bustling area.

Lunch/Afternoon Activity Breakfast Breakfast at Momma’s Diner. You’ll feel right at home in this friendly diner, which boasts a broad menu with homestyle meals just like Momma used to make! 613-965-1701, 425 Sidney St., Trenton

Photo: Trent Severn Waterway, Sean Scally

Morning Activity National Air Force Museum of Canada. Get up close and personal with the largest number of aircraft on static display in the country. The airpark is open spring to fall, but there’s plenty of aircraft and military memorabilia to gawk at inside this free museum year-round. @nafmcanada, 613-965-7223, 220 RCAF Rd., Trenton Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial. Take a moment to honour our fallen Canadian soldiers in a serene setting at Bain Park. Benches are scattered around the site for those who would like to sit and reflect. 613-392-2841, Bain Park, 327 Dundas St. E, Trenton

Play a round or grab a bite at Roundel Glen Golf Course. Throw on your most fashionable golfing attire and hit the links! Both seasoned players and beginners will enjoy tackling this exciting 18-hole course, located on the base at CFB Trenton (keep your eyes peeled for the Hercules!) If you’re not feeling very PGA-worthy, opt for some practice at the driving range instead. @roundelglengolf, 613-392-1544, 50 Golf Club Rd., Astra

Afternoon Activity Trent Port Marina. Newly opened, the marina has quickly become a hot spot among boaters and locals alike. Take a stroll along the shores of the scenic Bay of Quinte and grab an ice cream to savour while watching boats sail by. @trentportmarina, 613-392-2841 ext. 4421, 15 Creswell Dr., Trenton Boutique Hopping. Trenton’s downtown core is lined with stylish clothing boutiques. Have your own mini fashion show at The Red Shark, Studio B, Vivacious and Sox it to Me, and

pick up a snazzy new outfit while you’re at it. If you’re interested in giving your home a makeover as well, it’s worth checking out the décor items from Wish and Wish etc. Downtown Trenton

Dinner Dinner at Tomasso’s. Experience superior Italian dining along the Trent River, where you’ll find quite possibly the best pizza in the Bay of Quinte region and pastas made with authentic homemade sauces. Summer means lounging on their patio and indulging in daily drink specials. 613-392-4333, 35 Front St., Trenton

Evening Activity Summer: Outdoor Concerts at RiverFront Square. Between Front Street and the Trent, you’ll happen upon yet another waterfront venue where live musical performances are the norm on Saturdays during the summer months. Bring your own chair, or enjoy from the patios of Tomasso’s and the Port as you savour your dessert! 613-394-2561, Riverfront Square (Live Music on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays in other riverfront parks in Trenton.) Winter: Movie Night at Centre Theatre. If it’s a bit too chilly to end your day with an outdoor activity, cozy up at Trenton’s intimate Centre Theatre and catch the latest blockbuster with a big bag of buttery popcorn. 613-392-4211, for showtimes 613-392-6100 or centretheatre.ca, 120 Dundas St. W, Trenton

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TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY, TYENDINAGA TOWNSHIP & DESERONTO Take in the arts and culture scene in

chip truck has unique food offerings like Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, Picardi, or French Poodles (don’t worry, descriptions are on the menu!). Steamies goodness is only available from May to October, so get it while you can! 613-876-5262, 43 Dundas St., Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

cubic foot cavern that visitors can journey into. Harmony Rd. Tyendinaga Township, 613-919-5686

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Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and enjoy

Afternoon Activity Breakfast Breakfast at York Road Restaurant. This bright and cheery eatery is decorated with local art and serves plenty of morning favourites including sensational breakfast sandwiches. 613-967-1028, 266 York Rd., Shannonville

Heritage Trail at Christ Church. Walk along the same path that the Mohawks have used for over 200 years, which links the community’s original church site with the gothic designed Christ Church. Plaques lining the trail make for ideal rest stops and offer fascinating insight to the area’s rich history. 613-962-2787, 52 South Church Ln., Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

Morning Activity Afternoon Pick-Me-Up Boutique Hopping. Browse the one-of-a-kind shops of Tyendinaga and get your hands on some authentic Native gift items. Notable shops include The Sacred Circle, Millside Ceramics, Soaring Eagle Native Arts, and Native Renaissance II, but ladies will especially love the Beverly Hills Boutique. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

Tea at O’Connor House. At O’Connor House, you’ll find scrumptious scones and 20+ kinds of tea in a Victorianesque venue, perfect for peaking your energy in a fancy-schmancy way. 613-396-1888, 369 Main St., Deseronto

Afternoon Activity Lunch Lunch at Steamies. Aside from hot dogs and fries, this

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Explore Tyendinaga Caverns & Caves. Canada’s oldest natural caves are found here, featuring an estimated 20,000

Dinner at United Restaurant. Indulge in a little Mediterranean flair, with a menu boasting Canadian, Italian, and Greek tastes, which means there’s something to please every palate. 613-396-3611, 349 Main St., Deseronto

Evening Summer: Concert at LiL CroW Café. Groove along to local music at the Stage Red performing arts courtyard, tucked away behind this funky café. With a platform overlooking the Bay of Quinte, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful venue to end your day. @Stage_Red, 613-396-2767, 216 Bayshore Rd., Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory Winter: Live Music at The Dockside. When the weather outside starts to chill, move the party inside to The Dockside Tavern, where you can grab a pint and tap your toes to rockstar performances from talented regional artists. 613-396-6063, 277 Main St., Deseronto

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Find out what it means to exist in a backdrop that connects rugged outdoors to welcoming villages; small town spirit to lakeside solitude. Discover hundreds of years of agricultural tradition blended with creativity, innovation, and technology. Surround yourself with 1,200 km of shoreline in rapidly developing cities and towns with new and existing homes to make your own. We’re accessible by highway and rail, but you just might find that sailing around the bay is more your style. Here, you can create your own sense of place: see the Bay of Quinte and understand why we choose to live, work, and play here.

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What is your favourite time of year in the Bay of Quinte region? Without doubt, summer is my favorite time of year. Since moving to the Bay of Quinte, my family have become boaters so we can enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of water in Canada. We have spent the last three summers exploring the entire region, enjoying an outdoors life on the water.

JOHN MCMAHON Loyalist College Senior VP Academic & Student Success

What’s your best discovery in the region? One day while driving through Prince Edward County we stumbled across Waupoos Winery. We enjoyed a delicious wood-baked pizza while enjoying a spectacular view of Waupoos Island and Lake Ontario: a great find!

What drew you to the Bay of Quinte region?

Moving from a large city like Montreal, I was genuinely surprised by the range of services offered within the region. Sometimes there can be a perception that smaller communities are limited in the services they can offer, but I must admit, whether it’s sports, theatre, fine restaurants, medical or other services, we have found that the Bay of Quinte offers a very high quality of life.

What is your favourite time of year in the Bay of Quinte region?

JAMIE TROKE Broker of Record, Ekort Realty President of Quinte & District Association of REALTORS

I’d have to say the summer, since I have a cottage on the Bay of Quinte! It’s one of the best times for fishing the bay for pickerel and the lake for salmon. The bicycling opportunities are becoming bigger as well.

What drew you to the Bay of Quinte Region?

What’s your best discovery in the region?

I think it’s just a great place to live. I grew up in a military family, which initially drew us here. I think it offers everything you need to raise a family: it’s a stable environment, it’s got a low crime rate, it’s a smaller community where everyone gets to know everyone. You can leave your doors open here. The entire area

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Prince Edward County. It’s incredible how many artisans flock there from across the country, and it was a great place to invite friends to come from anywhere. I’ve also just rediscovered downtown Belleville after moving my offices here - it’s a very neat spot!

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The recreational opportunities in our area are unmatched the waterfront on the Bay of Quinte is incredible, and from that perspective, it’s one of the best areas in Ontario. There are good paying jobs, and the cost of buying a home in our area is still far below the national averages.

The friendliness - we are the Friendly City! There’s a lot of openness, and willingness to invite newcomers into organizations and associations. I think overall, you’d be surprised by how easygoing this area is.

What’s one of your favourite things about it?

What do you think a newcomer would be most surprised by?

What’s one of your favourite things about your town?

What do you think a newcomer would be most surprised by?

The major reason of course was the wonderful opportunity to serve as VP Academic at Loyalist College back in 2010. From our home in Montreal, we had vacationed in the region for years so when the opportunity at Loyalist presented itself my entire family was on board.

One of my favorite things about the Bay of Quinte region is the balance it offers between urban and rural living.

offers a lot of recreational opportunities, from the Sandbanks to fishing up north in Hastings County - and we have some of the best golf courses in Canada. At the same time, we’re only two hours from some of the biggest city centres in the country.

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Where is your favourite green space? My own backyard. I’m lucky that my backyard extends into Butler Creek Conservation area with walking trails and a cold trout creek right off the foot of my lot. My family can go hiking in the woods even though we live in town.

What’s your best discovery in the region?

STEPHEN TOBEY Gordon Tobey Developments

Definitely the beaches. I can easily access public beaches, or take my boat to a number of private beaches. My family just loves the sand and sun, it is like getting away for me when I hear the waves and feel the sand between my toes.

What drew you to the Bay of Quinte Region?

My clients continually tell me that they love the way they can so easily become integrated into the community. Brighton has a large number of new residents and that makes it easy to find new friends and activities in town. Many of my retired clients tell me they are so booked with social activities and volunteer opportunities that they never feel retired!

What is your favourite time of year in the Bay of Quinte Region? I love late summer and early fall in the region. The long warm days make for perfect boating weather.

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We cannot say enough about how welcoming, helpful, and generous folks of the Quinte region are. From our early beginnings getting settled into the area, to today, the strong sense of community and family values are evident. We like to share a little story about moving to the area that truly reflects this: We had set up our utilities for our new Belleville residence while living in Toronto. We were shocked when we walked into the utilities head office and they called us by name and told us that they were expecting us! We immediately felt welcomed and knew instantly that we had made the right decision.

