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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