Bay of Quinte & Belleville
In the town of Belleville, situated along the shores of the beautiful Bay of Quinte, the water lures anglers, sailors and city folk who simply love a good view. This historic town offers entertaining attractions and a history that will pique your curiosity, as well as unique shopping, great dining and unending views of the water. Charter a sailboat or don your best walking shoes to enjoy the best of the Bay of Quinte and Belleville.
Where are the Bay of Quinte & Belleville?
Located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, the town of Belleville is situated where the Moira River meets the Bay of Quinte. This bay is flanked by mainland to the north and Prince Edward County to the south. Belleville is conveniently located between Ottawa and Toronto, with Kingston being the closest city, just an hour drive east. Ottawa is another two hours drive past Kingston. To the west, the city of Toronto is about a three hour drive as well. Belleville can be reached by Highway 2 or Highway 401 and along the VIA Rail line.
Things to do in Bay of Quinte & Belleville
History buffs should start at Belleville’s downtown, where you’ll find the glamorous Glanmore National Historic Site. The 1883 mansion, originally owned by a banker and his wife, a descendant of important United Empire Loyalist families in the region, has been restored to reflect the original residents’ wealth and status. The furnishings and architecture reflect the popular turn-of-the-century Second Empire style, during which elaborate mansard roofing and ornate details reigned.
Jumping forward in time, the vintage Empire Theatre from the late 1930s is an excellent venue for live shows and entertainment, where you can catch comedy, music and even indie films. This theatre is located right by the river, along the Riverfront Trail.
After your show, check out one of Belleville’s many restaurants with incredible views and lovely outdoor seating. You’ll find casual fare with a stunning view of the water at the Boathouse Seafood Restaurant and Waterfront Patio. Watch the boats go by as you savour great food and enjoy a cold beer. Across the restaurant’s small inlet, Victoria Park offers possibly even more impressive views of the bay and a great place to watch boats enter and exit the harbour.
For a local brew, travel up the river to Signal Brewery, and yet another Belleville restaurant with an incredible view. The outdoor patio offers an excellent view of the water, which you can enjoy while you taste some of Belleville’s delicious craft beer. If you prefer wine, travel across the Bay of Quinte to Three Dog Winery in Prince Edward County, where you’ll find a casual vineyard. The winery often hosts live music and food trucks, making it a perfect afternoon hang. Watch the sun go down over the beautiful bay from this picturesque winery.
You’ll find more views at the waterfront East Zwick’s Centennial Park, a vast dog park with extensive biking and walking trails. Go for a ride or simply sit at a bench and watch the water. Those with kids should travel upstream to Pirate Ship Park, where a large wooden pirate ship welcomes children to play. Parents will enjoy the views of the river and the nearby restaurants and bars.
In Belleville’s northern region, HR Frink Conservation Area and Outdoor Education Centre offers outdoor excursions for families, and hiking enthusiasts. With extensive and challenging hikes, this park provides your fix of nature. The accessible boardwalk trails are great for anyone who prefers a lighter walk. Along the boardwalk, you’ll get views of the wetlands that stretch wide to either side.
Nearby, Black Bear Ridge Golf Course is a beloved course with an excellent reputation for its expertly designed layout. The well-kept course is a perfect place for beginners and experts alike to enjoy a day outside. In Belleville’s eastern region, the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves provide an ideal activity for the adventurous. Take a guided tour down below ground level, where you’ll learn about the largest natural cavern in Ontario.
Of course, the real draw of Belleville is its proximity to the gorgeous Bay of Quinte. Spend the day sailing on the water or go on a mission to catch a walleye for dinner. The bay welcomes kayaks, canoes, motorboats and sailboats, as well as swimmers who want to go for a dip in the alluring waters.
Bay of Quinte & Belleville Neighbourhoods & Districts
Belleville comprises several neighbourhoods with distinct offerings that make them each special and unique.
This historic neighbourhood is home to the delicious Signal Brewery and is conveniently located near Black Bear Ridge Golf Course.
This area is a small township located nearby the HR Fink Conservation Area where visitors can enjoy nature walks for hikers of all comfort levels.
This waterfront downtown showcases the beautiful Bay of Quinte shoreline, as well as the many restaurants, museums and shops in town.
Bay of Quinte
On and off the water in Bay of Quinte, enjoy sailing, fishing for walleye, swimming in the water and exploring the many parks, restaurants and wineries on the shore.
Things to Know About Visiting Bay of Quinte & Belleville
Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Bay of Quinte and Belleville, it’s nice to learn what the locals know.
Here are some useful things to know before you visit:
Where to go for a drink
Where to get great ice cream
Where to go for a hike
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