by Festival Nomad, Gary McWilliams
The following is an excerpt from the Picton BIA website - "...is the largest community in historic Prince Edward County, and has long been known for its heritage, its charm, its architecturally-significant old buildings, and its friendly small-town atmosphere."
"The following is a description of Picton is based on our many visits to it."
One of Eastern Ontario’s most scenic drives is taking the Loyalist Parkway from Trenton and following it to the “end-of-the-rainbow” town of Picton. Picton is one of those towns that you want to visit many times because there is so much to discover. Picton is located about halfway along the scenic Loyalist Parkway. To reach it from the west you start at Trenton and drive through the picturesque villages of Carrying Place, Wellington and Bloomfield. Approaching it from the east, you start at Kingston and then drive along one of the most beautiful stretches of Lake Ontario until you come to the Glenora Ferry. Here you embark on a free 15 minute ferry ride across the Bay of Quinte.
Picton “a town proud of its past and excited about its future”. This is proven by its many historic buildings and quaint shops. One of the reasons Judi & I love to visit Picton and its surrounding areas is because of all its fun and interesting things to do, such as the following:
Places to visit: Macaulay Heritage Park, 1830 Stately Courthouse, Merrill Inn – Rich diversity of domestic architecture, Barley Days Brewery, Wineries such as Black Prince, Chadsey’s Cairns, Sandbanks Estate Winery and Hillier Creek Estates
Festivals galore: Maple in the County, County.licious, Art in the County, Picton Fair, PEC Studio & Gallery Tour, PEC Marathon, TASTE and The Makers Hand
Many attractions, such as: Sandbanks Provincial Park, Regent Theatre
Quaint shops including many artisan and artist studios such as: Dave Boorne - Sculptor-Painter, Doug Johnson - Photographer, Greta Kristiansen-Jacobs - fibre artist-quilter, Andrew Innes - painter, Peggy deWitt - photographer, Carol Burrill - jewellery artist goldsmith silversmith, Art on Main Gallery
From all the above you can see why we like to visit Picton as often as possible. Hope to see you there sometime!