Prince Edward county
Roughly two hours away from Toronto, Prince Edward County is not known to many Canadians yet alone to people outside of the country - like me! Not to be confused for Prince Edward Island, one of eastern Canada's maritime provinces, off of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – which is more than two hours away from the city.
By the few who had been to Prince Edward Country, some for marathons, others for wine tasting told us about the simple pleasures the county had to offer. The man-made island in Lake Ontario has a collection of farming villages, very fine sand dune beaches, a handful of cool vintage shops, plenty of old barns and lots of areas for hiking, biking, and fishing.
Ideally, Prince Edward County is best visited in the Spring and Summer, but we decided to head there when it was much quieter, in March for 24 hours.
Our first stop was Sandbanks Dunes Beach, a combination of a Caribbean beach, a desert and a spruce-fir forest. Sand so fine it mimics velvety between your fingers, sadly it was too cold to feel the sand between our feet. Sandbanks is home to some of the largest, most beautiful beaches in Ontario and is said to be the world’s largest bay mouth barrier dune formation. Completely deserted on a day in March, empty picnic tables sat desolate as last summer’s empty fountain drink containers tumbled in the winter wind. In March there is nothing but wind rolling along the dunes which as far as the eye can see. We spent about an hour at Sandbanks, skipping stones, scaling the sandy dunes, which reminded me of my childhood beach days, and of course, take photos!
The food scene in the county would satisfy just about anyone, with a selection of restaurants overseen by chefs who have cooked at some of the world’s best. We made a pit stop at Drake’s Devonshire country cousin to Drake 150 Hotel in Toronto. Not exactly what we were expecting, but we were soon delighted in every way. Wonderfully intimate, with an impressive collection throughout the property, and a glass ping-pong house, which helped burn off a few extra calories we acquired at brunch.
After a soul-warming meal, we drove to a quaint little shop filled with odd, eclectic and desirable antiques, what is it called you ask? ‘Dead People's Stuff Antiques’, yes dead people stuff. It was the unique name that caught my eye, not to mention the colour of the shop, the darkest colour of them all, figuratively a representation of darkness and death – black. Strange? I think not.
Filled with well-curated selection of "mantiques”, old novels, typewriters, colourful tea sets and much more, Dead People’s Stuff Antiques is worth a nosey!
It was soon time for an afternoon pick me up. Located beside The Regent Theatre, a restored Edwardian opera house, The Vic Cafe in Picton uses only ethically sourced beans in their delicious coffee as well as breakfast and lunch items that make use of seasonal products that are both vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. On this cold and miserable day, the Vic Café offered warm summerlike interiors of lemon yellows and pale blues, not to mention their funky floor titles.
With so many things to do in Prince Edward County, so many, we barely scraped the surface and didn’t have enough time to experience it all: the wineries, which I am thoroughly disappointed in not making time, the 5 star accommodations and B 'n' B's, more antique stores and the Taste Trail, just to name a few – which means I have another reason to head back!
Music by: Matoma & Becky Hill- False Alarm
Shot by: Me!