Travel & Leisure recently described Prince Edward County as one of the top places to travel to in the world in their annual list: ‘Cross Montauk, NY, with California’s Napa Valley circa 1970, and you get Prince Edward County, a tiny wine-producing region that’s becoming a haven for creative types.” From Toronto, the county is an easy train ride away. With over 40 vineyards (including Hubbs Creek; Grange; The Old Third wineries), and now a dozen breweries, many with tasting rooms, this bucolic land of orchards, vineyards, stunning beaches (Sandbanks Provincial Park is unique in all of Canada), is a mecca for cycling (and eating). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie spent time cycling here in 2017. We have crafted an itinerary that takes in the quiet country roads with overnights in charming locales and provide an insider’s guide on how to enjoy its secrets.

“So that’s the route, eh?” Bicycle trips in English-speaking Canada involve a lot of “eh’s,” as well as almost unbelievable friendliness. At the launch of our five-day exploration of Prince Edward County with Randonnée Tours, we met with the company’s area manager, Ed. He wanted to make sure we understood our cycling maps and was willing to take as long as it took to mention “must-do’s,” such as visiting Slickers, his favorite ice cream shop, which the next day became our favorite as well. Ah, for a cone filled with Campfire Cream just now!
– Irene Middleman Thomas, January 2020
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Location

Wellington

Wellington, Prince Edward, ON, Canada

Day 1+2

Milford

Milford, Prince Edward County, ON, Canada

Day 3

Picton

Picton, Prince Edward, ON, Canada

Day 4+5+6

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

5 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Start any date between May 1 and October 31
Trip can start at any date. Custom trips also available. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

6 days / 5 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Wellington / Picton

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate: 55 km (35 miles) daily average. Extra km possible.

TERRAIN

Encountering a few challenging hills most days

COST

Classic Accommodation: CAD $1,950*
Single Supplement: CAD $490*

Luxe Accommodation: CAD $2,450*
Single Supplement: CAD $615*

*Price before tax. Trips in Ontario are subject to 13% HST.

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting There Your tour starts in the town of Wellington, about 200 km (120 miles) east of Toronto. You can instead start from Belleville if you wish. Trains take approx 1h45 to Belleville. Your transfer from Belleville train station to Wellington is included if you choose not to cycle on 'arrival day' and takes 20 minutes (if you wish to cycle from the train station, this is an option). If travelling by car, it is possible to leave your car in Wellington, where you will be able to pick it up at the end of your cycling trip.

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Day 1

Wellington

Wellington is a lakeside village that is a short cycle away from many of the finest wineries in the County. We recommend you arrive early afternoon so you can enjoy a warm-up ride. Wellington boasts superb restaurants and is a welcoming village to start your trip.

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Day 2

Wellington

Ride a loop along vineyard studded Closson Road, admiring the restored barns from the 1800’s and tasting wines that are garnering the County acclaim. Visit the Old Third, Grange, and Sandbanks wineries to name some.
Ride Distance: 36 km or 43 km*

3

Day 3

Milford

From Wellington, make your way first to Bloomfield, with its eclectic shops and cafes, then along West Lake and through Sandbanks Provincial Park, with its sand dunes and stunning beaches. Arrive to Millers House B&B and enjoy the hospitality and ambience of this charming inn.
Ride Distance: 42 km*

4

Day 4

Picton

From Milford, ride out to Fifth Town Artisan Cheese shop to taste and visit. An add-on option explores Point Traverse and the Prince Edward Point Wildlife Area. In Picton, visit the town and settle into your inn, steps from fabulous restaurants and home to a few craft breweries with tasting rooms. Our favourite: Prince Eddy’s (full disclosure – owned by my nephew, Aaron). Say we sent you and a flight is on us.
Ride Distance: 40 km; with a 39 km add-on option*

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Day 5

Picton

Ride a fabulous loop out to Waupoos, with tasting opportunities at the County Cider Co. and at Waupoos Winery. Lunch will be a highlight at the Lake of the Mountain Resort, with a dreamy setting. Back in Picton, choose from a list of recommended restaurants and savour your time in the County.
Ride Distance: 40 km; add-on option of 23 km*

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Day 6

Departure Day

Depart . Taxis are available to take you to Belleville or back to Wellington if you have parked there.

Classic

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Wellington Willows, Wellington

This boutique b&b offers a carefully crafted blend of retro farmhouse design and modern amenities. Located a short stroll from superb restaurants, cafes and possibly the best ice-cream store in the county. (We also use Augustus B&B, another newly renovated and lovely B&B in town).


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Miller House B&B, Milford

When 95% of your guests rate your hotel as 5-star experience (TA), you know you are doing something right. Perched on the banks of Black Creek and overlooking a scenic waterfall, the Milford Millpond and historic Scott's Mill, the house was built in the early nineteenth century.


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Merrill Inn, Picton

This lovely historic inn with 13 rooms boasts a superb location steps from downtown. Merrill House is furnished with a balance of fine antiques and artifacts, contemporary art and modern touches. The restaurant has a well-earned reputation as one of the best in Picton. Alternate: Waring House


Luxe

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The Drake Devonshire, Wellington

When this hotel opened on the shores of West Lake, the travel media suddenly took notice of the rural county that had always been a secret. It’s eclectic, hip design and designer touches have brought kudos from Conde Naste and other travel aficianodos.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Ontario, Canada
Miller House B&B, Milford

When 95% of your guests rate your hotel as 5-star experience (TA), you know you are doing something right. Perched on the banks of Black Creek and overlooking a scenic waterfall, the Milford Millpond and historic Scott's Mill, the house was built in the early nineteenth century.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Ontario, Canada
Merrill Inn, Picton

This lovely historic inn with 13 rooms boasts a superb location steps from downtown. Merrill House is furnished with a balance of fine antiques and artifacts, contemporary art and modern touches. The restaurant has a well-earned reputation as one of the best in Picton. Alternate: Waring House


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Canada, Ontario
Trips starting at
US $1,470

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