Brighton to Napanee, Prince Edward County to Madoc. The Bay of Quinte area houses these fantastic communities, and all of those in between. As many of you know, I get the amazing opportunity to be the Tourism Marketing Intern with Bay of Quinte Tourism this summer, but I have loved the area long before I snagged my placement here. The Bay of Quinte area has been my bae since I was a wee little seven-year-old, when I moved to the area.
I may not originate from the area exactly, but it has become my home. Growing up in BOQ, I had the opportunities to experience the booming tourism and beautiful beaches the summer has to offer, and also the breathtaking winters the area is blessed with. Through my time spent in BOQ, I have had the pleasure to visit many sights in many of the communities and I am never disappointed.
The area never used to have a reputation really – other than Belleville being infamously referred to as “Bellevegas” – but the area is starting to become known, and quickly. The Bay of Quinte area is fast becoming the vacation destination of choice for many families due to the beaches, the wine, the atmosphere and the many things to see and experience.
I know a lot of my friends haven’t been to the Bay of Quinte area, but I urge you to visit this summer. While you’re in the area, check out five of my favourite stops.
Of course this is number one on my list, but I may be a little bias having worked a couple of summers pouring my fair share of milkshakes. But honestly, you cannot visit the BOQ and not try one of their delicious milkshakes for just ONE DOLLAR. I kid you not. Or if you have a stronger sweet tooth, you can opt for a massive ice cream cone instead. Seriously, one scoop is the size of your fist.
I absolutely love the Eagle’s Nest in Madoc, it really shows you the beauty of the land from the top of the trees. Like the name suggests, you feel as if you are high in the trees in an eagle’s nest, overlooking the beautiful land below. It’s quite a trek to get to the top, but when you reach the peak, it’s well worth it in beautiful views.
The Hell Holes are one of the coolest things I have seen, by far. It is a self-guided trail just over 3km long where you walk through the rock formations that were created during the glacial period and see rare plants that have developed in the area. If you are feeling adventurous, you can climb down into the Devil’s Horsestable Cave that is over 7 metres deep! Creepy, but oh so cool.
If you love fresh produce and family friendly activities, Cricklewood Farm, Orchard & Corn Maze is your place. The farm has a market with fresh produce, pick-your-own apples/pumpkins/raspberries/tomatoes (depending on the season), corn mazes, monster hunt & play area. The little kid in me loves visits to this farm every time.
Belleville’s own adorable café in the Empire Square Belleville, right in the heart of downtown. My mouth waters just thinking of the delicious food and drinks the café offers. For example, one of their Quintelicious menu items right now is: Olive and sundried tomato tapenade, roasted eggplant, red pepper and zucchini, chicken, tomatoes and pesto drizzle on flatbread. Need I say more? Wash down the deliciousness with one of their amazing hot beverages, and you will be in a heavenly food coma.
I may be a little bias, because hey, Bay of Quinte is my bae, but this area is one that you seriously need to visit. Come see what all the hype is about, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. For more information and amazing stops to see while in the area, check out the BOQ Tourism official site.
Have a BOQ love story you want to share? Let me know!
Happy Bae of Quinte travelling my friends.
Until next time,