Picturesque Picton is the largest community in historic Prince Edward County, known for its heritage, charm, architecturally-significant buildings, and friendly atmosphere. Main Street specialty shops provide a wide variety of items to tempt the shopper. See live theatre, fine heritage homes and public buildings, a beautiful harbour and marina, and six municipal parks including the stunning Macaulay Heritage Park. With more than 35 culinary, arts and cultural events in the region, we are confident that no two visits to Picton will ever be the same.
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A not-for-profit foundation dedicated to maritime history and conservation, marine research and nautical education, the Naval Marine Archive houses a quarter of a million maritime and nautical documents, books, images, charts, magazines, journals and ship plans. navalmarinearchive.com
Founded in 1983, the Canadian Society of Marine Artists represents the very best marine art in Canada, with an Annual Exhibition every spring and permanent displays year round. Free. Open 10 am–6 pm, 7 days/week. ultramarine.ca
Military interest in Prince Edward County arrived in 1938 when the Canadian government bought a section of the land at Point Petre. This southern part of the County was used as a firing range. On August 9th, 1940, groundwork on the army base commenced. Named Camp Picton in 1960, the base eventually included six aircraft hangers, runways, live bombing ranges, and forty-three smaller buildings. The base continued to expand its facilities and in 1951 had a population of 1300 people. Camp Picton was not only a point of pride for Prince Edward County but was also a crucial part of the Picton community. Today the camp is home to a number of commercial enterprises and the occasional movie crew.
Follow an experienced, costumed guide on a lantern-led walking tour into the past of Picton.
Friday at 6:30 p.m. in July and August. Tours are booked through the Regent Theatre.
Call 613-476-8416 for more details.
The site was originally used as a military base until 1969 when the Ontario Ministry of Health opened the facility as a hospital for individuals with disabilities. The hospital was closed down in 1999 but the remains of the buildings and court yards have become the fastest growing paintball field in Ontario. With over 100,000 square feet of playing area amongst three large buildings and acres upon acres of playing ground outside, this fully insured paintball field will leave you with a memorable experience and wanting more! 613-476-7263
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Located in the heart of Picton, the gallery is artist-run and will dazzle you with quality paintings, mixed media, graphic art, ceramic, sculpture, porcelain, glass works, quilts, weaving, painted silks, folk art, photography and pastels, all on display for your enjoyment and purchase. For more information on artists and arts events in the County visit pecartscouncil.org.
Believed to be bottomless by early settlers, the freshwater lake around which the park is based is located nearly 62 metres (203 ft) above the Bay of Quinte from which it is separated by a narrow strip of land ending in a cliff. Often thought to have no visible source of water, it is actually fed by at least two small streams from the surrounding higher land. The depth of the lake is still not fully known, although previous attempts have established the depth at over 34 metres (112 ft) deep.
The Picton Armoury was built in 1913 to train local militias. The medieval theme of the castle-style construction was used to embody security and strength which was appropriate for the role of the military in the local community. The Armoury stands today as a commendable, historical building, a testament to the idea that an old building need not become obsolete because it outlasts its original function. (The Settler’s Dream: A pictorial History of the Older Buildings of Prince Edward County. Tom Cruickshank, Peter John Stokes, Pgs. 216-217)
(Macaulay Mountain Conservation, County Rd. #8) A popular attraction for people and birds since 1978. There are over 100 birdhouses, most of them reproductions of historic buildings and other recognizable structures.
Glenwood is one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in Ontario. With its 62 acres of rolling hills, majestic mature forests, and winding roads, Glenwood is typical of the Victorian age and remains largely unchanged since then. Glenwood’s community events include: Decoration Day, Jazz in the Chapel for the PEC Jazz Festival; Veterans’ Day and The Christmas Wreath & Basket Sale: an annual fundraiser. glenwoodcemetery.ca
Cenotaph Park & Monument Constructed in 1920 by the Municipality and revitalized in 2007, this park features a statue honouring Picton’s war dead, fragrant flora, shade trees and benches for your enjoyment. The Cenotaph is home to Picton’s Annual Remembrance Day ceremony.