Whether you’re in pursuit of adventure or seeking peace and tranquility, there will be something for you in Belleville. 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. 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. Bring the kids to Promise Land Family Fun Farm just outside of town, where they can feed and play with exotic animals amidst rolling, flower- dotted country hills. If urban landscapes are more your style, check out the community festivals and events held year-round at the waterfront Zwick’s Centennial Park.
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.