Welcome to Prince Edward County


Mauricio is an ongoing contributor to the "Do it like a local" blog. He's Brazilian by birth but now calls Canada home. Best described as a sushi lover, active volunteer and gym go-er. His passions include travel, orchids and something sweet to go with coffee, though not necessarily in that order.

Just a couple of hours east of Toronto on Hwy 401 is a unique island community named after Prince Edward Augustus – fourth son of King George III. The area combines an interesting heritage with what I consider gastronomic heaven. With dozens of wineries in the region and many accommodation (B&Bs, cottages, camping sites), outdoor activity and entertainment options, Prince Edward County has become an excellent alternative to the extremely popular Niagara region.

Missing the Beach

When I moved to Ontario from my home in sunny Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I expected that white sand beaches would not be among the many things I would discover in my new country.  To my surprise this was not the case. On my first visit to Sandbanks Provincial Park I could not believe my eyes. Seeing the wavy waters of Lake Ontario that hot summer morning, I knew I had just found the perfect beach escape for whenever I was homesick.

East Lake (Cherry Valley, Prince Edward County) is a great option for fishing, canoeing, swimming, kayaking or just relaxing while you watch perfect sunset.

Enjoying Prince Edward County

The municipality is composed of many picturesque towns and villages worth exploring, including Picton, Wellington, Ameliasburg and Bloomfield.  The beaches are perfect for a family picnic or hanging out with friends.  Locals are friendly and happy to share tips on where to stop for a great home cooked lunch or where you can find the closest farmers and flea markets.  Prince Edward County is the perfect spot for an extended vacation or weekend retreat in any season though due to the many lakes and the Canadian passion for water, summer is always the favourite with lots of boats, water sports and beach fun.

Sandbanks Summer Village is one of the many accommodation options, with great infrastructure for kids and cozy cottage accommodations for up to 6 people.

The world-class vineyards and wineries of the region produce many of the VQA wines that are sold in the region and across Canada. Along with the wine country industry, the last few years have seen an increase in number of cultural activities, as well as artists choosing the region as their home and renowned chefs bringing their expertise to new restaurants and bistros.

After just a few visits it was clear to me and my family that this place, with its scenic views, beaches and great food, was to be our chosen beach destination for many years to come.

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