Quinte, On. real estate agent: At the Quinte Hotel

At the Quinte Hotel

The Quinte Hotel has been around forever. It's actually called the Sherwood Forest Inn, and has been for many years, but locals still call it The Quinte Hotel, The Quinte, or simplyThe Hotel. It's not just your average small town bar because there's nothing average about it. It can actually be a scary place sometimes, and it's not uncommon for a dust-up to happen every once in a while. It's the kind of place where you have to know when to just shut your mouth and stare straight into your beer without looking sideways, a lesson I've had to learn two or three times over the years.

The great Canadian poet Al Purdy (1918 - 2000)wrote a poem entitled At the Quinte Hotelas a tribute to this mainstay of Trenton Ontario nightlife. Al Purdy was a great friend of the American writer Charles Bukowski, and their works have often been compared. Purdy was awarded the Order of Canada in 1982 for the large volume of work that he churned out during his lifetime (some of it pretty bad).

Here's a short little clip of the poem, starring Gord Downieof the band The Tragically Hip. Of all the establishments in Trenton to be immortalized, I guess the Quinte Hotel is as good a choice as any.

Who wants to go for a beer?
Comment balloon 4 commentsMalcolm Johnston • August 11 2010 01:43PM


Malcolm, This is great local information. i don't think tyhat many people could be writing about it. So, you are going to be the "go to" person. Brian
Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker) Thanks Brian. I guess every place has "the good, the bad, and the ugly" sides to them. It's a little bleak, but that's the reality of every town.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago
Hi Malcolm, I had a hard time hearing the video, so unfortunately had to give up. But it's a great piece of history, and I'm sure in my youth I was in a bar to two like that. Matter of fact saw one women get a stiletto heel right in the forehead. Ouch!
Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer over 8 years ago

Pam McInnes - Here to Help You and Your Pets (Team Realty K.W. Inc., Brokerage - Kitchener, ON Canada) Meh, the video is really an arsty-fartsy rendition of a medocre "poem", so you're not missing too much there. A stiletto heel in the forehead is much better than in the eye Pam, it would still be pretty painful though.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago