Prince Edward County
Total Distance: 59km
The Ride: This cycling route provides a great tour of Prince Edward County, showcasing the scenic views, quiet countryside, and culinary and arts trails. It can easily be done in any direction, with a start and end in Picton, Bloomfield or Wellington.
A popular summer destination, Prince Edward County is a great place to cycle with short distances between towns that have everything you need. The route out of Picton will take you on the adeptly named Ridge Road offering crowning views towards Lake Ontario. From the quaint village of Bloomfield continue along the Loyalist Parkway, enjoying a wide paved shoulder to the village of Wellington. If you need to cool down, stop at Wellington Beach before cruising into wine country.
With plenty of worthy stops en route, make sure you have extra time to take in a few of the shops, cafes, wineries and art galleries to really get a feel for “County” living.
Experience Level: Easy to Moderate: This route is suitable for cyclists feeling comfortable riding on roads with some vehicle traffic. Some trails are best suited to hybrid bikes, although road bikes can also be used. Cyclists should bring extra water and snacks.
View digital route of tour – RideWithGPS.com
Day 1: – Picton to Picton 59km
Area services along this section of the route: Accommodations, cafés, restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, banking, bike shops, attractions, wineries and trails.
Cycle east out of Picton on Ridge Street. Follow the route until Shannon Road and turn right heading towards Bloomington. Connect onto Bloomington Main Street and keep left towards Loayalist Parkway all the Way into Wellington. Stop for a break and a picnic at Wellington Beach before heading north on Consecon Street. At kilometre 24, turn left on Danforth Road until Closson Road. Take a right turn to keep following the route north where many fantastic vineyards are located. Keep following Closson Road until you hit the hamlet of Bowermans and turn right onto Highway 2 making your way back south. Turn left on Gilead Road and then right on Highway 62/Bloomington Main street and follow the road back towards Picton
Notes to Riders
This route is a suggested route only. All cyclists are responsible for their own safety. Always wear the proper safety gear when cycling, ride sensibly and abide by all laws. Each route should be evaluated by each individual cyclist based on their level of experience, comfort level in cycling on trails and roads, weather conditions, time of day, and any road obstacles. Take care riding along larger roads, such as Highway 33 and 62. Parts of Highway 33 and all of Highway 62 do not have paved shoulders. With the exceptions of County Road 1 and Highway 49, road cycling in Prince Edward County is excellent. Vehicle traffic can be heavy on summer weekends and holidays, especially in areas surrounding Sandbanks Provincial Park. Potential for strong headwinds.
Getting To/From Start: Municipal parking lots, 55 King St or on Mary St, Picton. Wellington Beach, Beach St, Wellington. Day parking is available. Bike rentals are available in Bloomfield or Wellington.
Visitor Information: Use below to find out more about ride areas and plan an extra day or two to see more.
- Ontario By Bike – Southeastern Ontario
- Visit Prince Edward County – www.visitpec.ca
- Southeastern Ontario- www.southeasternontario.ca
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