Discover a vibrant community with indoor and outdoor concerts, fine dining, shopping and transit – along with down-to-earth people who will greet you with a smile.
The Bay of Quinte Region
Loyalist College sits on the border between Belleville and Quinte West, just north of Prince Edward County. These scenic waterfront regions are tucked in among agricultural producers and some of the province’s hottest tourist destinations. The result is a unique place that combines the convenience of big-city living with small-town warmth.
There are lots of options for dining out, ranging from quick and convenient to gourmet and international cuisine for every taste, including Thai, Italian, Greek, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, Himalayan, Korean and Japanese. Snack on pub fare, or fill your boots at one of the area’s generous all-you-can-eat buffets. And of course there’s always pizza delivery! The region also boasts an abundance of farm-to-table options with fresh produce and home preserves at open-air farmers’ markets in Belleville’s Market Square and on the Trent River waterfront, as well as at roadside stands dotting the landscape in Prince Edward County.
Explore the Outdoors
There’s plenty to do in every season, whether you like extreme watersports, snowboarding or just strolling on the Waterfront Trail. Across the Bay of Quinte you’ll find Sandbanks Provincial Park, the world’s largest freshwater sand bar and dune system and one of the most beautiful beaches in Ontario. Come to swim, sunbathe, windsurf, wakeboard, waterski, sail, canoe or kayak. Each spring, the Bay also hosts the largest walleye fishing tournament in the world, with over $260,000 in prizes. In late summer and fall, both serious and recreational runners flock to the Sandbanks Fun Run, the 5K Quinte Zombie Zone, and the world-class Boston-qualifying County Marathon. Winter is full of frosty activity with snowmobiling trails, tobogganing, outdoor skating and ice fishing on the Bay of Quinte. For those who like downhill sports, Loyalist is just 20 minutes from the Batawa Ski Hill.
There are also indoor opportunities year-round at the newly expanded Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, with three NHL-sized rinks and an Olympic-sized ice surface, three pools, an indoor track and hundreds of fitness and recreational programs.
There are many artists’ studios and galleries to visit, and a Studio Tour each fall. You’ll also find a lively performing arts scene with professional and community theatre, as well as indoor and outdoor concert venues. Tour the local orchards and vineyards, or check out the Cheddar & Ale Trail, featuring the best of local cheese, craft beer and apple cider. Local museums are rich in local heritage, celebrating Loyalist history in the heyday of the Barley Days.