Discovering Prince Edward County and its past reminded me right away of another historically very similar beginning for settlers of another part of Canada and this is the region of Eastern Townships (Cantons-de-l’Est) in Quebec.
Booth regions were first settled a few centuries ago by loyalists who had left U.S.A. during the or right after the war of Independence. Settlers who wanted to stay loyal to the British crown looked up to the North.
Few centuries went by but the way of life has been preserved and cultivated for everyone’s benefit. Prince Edward County today is a rich variety of country living all of us are searching for when looking for near by escape from the urban chaos.
Prince Edward County on the Lake Ontario is best known for its Sandbanks Provincial Park and its seven kilometers long sandy beach of its sand dunes. It takes just about 2h drive from Toronto or around 4h from Montreal (travel notes) to enjoy the sand and the beach.
But, there is much more to the Prince Edward County than beaches and beautiful camp grounds right on them.
Once settled in whatever accommodations you choose during your stay in Prince Edward County, if not staying in town you should definitely visit picturesque Picton, explore its main street, crafts and artisan shops and enjoy a meal in one of the gourmet restaurants.
Prince Edward County photo gallery…
There is plenty to explore by driving or biking on the quiet roads crisscrossing the county. Around every corner there is another farm of some sort, there are local cheese producers, apple orchards, strawberry fields, vineyards, B&B’s, Inn’s, cottages, even a Drive In movie theater – Is out there still any other that you know off?
Our video featuring Prince Edward County…
Sandbanks offers plenty of sun, opportunity to enjoy water sports as well besides swimming, even jogging on sand dunes. Just relaxing in the shade of trees with a book just a few steps away from Sandbanks campgrounds that are right on the beach may be exactly what you are looking for.
Hope you’ll have as much fun as we had!