“Let me make a few phone calls and connections for you, and we’ll set you up for travelling to Prince Edward County“, my fellow foodie friend Rebecca McKenzie, of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Association says. I marvel at the speed with which she helps guide Marc & me around a visit to what is a popular (weekend) getaway for many visitors from Toronto. Prince Edward County (not to be confused with “Prince Edward Island”, which is out by the East Coast of Canada, on the Atlantic Sea), is a peninsula at the northern tip of Lake Ontario, a good two hours’s drive or train ride east from downtown Toronto Union Station. It is this relative geographical proximity, as well as Prince Edward County’s ample supply of charming B&Bs, interesting Arts & Taste Trail tasting activities as well as beautiful natural lake and forest spaces that make the county such an attractive destination for both overseas visitors and Canadians alike. #VisitPEC – Prince Edward County, the county’s claim on Social Media, has therefore righteously gained enormous popularity over the course of past years.
Today, we have arrived to pay homage to the county’s effort in promoting sustainable, local, food & culture travel, essentially looking for what makes this quirky little “island county” tick. Local Alexandre Fida is one of the best (and first) people we go to in order to find out more. Over the course of several years, him and his team have managed to preserve, restore and embellish quite a number of old & honourable Prince Edward County mansions. Staying at his accommodation business, “Angeline’s Inn” with its choice of unique log cabins, cottages and designer motel-style units, is therefore not only highly recommendable, but starts telling the story of what Prince Edward County is about: A dedicated community of professional, passionate local people, who have the heart, vision and energy to turn Prince Edward County into a must-see destination for all types of travellers. Check this out.
But the magic, again, does not stop there. To convince us even more of the local charm, Alexandre takes us out on a visit to Picton, the Prince Edward County town he calls home.
Picton, we learn, numbers around 5.000 inhabitants, which makes it “the largest town” in the entire county. This already gives you an idea of just how quaint everything around here is, enhanced by the fact that everybody seems to have an almost natural inclination for – antiques! From popular second hand shops, to furniture in many places in general: Everyone we meet is proud to emphasise their local traditions, family history, pieces coveted and handed down over generations, all the way to using them to find fresh inspiration for new business ventures, creative ideas and quirky combinations. It is not uncommon, therefore, to find unusual re-uses for existing materials and items, or to find the local winegrower also being an artist, and vice versa. To have a family move from Toronto and start an artisanal craft beer production. To have print artists work with what looks like truly ancient letterpress machines, only to make very fresh & funky new designs. Check out our little drive around creative Picton …
Beyond the local towns of Picton & Wellington: Make sure you make your visit to Prince Edward County a #winelover one!
Yes, there is definitely time you need to set aside for visiting some of the county’s rather excellent, up & coming wineries, foodie places as well as craft breweries. As a #winelover traveller, this fact about Prince Edward County amounted in no small way to my decision (and interest) to come here in the first place. So let me tell you more about which wineries to visit, and how to structure your visit around them if, like us, you only have one day to spend around Prince Edward County.
Interested? Hungry? Thirsty for more? Have a look at my entire gallery of travel photos from Prince Edward County to still some of that first appetite here:
I have also produced a travel video that highlights some of my travel adventures in Western Canada, all the way from Vancouver to the vast open plains east of the Rocky Mountains. A fascinating, funky take on what has truly been a life-changing journey. Enjoy with sound & smile 🙂
Disclaimer: I have been supported by Rebecca McKenzie / Ontario Culinary Tourism Association as well as Angeline’s Inn on this trip to Prince Edward County. All opinions are my own.