The popularity of Prince Edward County has exploded in the past decade, going from sleepy rural headland on Lake Ontario to a hot spot for hipsters, horticulturalists, foodies and fun-seekers. Affectionately known as simply “the County” or “PEC”, this almost-island is a world unto itself. The area is about halfway between Toronto and Montréal and is close to Ottawa, too, making it a great weekend, or week-long, destination. And when it comes to bed and breakfasts, you’ll find something to suit nearly every taste. Choose a self-catered village suite if you’d like to be walking distance to trendy cafés and scrumptious cuisine, or pick a secluded rural home with obliging hosts on hand if you’re looking for some countryside living in the County.
Because of its lakeside locale in Southern Ontario, Prince Edward County’s climate has proven itself to be amazingly hospitable to vineyards. You’ll find over 30 wineries here, most of which offer tastings and sell their products on-site. Cyclists will love how close some of the wineries are to one another, making bicycle winery tours a popular PEC pastime. And a visit to the County wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park—the great golden dunes and warm, shallow water will make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean! You can start your day with a freshwater swim, then head to one of the local community hubs (Picton, Wellington, Milford or Ameliasburgh) for some County-made ice cream. And to end a picture-perfect day in PEC? Wander back to your cozy home-away-from-home for some catered attention and an early-evening glass of cider on a deck or veranda.