A guide to spring, summer & fall outdoor recreation activities in Prince Edward County.
- Sandy beaches include North Beach Provincial Park (Consecon), Roblin Lake (Ameliasburgh), and Sandbanks Provincial Park – Outlet Beach, Lakeshore Beach, Dunes Beach.
- Wellington Rotary Beach (Wellington – now with $10 per group entry fee on weekends and holidays from late May until late September, although residents can purchase a pass) and Massassauga Point Conservation Area (Ameliasburgh) have sandy and pebble beach areas.
- Little Bluff Conservation Area in Southern Prince Edward County has a pebble beach (and $15 parking fee, compared to $5 at the other conservation areas).
- Note – Check out swimguide.org for water quality reports before heading out!
Paddling, boating, and more!
- AirTime Kiteboarding offers kiteboarding lessons (age 10+) and sailing lessons on West Lake.
- Cabin Fever Kayak rents kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards for use on the tranquil Black River. After, treat yourself to some extremely squeaky curds at Black River Cheese across the street!
- County Sailing Adventures offers a variety of sailing tour packages leaving from Waupoos Marina.
- Fishing! If you’d like to take your budding angler out on an adventure, check out this extensive list of local fishing charters. Pro tip = kids with a fishing license and library card can borrow fishing gear (rods, reels, and tackle boxes) from the Prince Edward County Public Library.
- Picton Harbour Pontoon Tours offers (you guessed it) pontoon boat tours of Picton Harbour! Tours last 90 minutes and depart from behind the Picton Harbour Inn at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. during the summer. They also offer sunset tours, weather permitting.
- Sandbanks Provincial Park offers canoe and kayak rentals at the woodlot.
- (Closed in 2021) Westlake Water Sports on West Lake rents out seadoos, jet skis, pontoon boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddle (SUP) boards.
- Westlake Wakeboard School on West Lake offers wakeboarding lessons (ages 4+) and tubing and banana boat rides. They also rent out single and double kayaks, canoes, SUP boards, and paddle boats.
- (Closed in 2021) Westlake Willy Water Park is an inflatable water park on West Lake. Children under 3 are free, but supervision will be required for little ones.
- At Beaver Meadow Conservation Area, two short hiking trails each end at an observation platform overlooking the surrounding wetlands.
- In the spring, explore Campbell’s Orchards’ 2 kilometres of walking trails through the apple trees, and reward yourself with a mug of hot apple cider and apple donut at the store.
- The Demorestville Conservation Area offers a 3 kilometre loop creekside trail; smaller legs might prefer a shorter walk out to the dam (located near the parking lot) and back.
- Gorgeous views await visitors to Little Bluff Conservation Area. Explore 1.5 kms of trails or venture down the steep pathway to the stone beach. New in 2021 – $15 parking fee, compared to $5 at other conservation areas.
- Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area in Picton has several easy walking trails, perfect for little legs! Check out the 100 miniature replicas of local buildings at Birdhouse City (many of which are being beautifully spruced up in 2021!) or wander between Birdhouse City and Macaulay Heritage Park along Whattam’s Memorial Walkway. We also developed a fun Scavenger Hunt for Macaulay Mountain – though the flora photos were taken in early Spring, and may look a bit different now!
- Massassauga Point Conservation Area is located at the dead end of Massassauga Road in Ameliasburgh. It offers hiking trails as well as sandy and stone beaches.
- Sandbanks Provincial Park has three walking trails: Cedar Sands, Woodlands, and Sandbanks Dunes.
- If you are looking for a quick picnic / runaround spot, check out Harry Smith Conservation Area in Ameliasburgh, Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park up the hill from the Glenora Ferry, Rutherford-Stevens Lookout in Waupoos, Lakeland Point west of Outlet Beach, or H.J. McFarland Conservation Area near Picton.
Other than the Millennium Trail, I have not yet come across bike-laned areas or other safe cycling trails for kiddos in the County. Kindly send any leads on kid-friendly cycling spots to email@example.com.
Diamond J Ranch offers guided family horseback tours (no experience required) through mountain terrain overlooking Picton Bay. Pony rides are available for the smaller equestrians!
The Napanee & District ATV Club offers ATV riding courses (as well as private, semi-private, family and group lessons) just outside of Picton for kids aged 6-15 years old.
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