What do you think a newcomer would be most surprised by?

I was born in Brighton and my family has been building homes in the area since 1976. After university, I made the decision to return to Brighton and take over the family business. I love the small town appeal and it helps that I can be an ambassador of that appeal to others.

What do you think a newcomer would be most surprised by?

What’s one of your favourite things about your town?

Day to day life is far easier in Quinte than living in a large metropolitan area. The Quinte region offers excellent affordability for families, easy and short commutes, and an abundance of sports and wellness activities for folks of all ages and seasons. Not to mention the wealth of skilled tradespeople and a strong business community, the area affords many opportunities.

DR JULIANNE C PETERSON Peterson Orthodontics

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What drew you/your business to the Bay of Quinte Region?

As dog owners and lovers, the Waterfront Trail and the Bayshore Trail are a little slice of heaven for us and for our dogs. We have many great memories of time spent there, meeting lots of fellow dog owners and friends along the way.

As a newly graduated othodontist back in 2002, the opportunity to purchase a retiring local orthodontist’s practice arose. We came to visit the Bay of Quinte region a few times and fell in love with the area. The decision to make the Quinte region our home was easy: the abundant natural beauty and slower pace of life factored strongly in our decision.

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What’s your best discovery in the region? The Bay of Quinte region is blessed with world class golf courses, an expanding cycling culture with excellent local support, and is becoming a true “foodie” destination. We are proud to call this area home, and are excited about the future!

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Festivals, Exhibitions, Concerts & More

OUR CAN’T-MISS EVENTS A year in the Bay of Quinte region is packed with exciting things to do. Celebrate food and drink, outdoors, heritage, music and more. Event locations, dates and times are subject to change. Please contact event organizers for more information.

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CELEBRATING CELTIC ANCESTRY This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Trenton Scottish Irish Festival, Sept. 11-12. It celebrates the Celtic ancestry of the Bay of Quinte through traditional music, games and fare. Take in the Friday night tattoo and revel in the professional pipers and drummers. Don’t miss the highly anticipated musical performance by the Barra MacNeils. trentonscottishirish.com

CHEFS AND PRODUCERS COME TOGETHER FOR FESTIVAL The Municipality of Tweed proudly presents Our Backyard Feast From Farm on Sept. 13. A day of delicious fun where popular chefs are paired with local food producers, it will deliver one-of-a-kind cooking demonstrations and fantastic local flavour. Enjoy phenomenal food, sample local wines and craft beer, shop the farmer’s market, and participate in various on-site events. tweed.ca

BEER AND CHEESE PAIR PERFECTLY Join Bay of Quinte restaurants as they celebrate the Cheddar & Ale Trail during the inaugural Quintelicious this fall, offering special menu items featuring the flavours of the region’s craft beers and artisan cheeses. October 2015, across the Bay of Quinte region. quintelicious.ca

Wait, we're not done yet. Keep reading and prepare to mark your calendar . . . The Stirling-Rawdon Home Renovation & Lifestyle Show returns April 15-16, 2016, with local businesses offering products and suggestions for decorating, remodeling and general home improvement. Experience “the home show with heart.” stirling-rawdon.com

Join us in Centennial Park on July 19 and be swept away to another era at the Trenton Big Band Festival ‘Simply Sinatra’. Enjoy some of the best names in Big Band Music and dance the afternoon away. trentonbigbandfesival.com

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, the biggest cheese show in Canada, unfolds June 4-5, 2016, at Picton Fairgrounds in the heart of Ontario’s must-visit Prince Edward County. 1-866-865-2628, cheesefestival.ca

For a First Nations cultural experience, check out the Tyendinaga 28th Annual Traditional Pow Wow on Aug. 8 and 9 at Tsi Tkerhitoton Park. Grand entry takes place at noon. For more details, please contact Ruby. 613-396-5365, mbq-tmt.org

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Each spring, the Municipality of Tweed hosts the Stoco Lake Black Crappie Tournament; an exciting, one-day live release event, in a lake renowned for phenomenal Black Crappie fishing. Get outdoors and enjoy fresh air and fishing in Tweed’s backyard. tweed.ca

Come experience the best of Belleville! Outdoor Movies, Last Thursday in June, July and August. Street Dance, Aug. 14. Bridal Walk, Sept. 12. Explore the Core, Sept. 16. Culture Days/Flavours of Fall, Sept. 26. Black Friday, Nov. 27. downtownbelleville.ca

Long considered by many to be the most important link between kart racing and auto racing’s big leagues, Formula 1600 is coming to the technically challenging Shannonville Motorsport Park, July 18-19 with the inaugural Bay of Quinte Grand Prix. formula1600.com

The Mohawk Agricultural Fair takes place Aug. 21-23 at the Mohawk fairgrounds. It will feature traditional foods, native crafts, midway, and many incredible shows! For more details, please contact Pat. 613-396-2132, mbq-tmt.org

Aboriginal Artfest is a show not to be missed! Art exhibition and sale Oct. 3-4, featuring various works from 22 Tyendinaga First Nation artists. 1807 York Rd., Deseronto, vindebra@gmail.com

Countylicious is a celebration of Prince Edward County’s culinary community. Participating restaurants offer fixed-price menus for four weeks each spring and fall. countylicious.com @VisitTheCounty #countylicious

Visit some of the most unique sites in Quinte West during Doors Open, including a dinosaur factory, a mansion and a fire training centre to name a few. Sat. Oct. 3, 2015, 10-4. doorsopenontario.on.ca/events/quinte-west

PGA TOUR Canada’s The Great Waterway Classic returns to Loyalist Golf & Country Club Aug. 24-30. A craft beer festival, equipment demos and of course, the 6,779 yards of native grasses, strategic bunkering and natural watercourse are all must-dos. thegreatwaterwayclassic.ca

Belleville, ON will host 16 countries at the Under-19 Women’s World Floorball Championships from May 3-8, 2016. Team Canada is poised to win their division on home soil at the Quinte Sport and Wellness Centre. Visit us online to purchase tickets and learn more about the tournament. floorball2016.ca

Greater Napanee’s Big Bright Light Show brought to you by TransCanada is an amazing sight with 450,000+ twinkling LED Christmas lights covering several downtown blocks. Launch party takes place Nov. 13. Displays end Jan. 31, 2016. 613-354-9508, downtownnapanee.com

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Your Perfect Vacation

THE GREAT WATERWAY A region thriving with natural, cultural and heritage riches, laced together by the sparkling St. Lawrence River, Rideau Canal, Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario. Dream up your own unforgettable journey at www.thegreatwaterway.com.

Many would say that the best way to wander The Great Waterway is through its pristine rivers and lakes. Here, you’ll have countless opportunities for aquatic exploration, whether on a boat cruise of the 1000 Islands or a low-key kayaking trek through the scenic rivers. Its unique geographical design also makes for world-class fishing of northern pike, bass, lake trout and walleye. Lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy walking, hiking and cycling the many trails that traverse the region, through lush forests and pastoral landscapes. Sun seekers will find paradise at the famous white-sand beaches, while those itching to hit the links have more than 60 spectacular golf courses to choose from. Foodies will rejoice at the abundance of master chefs, award-winning wineries, microbreweries, artisanal food producers and farmers’ markets in the region. Sample the area’s local wares then buy directly from the source for an authentic farm-to-table experience. Performing arts are prosperous at venues all along The Great Waterway. Sit back and be entertained by top musical acts at Belleville’s Empire Theatre or watch live theatre unfold at

DESTINATIONS IN THE GREAT WATERWAY Relax, explore and create lasting memories. The Great Waterway has seven regions from Quinte West to Cornwall to enjoy in any season. Settled along the water, boating and fishing are ways of life in the Bay of Quinte region, but this oasis is also known for its cheddar & ale and chocolate & apple trails.

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Prescott’s St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival – a professional outdoor theatre with an enchanting riverside setting. Acquaint yourself with the area’s vivid heritage by experiencing 1860’s pioneer living at colonial Upper Canada Village. Historic Fort Henry, which watches over the port city of Kingston, brings traditional military manoeuvres to life during the summer’s sunset ceremonies. With so much to see and do, including year-round festivals and events, The Great Waterway is truly an unbeatable destination. Whatever your passion or interest, there is no end to the activities that await.

Canada’s newest wine region, Prince Edward County, is recognized for its taste and arts trails, with one guiding you to the County’s best restaurants and producers and the latter to exceptional studios and galleries.

Land O’Lakes is the perfect place for R&R on the water or the golf course. Alternately, you can catch some excitement at PGA TOUR Canada’s Great Waterway Classic at Loyalist Golf & Country Club.


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Kingston is a cultural hub bursting with old-world charm and stunning architecture. Among vibrant boutiques, restaurants and galleries, you’ll find a bounty of historical sites, including Bellevue House: Sir John A. Macdonald’s former residence.

1000 Islands - Ganonoque and Brockville are famous for being a world-class diving destination, where shipwrecks are hidden below the surface. Island cruises are another highlight, which float past mansions and castles.

Stretching along both sides of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Rideau Canal, the Rideau Heritage Route winds through historic sites and charming villages. Enjoy sightseeing while navigating your way through the canal’s original locks.

Cornwall and the Counties are a must-stop while cycling along the Waterfront Recreational Trail or Long Sault Parkway, promising unique experiences like the Glengarry Highland Games.

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SHOP & STAY

Stay awhile...

PICTURE PERFECT PICNICS

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Our rural heritage makes the Bay of Quinte region the perfect place to set up shop for artisan producers and gastro boutiques. You’ll notice antique outposts around every bend, and we think you’ll be hard-pressed not to bring the two together for a picnic spread for your tastebuds and your eyes. Styled by Jennifer MacKenzie. Photos by Adam Tilley.

