Located at the mouth of the Trent River in the Bay of Quinte, Quinte West is the hub of a number of natural and manmade waterways. In 1993, Quinte West began the process of regeneration by reclaiming the Trent Riverfront. It ripped up parking spaces that backed onto the shoreline and created a lovely landscaped and lit Trail that has helped revitalize the heritage downtown. Quinte West is great overnight stop with a range of hotel accommodations, services, heritage attractions and loads of nature trails to explore.
Home to one of Canada’s busiest Military airbases, you’ll discover a fascination for aviation watching the many different kinds of aircraft in the area. Be sure to check out Canada’s National Airforce Museum — a favourite attraction of our Great Waterfront Trail Adventure participants.
There is a gap in the Trail between Quinte West and Belleville. However the Trail continues south through Prince Edward County along HWY 33.
- Entering from Brighton, County Road 64 between the Murray Canal and Gardenville Road has no shoulders and some rough road conditions
- Walkers may wish to use Murray Canal as an scenic alternative
- Murray Canal Road is unsuitable for most recreational cyclists
- Paved shoulders along the Loyalist Parkway
- Trail stops at Centennial Park, a major venue for festivals, since trail connections into Belleville do not exist. The only route is old HWY 2 – unsuitable due to high traffic speed and volume and the absence of shoulders
- Trail resumes 17 km east in Belleville
- Quinte West is located in an Ontario By Bike Region
A second route for the Trail goes south from Quinte West along HWY 33 through Prince Edward County.