Quinte, On. real estate agent: The Beautiful Bay of Quinte

The Beautiful Bay of Quinte

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.

bay of quinteThe 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.

Comment balloon 7 commentsMalcolm Johnston • May 25 2011 06:15PM


very pretty area... How's the wine? If i'm in the area, I'll for sure stop by

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 7 years ago

Malcolm, you've done a wonderful job of capturing the beauty of the Bay of Quinte in your photograph! :)


Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) over 7 years ago

Malcolm - for those who don't know ..... it is also the starting point for the Trent-Severn Canal or the Trent -Severn Waterway and Home to the 8 Wing at CFB Trenton

"Along with its air transport and Search & Rescue roles, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton maintains the equipment warehouse for the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)"

Posted by Barrie Clulow (My Time Is My Own) over 7 years ago

HI Malcolm,

another very nice local post, we are starting to feel right at home in the Trent area, thanks for sharing

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 7 years ago

My wife loves to fish, but we have never fished the bay of Quinte...  Curious Malcolm, what does the "A" and the "D" represent on the map?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago


It's also closer to Toronto than many other areas.

What are the price ranges for waterfront properties?


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 7 years ago

Sheila, I'm not a wine expert, but I'm told its good.

Leilani, I'm not a good photographer, so thanks for the compliment.

Barrie, thanks, it is all that indeed.

Peter and Linda, localism posts are the way to go in this business.

Chris, I'm not sure what they are, they just appeared on the map.

Brian, it is a lot closer than other areas. There is a large price range, but the bottom line is you can still get something very decent in the mid 350's.  Your comment has inspired me to do a series of blogs about Prince Edward County next month.


Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 7 years ago