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Edition 50: June 28, 2005

In the 50th issue of the Bed and Breakfast Traveller, we take you to Prince Edward County, a region rich in history that was settled by the United Empire Loyalists over 200 years ago.

The "County", as it is known by the local residents, is a little piece of heaven tucked away along the shores of Lake Ontario, south of the 401 midway between Toronto and Montreal.

It has a unique island character with 800 km. of spectacular coastline from sandy beaches to flat rock. The charming towns, villages and hamlets like Consecon, Carrying Place, Hillier, Wellington, Bloomfield, Picton, Milford, Cherry Valley and Waupoos keep visitors coming back all year round.

With the hot summer weather upon us, the beaches of Prince Edward County beckon! Sandbanks Provincial Park is a very popular recreation spot attracting campers and day visitors by the thousands. There are 3 sandy beaches - Outlet Beach, Sandbank Beach and the amazing Dunes Beach. They are among the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario.

Along with Wellington Beach and North Beach Provincial Park, there are countless opportunities for swimming, having a picnic, hiking, fishing, cycling, boating, bird watching and photography.

After a day at the beach, why not visit one of our many new wineries! Prince Edward County is gaining a solid reputation as the new wine region of Ontario. Since 1999 well over 500 acres of vines have been established in the diverse limestone soils. Our wineries showcase locally grown wines that already demonstrate our unique regional characteristics.

There are many exciting events and fairs coming up over the summer months. Discover all there is to the "County" by visiting www.pec.on.ca and looking under events.


A SAMPLE OF UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE AREA:

JULY 2005

June 30 - July 3 - Fireworks and Canada Day Celebrations throughout the County.
July 14 - 31 - "Come To Your Senses" art show at the Majesty's Bah Habah Habah Bah - Picton - 613-476-1775
July 15 - 17 - Bloomfield Breakaway Weekend. Fun all over the village! - 613-393-1334
July 5 - August 12 - Port Milford Chamber Music Festival - 613-476-7647
July 28 - PEC Women's Institute 22nd Annual Art & Craft Sale 9 am - 8 pm at the Picton Fairgrounds - 613-339-1079
July 30 - Wellington Waterfront Festival - 613-399-5550

AUGUST 2005

August 6 - 7 - Custom Car Show - Ameliasburgh - 613-968-9678
August 13 - 14 - Vintage Motorcycle Show & Shine - Ameliasburgh - 613-966-9678
August 18 - 21 - the 4th Annual Prince Edward County Jazz Festival at the Regent Theatre in Picton. A very popular event that features in 2005 Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Guido Basso, Sophie Milman, Heather Bambrick, Melissa Stylianou, Archie Alleyne, Jackie Richardson and Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards.
August 20 - November 5 - Corn maize, pet sheep, etc at the West Lake Orchard Marketplace - 613-476-7971
August 20 - 21 - The Annual County Renaissance Faire at the Milford Fairgrounds - 613-476-9141
August 21 - The County Garlic Festival in the Crystal Palace in Picton - 613-476-5943
August 23 - "Celebrate the Sun" at Orchard Coast Farms in Waupoos. Arts and crafts, entertainment, local wines, beers and ciders.

The fall is always a wonderful time to come to the County and go antiquing, visit roadside stands, have fun at a fair or check out many of the local artisan shops, glasswork studios, painter's galleries and pottery places.

MORE EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO!

SEPTEMBER 2005

September 9 - 11 - Picton Fair at the Picton Fairgrounds - 613-476-6514
September 16 - 18 - County Antique Show at the Crystal Palace in Picton - 613-476-8003
September 17 - Milford Fair at the Milford Fairgrounds
September 17-18 - 8th Annual Picton Model Train Show at the Picton Fairgrounds
September 17-23 - The Amazing Loyalist Adventure - 70 events in 7 days - 476-9246
September 23-25 - Prince Edward County 12th Annual Studio & Gallery Tour - the most diverse studio tour in Ontario featuring the work of many talented local artists! - 613-393-1696

OCTOBER 2005

October 1 - Ameliasburgh Fair - 613-967-9678
October 2 - 2nd Annual County Marathon. A Boston Qualifier - 42.2 km. run - 1-888-301-3477
October 8 - TASTE! A Celebration of Regional Cuisine at the Crystal Palace in Picton - 613-393-2796
October 15 - PUMPKINFEST in Wellington - parades, contests, games and food! 1-800-640-4717

NOVEMBER 2005

November 5 - 6 - The Maker's Hand at the community centre in Picton. Contemporary craft, hand-blown glass, jewellery, etc. 613-393-1696
November 25 - 27 - The Festival of Trees at Isaiah Tubbs Resort. 613-393-2090
November 25 - Festival of Lights on Bloomfield's Main Street
November 26 - Picton Santa Claus Parade
November 30 - December 24 - Candlelight Tours at Macaulay Heritage Park - 613-476-1159 x 24

DECEMBER 2005

December 3 - Christmas House Tours throughout historical Picton - 613-471-1619.

The Accommodation Association of Prince Edward County (AAPEC) is here to help you plan a wonderful island adventure. As you can see from the sampling of many different events, the County is a destination that offers something for everyone. Our association has over 40 quaint and charming Bed and Breakfasts and Inns to choose from -- some that welcome children and invite you to bring along your dog, to adult getaways that offer spa services, pools and outdoor hot tubs. Please check our Chamber of Tourism and Commerce website for accommodation availability - www.pecchamber.com or call 1-800-640-4717.

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