Ahhh…it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Summertime means vacations with endless carefree days, applying sunscreen on sunscreen to squeeze out an extra hour on the beach, picnics in the park, backyard barbeques with all 50 of our closest friends, and so much more. But this laid back season packs a powerful punch: the heat. (Cue music: Dun-Dun-Duuuun.)
As you know, 2019 has been especially hot (*wipes sweat from brow*). Here are the 5 ways to beat the heat in Prince Edward County this year:
- Hit The PEC Beaches And Splash Pads
Not to brag, but Sandbanks Provincial Park happens to be one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario. If you haven’t already, you need to go! Soak up the sun on the sand then hop in the water to cool down. The Sandbanks Provincial Park and North Beach Provincial Park are swimmer, boater, and water-sport friendly!
If you’re looking for a family-friendly way to cool down that’s not the beach, you can hit the Picton Splash Pad at the Picton fairgrounds. The nautical theme is sure to keep kids entertained and cool at the same time. This splash pad is open 7 days a week, from 9am until 8pm, so you can cool off any day, any time!
- Make A Splash At Westlake Watersports
If you’re looking for full-on watersports fun, then Westlake Watersports is the place for you! It’s the best watersports rental Near Sandbanks (It also happens to be the ONLY watersports rental near Sandbanks, but it truly does deserve the title of “Best”.)
Here you can rent Sea Doos, Jet Skis, Pontoon Boats, Kayaks, Standup Paddleboards, and more! You can take them to the Sandbanks Dunes or enjoy them right in Westlake (Westlake opens into Lake Ontario, so you can even head to Sandbanks Beach.) Hot Tip: You DO NOT need a boaters licence to rent the Pontoon Boats or Sea Doos!
Westlake Watersports does so much more than rentals, you can also enjoy a massive network of water trampolines and water toys. If you happen to be there in the evening you can warm up by the bonfire and toast free marshmallows to your heart’s content. This is one place not to be missed! You can easily spend an entire day here, from morning to evening (hot dogs and sausages are available for purchase on the beach, or you can pack your own food), so be sure to plan accordingly!
- Cool Down At Wellington Water Week
Have you ever heard of a town dedicating an entire summertime week to celebrate water? We have, because we know Wellington Water Week is not to be missed, and we want to make sure you know it too! This week may surprise you. Although it’s a celebration of water, it’s focused less on water play like the item above, and more on visual arts, world class music, community, and the environment using the under-arching theme of the element that connects us: water.
From August 17-25 (2019), explore the local visual arts, music, environment, and community and celebrate the theme of water. This week you’ll be able to catch a variety of concerts, as well as many free events that are fun for the whole family. Check out the full itinerary of events.
- Enjoy A Rare Beer and Music
Everyone knows the best way to beat the heat is by enjoying a good beer, right? (*shifts eyes side to side.*) If you’re in Picton on August 10th (2019) catch the True North Rare Beer And New Music Festival at the Picton Airport.
In the words of the festival, “TNBF (True North Beer Festival) is a curated immersive experience held in an old WW2 aircraft hanger with one goal in mind…to spend an epic Summer’s Saturday having a heck of a good time. Featuring more than 75 brews & bevies by small-town makers from across Ontario, a Cider Maker, Gin Bar, and epic local food, TNBF is the place to be if you enjoy discovering the best of PEC and our great Province.” Need I say more? Be there, or be square.
- No Pool? No Problem
Are you struggling through the heat with no AC or pool at home? Why not cool down with a vacation (or staycation!) to PEC and stay in a property with both. Visit our website, enter your dates, and search by A/C, waterfront, or pool!