Huff Estates Winery 2274 County Rd.1, Bloomfield / 1-866-484-4667 huffestates.com / @huffestateswine Funk & Gruven A-Z 52 Bridge St. E, Belleville / 613-968-5612 / @funkandgruven Maison et Jardin Old Portage Rd., Carrying Place / 613-391-5280 Jillian’s Antiques & Things 1027 Cordova Rd., Marmora / 613-472-0436 Trenton Delicatessen 93 Dundas St. W, Quinte West / 613-392-7906 L’Auberge de France 22 Front St., Quinte West / 613-392-3700 or 304 Front St., Belleville / 613-966-2433 @laubergefrance La Cultura Salumi 842 Hamilton Rd., Quinte West / 613-962-0719 @laculturasalumi

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A little something to take home

STAY & SHOP

Check in at a stylish hotel, then take a stroll around town to discover more of what you love.

If you love . . .

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HIGH-END LIVING WITH THE COMFORTS OF HOME

FULL-SERVICE COMFORT WITH BEAUTIFUL BAY VIEWS

The new TownePlace Suites by Marriott is Belleville’s first and only extended-stay hotel, where you’ll feel right at home with high-end amenities and a full breakfast served hot daily. Rooms are fully equipped with a modern kitchen, comfortable living space and high-speed Internet access, with indoor pool and fitness centre on-site. Situated near Hwy. 401 and Hwy. 62, you’ll have easy access to Quinte Mall shopping, the wineries of Prince Edward County and Ontario’s best beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Whether you’re here on business or pleasure, stay for the night, or as long as you like. 400 Bell Blvd., Belleville, 613-779-1212

The Travelodge Hotel Belleville offers many amenities and a great location on highways 2 and 62, with proximity to wineries, golf courses and more. Stay well rested in one of the spacious rooms and take in beautiful scenery from your balcony. Enjoy free Wi-Fi Internet and access to the games room, tennis courts and fitness room. Take a dip in their indoor pool with waterslide or seasonal outdoor pool. Delicious meals and waterfront views are served on-site at Windows Restaurant & Bar. All this, plus boardrooms and a business centre, make this pet-friendly hotel an ideal choice for both business and leisure travellers. 11 Bay Bridge Rd., Belleville, 1-800-420-3555

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Then we know, you'll love . . .

Off the Hook is Quinte’s best fashion house. Women seeking worldly fashion lines that are bursting in personality, with a great cut and fit, will find just that in this boutique. Complimentary styling services are available and there are shipments weekly. 168 Dundas St. E., Trenton, 613-242-5165, facebook.com/OTHclothing

At Jillian’s Antiques & Things, you’ll find the perfect combination of antiques, primitives, furnishings and giftware within a quaint country home and refurbished granary. Visit often, as the selection of new and used treasures is always changing! 1027 Cordova Rd., Marmora, 613-472-0436, facebook.com/antiques.things

Richard Davis features lifestyle clothing for men and women. Celebrating 25 years in Downtown Belleville, this eclectic shop presents the latest in brand-name trends in a small, inviting city setting. A friendly welcome awaits you. 271 Front St., Belleville, 613-968-4440

Started in Vigevano, Italy, Donini Chocolate has been producing high-quality specialty chocolate in Belleville for over 30 years. The shop is well-stocked with all of your chocolate needs, from baking to indulgences, and fresh gelato is available in-store during summer season. 335 Bell Blvd., Belleville, 613-967-2378, bit.ly/doninichocolate

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Explore our website to find your new favourite hotels, B&B’s, shops, boutiques and more. Visit bayofquinte.ca

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REST AND RELAXATION IN THE HEART OF WINE COUNTRY

UNIQUE CULTURE, COMMUNITY, AND WATERFRONT LIVING

The Inn at Huff Estates is an elegant country accommodation which houses 21 rooms and suites and offers a variety of accommodation choices and packages. Located adjacent to Huff Estates Winery (where guests are treated to a complimentary tasting and tour), Oeno Gallery and a sculpture garden nestled amongst the vines, you can experience the wonder of The County without stepping foot off the property. Should you choose to venture elsewhere, you’re only a stone’s throw away from fine dining, wineries, galleries and artisanal food producers. The Inn also offers a boardroom for meetings and functions overlooking the vineyard. 2274 County Rd.1, Bloomfield, 1-866-484-4667, huffestates.com

Easily accessible from Highway 401, the Holiday Inn Express Belleville is located on one of the city’s main arteries. Walk directly across the street to experience why “You Gotta Eat Here” at Burger Revolution, and take advantage of the many amenities at this hotel. Rooms offer desks, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, microwaves, and free WiFi. Suites offer kitchenettes, living rooms, and dining tables as well. Enjoy a whirlpool and exercise room, and find yourself just a few minutes away from top Belleville tourist attractions. 291 North Front St., Belleville, 613-962-1200

Then we know, you'll love . . . Quinte Mall enjoys excellent visibility and access from Highway 401, a strong and loyal customer base, and great future potential with its exceptionally large 50 kilometre trade area. The commercial offering in this market-dominant mall includes 125 stores and services such as Sears, Old Navy, Eddie Bauer, Winners, Chapters, HMV, Charm Diamond Centres, Sport Chek, Roots, Bath & Body Works, Call It Spring, Hallmark, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Boathouse, Bluenotes, Garage, Bootlegger, Bikini Bay, Lids, Toys ‘R’ Us, Starbucks, and much more, plus a vibrant food court. A mix of retail and entertainment experiences within the outer parcel further enhances the site. Here, you can immerse yourself in the action of the latest Hollywood blockbusters at

Cineplex Theatre, enjoy a meal among friends at popular eateries like Boston Pizza, Montana’s, East Side Mario’s and Lone Star Texas Grill, or continue shopping at high-demand stores including HomeSense, GAP Factory Store, and Osh Kosh/Carter’s. The mall’s ambience and strong customer-service program solidify Quinte Mall’s position as the retail hub of the community. No matter what you desire, you can find it here. 390 North Front St., Belleville, 613-968-3571, quintemall.com, @quintemall

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Quinte Restaurant Association Presents

FAVOURITE LOCAL FLAVOURS Lounge under the umbrellas on a waterfront patio or pull up a chair around a cozy fireplace in an intimate heritage building.

Local food is a lifestyle in Bay of Quinte, and restaurants do their part to help regional flavours shine. The abundance of fish in the bay means that the catch of the day is often found right outside your front door, alongside locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables and classic, rural comfort foods.

IN THE HEART OF UPTOWN BELLEVILLE

WATERFRONT VISTA DINING ON THE BAY

With 22 years of history, Red Rock Canyon is a Belleville favourite. Don’t miss the deep fried cheesecake! 365 North Front St., Belleville, 613-966-8210

Look out onto the Bay of Quinte and beautiful Meyers Pier as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a special holiday brunch at Windows Restaurant. 11 Bay Bridge Rd., Belleville, 613-968-3411

CASUAL LOUNGE DINING ON BELLEVILLE’S VICTORIA HARBOUR

A PASSION FOR CREATING HIGH QUALITY, GREAT-TASTING FOOD

HIGH-SCALE FOOD IN A COMFORTABLE ATMOSPHERE

The Boathouse Restaurant, Quinte’s favourite seafood joint, is famous for many things, including its waterfront patio, nightly specials, Saturday night entertainment and, of course, their delicious fish & chips. 32 South Front St., Belleville, 613-969-2211, boathouselure.ca

At Earl and Angelo’s, they specialize in serving superb, perfectly aged steaks, tender back ribs and fresh seafood. The open kitchen allows you to watch as your food is being prepared, providing a unique culinary experience. 182 Front St., Belleville, 613-962-1182, earl-angelos.com

The refined Capers menu features food created from scratch using the freshest local ingredients, an exceptional wine list and the region’s best selection of craft beer on-tap. Catch live folk, blues and acoustic acts every Saturday night. 272 Front St., Belleville, 613-968-7979, capers.ca

Discover the tastes of the Bay of Quinte at these must-visit culinary hot spots

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COMFORTABLE DINING VENUE PERFECT FOR ANY OCCASION

BELLEVILLE’S MOST DELICIOUS, FLAVOURFUL BURGER

TWO “GO-TO” EATERIES FOR ANY OCCASION

Boston Pizza Belleville offers a casual, yet lively, setting both indoors and on the patio. It serves over 100 menu items, including gourmet pizzas, pastas, salads and more! With high-definition TVs displayed throughout, you’ll never miss a game. 180 Bell Blvd., Belleville, 613-966-2444, bostonpizza.com

Burger Revolution is more than a restaurant, it is a flavour revolution. Their fight is against bland, frozen burgers. They exclusively use premium beef topped with the freshest local ingredients. 300 North Front St., Belleville, 613-966-3388, burgerrevolution.ca

Enjoy a taste of Tuscany at Paulo’s Italian Trattoria with wood-fired gourmet pizza and pastas, or visit Dinkel’s Restaurant for hearty homestyle meals that satisfy. 38 Bridge St. E., Belleville, 613-966-6542 and 44 Bridge St. E., Belleville, 613-966-2556, dinkels.ca

Join us for the first annual Taste the Cheddar & Ale Trail culinary celebration this October at participating restaurants.

