10 Things to Do in Prince Edward County in April 🌱
T.S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month – and that was before it became associated with paying income taxes!
It’s that nether season that proves winter won’t go quietly and spring can’t come soon enough. But it can also be the perfect time to finish up lingering winter projects, dream up garden plans, organize summer getaways and tally the harbingers of spring: robins, crocuses and grape hyacinths.
Here’s 10 ways to get a taste of spring in The County:
1. On April 1, bring your rubber boots and join the Picton Rotary Club for a tour of County waterfalls. Cape Vessey Falls are at their best with runoff from winter’s thaw, featuring a high drop with multiple smaller cascades leading to a stream in Waupoos bay. Jackson’s Falls, meanwhile, has an impressive drop leading to a rushing stream. Both are on private lands, making this an excellent – and exclusive – opportunity to visit.
2. The Easter bunny spends a little extra time hiding treats for kids on April 1 at Campbell’s Orchards Egg Hunt, where there will be wagon rides and face painting (weather permitting). JERKebago will serve up lunch from the grill. The bunny also visits Walt’s Sugar Shack, with the hunt beginning at 1 p.m. and sausages on a bun and the infamous “Walt Drops” available.
3. From April 6-29, wake up your taste buds at 11 of The County’s best restaurants with Spring Countylicious, featuring three-course menus for $40, plus taxes + tip.
New this year is The Mill PEC, where the menu is bursting with local products and flavours. It’s also the first Countylicious menu for The Drake Devonshire’s new executive chef, Alexandra Feswick, and Waupoos Estate Winery’s new executive chef Guerin Sykes. (We’re also looking forward to sinking our teeth into water buffalo dumplings at East & Main, elk sliders at The Public House (at Jackson’s Falls) and the entire ‘beerlicious’ menu happening over at Pomodoro.) Explore full menus for all 11 participating restaurants and take a peek at the many local farmers and food producers who help make this celebration of fine farm-to-table dining a reality.
4. If Countylicious inspires you to get back in the kitchen, consider a class at From the Farm Cooking School, where Cynthia Peters will lead you in cooking up a classic French dinner on April 7, then zooming over to Thailand for a focus on pad thai, curry, spring rolls and fragrant sticky rice on April 21.
6. Storytelling is a skill. Telling a story where the pictures do the talking is a special skill. Dive into the world of graphic narratives – not comic books, but stories, memoirs or non-fiction pieces where the art says as much as the text – with an afternoon workshop on April 14 at the Baxter Arts Centre.
7. April 22 is Earth Day. Show the planet some love by enjoying the natural wonders that make up The County – we’re lucky to have 180 acres of parkland and more than 800 kilometres of shoreline. Take in the dunes at Sandbanks or enjoy a stroll along Wellington or North Beach before the sun-seekers arrive, or build an homage to an inukshuk at Little Bluff. While you’re out and about, do your part to pick-up and pitch-in.
8. Take a drive and play a little Barn Quilt Bingo. Take a moment to appreciate some of The County’s great old barns –the vivid purple of Closson Chase, deep reds of Karlo Estates, Hagermans Farms and Fields on West Lake, the restored wood of The Grange of Prince Edward County, rustic grey of By Chadsey’s Cairns.
9. Artisans who spent the winter in hibernation have a chance to show off their efforts on April 28 at the Picton Community Centre with the Spring Blossom Craft Show, featuring more than 40 vendors. Get inspired with jewelry, pottery, screenprinted T-shirts – and even sock monkeys!
10. Remember your first concert? Did it have capes and a Rock Room for kids? County POP aims to stoke a love of live music in kids and adults alike. Keep the kids busy with capes, face painting and a rock-out room by Small Pond Arts where they can try out a band’s worth of musical instruments. Keep the adults busy with food trucks, local beer, wine and cider and the tunes of bluesy-country-rockers Elliott Brood on the mainstage, alongside Miss Emily and local favourite Jeremie Albino.