How to Winter in PEC ⛄
Winter brings a special, quieter vibe to The County and a much different pace than the dog days of summer. Here’s a round-up of outdoor activities to get outside and beat the winter blahs, snow or not.
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“Lonely Sandbanks” | Photo Credit: Chris Ireland
Trade in your cooler for a thermos and leave your SPF at home. Check out the icy shores of Wellington Beach, or head to the beloved Dunes Beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park (follow the road signs leading south from Bloomfield and park at the Dunes Trail lot). Bundle up to beat the chill and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Embracing Winter at Three Dog Winery | Photo Credit: Daniel Vaughan
Walks, Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing
If you’re in it for the après, head to Three Dog Winery and Sugarbush Vineyards and snowshoe, ski or walk their vineyard trails. Head back to the tasting room for a well-deserved tasting and maybe even a bonfire.
The 49km–Millennium Trail, and the 10 kilometres of trails at Sandbanks Provincial Park are a great way to get your steps in while getting some much needed, fresh winter air. Walk, ski or snowshoe your winter blues away.
Skating under the sky in Sophiasburgh | Photo Credit: Daniel Vaughan
Indoor and Outdoor Skating
Strap on the blades and enjoy outdoor skating at Parsons Brewing in Picton. If the mercury hasn’t dropped quite enough for outdoor skating, try indoor public skating at the municipal arenas in Wellington and Picton.
Off we go! | Photo Credit: Daniel Vaughan
What better way to enjoy winter than by hopping on a piece of plastic and shooting yourself down an icy hill? Tobogganing in Delhi Park in Picton is a winter staple and a must-do for all ages. Bring your furry friend and hit the dog park.
Nice catch! | Photo Courtesy: @shelovestofish
When the ice is good and solid, grab your auger, pole and fishing license and spend some quality time ice fishing on the Bay of Quinte, home to some of the best walleye fishing in the world. The Bay is made up of hundreds of small inlets, tucked away honey holes and tributaries that are perfect for snagging walleye, as well as largemouth and smallmouth bass, salmon, pike and panfish.
Hit the trails | Photo Courtesy: Karlo Estates
Sledding, snowmobiling, skidoo-ing – whatever you call it – when the white gold falls, gear up and be the first to make tracks. The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs maintains a network of trails in The County. Ride responsibly and share the trails with the walkers, snowshoers and skiers.
Everything to warm you up | Photo Courtesy: @grangewinery
Would your rather stay warm and watch winter from afar? Slake Brewing, The Grange of Prince Edward and the Drake Devonshire, have cozy fireplaces. Grab your snuggie, get comfy and forget all about winter.
Stack ’em high | Photo Courtesy: @bloomfieldpublichouse
If you’re planning a winter adventure in The County you’ll need a hearty brunch. Arrive early for a table at Bocado, Stella’s Eatery, the Picton Harbour Inn, The County Canteen, Saylor House Cafe, The Drake Devonshire, or Parsons Brewery. Need brunch on the go? Pick up your order at Piccolina Mercatto, The Good Place, Bloomfield Public House Market or Crepe Escape!
And if winter just isn’t your thing, hibernate indoors with a good book, glass of local wine and wait it out. Before you know it, summer will be upon us and there will be queuing up for a beach day at Sandbanks! Hang in there, friend.