FRESH, ADVENTUROUS, UNIQUE FARE IN A HISTORICAL BUILDING

FUN, CASUAL ATMOSPHERE FOR FAMILIES AND SPORTS FANS

FINE ITALIAN CUISINE IN A CHARMING, CASUAL VENUE

Dine at The Port Bistro Pub, overlooking the scenic Trent waterway. Their broad menu features comfort foods made from high quality, local products, with an expansive drink list to match. Live music every Friday night. 21 Front St., Trenton, 613-955-1409, portbistropub.com

Make Boston Pizza Trenton your go-to restaurant and sports bar in the Quinte region. With gourmet pizza, mouth-watering pastas and a wide variety of appetizers, salads, entrées and desserts available, there’s something on the menu to please everyone. 227 Dundas St. E, Trenton, 613-392-7194, bostonpizza.com

Linguine’s is a family owned restaurant that has been serving the community for over 25 years. They offer many authentic lunch and dinner options (plus homemade tiramisu for dessert!) to enjoy inside or outside on the patio. 257 North Front St., Belleville, 613-962-5444, linguines.ca

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FOOD & DRINK

Touring the trails…

CHEDDAR & ALE MEETS CHOCOLATE & APPLE

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You might not know it to look at us, but rum running was a unique point in the Bay of Quinte’s history. In a throwback to our agricultural traditions, we bring together artisan cheese and craft beer producers across the region in a unique, self-guided tour we call the Cheddar & Ale Trail. The trail has since expanded to include more of our famous commodities, creating the Chocolate & Apple Trail. Download your digital copy at tourism.bayofquinte.ca/CheddarAle and tourism.bayofquinte.ca/ChocolateApple or find one at locations across the region. Styled by Jennifer MacKenzie. Photos by Adam Tilley.

Empire Cider 222 Old Wooler Rd., Codrington, @empirecider Gateway Brewing 33 Ontario St., Trenton, @gatewaybeer Barley Days Brewery 13730 Loyalist Pkwy., Picton, @barleydaysbrews Ivanhoe Cheese 11301 Hwy. 62, Madoc Maple Dale Cheese 2864 Hwy. 37, Belleville Mrs B’s Country Candy 7 Prince Edward St., Brighton, @mrsbstore Grills Orchards 886 Grills Rd., Quinte West Queen of the Kitchen 255 Glen Miller Rd., Quinte West Ontario Water Buffalo Company 3346 Stirling-Marmora Rd., Stirling, @ontwaterbuffalo

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#FOODTRUCK FRIDAYS Food trucks have got your back, from breakfast to beach. By Laura Voskamp

Gone are the days of floppy french fries and bland burgers. What was once standard fare at mobile food outposts has been challenged by the new guard: the gourmet food trucks, which have held their own against brick-and-mortar bistros in recent years. A summertime fixture in the Bay of Quinte Region, don’t be surprised to find fare as varied as vegetarian bánh mì to Québécois fusion, from perogies with a spin to handmade

tacos on a picnic blanket. You’ll still find your nostalgic chip truck frites in the park, but you’ll discover dozens more four-wheeled reasons to take your cravings al fresco.

Follow our #FoodTruckFriday posts this summer to discover even more mobile eats.

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Located next to Sprenkel’s Meat Market in Carrying Place, Lala’s Perogies are in a prime spot at the head of the Loyalist Parkway. Coming from the west, you’ll find them just before you pass over the Murray Canal into Prince Edward County. The truck serves fries for the non-believer, but true potato perfection is achieved in their perogie meals. Classic turnovers are met with dessert varieties, and Lala’s take on the perogie poutine should not be missed. Forget everything you know about perogies (unless you’re a Polish babcia) and consider loosening your belt, because you’re about to have an experience.

The Constant Cravings truck, a big green machine in the parking lot of Habitat for Humanity in Belleville, has picked their specialties and stuck to them – pulled pork done two ways, fried bologna sandwiches and an unexpected classic: gnocchi poutine. I was on my way within minutes of discovering this truck via Twitter at @cc_foodtruck. Comfort food is woven throughout the menu, with homemade barbecue and pulled pork sauces topping off large portions.

If you’re looking for a way to boost your intake of fruits, this is the way to do it. The County Berry’s smoothies are made with local fruit, frozen at its freshest, in order to avoid using ice in the drinks. Beyond blending, the County Berry offers lemonade, locally roasted fair trade coffee and “guilt free” treats that make you feel like you’ve made a good life decision. I had a raw cacao brownie for breakfast and it was undoubtedly the best food choice I made all week. See what’s on the menu by following @TheCountyBerry on Twitter.

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04 S TEAK M ACHINE

Highway 62 runs North of Belleville into rural Hastings County, and you’ll notice the hustle and bustle of town fade away just as you approach the Steak Machine by Earl & Angelo’s in its regular location at Jack & Jill’s Market, 21 Ashley St., in Foxboro. The Steak Machine is a serious set up – rows of long picnic tables are under an open shelter, and servers help explain each of the burgers to the wide-eyed first-timer. Legend has it that the Steak Machine’s apple-fritter-andpork-patty burger feature from its first season could see a second coming, so be sure to follow @steakmachine1 to stay up-to-date.

06 The Truly Canadian Bus is a cottage country favourite just north of Tweed. Found on the main thoroughfare of Highway 7, you can’t miss the red and white amongst roadside purveyors of fresh blueberry baking. Open seasonally, this rustic family-owned establishment draws travellers from all over with fast friendly service and delicious home-made burgers. Set yourself up at an outdoor table and finish off the meal with an order of hand-cut fries or home-baked butter tarts and pie. Find the bus on Facebook.

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07 Slow Taco can often be found nestled under an old tree on Bloomfield’s Main Street, but be sure to follow along on social media @slowtacomobile. Slow Taco isn’t a truck – tacos are cooked in the open air on a small grill and made with only the freshest ingredients. They are bundles of slow cooked goodness, topped with homemade guac and lots of crunch. If there is an oasis in the County, this is it. Slow down and eat. Don’t be swayed if there’s a lineup – these tacos are made fresh, and are worth the wait every single time.

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Purveyors of picnic-friendly nibbles, PICNIC PEC can be found at wineries and events all over Prince Edward County this season. (Find them @picnicpec on Twitter and @picnicpecfood on Instagram to keep up with their schedule!) Rosehall Run is their Sunday haunt, where each sandwich is paired with perfectly selected wines from the winery. The view just can’t be beat – the winery has an upper patio overlooking the vineyard and a whole host of wooden picnic tables in keeping with your food truck experience.

08 New this year, Québécois cuisine meets County comfort food at the Tabersnack Food Truck, also found at Sprenkel’s Meat Market in Carrying Place during the summer season. It goes without saying that true Québec poutine is a staple of the menu, alongside guédille, jerk chicken, and plenty of gluten free options (including onion rings!). Be sure to add on the sweet pickled onions - owner Chantal’s recipe is magical. Follow along @tabersnackPEC to stay informed of upcoming specials.


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Discover and Savour

LOCAL TASTES

Photo: Drake Devonshire, Nikolas Koenig

The butcher, the baker and the cheesemonger all have a place in the Bay of Quinte region. Read on to discover outlets, as well as where you can taste their wares on a menu.

QUALITY DINING IN DESERONTO

OLD WORLD MEETS NEW WORLD

BREWED BY TRADITION

Downtown Deseronto is well known for its wide selection of antiques and boutiques, but you’ll also find fantastic fare in our restaurants. Grab a light lunch at The Cannery Café, Red Cup Café, Old Hudson’s Mill and Victorian tearoom O’Connor House, casual pub food at Fork in the Road Eatery, Dockside Tavern and Griddle Me. All this, plus international flavours at The Phoenix and United Restaurant. deseronto.ca

Norman Hardie has a deep appreciation for the taste of a place. Cool-climate chardonnays, pinot noir and riesling are just a few of the mediums he uses to tell the stories of the clay and limestone-rich soils he calls home in Ontario. 2012 Chardonnay Unfiltered is a testament to this, described as an “utter star” by the Wall Street Journal. 1152 Greer Rd., Wellington, 613-399-5297, normanhardie.com

MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. is located on a bicentennial family farm. They select ingredients from their farm for each style of beer they brew, striving to create unique recipes that are emboldened with the taste of rural Canada. Come see for yourself how the character and history of this place shines through in every glass.1915 County Rd. 22, Bath, 613-777-6277, mackinnonbrewing.com

Visit the Empire Cheese factory store, where local milk is crafted into fresh curd, naturally aged cheddar and uniquely flavoured cheeses that are sold on-site, plus jams, syrups, honey, ice cream and more. 1120 County Rd. 8, Campbellford, 705-653-3187, empirecheese.ca

At the Drake Devonshire Inn, enjoy tempting, seasonal menus featuring farm and lake-to-table dining, an inventive cocktail program and outstanding PEC wines, accompanied by infinite views from the dining room and multiple decks overlooking Lake Ontario. 24 Wharf St., Wellington, 1-844-898-3338, drakedevonshire.ca

Tomasso’s Italian Grille offers a diverse, authentic menu serving up everything from classic Italian dishes to your favourite comfort foods. You’ll enjoy superb dining indoors or outdoors on the waterfront terrace. 35 Front St., Trenton, 613-392-4333, tomassos.ca

Prince Edward County is a rural hotspot for food and drink where locally sourced everything is a way of life. Follow the Taste Trail and discover some of the best restaurants, wineries, shops and farm stands in The County. tastetrail.ca, @VisitTheCounty

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Come Wander

ONTARIO’S HIGHLANDS “Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.” Connect to more online. You can explore all the #NowhereMoment experiences of our region at ontarioshighlands.ca, as well as our premier motorcycle routes at ridethehighlands.ca.

Whether you’re looking to get away from the city for the day or in search of an unforgettable weekend excursion filled with authentic discoveries, reconnect by disconnecting a short drive from the heart of Bay of Quinte, and visit Ontario’s Highlands. Wander our pathways and roadways, and discover the ultimate escape – complete with beautiful beaches, refreshing lakes and rivers, lush forests, quaint towns, unique cultural experiences and people who are like friends – welcoming you home. Come wander Ontario’s Highlands. No matter which season you choose, it’s a place that’s like nowhere else.

Spring is perfect for an authentic maple sugar experience at Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush, or Wheelers Pancake House & Sugar Camp, in the heart of Lanark County, Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario. Come learn the “true” source of our syrup’s unique flavour.

