I am going to begin by saying 2 days in Prince Edward County is not enough but that's all the time we had for this trip in August! Read on to see how to spend 2 days in PEC and surrounding areas.
How to Spend 2 Days in Prince Edward County
1. A Quick Stop in Port hope for lunch & Shopping
Coming from the Toronto area, we made a couple of stops before arriving in Prince Edward County. Our first stop was in historical Port Hope, a town established in 1789. This town has many antique shops and cafes. For lunch we stopped at Olympus Burger for the first time. We enjoyed burgers named after Greek Gods and Goddesses. Here's a little tip! They have a secret menu which my son ordered from and it is only found on their website.
I also visited The Nooks, Port Hope! As a handmade artisan I couldn't resist buying a few handcrafted bath and body treats for myself.
2. outdoor activities in prince Edward County
If you read my previous blog about Mont Tremblant, I do enjoy spending time outdoors and with nature. The next morning after we had arrived in Wellington, we borrowed bikes. We rode along The Millennium Trail which runs for 46km and is a former train route. We started outside of Wellington and rode to the small town of Bloomfield. It is a very quiet trail on a Thursday and we even enjoyed seeing some alpacas along the way!
If you are looking to see a natural wonder of Ontario, then Lake of the Mountain is a place to see. It's 60 metres above Lake Ontario with no clear source of water. We enjoyed a dinner at Lake on the Mountain Resort where we sat outside at a picnic table overlooking the lake.
3. Small Towns in Prince Edward County
There are 3 main small towns in Prince Edward County. They include Wellington, Bloomfield and Picton. We managed to fit them all in too! In Wellington we enjoyed take out dinner from La Condesa. It is a restaurant specializing in Mexican food. We tried to eat at the restaurant but on Wednesday evening it was quite busy. A lot of the restaurants in Prince Edward County are small with tiny patios so you need to think ahead.
On the day we rode our bikes, we stopped in Bloomfield which has a population of about 600 people. It has a super quaint main street with local stores for shopping.
Picton is the largest town of the three. I discovered a couple of cool independent shops there. At the Kingston Olive Oil company, we found some excellent lime Persian olive oil. It is a speciality shop local to the area. Plus I came across a local pottery shop called Ye11ow. If you love pottery with earthy tones then you must stop in here! Please note that some stores close on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in PEC.
4. A stop at the Small Town of Warkworth
Have you heard of Warkworth, Ontario? I didn't until I had visited Prince Edward County. In our room, there were some local products from shops in Warkworth. So on our way home we drove north from the 401 to this little town. Warkworth is an arts community located in the Northumberland Hills. It feels like a town frozen in time with signs on stores from the 1800's. Two recommended shops to visit are Centre and Main Chocolate Co. and Sunday's Company Apothecary.
5. A visit to a Prince Edward County Alpaca Farm
So I saved this one to last! On our way home we also visited Shed Chetwyn Farms to see their alpacas. They have a store on their property called The Shed. Inside you will find alpaca wool scarves, blankets, clothing, wool and more. In the left photo behind the dark brown alpaca, you will see the alpaca known as Tofino. In the right photo is 2 skeins of alpaca wool that are made from Tofino. All their alpaca wools are not dyed and each skein is named after the alpaca it comes from. How cool is that!
Comment below if you have visited any of these places, enjoyed this blog or leave a question for me!
Take care and enjoy the Beauty of Nature!
9/15/2022 09:57:52 pm
We travel to Belleville all the time and have visited PEC, but just to the beaches! You covered a lot of hidden gems in the area! I have been to Lake on the Mountain though! Hopefully you’ll have a chance to spend a day at one of the beautiful beaches of PEC next time! I will definitely have to check out the Alpaca Farm too!
Thanks Nance for reading about our latest road trip. We definitely need to see Sandbanks the next time we go. Where we stayed was on the water, so I think that’s why we didn’t make it there plus visiting all the towns. You should definitely check out the alpaca farm. There are two in the area but Chetwyn allowed us to see them up close!
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