Quintes Isle

An angler's paradise centred
on the beautiful Bay of Quinte

quintes isle This area is generally considered to be the beginning of the Eastern Ontario region. Quintes Isle is centered on Prince Edward County and the Bay of Quinte, one of the world’s most famous freshwater fishing destinations. Anglers from across the globe annually flock here to partake in some of the best pike, walleye (pickerel) and bass fishing the planet had to offer.

For the purposes of this site I have included all the areas surrounding the Bay of Quinte to be part of the Quintes Isle sub-region.

While not truly an island it is a large low lying irregular shaped peninsula jutting into the eastern end of Lake Ontario at the head of the St. Lawrence River. It is connected to the rest of the province by a narrow isthmus that has been bisected by the Murray Canal so technically since there is no more land connection it is now considered an island.

The island itself is very sparsely populated with the largest community being the Town of Picton with only 4,000 people. Only 25,000 people live on the island as a whole. In my “greater” Quinte’s Island region I have included both the City of Belleville and the Municipality of Trenton as being part of the region.

Belleville is just across the bay and becomes the largest community in the region with approximately 50,000 inhabitants. It is connected to the Island by the Bay Bridge Road bridge.

Trenton is also located on the mainland side of the Bay of Quinte at the mouth of the Trent River. This community of 20,000 people is the starting point of the Trent-Severn Waterway that connects Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay bypassing the Welland Canal, Lake Erie and Lake Huron. It is located at the western end of the region and is connected to Quinte’s Isle by the Loyalist Parkway that crosses the narrow isthmus between the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario.


Map of the Quintes Isle region

bay of quinte map


Getting to the Quintes Island region:

By Car:

The main route that passes though the region is Highway 401, the main provincial east-west thoroughfare. No matter which direction you are traveling it is most likely you will be following the path of his highway.

Simply stay on Highway 401 until you either reach Belleville or Trenton depending upon which direction you are coming from.

From Belleville you head south on Highway #62.

From Trenton you head south on The Loyalist parkway also known as Highway #33.

By Air:

Air travel to the region is not an option. While you could catch a commuter flight from Toronto to Kingston and the find an alternative route to the region it is not cost effective and is easier to either: rent a vehicle and do the short drive yourself or take one of the public transportation services listed on this page.

By Public Transport:

By Rail:

Both Trenton and Belleville fall along the main Toronto to Montreal passenger train line and have regularly scheduled daily service. For more information visit www.viarail.ca for schedules and fares.

By Bus:

Both Trenton and Belleville are well served by bus. Both Coach Canada and Greyhound offer regularly scheduled services. Visit www.coachcanada.com or www.greyhound.ca for more information.

It should be noted that while taking public transportation is a great option for getting to the region, once there you are really left with no further options for getting around other than renting a vehicle. For example, other than Trenton or Belleville which are on the mainland not Quinte’s Isle there is no way of getting to the main attractions and destinations.


sand banks park The Quintes Isle area is dotted with vineyards, resorts, campgrounds and parks along its over 800 kilometres (480 miles) of shoreline. A good portion of this is beaches and includes the Sandbanks Provincial Park; well known for its picturesque sand dunes and beaches it contains the world’s largest freshwater sandbar and dune system.

As the region is conveniently located being approximately 200 kilomtres (120 miles) east of Toronto and 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Montreal it is a favourite destination amongst locales during the summer vacation months.

In addition to fishing, swimming and camping boating is also a huge activity in the area and on any given day you will see boats of all shapes and sizes in great numbers plying the waters all around the island.

The Qunite’s Island region makes for a great stopover if you are on your way to Toronto from Ottawa/Montreal or visa versa. Whether it just be for a picnic in one of the many parks or for a longer stay that may include some of the best freshwater fishing you will ever encounter a trip here should be a definite consideration to any Ontario Canada in itinerary.

For more information as to all the region has to offer check out some of my Quintes Island destination pages below.


Quintes Isle Attractions

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Without a doubt the premier destination of Prince Edward County the park contains miles of family friendly beaches and the world largest freshwater baymouth sandbar and dune system. With miles of soft sand, huge dunes, warm shallow waters and the only public camping sites in the region it makes for a great place to spend a few days and explore Quintes Isle. Located only 2.5 hours east of Toronto and very easy to get to it is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. A place you should not miss visit my Sandbanks Provincial Park page for more information.


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