Our roadways are ideal to enjoy the splendor of Ontario’s fall colors. And with a cultural heritage once called the most diverse in all of Canada, there are fun places to stop, eat and chat with locals, proud to share what their ancestors and they have worked to create.

Find yourself in Nowhere this summer and feel all of your senses come to life with our designated whitewater Ontario Signature Experience, offered by local tour operators including OWL Rafting, RiverRun Rafting, Wilderness Tours, and Madawaska Kanu Centre.

Winter is like nowhere else here. Camp like an early trapper with Yours Outdoors, emerging from your heated tent in the middle of the woods and embrace the peaceful surroundings. Strap on your snowshoes, wander around, and live life the Biboon-o-sheewin way.

Discover the mysterious “story of our Earth” and learn how our unique geology shapes and impacts life here. Be surprised at every turn as you explore an ancient underground cave system at the Bonnechere Caves, and dig for buried treasure at Bear Lake Diggings.

Every season enjoy genuine hospitality from our communities, eager to welcome you as a local. Visit quaint shops with hand-crafted items, antiques and one of a kind gifts. Chat with locals about our best-kept secrets, or simply wander and take in the picturesque setting.

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HAPPY TRAILS Our favourite green spaces...

By Angela Hawn Photos By Laura Voskamp

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Hiking and biking conservation areas and trails is a favourite pastime in Ontario, but foraging is another outdoors pursuit you’ll want to acquaint yourself with.


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Foragers don’t always have to travel far to find their prize. The Sons Of Edward are a group of local chefs who claim at least half a dozen good things to eat exist right outside their back doors. The SOE are comprised of Henry Willis of Humble Bread, Matt DeMille of the Drake Devonshire Inn, Neil Dowson of Agrarian and Chris Wylie of The Manse Boutique Inn. According to Henry, omega 3-rich purslane sprouts between the cracks in his patio, while the delicate salad green chickweed grows nearly everywhere. Anxious about over-picking? Consider harvesting abundant and invasive species such as garlic mustard, a potent addition to homemade pesto. Traversing the wooded lands surrounding the Eastern

Ontario Trails Alliance trails in Belleville, Quinte West and Hastings County can also prove bountiful, with active creeks and rivers providing the damp conditions so many wild vegetables thrive in. Be aware: there are plenty of toxic lookalikes in the woods, which make taking chances risky. Initial research can involve anything from field guides to internet searches to check on the appearance of unfamiliar edibles, but heeding the caution of an expert forager trumps everything. “Get the kids involved, get outside,” suggests Neil. “As Henry says, a forage is just a good excuse for a good walk.” For trail and conservation maps, connect with Quinte Conservation @quinteca, and the EOTA @thetraildotca

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS On the bay or in the woods, there are countless ways to take in the region. Here’s how to discover the outdoors by land or by water.

CLIMB IN A CANOE IN TWEED’S WATERS With numerous bodies of water in and around the Municipality of Tweed, the region is a highly popular paddling destination, especially for canoeing or kayaking the scenic Moira and Skootamatta Rivers and the spectacular Stoco Lake. tweed.ca

Picton Harbour Pontoon Tours helps you explore Picton from its historical harbour on into wildlife sanctuaries on a comfortable, yet intimate, pontoon boat. 613-920-8453, pictonboattours.ca

SKI HILL OPEN FOR FUN AND ADVENTURE With family or friends, fun and adventure at Batawa Ski Hill can be enjoyed morning, afternoon or under the LED lights at night! Learn to ski or snowboard at their Snow School or rock their Terrain Park. 613-398-6568, batawaskihill.com

Find your freedom while cycling the scenic trails of The Great Waterway. Through wilderness and rolling countryside, there’s plenty to see and do along the way. thegreatwaterway.com

EXPERIENCE SUMMER WITH QUINTE CONSERVATION Quinte Conservation offers 23 conservation areas that are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Spend a weekend camping at Depot Lakes, explore a cobblestone beach at Little Bluff or hike at any of the natural areas. quinteconservation.ca

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Merland Park allows you to explore the Picton Bay and beyond, offering boat, pontoon, canoe and kayak rentals.12488 Loyalist Pkwy., Picton, 613-476-6894, merlandpark.com


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HOW WILL YOU EXPLORE?

by BIKE

by WATER

by TRAIL

by GREEN

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LIMITLESS OPPORTUNITIES TO BE ONE WITH NATURE

Ideal Bike specializes in finding the perfect wheels for their clients, from mountain to road bikes, scooters to fat tires, and everything in-between. 316 Front St., Belleville, 613-779-6979, idealbike.com

Once you discover Eastern Ontario Trails, the world opens up to limitless activities surrounded by nature. Whether hiking, cycling, horseback riding, ATVing, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing, the trails are the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors year-round. 613-478-1444, thetrail.ca

SURROUND YOURSELF IN THE WOODS

GoActive provides four-season outdoor adventure & activity programs and products for people of all ages, including stand up paddle boarding and snowshoe adventures. 613-922-6857, goactiveontario.ca

Plot your course through over 200 acres of beautiful heathland and undulated forest at Trillium Wood with their full screen GPS units, available on every cart. 1281 Hwy. 37, Corbyville, 613-477-1831, trilliumwood.com

TOYO TIRES F1600 BRINGS NEW NAME & NEW ENERGY TO SHANNONVILLE Opening 2015: Trenchtown Wake Park is Ontario’s newest Cable Wakeboarding Park, featuring two System 2.0 cables! All riding levels welcome at Centennial Park, Trenton. Rentals and lessons available. trenchtown.ca

Shannonville Motorsport Park has been home to some of the greatest races in the country and all of Canada’s biggest stars have raced there. Check out the Bay of Quinte Grand Prix and other weekly events this season. shannonville.com, formula1600.com

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Find your Perfect Match

SPORT & ADVENTURE If you’re ready to reel or itching to tee off, the Bay of Quinte region has the pairing for you. Get acquainted with knowledgeable fishing charters and world-class golf courses for a weekend tailored to your golf and fishing style.

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You can explore more fishing and golf articles, videos, and event listings or book a golf & hotel package at bayofquinte.ca

FISHING AT MERLAND PARK Enjoy solo fishing at Merland Park, or join one of their exciting full and half-day fishing charters with an experienced angler guiding the way from May through December. 12488 Loyalist Pkwy., Picton, 613-476-6894, merlandpark.com

NOT JUST THE WALLEYE CAPITAL The Great Waterway is home to Canada’s walleye capital, but there’s also plenty of bass, salmon, trout, perch and pike to catch. This region is a top fishing destination year-round with anglers coming from all over to experience its waters. thegreatwaterway.com

A PRIME SPORT-FISHING DESTINATION The numerous lakes, rivers, and streams in and around the Municipality of Tweed make it a prime sport-fishing destination. Their number-one attraction, Stoco Lake, is known for world-class musky, garpike and black crappie fishing. tweed.ca

TROPHY FISH WITH BAY OF QUINTE CHARTERS Owned and operated by West Lake Willlows Resort, you can stay right on the water after hauling in your trophy 13+ lb walleye with Captain Scott Walcott on a fully-guided charter. 613-393-3213, bayofquintecharters.com

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TEE OFF THIS SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL WITH A CUSTOM STAY & PLAY GOLF PACKAGE Everything is included to ensure your day on the Bay of Quinte links is one to remember. Package options include overnight accommodations, golf, cart, breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub and wireless internet.

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Black Bear Ridge Golf Course has a traditional parkland layout designed with sweeping vistas and natural water features. Five tee decks accommodate golfers of all abilities. 501 Harmony Rd., Belleville, 613-968-2327, blackbearridge.ca

The Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club is one of the area’s oldest courses. Its spacious fairways and fast greens are well maintained and geared for player experience. 1830 Old Hwy. 2, Quinte West, 613-968-7404, bayofquintegolf.com

STUNNING COUNTY BACKDROP

UNFORGETTABLE GREENS

SURROUNDED BY NATURE

Picton Golf & Country Club is a challenging and enjoyable 18-hole championship course with dramatic elevations, superb bentgrass greens and demanding fairways. 734 County Rd. #49, Picton, 613-476-2222, pictongolfclub.ca

Timber Ridge Golf Course’s 80 well-place bunkers meander through mature bush and open spaces reminiscent of the Scottish heather lands. 19 Timber Ridge Dr. R.R.#3, Brighton, 613-475-1022, timberridgegolf.net

Trillium Wood Golf Club is characterized by mature trees, large greens, elevated tees, rolling bentgrass fairways, picturesque ponds and strategically placed bunkers. 1281 Hwy. 37, Corbyville, 613-477-1831, trilliumwood.com

Select from some of the finest accommodations in the Bay of Quinte region Best Western has spacious guest rooms with great amenities, including indoor swimming pool and complimentary hot breakfast each morning. 387 North Front St., Belleville, 613-969-1112

The Inn at Huff Estates is an elegant accommodation in the heart of wine country, offering a getaway experience on serene vineyard property. 2274 County Rd.1, Bloomfield, 613-393-1414

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott offers large, comfortable guest rooms at a superior value, which includes free hot breakfast and high-speed Internet. 407 North Front St., Belleville, 613-962-9211

Towneplace Suites by Marriott provides a homelike setting with a fully equipped kitchen, inviting living space, high-speed Internet and a full hot breakfast daily. 400 Bell Blvd., Belleville, 613-779-1212

The Holiday Inn Express provides modern comfort to guests looking for lodging with many amenities near the Bay of Quinte and minutes from area attractions. 291 North Front St., Belleville, 613-962-1200

Travelodge Hotel has spacious rooms with balconies that offer bay views, plus indoor/outdoor pool, games room, tennis courts, and more. 111 Bay Bridge Rd., Belleville, 613-968-3411

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New ways to explore...

