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SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

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PEC is the place to be!

One of Ontario’s hot new areas is Prince Edward County.  It is the only Canadian destination featured on Travel & Leisure’s listing of “Where to Travel in 2015”. While it has been around forever, the past few years have seen some great additions to the region that have brought it renewed attention so if you have been, it is time for a return visit, and if you haven’t, put it on your list! There are great places to stay there, ranging from the very “in” Drake Devonshire to the small, quiet Merland Park Resort and everything in between.

Food/Wine

article1_sept22_2016.jpgPEC has become Ontario's fastest growing wine region and now has more than 35 wineries with a taste unique to the terroir of the area.  Like Niagara-on-the-Lake, you can now tour the region, going from winery to winery (tasting responsibly) and stopping at some of the wonderful restaurants and artisanal food makers along the way. Check out the Summer Fun Guide Winery section where you can see wineries such as Waupoos among others. You can also visit the PEC Winegrowers Association site which has a map of area wineries, events and more. While you’re in the region, make a stop at some of the regions artisanal cheese producers. Both Black River which has a year round ice cream bar and Fifth Town offer tastings! YUM!

Attractions

article2_sept22_2016.jpgWhile Prince Edward County may be more rural than urban, there is still a lot to do and see. Check out the Museums of Prince Edward County, which are five unique museums, located throughout the region: Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, Macaulay Heritage Park, Mariners Park Museum, Rose House Museum and Wellington Heritage Museum. Or stop in at the Red Barns and watch artists at work in one of 6 studios or take an Art Workshop yourself. Take a ride on the Roseneath Carousel, a 1906 CW Parker museum quality rideable, fully restored Carousel with 40 wooden horses & 2 boats.

Outdoors

article3_sept22_2016.jpgIn country this beautiful, you’ve gotta spend time outdoors! Start with Sandbanks Provincial Park, the largest freshwater sand dunes in the world.  Between its incredible dunes and the hiking trails there, it doesn’t matter what time of year you visit.  Or visit Lake on the Mountain, which defies all known geographical and geological theory because it has a constant flow of clean, fresh water with no known water source. Cool huh? Or, if you’re a birder, Prince Edward Point was designated a Globally Important Birding Area (IBA) in 1998 – over 370 different species have been spotted there. Waterports, kiteboarding, boating, fishing…there is plenty to do in this gorgeous region!

Arts and Entertainment

article4_sept22_2016.jpgYou may be surprised at the variety and quality of arts/entertainment found here. PEC has an arts trail where you can drive from place to place, meeting artists and visiting both modern galleries and studios in old, rustic barns along the way. It’s a great way to find a souvenir of your visit or to start a collection of the creations of an artist you encounter. PEC also has a Barn Quilt Trail. Barn Quilts are quilt squares painted on boards then mounted on barns or other buildings. There are more than 100 to see! There are also a multitude of festivals and events – too many to detail. Have a look at some here: http://prince-edward-county.com/events/festivals-fairs.

 
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Featured Events

Ancaster Fair & Ruthven Apple Fest

featuredevent1_sept22_2016.jpgAncaster Fair is a longstanding family tradition with nightly music on the main stage, beer gardens, midway & Demolition. The Annual Ruthven Apple Festival has FREE admission with musical entertainment, children’s rides/games, Sunday Car Show, Farmers Mkt. Both events are lots of fun for the whole family!

Ancaster Fair Sept 22-25 – Jerseyville (SW Ont)
Ruthven Apple Fest Sept 24-25 – Ruthven (SW Ont)

The Word On The Street

featuredevent2_sept22_2016.jpgSpend the day at the largest FREE book and magazine festival in Canada. Books for all ages & interests. Authors on stage and special children’s section. If you can’t find a book to love here, you just aren’t trying!


Sept. 25, 2016
Toronto (GTA)

Prince Edward County Studio Tour

featuredevent3_sept22_2016.jpgTour at your own pace at Ontario’s longest running self-guided Studio Tour. Meet over 40 artists including painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellers, potters, wood turners, glass, multi-media and more. Enjoy Ontario’s talent. Tour Map and artists’ info online.

Sept 24-25
Prince Edward County (Eastern Ont)

Featured Event: Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show

featured_sept22_2016.jpgNorfolk County Fair & Horse Show - Oct 4-10, 2016. Ontario’s oldest agricultural fair is celebrating its 176th Birthday and you should go! With agricultural displays, exhibits, competitions, midway rides, food, demo derbies, concerts, & horse shows, you can see why it has been around for so long. Bring the whole family and spend the day

 

ONLY IN ONTARIO

onlyinont_sept-22_2016.jpgThe “Graveyard of Lake Ontario” is Ontario’s Bermuda Triangle  - 2/3 of the shipwrecks on Lake Ontario during the schooner & early steam era, took place between Point Petre in Prince Edward County & the Main Duck Islands.  Some refer to the area as “The Marysburgh Vortex” and there is great scuba diving in the shipwrecks.  There have also been numerous UFO sightings there!

Print Edition 2016

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