Whether you’re in pursuit of adventure or seeking peace and tranquility, there will be something for you in Belleville. Here are the top things to do in Belleville next time you happen to be in town.
Literally translating to “beautiful village,” Belleville is located around two hours east of Toronto at the mouth of the Moira River, on the Bay of Quinte. From food events to movie festivals and art and music crawls, there’s something for everyone to bring the community together.
Sample some modern entertainment in the historic venue of the Empire Theatre or take a peek through the window to Belleville’s grand past at Glanmore National Historic Site, a beautifully restored mansion. History buffs should also check out Belleville’s High Victorian Gothic City Hall or the Gothic-style church, St. Michael the Archangel, built in 1905. Belleville’s historic downtown district is lined with shops and restaurants and is host to a number of festivals and events throughout the year. Spare some time to head to the Downtown Farmer’s Market that’s open year-round. Here you can find a wide array of Canadian classics, as well as some crafts and jewelry from local artisans to take home to your loved ones. If you can, make time to do a quick day-trip to Prince Edward County for charming views and unbeatable wineries.
For Lovers of the Outdoors
If you’re a fan of fishing, head over to the Bay of Quinte where you can reel in some of the top catches in all of Ontario. The bay also offers a number of activities throughout the year such as sailing, ice fishing, camping, and skating. Avid golfers will enjoy the neighboring 18-hole Black Bear Ridge and Trillium Wood Golf Clubs. Or lose yourself in nature with a leisurely stroll through the oasis of the Frink Centre Conservation Area and witness the passage of time at Ontario’s oldest natural cavern, the Tyendinaga Caves. For a more relaxing day out in nature, hit up one of the many parks scattered around the city.
Eats n’ Drinks
From diners, to bistros, to fine dining; you’ll have no shortage of good food to choose from during your trip to Belleville. Amongst all the comfort foods around town, you’ll also find a great number of more international options. Belleville is host to some truly amazing French, Italian, or Japanese cuisine. If you’re big on wine, you can take a twenty-minute drive over to Prince Edward County to take your pick of dozens of wineries and wine tours. Sandbanks Estate Winery and Huff Estates are some of the more popular options for both locals and visitors. Beer lovers are also in luck, as this region has recently had a boom in craft breweries. And while you’re on the island, hit up some of the charming cafes, diners, and restaurants scattered around town.
Things to Do with Kids
The Belleville waterfront is the perfect place to enjoy a day of recreation and entertainment with your family. Depending on the time of year, you can check out the community festivals and events held year-round at the waterfront Zwick’s Centennial Park. This park is also a great spot to stroll around, play sports, or have a relaxing picnic with the family. Take your kids to a musical or concert in the downtown core or stroll around the shops and bakeries lining the streets. The Tyendinaga Caves are always a big hit with little explorers and nature lovers. And the Bay of Quinte is a great spot to hit up to try a new summer or winter sport.