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Winter Things to Do in Prince Edward County

Winter Things to Do in Prince Edward County
Winter Things to Do in Prince Edward County

Embrace the winter chill and explore the enchanting snowy landscapes of Prince Edward County from November to March. While summer attracts crowds of tourists, the winter season reveals its unique attractions. Traverse the renowned vineyards on snowshoes, try ice fishing on the frozen Bay, or treat yourself to a cozy winter getaway. The County is beautiful in any season.

What to Do in Prince Edward County During the Winter

Snowshoe Through a Vineyard

The County is home to over 40 wineries, and the excitement doesn’t have to stop when winter hits! Some vineyards, like Three Dog Winery and Sugarbush Vineyards (2.5 km snowshoe trail), offer snowshoe rentals through their vines. Enjoy a glass of wine then take on some winter trekking. Contact the wineries for more information.

Snowshoeing in The County

Beyond the vineyards, there’s a multitude of fantastic winter trails perfect for snowshoeing adventures. Campbell’s Orchards offers open trails for snowshoeing during their operating hours, weather permitting. They generously provide seven pairs of snowshoes available for rent at no cost (mostly adult sizes).

Other snowshoeing spots include Delhi ParkSandbanks Provincial Park (the Dunes are especially fun), the Millennium Trail, and Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area.

Visit a Winery, Brewery, Cidery, or Spirit House

While enjoying a glass of wine at vineyards is a delightful summer pursuit, Prince Edward County shares a variety of wineries, breweries, cideries, and spirit houses that stay open year-round. Guests can instead find warmth from a crackling fire on an outdoor patio or enjoy a brewed beer indoors at local taprooms, creating a cozy atmosphere for a distinctive experience. Additionally, the winter season tends to be less busy, offering you a more intimate and personalized visit.

Next time you’re caught in the County during the fall or winter months, visit Kinsip House of Fine Spirits, Parsons Brewing Company, or Gillingham Beer Garden.

Be Part of March Maple Madness

March Maple Madness in Prince Edward County is a delectable celebration of all things maple, where locals and visitors alike immerse themselves in the sweet essence of the region.

As winter begins to loosen its grip, the maple sap starts flowing, and the county comes alive with a flurry of maple-themed activities. From guided tours of maple farms, where participants can witness the intricate process of tapping and collecting sap, to indulging in freshly made maple treats at local sugar shacks, the event offers a sensory delight. Visitors can savour the rich, amber goodness of pure maple syrup, explore maple-infused culinary delights, and experience the vibrant cultural heritage of the area.

Skate Through Prince Edward County

When the weather permits, outdoor skating in Prince Edward County is a fun-filled adventure. Outdoor skating rinks appear throughout the island at Sophiasburgh Town Hall in Demorestville and Parsons Brewing Company near Picton.

A short distance away in Belleville, Victoria Harbour offers excellent outdoor skating conditions (check the city’s website for updates). Batawa Lion’s Club also maintains four outdoor rinks for a broader skating experience.

The County of Prince Edward also manages and operates two arena facilities. The Prince Edward Community Centre (PECC) is located at 375 Picton Main Street in Picton, and the Wellington and District Community Centre (WDCC) is located at 111 Belleville Street in Wellington.

If you’d rather watch then lace up your skates, get out and cheer on the County’s local junior hockey teams! The Wellington Dukes, Junior A Hockey Club. and Picton Pirates, Empire B Junior C Hockey Club.

Walk Along the Beaches

Although the idea of going to the beach may not be enticing during the winter, exploring the landscape during this season offers a distinctive experience that shouldn’t be missed. Popular destinations like Point Peter, North Beach, and Sandbanks Provincial Park become captivating sights during the colder months.

Take time to photograph the unique glaciers formed from ice and snow on the shores of Lake Ontario. Wrap up in warm layers and enjoy the privacy of the beaches that you won’t get in any other season.

If walking isn’t your thing, fat bikes are a unique, and increasingly popular way to snow-trek The County’s beaches. Get a fat bike rental at Ideal Bike and enjoy a winter ride.

Drop Your Line: Ice Fishing in PEC

The Bay of Quinte is home to some of the best walleye fishing in the world, and the best part is that you can drop your line year-round. Trenton Bay, Belleville Bay, Telegraph Narrows, and Hay Bay are some well-known hot spots for winter fishing.

At Merland Park Cottages, situated on the picturesque Picton Bay, winter enthusiasts can rent winterized cottages, and ice-fishing huts, and even have a personal, experienced walleye fishing guide. The ice fishing season typically kicks off in mid-January, with the huts remaining on the water until the end of February, dependent on weather conditions.

Go Cross County Skiing

Cross-country skiing not only provides an excellent workout but also offers an opportunity to breathe in the crisp winter air while immersing yourself in the serene, snow-covered beauty of nature. Bring your own skis and explore the trails of Sandbanks Provincial Park, Massassauga Point Conservation Area, Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area (11 km trail), or the Millennium Trail (46 km trail) for a refreshing winter adventure.

The Sandbanks Dunes trail presents a captivating 10 km loop that showcases striking winter views of Lake Ontario. Ideal for hiking in the summer, this trail transforms into an equally enjoyable cross-country route during the winter months.

Frosty Fun: Sledding in Prince Edward County

The small rolling hills in Prince Edward County create great sledding conditions in the snowy months. Bring your toboggan, magic carpet, or snowboard for a thrilling ride at Picton’s Delhi Park, and enjoy a rewarding workout climbing back to the top. Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area features excellent hills, with caution for the narrow and steep slope from the Birdhouse City parking lot. For toddler sledding, try the small snowbank slope nearby. Weather permitting, the Dunes at Sandbanks can also be a fantastic spot for tobogganing.

More Winter Experiences in The County

  • Visit local bakeries for some warm treats
  • Treat yourself to a spa day at The Royal Hotel, Bloomfield Beauty Co, or The Main Character
  • Walk alongside alpaca at Nobel Beasts Farm
  • Wander through the Arts Trail
  • Explore the Millennium Trail through walking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, crossing county skiing, or winter biking
  • Catch a show at the Regent Theatre
  • Listen to live music at the Drake Devonshire or The Acoustic Grill
  • Check out the Ice Box PEC
  • Hit the sauna at Wander The Resort, The Royal Hotel, or Wilfrid Boutique Farmhouse
  • Visit Fondue Fridays at The Eddie
  • Engage in board games in puzzles from Books & Company or Green Gables Gifts & Greetings
  • Get a hot drink at Bean Counter Cafe, Lily’s Cafe, Starbucks, or Beacon Bike + Brew
  • Build a snow snowman or make snow angles
  • Santa Claus Parades & Festivals of Lights

What are Winters like in Prince Edward County?

While Prince Edward County is often associated with sun-soaked wine tastings and sandy beaches, its winter transforms into a magical wonderland. The County offers numerous reasons to cherish the winter season, like indulging in delicious food, snug accommodations and a plethora of outdoor activities.

The winters in Prince Edward County are cold and snowy. The temperature typically ranges from -10 °C to -21 °C in the coldest months. Snow can appear as early as November and as late as April.

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