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No matter when you visit the Bay of Quinte region, opportunities for outdoor adventure abound. Our calm rivers, picturesque trails and bike-friendly roads welcome both weekend warriors and folks looking to escape the city for a rural athletic retreat. Here are four ways to get active in the outdoors in the Bay of Quinte. By Jennifer Pinarski

Photo: Adam Tilley

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OUTDOORS & ADVENTURE

SUMMERTIME PADDLING PARADISE

WINTER IS COOL FOR FATBIKING

The rhythmic dip and splash of kayak, stand up paddleboard or canoe paddle is a sure sign that the sunny days of summer have arrived. Paddling enthusiasts make their way to the Bay of Quinte each summer by our sparkling clean rivers, lakes and bays. Each waterway is refreshingly unique, offering experiences ranging from peaceful flatwater paddles to challenging portages. Cheryl Borecky owns Go Active out of Quinte West, a stand up paddleboard outfitter running lessons throughout the region. With beginner to intermediate SUPers as clients, Borecky appreciates the variety of waterways found here. “We prefer to use locations that are sheltered and relatively calm, like Little Lake, Roblin Lake and Wellington Bay,” says Borecky. She suggests that experienced paddlers head to the narrow Murray Canal or even the bay itself, where winds provide an exhilarating challenge. North Beach, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Presqu’ile Provincial Park and the new Trenchtown Wake Park are all must-visits in Borecky’s view.

Once considered a fringe sport, fat biking has exploded onto the mainstream cycling scene in recent years. The wide, knobby tires on a fat bike are perfect for tackling the region’s trail system in any season, but it’s in the winter when the versatility - and surprisingly nimble handling - of a fat bike really shines. Snow drifts, hard packed snowmobile trails or winding snowshoe singletrack are perfect for a fat bike, with cyclists floating effortlessly over any terrain they want to explore. Those new to the sport should head to Belleville’s Ideal Bike, where the staff will set you up with a rental and suggestions for nearby trails to explore. Potter’s Creek Conservation Area offers nearly 6 kilometres of easy trails ideal for beginners. Cyclists wanting a challenge can arrange to meet Ideal Bike at an EOTA trailhead with the gear needed for a day of riding: head north to the Hastings Heritage Trail, or the rail trail which can also be accessed from Harmony Road in Belleville.

FALL IN LOVE WITH AUTUMN HIKING

SPRING INTO ROAD CYCLING

Crisp morning air and the crunch of leaves under your feet signal the start of the autumn hiking season. In the north, the expansive Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA) boasts hundreds of kilometres of well-marked and maintained trails. Trailheads in Belleville, Stirling, Springbrook and Tweed offer ample free parking along the historic Trans-Canada Trail. You can choose to hike through from town to town or hike in and out, choosing your pace and distance. Bleasdell Boulder, Sager Conservation Area and Marmoraton Mine are all unique geographic landscapes and lookouts to explore. Terrain here is flat to gently rolling, and because of its location on the edge of the Canadian Shield, dramatic granite outcrops tell a centuries old tale of glacier movement. For a completely different experience, head to Sandbanks Provincial Park. Although the park is famous for its long sandy beaches, the 2.5 kilometre long Sandbanks Dunes Trail is where hikers can truly admire the beauty of this rare and fragile ecosystem. Check the Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report and time your visit to coincide with the peak in fall colours.

It’s not uncommon to see road cyclists enjoying the early spring sunshine throughout the countryside in the Bay of Quinte, sometimes even in March! Smooth roads, wide, paved shoulders, picturesque landscapes and bike-friendly businesses are all reasons why the region is famous for cycling vacations. Ideal Bike has a large road bike rental fleet and their delivery service will meet you anywhere in the region. If you have your own bike, grab a route map from the shop before you head out on your ride to explore the pastoral backroads at your own pace, the scent of lilacs at every turn and dip in the road. Experienced cyclists can challenge themselves on the Hastings & Bay of Quinte route, a 163 kilometre paved loop dotted with historic limestone homes and churches, pretty waterfalls and rivers and of course, sweeping views of the bay itself. Choose to tackle the distance in one day, or stay overnight at one of many cyclist friendly hotels or bed and breakfasts. No matter your athletic interests - or the season - the Bay of Quinte has something for everyone. Better yet, visit often: your next outdoor adventure is waiting.

For more inspiration, follow Bay of Quinte on social media and check the blog for more of Jennifer’s outdoor family adventures.

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History Comes Alive

THEN & NOW Heritage is celebrated across the Bay of Quinte region, from the first Mohawk Landing in Tyendinaga to the Loyalist settlements around the bay on Loyalist Parkway. Museums and heritage sites are an ideal way to get acquainted with the history of the area, with many offering interpretive programs and children’s activities. Explore these five heritage spots and you’ll find just as much life between their walls now as when they were first built.

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Find interesting articles about the rich history and heritage of the region at bayofquinte.ca

THEN

DISCOVER BELLEVILLE’S TREASURE Glanmore National Historic Site, a breathtaking home built in 1883, features striking 2nd Empire style architecture and beautiful hand-painted ceilings throughout. Now a museum, it houses a collection of original furnishings as well as European fine and decorative arts that depict the lifestyle of Glanmore’s original residents. In recent years, major restorations of the interior and exterior have taken place ensuring that this local treasure continues to impress. 257 Bridge St. E, Belleville, 613-962-2329, glanmore.ca NOW

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KEEPING TRADITION ALIVE THROUGH THE YEARS The Montrose Inn, built in 1916, remained in the Graham family until 1981. The inn has seen many changes over the years, while its old-fashioned charm has prevailed. In May 2015, Suzette Cameron & Roger McIlmoyle stepped in as new Innkeepers. They intend to keep the traditional spirit of the inn alive with beautiful antiques and a fresh new colour palette. It will provide growing opportunities for guests to enjoy the stunning estate and its lovely grounds. 1725 Old Hwy. 2, Quinte West, 1-866-466-6876, montroseinn.ca NOW

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RURAL COMMUNITY FROM THE PAST Experience rural living of days gone by while exploring all nine buildings at Farmtown Park. It surrounds the garden courtyard, dedicated to celebrating the area’s rural and agricultural past. Discover a live beehive, one-room schoolhouse, fire hall with 1921 Rugby and Odessa Mater, antique tractors, farm implements and the toy-filled discovery centre. A major highlight is Heritage Village, a 1930’s-40’s era street complete with 18 storefronts, including a working soda shop. 437 West Front St., Stirling, 613-395-0015, farmtownpark.ca

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THEN

CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF OUR AIR FORCE THROUGH RECOVERY AND RESTORATION The National Air Force Museum of Canada is proud to honour the heritage of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Discover a history of valour and tradition that still prevails in today’s RCAF. The museum features exhibits of significant events, artifacts, art and aircraft. The museum tells the stories of Canada’s Air Force and its people from inception to current day. 220 RCAF Rd., 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, 1-866-701-7223, airforcemuseum.ca NOW

THEN

GATEWAY TO ADVENTURE ON THE TRENT A wooden covered bridge joined the two sides of the Trent River in the spring of 1834 creating a strong link in this main trade route from Kingston to York (now Toronto). The steel swing bridge was erected in 1916 and the ‘Veterans’ Skyway Gateway to the Trent’ bridge was slid into place in 1990. It now welcomes boaters as they enter the world-famous Trent-Severn canal system at the mouth of the Bay of Quinte and the City of Quinte West’s new ‘Trent Port Marina’. quintewest.ca NOW

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Culture and history come alive

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The rich history of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory is one of the reasons the Bay of Quinte region is unique in Ontario. This Mohawk community has made the area its home for hundreds of years, and is referred to as the Keepers of the Eastern Door within the Iroquois/Six Nations Confederacy. By Angela Hawn


ARTS & CULTURE

The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte celebrate culture and heritage year round, and summer is one of the most exciting times to partake in events. Catch live music and art shows at L’il Crow Cafe’s summer concert series, or explore Eagle Hill, which is the Birthplace of the Peacemaker in the Bay of Quinte area. For fans of First Nations culture, history buffs, or avid followers of the arts, summer marks a great time to visit Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region. Time your visit right and you could participate in the annual Tyendinaga Traditional Pow Wow or attend an agricultural fair that’s been around for well over a century. Consistently heralding the fine, sunny days of late summer, both of these events add a dash of excitement to community happenings every August. Whether it’s the stirring sight of Pow Wow dancers, the roar of the fair’s Demolition Derby, the enticing aroma of traditional and inspired eats or the opportunity to browse a broad array of aboriginal arts and crafts, both occasions draw visitors from near and far. And both provide an important and welcoming gateway into local First Nations’ traditions. Beyond the summer festival days though, many fabulous galleries and gift shops dot the community, serving up a wide variety of unique First Nations arts and crafts year-round. Even better, much of the beautiful work on display comes directly from talented local artists proud to call Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory home. This particular journey down the local arts trail starts at Millside Ceramics where Marleen Murphy has been handcrafting earthenware from her own moulds since 1998. A regular on the Pow Wow circuit, Marleen once exhibited at a “by invitation only” artists’ venue during the Vancouver Olympics. Her beautiful vases, inukshuks and indigenous-themed candle holders excite fans across North America. And if you’re looking to give the greenware process a whirl yourself, you’ve come to the right place. Marleen not only makes and sells ceramics, she teaches the craft, too. If you think the best kind of art is the kind you wear, check out the lovely goods savvy seamstress turned entrepreneur Narda Kathaleen Julg makes at NKJ Native Originals. Cheerful Narda offers clientele the chance to wear a variety of custom-made garments or own a striking collector doll, all made by her own “happy Mohawk fingers”. If you’re not seeing what you had in mind in Narda’s extensive on-line selections, get out your sketchpad. Narda happily entertains whatever design ideas customers bring her. At Kehnteke Designs, well-known local artist Rahkaratahkwas (also known as William Mathew Fisher) takes pride in the fact his Mohawk title connects quite literally with his chosen career path. When your traditional name translates as “he takes chips out of wood”, making a living as a carver seems a natural

