Quinte, On. real estate agent: Lake On The Mountain, Prince Edward County

Lake On The Mountain, Prince Edward County

Lake on the Mountain in Prince Edward County is about a five minute drive from Picton on the way to the Glenora ferry. It's a great half hour stop (unless you happen to be having your lunch or dinner at the Lake on the Mountain Resort - a fabulous restaurant that serves some of the great local Prince Edward County wines), in which case I'm sure you'll be staying a bit longer.

Lake on the Mountain is a natural oddity that sits 203 feet above the Bay of Quinte with no visible source of the water. The Mohawks believed the lake was bottomless and used to offer gifts to the spirits here, as they believed it was a sacred place where the three sisters, Corn, Squash and Beans lived. I'm not sure how they came to that conclusion, but the place certainly has an odd feel to it. The lake must be fed by a groundwater source, but the source has yet to be discovered. All kinds of theories have sprung up about this lake, but in all probability it is just a giant sinkhole.

What makes this location especially strange is how it can fool your senses. If you happen to be standing in a particular spot you can see the lake in front of you, and out of the corner of your eye you will be able to see the Bay of Quinte 200 feet below. It's rather strange seeing two bodies of water at such different elevations simutaneously. There's a parking lot right beside the lake, and many people stop their cars and watch the Glenora ferry operating 200 feet below.

Lake on the Mountain is actually a Provincial Park. It's a very small one though, made up of about 250 acres, the vast majority of it being the Lake itself. There is a very small boardwalk, some picnic tables and restrooms, but that's really about all there is to it, nature takes care of the rest. Motorized boats are not allowed on the lake, but many people have cottages and homes around here, and I often do see people fishing (how the fish got into this lake, I'll never know), sailboarding, and other water activities that don't require a motor. If you are driving through the "County", Lake on the Mountain is definitely worth a look-see.

Comment balloon 6 commentsMalcolm Johnston • September 05 2012 09:31AM


Love your localism posts...you're a great ambassador for your area.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 7 years ago

Malcolm you are absoutely the best.  Not only have you captured interesting video, you put my favorite piece of classical music to it. I love the Grieg piece.  I wonder if Corn, Squash and Beans had brothers.  I am smiling just imagining what their names might be, but frankly I think Beans is more of a guy name, than a girl.  Just saying.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles UnlimitedĀ®) over 7 years ago


Love this post! We visited Lake On The Mountain last month and had lunch at the little cafe that overlooks the lake...they have great beer that they make themselves.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 7 years ago

You are killing me here, Malcolm.  I have to get up there.  And, I would move there, too, but Canada wouldn't let me.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 7 years ago

Lake on the Mountain looks enchanting. So glad you gave us a peek with video - it sure brings the post to life. Words can't compete with a live view of being there!

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORSĀ® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 7 years ago

Thanks Li, I'm trying to be, localism is a great way to get Googlejuice.

Lol Larry, maybe Mr. Bean is related to the three sisters.

Hi Jo, it is certainly a great place to have lunch, glad to see you made it back to your old stomping grounds.

Ron, I'm sure Canada would let you. You could float across Lake Superior on a raft and claim refugee status. Anybody from a state that once elected Jessie Ventura as governor would merit serious consideration.

Hello Debb, I admit the video could have been a lot better, but it does the job.


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