Trenton and Area is an outdoor and recreational activity paradise, just waiting to be discovered.

Located in the Canadian Shield, with lots of lakes, rivers, forests and fields, makes Trenton an ideal setting for outdoor, year round, play.

Also see Trenton Parks & Conservation Areas

(1.) Visit Belleville - 15 minutes away.

(2.) Visit Kingston - 60 minutes away.

(3.) Hiking, Cycling, WalleyeFishing, Parks & Picnics

Chech out these suggestions for day trips at Quinte West Trails and visit our Attractions Page for other ideas on how to spend the day in Quinte West.

(4.) Stirling-Rawdon

Stirling-Rawdon was formed on January 1, 1858 through the amalgamation of Rawdon Township with the Village of Stirling. The township comprises the communities of Anson, Bonarlaw, Harold, Minto, Mount Pleasant, Sine, Springbrook, Stirling and Wellman.

Stirling accounts for a significant share of the township's entire population, 2,139. In 2008 the village of Stirling celebrated its 150th anniversary. On March 31, 2012, Stirling-Rawdon was awarded the Kraft Hockeyville Championship.

The area around Stirling is made up of farmlands with some forests heavily in sporadic areas with some hills. Rawdon Creek flows near the village centre, the Marsh Creek is to the west and the Trent River with the Trent Canal in the southwest. Its main industry is agriculture with some other businesses. The attractions are River Valley and Stirling's nearby lake Oak Lake which lies south of the community.

Farmtown Park, previously known as the Hasting County Museum of Agricultural Heritage, was opened in 1997 and has 8 buildings that reflect upon the agricultural heritage of the area. Open between Victoria Day and Labour Day, some highlights include the dairy museum, steam engine display, tractor building, harvest building and Heritage Village streetscape.

Stirling also boasts a popular hometown theatre which was opened in 1927, however it was hardy used until the formation of the Stirling Performing Arts Committee in 1982. The theatre is home to yearly pantomimes, musicals, comedy shows, and more.

The Stirling Grand Trunk Railway Station was refurbished in 2008 for the town's 150th Anniversary celebrations. Situated along the old maynooth railway line, this architectural piece of history hosts museum tours and visitor information sessions seasonally between Victoria Day weekend and Labour Day.

Website:   Upcoming Events in Stirling

(6.) Loyalist Parkway

The Loyalist Parkway runs from Trenton to the southwest side of Kingston. Almost 100 kms of scenic beauty, much of which is along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, you follow the route taken by the United Empire Loyalists who left the United States to maintain their loyality to England over 200 years ago.

As an alternate route between Trenton and Kingston it offers a wide choice of accommodation, sightseeing and recreation for the whole family. A one meter wide paved shoulder has been provided for cyclists along its length. There are over 40 listed Archeaologic sites and at least 125 notable heritage buildings adjacent to the Parkway.

Website:   Click Here for A Virtual Tour of the Parkway

  (7.) Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sandbanks is among the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario, with golden sand and sparkling water you can experience some of the finest sand beaches in the World. Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and boating compete with sunbathing and swimming as favourite park activities.

Sandbanks boasts three sandy beaches, Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Beach and Dunes Beach (West Lake Section). Two of the finest bay mouth sandbar and coastal sand dune systems in the province can be found here. Sandbanks is also home to an interesting mix of vegetation and wildlife.

Sandbanks offers trails and a day use playground. All three parks feature dog-friendly areas. Can't access the beach? Borrow our Beach Wheelchair from the Woodyard.


