Prince Edward County is a hub for winter activities. Try one (or all!) of these activities this season and see if it brings joy to these chilly days.

1. Go Snowshoeing


There are endless snowshoeing opportunities in Prince Edward County! If you have your own pair and want to head out solo or with a group, try going to the Millennium Trail or Sandbanks Provincial Park. Both offer great trails – just keep in mind you’ll have to share the road with other activists, like cross country skiers or even snowmobilers on the Millennium Trail.

You can even rent snowshoes from a few wineries, like Sugarbush and Three Dog Winery, then access trails right from their properties. Sugarbush Vineyards features a 2.5km snowshoe trail – and the fee includes a wine tasting, hot chocolate, and cookies by the fire. Three Dog Winery offers snowshoe tours which includes snowshoe rental, a light lunch, two glasses of wine, and a guided tour.

This is an excellent family-friendly activity that also allows the adults in the group to sip on something a little warmer than your average cup of hot cocoa.

Another good spot to mix adult beverages and family fun is located at Campbell’s Orchard on the Rednersville Road. That means you can enjoy a nice glass of cider while indulging in all the delicious home-baked treats available for purchase at the farm store.

The orchard paths are open to walkers all year and are a modest two kilometers long. Weather permitting, you can head out for a snowshoe instead. 

Don’t forget your thermos – you’ll want to fill it up with steamy hot apple cider from the farm store before you head out on your adventure! Leashed pets and children are welcome on the trail.

 

2. Go Cross-Country Skiing


There’s something so incredibly peaceful about cross-country skiing at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Not only is cross country skiing an excellent workout, but it’s also a chance to enjoy the fresh, crisp air and the beautiful scenery that the only the winter season can bring.

If you’re familiar with the park in the nice weather, prepare to be taken aback. The snow seems to transform the area, creating a world of its own among the snow-covered trees.

This is one activity not to be missed! (Note: The park isn’t officially open and does not provide any ski rentals, so you’ll have to bring your own and enjoy the landscape at your own risk.)

Trails to consider:
Millennium Trail – various routes and entry points
Woodlands Trail – 6.0km
Outlet Trail – 6.0km
Lake Shore Trail – 2.6km
The Dunes Trail – 2.0km
 

 

3. Visit A Brewery, Cidery, Or Spirit House


We mentioned a couple of wineries in the snowshoeing section above (Sugarbush and Three Dog), but did you know many of the wineries, breweries, cideries, and spirit houses in The County are open all year ’round? There are plenty of places to warm up and stay hydrated

Chances are you won’t have to battle the crowds you’re familiar with in the summer, and your experience may feel even more unique and special when you’re getting one-on-one attention from the staff.

Midtown Brewing Company 
Kinsip House of Fine Spirits 
The County Cider Company
Parsons Brewing 

 

 

4. Hit The Beach


Sandbanks Provincial Park is truly a sight to be seen in the wintertime. Some years it’s easy to imagine the ice and snow buildup on the water as glaciers, so transformed it is from the blazing summer days. 

Walking the beach is a great way to take in these sights and experience this beloved place in a different way than ever before.

One word of advice: Bundle up and pack a thermos of tea or hot cocoa; the wind can be fierce here on a winter’s day.

 

 

5. Go Skating


Skating is a great activity that the entire family can enjoy. Free public skating and ticketed shinny hockey opportunities are available at The Prince Edward Community Centre (PECC) in Picton, and the Wellington and District Community Centre (WDCC) in Wellington.

Both have great facilities and offer free public skating on select days.

If you don’t mind an outdoor experience, Midtown Brewery in Wellington and Parson’s Brewery in Picton have outdoor rinks that open when the weather permits (just be sure to check their website to help you plan your day).

Whatever winter activity you choose, remember to bundle up, stay safe, and above all, have fun!