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This region is known as the Walleye Capital of the World and boasts some of the best walleye ice fishing around. If you’re not an angler, there’s still tons to do; hit the Cheddar & Ale Trail, take in a play, go skiing or check out one of the winter festivals.

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Bay Of Quinte at its Best

Cheddar and Ale
Cheddar and Ale
Ice Fishing
Ice Fishing
Air Force Museum
Air Force Museum

Say ‘Cheese’

Hit the Cheddar and Ale trail and celebrate the history of this area. In the 1940’s, this region boasted more than 100 cheese factories, and Hastings County was known as the Cheese Capital of Ontario. Today, many still carry on this tradition, including several of Canada’s oldest producers. They continue to make award-winning cheddars, often in much the same way as they did 100 years ago – in open vats, using real milk and guided by master cheese makers.

The latter half of the 1800’s was known as the “Barley Days,” as barley was a major commodity and this region’s, bay barley was regarded as some of the best in the country. As shipping and farming flourished here, so did the passion of creating great local beer.

Today this same passion thrives in both cheese making and in craft beer production. Drive the Cheddar and Ale Trail down picturesque country roads, and take your taste buds on a delightful tour of artisanal cheese, beer and cider in the Bay of Quinte. Download the PDF HERE for additional information about the Cheddar and Ale Trail.

Local Talent in Abundance

The Bay of Quinte is a vibrant, artistic community where amazing, live theatre is easy to find. In the bustling city of Belleville, find The Belleville Theatre Guild – performing awe inspiring plays and musicals in the Pinnacle Theatre. The Empire Theatre, also in Belleville offers live musical performances by popular artists. Or visit one of the quaint village theatres close by and be charmed and inspired by amazing local talent.  Performing arts thrive in the Bay of Quinte; now that’s entertainment!

Theatre Venue’s in the Bay of Quinte:

Belleville Theatre Guild: Live theatre productions, 256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, ON

Empire Theatre: Musical performances, concerts and movies, 321 Front Street, Belleville, ON

Brighton Barn Theatre: Plays performed in a barn, 96 Young St, Brighton, ON

Lennox Community Theatre: Local theatre performances, 2219 County Rd 11, Selby, ON

Stirling Festival Theatre: Local theatre performances, 41 W Front St, Stirling, ON

The Village Theatre: Belleville dinner theatre performances, call for information: 343 263-8434

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Bring Out Your Inner Ski Adventurer

The Bay of Quinte has some great options to get you out on the slopes and on the trails this winter.


Downhill Skiing

Head to the Batawa Ski Hill for skiing or snowboarding fun. This outdoor winter gem boasts nine runs; that suit everyone from the novice to the experienced, including a terrain park with assorted rails, boxes, jibs and jumps. After a few hours zooming down the hills, head to the rustic chalet and warm up in front of the the fireplace. Don’t have your own gear? No worries, they’ve got your covered with a full range of ski and snowboard gear.

Cross-country Skiing

There lots of trails to explore this snow-filled season.

Quinte Conservation Area
Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
Hanna Park
Trenton Greenbelt Conservation Area
Lower Trent Trail
Centennial Park Trail
Hollinger Park
Sidney Conservation Area

Read more about Rediscovering Winter in the Conservation Areas in Bay of Quinte region.


Gone Fishin’

Anglers come from around the globe to fish in the Bay of Quinte. The eastern tip, is more than 50 km long and is plentiful with pike, bass, and walleye. Ice fishing starts when the hard water season begins – usually in early January when safe ice forms in some locations. But the ice fishing season really “heats” up in February and is extremely popular right up until March 1st, when walleye season closes.


The Bay of Quinte has become affectionately known as the Walleye Capital of the World as it’s not uncommon to find double digit walleye in this area. Despite the healthy population; it is possible for even the more experienced anglers to come up empty handed. Frustrating indeed, for those who have traveled here to snare one of these monsters. Increase your chances by hiring the services of a guide who can steer you in the right direction, make sure you have everything you need, share techniques and keep you safe on this massive body of water.

Aviation at its Finest

The National Air Force Museum of Canada is dedicated to telling story of Canada’s heroic air force. You will be taken back in time, where you will learn an important part of Canada’s heritage and the people who made it possible for us to have the freedoms we have today. There is an impressive variety of displays, artifacts and information, as well as a large number of static aircraft. Flying enthusiasts should make a point observing first-hand the on-going restoration of the worlds only MARK VII Halifax Bomber. A visit to this very popular public attraction will tell you an enlightening and enjoyable story about Canadian pride and who doesn’t love a great story?

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