leap. Working in a wide range of media, from soapstone to antler, Will also makes jewellery and traditional flat back Iroquois style bows. If meeting up with individual artists in person doesn’t work, consider a visit to one of the community’s fabulous galleries or gift shops. These shops carry a great selection of local art and most also sell First Nations items from around the globe. Looking for a fabulous collection of hand-made Native crafts? Head directly to Renaissance II to check out the life-size corn-husk dolls. Featuring the wonderful work of local artist Thomas B. Maracle, this gallery also represents First Nations artists from across Canada, including Benjamin Chee Chee, Maxine Noel, A.J. Vandrie and internationally acclaimed icon, Norval Morriseau. Next stop: Flint and Feather Trading. This well-known gift store carries everything from leather goods to dream catchers. Find healing stones from Brazil, and soap from Alberta alongside Akwesasne sculptures. Local artists on the Flint and Feather roster include the talented Maracle brothers, David and Jonathan. When it’s time to take a break from shopping, make LiL CroW Café and Gallery your pitstop of choice. You’ll want to see all of owner David R. Maracle’s incredible artwork, but give yourself an energy boost first. LiL CroW offers a refreshing departure from traditional café fare, featuring a range of delicious items from grilled elk panini to red potato salad. Satisfy your sweet tooth with an order of Wildberry Delight served with toasted, homemade bannock. And between bites, be sure to ask about the summer concert schedule for Stage Red. Initially dreamed up as a performance space where local youth could connect with First Nations musicians, Stage Red hosts a diverse selection of musical acts. This is the place to hear alternative rocking Junkhouse or a tribute band dedicated to Johnny Cash, plus everything in between. Should your visit to the Territory happen after hours, when all the shops are closed, don’t hit the highway just yet. Take a deep breath and absorb the quiet. Spend a few minutes contemplating the nearby grave site of long ago First Nations hero Dr. Oronhyatekha at Christ Church at Tyendinaga, Chapel Royal of the Mohawks or visit the Peacemaker’s birthplace at nearby Eagle Hill. Head down the Bay of Quinte shoreline and read the plaque commemorating the Mohawk landing post-American Revolution. Look around, soak up some local First Nations history and enjoy the beautiful view.

Visit during the summer months to immerse yourself in history, arts and culture. The Mohawk Agricultural Fair and the Annual Traditional Pow Wow are two exciting events to experience.

DON’T MISS THESE SUMMER EVENTS

TYENDINAGA 28TH ANNUAL TRADITIONAL POW WOW August 8 & 9 2015 Grand Entry at 12pm Enjoy a variety of traditional songs and dance, some you can even participate in! Be sure to find a spot to observe the Grand Entry, and stick around for some delicious food – from traditional Indian Tacos and Corn Soup to Fries and Burgers. Purchase handmade jewellery and crafts from local artisans, and take part in incredible dance, costume, and music traditions. Tsi Tkerhitoton Park, Bayshore Rd.

MOHAWK AGRICULTURAL FAIR August 21 - 23 2015 With the goal of promoting agriculture, the Mohawk Fair is the place to find traditional preserves, animal competitions, 4H demonstrations, as well as displays of Mohawk culture and heritage. Now in its 115th year, the Mohawk Fair is a staple of the region and a testament to lasting traditions. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory Fairgrounds, 1807 York Rd.

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Take a Look

BEHIND THE SCENES The arts are accessible across the region, from small town performances to large scale concerts and festivals. Here’s a look at the organizations behind some of the most exciting cultural offerings in the area.

A GALLERY OF WORLD-CLASS PROPORTIONS

DOWNTOWN BRIGHTON HAS IT ALL

DANCE FOR FUN DANCE AS A CAREER

Quinn’s of Tweed Fine Art Gallery is located within one of Tweed’s most beautiful stone structures. You’ll find the works of Canada’s finest contemporary painters and artisans, including a large inventory of historical paintings and handmade giftware. This impressive 6,000-square foot gallery also provides custom framing, consulting, appraisals and restorations. 345 Victoria St. N., Tweed, 613-478-0000, QuinnsOfTweed.ca

Downtown Brighton boasts prime antiquing, unique gifts, quaint dining experiences and plenty of options for frozen treats, chocolates, coffee and pastries. Enjoy lunch in the park, pop in the bookstore, look for new shoes, browse the clothing shops, or learn how to knit! Stroll the neighbourhood, meet the people, and discover why downtown Brighton is the perfect getaway destination. facebook.com/DowntownBrightonON

The Quinte Ballet School of Canada has both a recreation division (open to dance enthusiasts) and a full-time professional training program where students from around the world come to study dance in Belleville. The school provides a versatile dance curriculum grounded in classical ballet technique, as well as opportunities to perform for the public. 196 Palmer Rd., Belleville, 1-866-962-9274, quinteballetschool.com

The Hollywood North Film Festival will showcase over 50 films from around the world with workshops and networking events over a series of four days in summer 2016. Its aim is to re-establish a vibrant filmmaking community via the annual festival. hnff.ca

Art is everywhere in The County. Find Arts Trail artists in modern galleries, rustic barn studios and everywhere in between. Purchase a unique work of art as a keepsake of your time in The County. artstrail.ca, @VisitTheCounty

Visit the John M. Parrott Art Gallery in downtown Belleville for art exhibitions, workshops and more. View its collection of original Manly MacDonald oil paintings and browse the gallery shop for locally handcrafted gifts. 254 Pinnacle St., Belleville, 613-968-6731, bellevillelibrary.ca

Over 50 films in three days across five venues, Belleville Downtown DocFest is more than just documentaries. There’s live music, special guest Q&As, Loyalist College screenings, art exhibits, workshops and more. March 4-6, 2016. downtowndocfest.ca

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DRAKE DEVONSHIRE INN’S PERMANENT ART COLLECTION + ROTATING EXHIBITS The Drake Devonshire Inn is proud to feature a permanent art collection and rotating exhibits. This summer, they’re inviting you to step outside and explore a gallery in Plein Air, a term associated with the act of making art outside, calling to mind Tom Thomson in Algonquin Park, or Monet at Giverny. Featuring works from artists across Canada and the U.S., including Governor General award winner Gordon Monahan, these installations encourage guests to venture into a world where nature and culture coexist. 24 Wharf St., Wellington, 1-844-898-3338, drakedevonshire.ca

Photos: Drake Devonshire, Adelaide Utman; Hastings County Arts Route, Tinhouse Woodworking; Empire Theatre, Bob House

MEET OUR LOCAL ARTISANS THROUGH THE ARTS ROUTE The Hastings County Arts Route highlights artisans and galleries across Hastings County, creating a trail of discovery leading to local painters, potters, jewelry makers, photographers, wood craftsmen, and more. Travel at your leisure, enjoying every step of the journey, and satisfy your creative side by purchasing a creation direct from the artist who made it. This unique experience is certain to leave you with memories that forever tie you to our region. artsroute.ca

A mainstay of Downtown Belleville, The Empire Theatre first opened its doors as the McCarthy Theatre in 1938. After 24 years of operation, it lay vacant until the 1970’s, when it became a bicycle shop. The shop later moved, allowing the theatre to see a rebirth as its original intention. The theatre continues to host feature films, festivals, galas, and live performances year round, and was renovated in 2002 to offer the highest quality services to both audiences and entertainers. These upgrades have brought many new and exciting events to the theatre, which is now a feature venue for both the Belleville Downtown DocFest and Hollywood North Film Festival. The facility boasts 700 seats, making it the largest venue in the area for a diversity of acts,

including comedy shows, children’s entertainment, impersonators, illusionists, and live music spanning a wealth of genres. During the summer season, The Empire Theatre hosts Empire Rockfest in the Square adjacent to the building, where 3600 rock fans gather each year for three exciting days of electrifying performances. Past headliners have included Weezer, Journey, Meatloaf, and the Steve Miller Band. The Empire Square is also home to Downtown Belleville’s outdoor movies, with classic films showing each month, free of charge. 321 Front St., Belleville, 613-969-0099, theempiretheatre.com

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LOCAL PERSONALITIES

PLACES,SPACES & FACES Meet the people behind the attractions

From arts and culture to history and outdoors, the Bay of Quinte region is filled with influencers and champions for each of its assets. We reached out to some of the faces behind the region’s tourism scene, to find out why they hang their hats in Bay of Quinte.

HERE’S WHY THEY CALL THE BOQ HOME

Who would you want to have dinner with (from the region) & where?

What is your BOQ hidden gem? Or one thing you haven’t done?

Barb: Alexander Milton Ross, picnic at the Presqu’ile Lighthouse. Kevin: Susanna Moody, at her home in the late 1840s.

Barb: Hidden gem is North Beach. Always beautiful and rarely crowded, it’s my go to summer spot. Kevin: Really want to explore the Cheddar and Ale Trail.

Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Empire Cheese

BARB NERI & KEVIN WINDSOR National Air Force Museum of Canada, airforcemuseum.ca

What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired? If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters?

Barb: Music. Kevin: Airplanes.

Handley Page Halifax at NAFM

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Barb: Take one part history, one part adventure, two parts scenic beauty and blend well. Add a dash of mystique. Serve at sunset. Kevin: Find your wings in Bay of Quinte and let your travel experience soar! The sky’s the limit on adventure here. @nafmcanada


LOCAL PERSONALITIES

ANDY FORGIE

Who would you want to have dinner with (from region) & Where?

What is your BOQ hidden gem? or one thing you haven’t done?

He’s a Belleville boy, but I believe that he still resides in the area - I believe he has a home in PEC now. His name is Rick Meagher: he was a grade ahead of me in school, and he went on to have a successful NHL career. I’d love to sit down with Rick and chat about what it was like to play with fellows like Gretzky, I think that would be a great chat to have. It would be great conversation to talk about those things back in the day. I’m a pretty straightforward guy, so there are two places I really like: I’d love to sit down for a pint with Rick at the Beaufort Pub, or perhaps if I’m in a fancier mood, Capers in Downtown Belleville!

