Trenton is situated on the west side of the Bay of Quinte. The bay is a long narrow body of water that starts at the mouth of the Trent river, heads east past Belleville and then Desoronto before curving sharply south to Picton where it eventually flows into Lake Ontario at Indian Point.
The South side of the bay runs along the northern shore of Prince Edward County. This area has some of the finest recreational properties in the province of Ontario, and they are still very reasonably priced. Many people own summer homes in this area, although the majority of people live there all year round.
The Bay of Quinte is probably the best place on the planet to catch Walleye, but most species of fish that populate the Great Lakes can also be found here, making it a very popular destination for sport fishing. You will even see ice huts out on the bay in the dead of winter. It sounds too cold for me but apparently ice fishing is an enjoyable hobby for many folks. You will know that ice fishing season is only about a week away when you hear the first radio report of some over-anxious moron losing his four-wheeler through the ice.
During the prohibition era in the United States many a local fortunes were made through bootlegging through the bay and across Lake Ontario into upper New York state. Nowadays it would appear that all the alcohol is consumed by locals.
There has been a large revival in the tourism industry that centres around the Bay of Quinte in the last few years, largely driven by the happenings in Prince Edward County. As well as having been discovered as a reasonably priced (and less gruelling to drive to) alternative to the Muskokas, the vinyards and restaurants have started to bring people in. The soil and climate are very similar to the Niagra region and are well suited fot growing grapes.
Terenton is the gateway to Prince Edward County and the Bay of Quinte, so whether you will be arriving by car or by boat, chances are you will be stopping here. When you do, make sure you stop by the Century 21 Office and say hello.