  • four different campgrounds, total of 549 campsites, special area for group camping
  • reservations are recommended during peak months of July and August
  • one campground with hydro hook-up; each camp site has a picnic table and firegrill
  • drinking water taps are close to most sites
  • Dunes Playground for children
  • comfort stations with shower, laundry and washroom facilities throughout campgrounds
  • park store sells camping supplies and souvenirs
  • restaurant serves breakfast and light meals, and a Sunday Brunch


  • two wide, clean sandy beaches and shallow safe waters
  • perfect environment for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking
  • beaches are not supervised


  • both East Lake and West Lakes have good populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel (walleye), pike, perch and other panfish
  • the nearby Bay of Quinte is known as one of the best locations in North America for catching pickerel
  • the eastern end of Lake Ontario also hosts a variety of other species, depending on the season
  • Chinook salmon draw the most attention and truly offer the angler an opportunity to catch the "big one"
  • If you don’t have equipment, no problem, visit The Woodyard and you can participate in our Tackle Share Program.

Boating and Sailboarding

  • ideal for motorboating, small-craft sailing and canoeing
  • two boat launches in the park
  • sailboarding is popular and conditions for the sport are considered just about perfect
  • watercraft rentals including canoes, kayaks. paddle boats and surfbikes are available within the park


  • large variety of flora and fauna (see a Hiker's Wildflower Guide)
  • staircases up and down the steepest dunes
  • a boardwalk and viewing spot overlooking the Outlet River
  • Woodlands Trail
Phone: 613-393-3319 or call 1 888 ONT-PARK (668-7275)
GPS: Latitude:43.9, Longitude:-77.2667


  • From Highway 401, from the west
    take Exit 522 (Wooler Road, just west of Trenton) which connect to Highway 33 south
    go through Wellington and into Bloomfield
    take County Road 12 south to the Sandbanks
  • From Highway 401, from the east
    take Exit 566 (just west of Deseronto) to Highway 49 south
    to through Picton and into Bloomfield
    take County Road 12 south to the Sandbanks
  • From Belleville
    take Highway 62 south, through Wellington and into Bloomfield
    take County Road 12 south to the Sandbanks

  (8.) North Beach Provincial Park

A smaller version of the famous Sandbanks, North Beach offers similar scenery and recreational opportunities. Cruise the bay and reel in the catch of the day, choose a spot on the beach to splash in the waves and enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge.

  • Over one kilometre ribbon of sand shelters tiny North Beach from Lake Ontario
  • The sandy beach is a great place to picnic on a summer day
  • Swim or boat in the sheltered waters of the bay or the more open Lake Ontario
  • A quieter park than its more famous neighbour - Sandbanks

Kayakers can use the park as a launch point to explore the surrounding region. Canoeists can take advantage of the protected waters of North Bay for a leisurely paddle or head out on the unprotected side of the dunes.

Cap off your day's adventures with a view of Lake Ontario's dazzling sunsets.

The park is a day use area only and doesn’t have camp sites.


  • three kilometres of fine sand offer a natural playground
  • the water is shallow near the shore for swimming and wading
  • be cautious of possible undertow on Lake Ontario side
  • on North Bay, a more steep drop-off


  • North Bay is well equipped for picnickers with tables, toilets and plenty of parking
  • small canteen within the park

Boating and Sailboarding

  • sheltered waters of the bay is perfect for boardsailing and canoeing
  • launch your motorboat, canoe or sailboat from the park's bay-side boat ramp
  • check with park staff about additional access points to Lake Ontario


Head south from the 401 at Trenton along the Loyalist Parkway, #33. The park is just south of Consecon.

Phone: 613-393-3319 (September to June)
613-399-2030 (3rd week of June to Labour Day) or call 1 888 ONT-PARK (668-7275)
GPS: Latitude: 43.953448 Longitude: -77.522129

  (9.) Presqu'ile Provincial Park

  • Over 300 car camping sites in a variety of settings from shoreline to forest
  • 2.5 km sandy beach
  • 16 km of trails and paths along shorelines and through woodlands and meadows
  • A migration hotspot in spring and fall, 336 bird species recorded with 130 breeding species
  • 1 km marsh boardwalk trail accessing the largest protected marsh on the north shore of Lake Ontario
  • Two Visitor Centres; Nature Centre open daily in summer and the Lighthouse Centre open daily in summer and on weekends in the spring and fall
  • Daily interpretive programs in the summer
  • Second oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario
  • World class spring bird migration - waterfowl in March, warblers and shorebirds in May.

