A large number of you asked for the details from our Canada Day long weekend trip to Prince Edward County (PEC). It wasn’t a very well planned trip and kind of last minute but I thought I would write down some tips for you in case you are looking to come to this hidden gem, just 2 hours east of Toronto.
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Just for some context – we were three adults (my husband, father-in-law and myself along with our 2 year-old daughter) and we wanted a cottage like experience where we didn’t want to eat out at every meal. So keep that in mind as you read below and ofcourse, if thats not your style, you can totally take what works for you from this post.
First, PEC is actually an island on the north shore of Lake Ontario and is made up on many small towns – some popular ones are Bellville, Wellington and Picton. We chose to stay in Picton due to its close proximity to the major attraction : Sandbanks Provincial Park. A great resource for planning your stay is the county website that can be found HERE
Next, I would highly highly recommend the following things to do if you are coming to Picton and/or PEC that are both budget AND kid friendly.
Rent a place with a kitchen to save $$
If budget is tight then do the following (which it was for us, and how expensive staying here can be): we rented a house and brought pre marinated meat, portable bbq, lots of snacks, quick meals, breakfast grocery items so that we ate all meals at our rental (which was fully furnished down to the littlest things! so amazing!) . This was very handy for packing stuff to go to the beach, for going out for a quick stroll with some snacks for our daughter who only wants snacks or food when she is in her stroller.. All in all, we saved a ton of money this way. If budget is not tight, PEC is a foodie’s heaven! There are TONS of food options and you can check those out at the PEC website (above).
Next, if you are looking to rent an apartment, house, air bnb etc – you NEED to book something in advance. I booked a 2 bedroom house in May for the canada day long weekend. It was literally the only option available since I was late (yes two months ahead of planned travel time is late for PEC) to the game. The place we stayed in right in the centre of Picton off of Main Street and was called Stone Carriage House. I booked it via Booking.com and if you have never used that website… I prefer it over ANY other website (no they didn’t sponsor this.. but really they should because I have booked SO many trips!).
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Sandbanks Provincial Park
This is a must see in PEC – But go early! Our rental included a permit to the park which got us in through the priority check in line. We got there at 9 am with our cooler of food and toys in hand.. but we went during a crazy 47 degree heat wave and decided to leave in 2 hours. At 10:45 am, the line up to get in (even to the point where you can bypass the main line) was about ONE kilometre long. Usually, the parking lots to the park are full around noon – SO GO EARLY. Once you get in, follow the signs to Dunes beach – thats where the beautiful views are!
Stroll around downtown Picton and admire the quaint heritage town it is with amazing antiques and finds!
Hand made Ice Cream
Enjoy some delicious hand made ice cream at Slicker’s – I had the following flavours “County Bounty” and “This is Nuts” and both were SO good! The serving size is massive… but its ice cream and I can never say no to ice cream!
PEC Lavender Fields
Even if you go for an hour, this is truly a must do if you visit PEC. If you are a connoisseur of lavender, I would recommend staying at the bed and breakfast that is INSIDE the lavender farm. Yes.. inside! I didn’t plan so far in advance to even get this spot, but that is definitely on my list of things to do in the future!
So there you have it, friends! I hope yo enjoyed this travel post.. which is not usually my regular jam, but hope it was helpful!!
Until next time!
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