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Cycling in Prince Edward County: bikes, wine and cheese!

A weekend of cycling in Prince Edward County is always a pleasure – riding the bike, sampling the local wines, cheeses and cider – an excellent way to unwind from the racing season!

“There is no such thing as bad weather – only bad clothing” held true on Saturday.  The weather was what should be expected for this time of year, but I was really not ready!  Cold weather riding gloves were yet to be unpacked, toe covers only just making it into the weekend bag.  My fingers were too cold to take any pictures – they just held onto the bars and were thankful that the roads were so smooth.  (If, like me, you do forget to bring any of your bike gear – stop in at the County’s “church of two wheels”:  Bloomfield Bike Company – they will be able to help you out!)

Waking up Sunday – what a difference!  Sun shining, blue skies, temperature rebounding after Saturday’s chill – the perfect recipe for a day of cycling in Prince Edward County.

Map My Ride

The roads from Consecon were super smooth and we sailed along to Picton in a heartbeat, tailwind at our backs, passing vineyards preparing to welcome the weekend tourists and farmers going about their daily business.  We were quite surprised to have the roads to ourselves as we pedalled along.  We saw the occasional riders, and got the thumbs up from one of the friendly farmers.

Lunch in Picton was nothing short of delicious.  Many of the local eateries pride themselves on serving local produce, and it pays off!  The food was so fresh and full of flavour – it was nothing for us to devour our lunch before hitting the road.

Back on our bikes and climbing out of Picton along County Road 8, we headed off to Waupoos in search of wine and The County Cider Company. Should you make it to Prince Edward County, the County Cider Company is worth a stop.  Their ciders are award winning and the views are to match.  As we were on our bikes, it was not possible for us to carry our bounty of cider goodness home – they were only to happy to oblige and we arranged for a car pickup after hours.

road bikes in wine country

Next stop – Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company.  Specializing in goat and sheep cheese, Fifth Town’s approach to cheese making means “preserving the environment while striving to delight and surprise the discerning palate” – I would have to say they were successful!  We sampled a number of their cheeses, again returning by car to collect our bounty.  We would have happily left with a number of cheeses, but had to settle on two – the Peta Luna – a hard goat milk cheese infused with locally grown calendula petals and a chevre log that was beautiful and creamy.  I am sure it would go brilliantly with Huff’s Reisling!

(Editors note: I recently learned that Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company is currently out of business. With such amazing cheeses – we hope they are able to come back.)

Lake on the Mountain provided some spectacular views over the Bay of Quinte.  The Lake is a natural curiosity: it has a constant flow of clean, fresh water, with no apparent source, 60 metres above Lake Ontario. Mohawks offered gifts to its spirits and settlers thought it was bottomless.

After 127 kms in the county, we headed back to the car.  It wasn’t the worst race to sunset – we have raced to the car in the dark on occasion, however when we turned the corner, headed down the hill and saw Emm’s Restaurant in the distance, we couldn’t have been happier!  A brilliant weekend of riding culminating in the freshest cinnamon sugar donuts as we hopped into the car and drove off into the sunset!  Perfect.

Another season of racing has come and gone!  Prince Edward County – a great way to unwind!


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About Anita Mac

The bucket list just keeps growing! The more I cross off - the more exciting new destinations and activities I find! I have been fortunate enough to travel a considerable distance over the years. My love of many things, including travel, cycling, kayaking and photography fit together like hand and glove. I have to keep asking myself....where to next? I am happy to share my travels and photography through my blogs: http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com and http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! On to the next adventure!


11 thoughts on “Cycling in Prince Edward County: bikes, wine and cheese!

  1. The ride sounds great, and the cheeses sounded amazing!

    Posted by blisstravelsnews | October 25, 2011, 8:13 am
  2. Good Morning,
    my, oh my, I am really jealous right now… Sounds like one of those places I would love to see while in Canada, yet at the same time I know I probably won’t be able to go there. That’s a problem when you are used to European distances – you only realise what it means to travel through Canada when you actually come here, and the more I fall in love with this country (especially its nature and landscape, which is simply amazingly beautiful) the more I regret not being able to see more of it during my stay here.
    So you have just added another reason for me to return here some time in the future with my bike and a companion to do a traveling trip instead of a university semester next time. 🙂 It’ll just take a few years, I fear… Pity!
    Have fun on your next adventures, bis dahin
    mylady phoenix

    Posted by myladyphoenix | October 25, 2011, 8:27 am
    • Oh – you will love it so! The County is a great place to visit – by bike or in a car! In the fall, they have a number of food and wine festivals to tantalize your tastebuds. We have cycled there many times, and have had a number of different routes! While I have never looked into it, there are many water sports in the region too! I believe fishing is very popular as well. I highly recommend getting out and enjoying it by bike if you like cycling – the roads are in great condition – and the hills are gentle so no worries if you are sampling the wines!

      Posted by Anita Mac | October 25, 2011, 8:32 am
  3. A great look into another beautiful and bountiful region of Canada. I can almost picture myself there by your descriptions. Cheers!

    Posted by Steve | October 25, 2011, 8:46 am
  4. What a great riding experience – minus the cold hands! Cider, cheese and donuts – YUM:) – Perfect Day for sure.

    Posted by cravesadventure | October 25, 2011, 12:19 pm


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