Presqu'ile has 397 campsites, day use area, beach, store and two visitor centres. The park is aimed at family recreation, and offers a Natural Heritage Education program. The park often holds special events such as the Waterfowl Weekend in March, History Weekend in August, Parks Day, and Canada Day celebrations. Recreational activities popular at Presqu'ile include cycling, swimming, paddling, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and hunting.

Presqu'ile Provincial Park has eight campground areas offering a total of 394 sites that may be reserved on a first come first served basis.  Maps of the campgrounds can be found in the Park Tabloid or TAP HERE for a map of the Park and TAP HERE for a map of the campgrounds.

Free Shuttle Bus to Brighton
Every Wednesday and Thursday between Canada Day and Labour Day weekends, Leaves the Camp Office at 20 mins after the hour between 10:20am and 3:20pm, stops at the Lighthouse 40 mins after the hour and returns from the Brighton Chamber of Commerce Office on the hour.

Phone: 613-475-4324 or call 1 888 ONT-PARK (668-7275)
GPS: Latitude: 44.0101 Longitude: -77.7416
Website:   Directions

(10. ) Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park

Lake on the Mountain defies all known geographical and geological theory. Discover one of Ontario's natural wonders at Lake on the Mountain Park. Cloaked in mystery and legend, the turquoise lake is a source of amazement and a beautiful setting for activities in the park. Take in the outstanding view high above Picton Bay as you enjoy a quiet picnic overlooking the lake and surrounding countryside.

Minutes from Glenora Ferry, Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park has an area of 104 hectares. Other than a viewing platform, parking area, and an illustrated sign explaining the physical structure of the eponymous lake, there are no facilities in the park.

A Natural Curiosity

  • located nearly 62 metres above the Bay of Quinte
  • this unusual lake has a constant flow of clean, fresh water
  • it defies all known geographical and geological theory
  • stories of volcanoes, meteorites and massive glacial whirlpools abound
  • the most generally accepted theory holds that it is a collapsed doline, an odd feature found in areas with limestone rock foundations
  • Lake on the Mountain has no visible water source
  • the lake\s outlet stream flows northward through a shallow bedrock channel, eventually tumbling over the Prince Edward Escarpment to the Bay of Quinte below.
Bring along your camera to capture nature's beauty while contemplating the secrets hidden in this truly memorable place.

  • Lake on the Mountain Park is located on County Road 7 off Highway 33 near Glenora
  • From the west, take the 401 to Belleville, head south along #62 to Bloomfield, then east on the 33 past Picton to County Road 7.
  • From the east, take the 401 to the Deseronto exit, #566 then head south along #49 into Picton then head east along the 33 to County Road 7 or you can reach the park on the Glenora Ferry from Highway 33.
GPS: Longitude 44.0528328091879 Lattitude -77.0650025492902

(11.) Glenora Ferry, Prince Edward County

Minutes from Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park, the Glenora Ferry (Free), on the scenic and historic Loyalist Parkway (Hwy 33), connects Prince Edward County with the mainland at the eastern entrance.

The ferry crossing is a free car ferry operated by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, which runs at regular 30-minute intervals year-round (and more often at peak times in summer). The crossing (one-way) takes fifteen minutes.

Website:   Glenora Ferry Schedule and Service

(12.) Shannonville, Tyendinaga

The community was first known as Mohawk woods, then as Merchison's Mills and then as Shannonville when the post office opened in 1833. The name comes from Ireland's River Shannon which was the early name of the Salmon River.

Today you can find many native goods and crafts on the tax free reserve.