I can never get enough of Glanmore House. I love going through the house - it’s in the neighbourhood that I live in, but I could visit it once a month just to wander through. I’m in awe of it, and growing up, I went to school with the boy who lived in the house at that time. It’s really something that I think we can take for granted since it’s been there for a long time and we pass by it every day, but it’s extraordinary - there’s a ton of history.

Glanmore National Historic Site

Andy Forgie, Entertainer, andyforgie.com What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired?

If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters?

For me personally, I guess it is greenery. I love the walks, the Bayshore trail, those types of things. I find them very inspiring and peaceful, at the same time.

I loved growing up in Belleville, and raising my children in Belleville… Come see what we’re all about!

Who would you want to have dinner with (from the region) & where?

What is your BOQ hidden gem, or one thing you haven’t done?

I would say Bonita Heissler at The Garden Network. She is a woman who seems to love her work and puts effort into what matters to her, qualities I admire. I’d guess the meal would be full of fresh picked foods and herbs and a picnic in her garden would be just fine.

At the risk of shameless self promotion, the Old Church is my favourite “gem” in the area. It’s just an amazing place with great energy and great acoustics. There’s a one-of-a-kind tower, accessed by a winding staircase... but you have to know the owner to get in there!

What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired?

Strung Out To Dry at The Old Church Theatre

LESLEY BONISTEEL

Can I say red wine? Definitely a rural setting, maybe some music and a few laughs.

Owner of The Old Church Theatre, oldchurchtheatre.ca Potter Settlement

If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters?

Winery

I’m proud to be an eighth generation Bonisteel in the Quinte region. It’s a great place to live: the whole area a “hidden gem” itself.

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LOCAL PERSONALITIES

Who would you want to have dinner with (from region) & Where?

What is your BOQ hidden gem? or one thing you haven’t done?

Chef’s Table (a special monthly tasting menu) with Shawna Courneyea at L’Auberge de France, Downtown Belleville.

River Inn Corbyville, nestled alongside the Moira. It’s historic and scenic, and nothing like it is found anywhere else.

L’Auberge de France

Moira River

RICHARD COURNEYEA

What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired?

Owner of Downtown Belleville staple, Richard Davis men’s and women’s wear

Music, art and of course, old downtown buildings. If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters? Downtown Belleville

Bay of Quinte Region rocks with people who define its awesomeness. @threadz2go

Who would you want to have dinner with (from the region) & where?

What is your BOQ hidden gem? Or one thing you haven’t done?

Being new to the area, and totally unfamiliar with everyone who is anyone, we are going to have to say the mayor, and at his/her house of course… we are tired of doing dishes

We have visited Quinte Antiques & Consignment Centre and have found great treasures both times; but we still haven’t managed to make it in to Reid’s Dairy to scope out their ice cream selection or Donini Chocolates of Belleville - who doesn’t love a good truffle?

What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired? Donini Chocolate

SUZETTE CAMERON & ROGER MCILMOYLE

A big kitchen and a home filled with people who appreciate the fruits of your labour

Owners of The Montrose Inn, montroseinn.ca Reid’s Dairy

If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters? Quinte West is like coming home; we both grew up in small town Ontario and now we are going to give our family a new small town to grow up/old in.

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LOCAL PERSONALITIES

JAMES MATHIAS Captain of Sea’s the Day Fishing Charters, fishingquinte.com

Who would you want to have dinner with (from region) & Where?

What is your BOQ hidden gem? or one thing you haven’t done?

I think if I were to choose one person from the region to have dinner with it would have to be Avril Lavigne, and I would like to go to the Waterfront River Pub. It’s one of my favorite little spots in the area, and right along the water.

One of my favourite places Is just 20 minutes north of Napanee, Menzel Centennial provincial nature reserve. There have been many times I’ve taken my dogs or my family on this 7 kilometres hike to Mud Lake, usually in the fall when we have the entire place to ourselves.

What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired?

If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters?

The outdoors. I have always been in my element most when I’ve been somewhere in the outdoors. There are so many places in the region that I can go just to get away from everything and listen to my own thoughts. Whether it be a hike with my dogs to a secluded lake, out on the bay in my boat, casting a line on one of the many rivers just steps away from my front door, or even in my own back yard, I’m always inspired outside near nature.

“If you haven’t had the chance to visit one of the most beautiful areas in Ontario I urge you to give The Bay of Quinte area a try. The attractions, beautiful scenery, and of course the world class fishery will have you coming back for more.” Ok, maybe that’s more than 140 characters, but it’s hard to promote the area in so few words. I can say this though: my family and I made the decision almost three years ago to make the move to the Quinte area and we have never been happier. @jamesmathias

Who would you want to have dinner with (from region) & Where?

What is your BOQ hidden gem? or one thing you haven’t done?

Terry Sprague (Local naturalist and outdoor coordinator). The man is a fountain of knowledge! We’d go to The Boathouse ‘cause I’m a big fan of seafood!

There are many... It’s very hard to pin point one! But I’d have to say Sheffield Conservation Area, (I love to spend hours exploring this rugged terrain) or Little Bluff Conservation Area.

Little Bluff Conservation Area The Boathouse Patio

JUSTIN ANDERSON Host of Rock 107’s ‘Anderson In The Morning’ / Host of ‘Club Circuit Radio’ / Avid Hiker / Amateur Nature Photographer

If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters? What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired? Nature!

The Bay Of Quinte is my home. Its rich history, people and great outdoors inspire! Don’t think you’ve seen it all... ‘Cause you haven’t! @andersonrock107

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LOCAL PERSONALITIES

Who would you want to have dinner with (from the region) & where? Though I am sadly a year too late, I’m still going to say Farley Mowat. What’s better then having dinner with a passionate-good story telling-stand up for what they believe in- kind of man? I am certain Mowat would be fascinating and full of life. We would do take out from Burger Revolution paired with dessert espresso’s from The Grind. The perfect combination for an early evening summer picnic and Stand Up Paddleboard tour on the Murray Canal near Carrying Place.

What is your BOQ hidden gem? So far, after just two short years in BOQ, I would have to say Little Lake. It’s away from the everyday. It’s peaceful. It’s residents and visitors are kind and welcoming. It’s waters are calm, warm, and clean. And it’s the perfect location for some of my favourite things: Coffee, trails and paddle boards. SUP’ing on the lake, coffee at Lola’s down the road in Brighton, and mountain biking at Goodrich Loomis as the bird flies north. What more does one need?!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

CHERYL BORECKY GoActive Ontario Adventure Coaching, Activity Programs and Wellness Products. GoActiveOntario.ca

What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired? Fresh air. Followed by a close second of sunshine. Followed by movement of any kind (feet, pedals, paddles). Do you see a common theme here? The outdoors is my church. It’s where I get grounded, and inspired. Add in activity, and now I become better at everyday life. I am better able to balance being a full-time mom, business owner, wife and ‘athlete’.

on the Trent River

If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters? Don’t judge a book by its cover. Explore. Move. Eat. Sip. Splash. Adventures of many kinds await. #bayofquinte #goactive @goactiveontario

Who would you want to have dinner with (from the region) & where?

What is your BOQ hidden gem? or one thing you haven’t done?

I’d go full-on vagabond and take my bike down the rail trail with some friends, and a bindle full of Hawkin’s Cheezies.

There are many quiet spots along the shore of the bay. If the water is low there are even more. An easy spot for anyone to find is Massasauga Point which is only 12 kilometres south of downtown. It’s a 40 minute bike ride.

What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired?

ADAM TILLEY

I await those times throughout a year when the Moira isn’t so mighty. When the flow runs low you can go right into the river, and soak your feet. The only thing better is the Bay Of Quinte after a long bike ride. A quick dip helps plenty before heading home.

Cycling in All Seasons

Ideal Bike, idealbike.com If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters? The Mighty Moira

The beauty of the region cannot be seen from the highway. When you step off the path it will be clear what you were missing the entire time. @tilley

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LOCAL PERSONALITIES

Who would you want to have dinner with (from the region) & where? I would like to have dinner with Jonas and Vicki from Hinterland, with whom I so rarely get a chance to sit down with during our busy summer and fall times. Hopefully they would also bring a few bottles of the beautiful bubbles they are producing!

What is your BOQ hidden gem? The top of my list of places I have yet to visit is Point Petre Conservation Area. A lovely place to catch a view of migrating birds, I would love to take a drive down there to have a picnic on one of the beautiful limestone ledges above Lake Ontario.

If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters? Picnics in The County

NORMAN HARDIE Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard, Prince Edward County, normanhardie.com

What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired?

Come to celebrate the bounty of the Earth in #PrinceEdwardCounty! The shores of Lake Ontario host great Canadian wines, superb local produce and exceptional artisans. @normhardie

Wine Tasting at Norman Hardie Winery

In order to feel inspired I need to feel like I have total freedom, with no restrictions. It is important for me to feel free at liberty to be creative.

Who would you want to have dinner with (from the region) & where? My wife and I have only been in the area for two years (Centre Hastings) so there is still lots to see and do, but a priority this summer is a picnic at the Sandbanks.

What is your BOQ hidden gem? I must say that the Bay of Quinte is a hidden gem that I really never took the time to appreciate. I have not yet toured the bay by boat but it is on the agenda with some fishing too.

Sandbanks Provincial Park

The Bay of Quinte

FRED BENDELL O’Hara Mill Conservation Area, ohara-mill.org What is one thing you need in your environment to be inspired?

If you had one tweet left, what would you say about the region in 140 characters?

Good weather inspires all of us, but above all it is the friendly and caring people of the area that inspire me to get involved and pitch in.

The #BayofQuinte was one of Ontario’s best kept secrets, but no longer: good news travels fast, and we have it all!

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