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Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes

Adventure comes in many forms - I seek adventure for a sense of calmness in my life and to surround myself with the beauty of nature. From paddling to hiking or going on the hunt for the next foodie spot, there is always a thrill involved. But one that stays true to me since I was a young child was being out on the water. It has always had a calming effect and lifted my spirits so I truly relish in every experience I get to go out and enjoy Mother Nature.

So to kick off the summer season, I was delighted to have been invited to paddle along with Andrew, owner of Cruising Canoes for a fun day of adventure in the magnificent Bay of Quinte region. There's a catch though, the paddling tour also included a wine and dine aspect to it - amazing right?! The tour allows for 2 paddling opportunities, 3 course lunch, 3 wineries with tastings, cheese factory tour and several lovely surprises. It sure doesn't get any better than that!

A new tour experience to the region, it allows folks, like myself to unplug while enjoying the serene natural beauty via canoe and the delicious local wine as well as food being crafted from the surrounding land.

Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes

Let's Get Paddling:

The journey commenced by meeting up at The Travelodge in the quaint city of Belleville for pick up in Andrew's van which tugged the canoes behind. Over the Bay Bridge, we proceeded to Prince Edward County to depart for our paddle start location of Prinyers Cove on County Road 7. The drive up was picturesque with rural charm with stops such as Lake on the Mountain to admire the sights and photo opportunities. You may have to come back and try out The Miller House located just a few steps away!

Stop #1: Lake on the Mountain

Stop #2: Prinyers Cove

With experience paddlers onboard, we were ready for our first paddle of the journey as we glided into the water with ease. I hopped into a canoe with Andrew and with each stroke we took, time simply flew by and the chatter amongst us continued. The water was clear and the scenery was picture perfect.

p.s. I won't spoil all the surprises but after this paddling session, you'll indulge in award-winning Canadian cheese from the area right up the road. Yum!

Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes
{Our guide Andrew also known as Twiggy.}

Stop #3: County Cider Company

This stop was by far my favourite as I sipped on a pleasant and refreshing peach cider, while I shared a few slices of a savoury white sauce wood-fired pizza topped with chicken, pear, spinach and chèvre. Gathered around the table, this was a great opportunity to socialize, have some cider tastings and enjoy the summer sun with the views of Lake Ontario over top of the establishment's grape vines.

Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes

Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes

Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes

Stop #4: Waupoos Estates Winery

After County Cider Company, we continue just down the road to Waupoos Winery - the founding vineyard/winery of Prince Edward County. Here expect a tour of the facility and a fabulous 3 course lunch on site at the Gazebo Restaurant. Be sure to take a stroll down the the water before hopping back on the van!

Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes

Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes

Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes

Stop #5: Little Bluff Conservation Area

 A true hidden gem in Prince Edward County, Little Bluff is a deserted cove tucked away and accessible via a pathway half-hidden in the bushes. As the second paddling spot for the day, our group was tuckered out and simply decided to take in the sights of the County and skip stones. The water was rich, deep blue and the grey stones set the scene as we glanced out to the rugged shoreline. If you're feeling adventurous, don't forget to pack a bathing suit and take a quick dip.

You may think this is the last stop but before heading back to Belleville, Andrew loads up the van and heads to Devils Wishbone Winery for another tour and tasting.

Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes

The Wine and Paddle Tour lets you explore the wonderful region of Prince Edward County while also visiting wineries and cheesemakers. So don't miss out on a great adventure - whether it's a girls trip  or getting the boys together for some fun or a corporate team building retreat, the options are endless and you are in good hands with owner and guide Andrew!

Wine and Paddle with Cruising Canoes

Reserve Your Spot Now

Available 7 days a week. Contact Twiggy at cruisingcanoes@gmail.com or 613-661-5208

For more information visit, www.cruisingcanoes.ca

Thank you Bay of Quinte Tourism for the opportunity to paddle along!
Rosalyn Gambhir
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