Website:   Shannonville Gas Prices (Cheapest Gas in the area)

Website:   Shannonville Motorsport Park - Car & Motorcycle Racing

Enjoy the Fair season throughout Ontario and congratulate the organizers on the hard work and dedication of showcasing rural Ontario. Corner of Melrose Rd & McFarlane Rd. Phone: (613) 396-1944

(13.) Prince Edward County Wineries

Prince Edward County has a deep history, scenic shorelines, an array of unique local food producers and, of course, now claims to Canada's fastest growing wine region!

County Wineries - Year Round! Not all, but most of our wineries are open for tastings year round, and did you know there are now more than 45 to choose from? The County wine industry is a remarkable success story and each winery has its own distinctive character, and, of course, wines! Producing world class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, among others to please every palette. The County's internationally acclaimed wineries offer a variety of experiences, from tastings and tours to winemakers dinners and live entertainment.

Experience the County in class. PEC Wine Tours is the region's specialist in offering the ultimate wine experience. We are proud to offer every consumer a variety of choices including a 5 star limousine service, passenger van, day trips, corporate packages as well as accommodation packages.

PEC Wine Tours uses local, knowledgeable staff as a way to offer our customers the full "County" experience, including history and art as well as the chance to indulge in local cuisine prepared by world-class chefs and National and International award winning wines.

From novice to wine savvy we have an experience for you that will share rich history, how grapes grow here, and discuss the world of wine while touring some of the best and most famous wineries in Prince Edward County.

You can rest assured that you are in good hands with PEC Wine Tours and will get a one-of-a-kind experience!

Phone: 613-393-8988 or 1-866-900-3703
Website:   Prince Edward Wine Tours

(14.) Village of Wellington

The Village of Wellington is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario with a view of the largest freshwater dunes in the world at Sandbanks. From the community museum located in the only remaining Quaker Meeting House in Prince Edward County, to the fine old architecture including one of the oldest homes in Ontario dated back to 1786, Wellington wears its history with pride.

"Hot" DAY? - want someplace cool - then come to Wellington On The Park. The Loyalist Parkway runs from Trenton to the Village of Wellington where it is well known as "the coolest spot when the weather's hot". Within walking distance of the park, you will find:

  • Excellent restaurants
  • Grocery and convenience stores
  • Pharmacy
  • Scotia Bank (ABM available)
  • Gifts, galleries and antiques
  • Library and museum
  • Free, public, sandy beach

(15.) Belleville Quinte Mall

Rainy Day - head to the Quinte Mall in Belleville, just off Hwy. #401.

With over 125 stores and services from which to choose, Quinte Mall offers something for everyone. Quinte Mall is Belleville's premier shopping centre. Whether you are a frequent shopper or visiting for the first time, you will find our directory helpful in locating the stores and services you would like to visit. We are home to a number of stores that can be found no where else in the Quinte Area. Come and discover everything we have to offer for every member of the family.

Want information about a specific name brand store or just want to see what we offer? Website:   Use the Quinte Mall Directory
Website:   Check out your favourite RETAILER PROMOTIONS
Website:   Check out our latest mall events!

(16.) City of Kingston

Just a one hour drive down Hwy. #401 and you are in beautiful Kingston - gateway to the Thousand Islands.

Located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, Kingston is perfect for boating, sailing, fishing and scuba diving. In the downtown shopping district you can find many specialty stores and boutiques so don't forget to buy some souvenirs to share with family and friends!

On the north shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston was the first capital of the United Canadas (before Confederation from 1841 to 1844) and the home of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

Kingston is also known as "the Limestone City" because many of its historic buildings are built from limestone.

For over three hundred years, marine traffic has passed up the St. Lawrence River and through Kingston Ontario Canada on route to the Great Lakes. Yes for most of it's history Kingston was a major shipbuilding center. Schooners and steamers built in the area have travelled all over the world. From the George A. Marsh, a three masted schooner, to the Wolfe Islander II, a coastal freighter converted to a side entrance car ferry, Kingston has shipwrecks of all shapes and sizes. The cool waters have preserved wooden shipwrecks that elsewhere would have disappeared long ago.

Website:   Beanutiful Kingston

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