Waiting for the Glenora Ferry
Traveling from Montreal, Ganonoque or Kingston to Prince Edward County, you have a choice of two routes to enter the region. I chose the Glenora Ferry route this trip. From the 401, turn south at a Kingston exit, until you reach Bath Road (aka #33). Follow Bath Road westward until you reach the end. You’ll travel through Collins Bay and Adolphustown, before reaching the ferry terminal.
This is the scenic route. If you are impatient, the ferry route may not be for you. The ferry ride is 15 minutes, but you will have to wait to board. The wait time depends on the length of the queue of cars. We waited about 15 minutes, because we arrived just after a ferry departure. The ferry schedule varies according to season, so I strongly recommend that you check it when planning your trip.
The public washrooms at the terminal are the only amenities. Bring your own bottled water, and be sure to walk the dog, if you have a wait.
You may leave your car only after the ferry has left the dock. There is no observation deck, but the railings are low, so only small children are unable to enjoy the view.
On docking in the County, you must drive up a hill, a little frustrating when the vehicle in front of you is a loaded truck. Patience is the County way. The highest speed limit is 80 kph, on the main roads. Your average speed will be 60 kph more often than not. A visit is not for speed demons.
View from the Glenora Ferry
The Glenora Ferry road leads directly to Picton, the seat of the regional government. The County is actually a town, divided into Wards. Ontario’s County system has been undermined by any number of provincial governments that have created “regional governments.” The County is one such victim of consolidation.
En route to the ferry you will encounter a handful of vineyards, in the Adolphus Reach area. They are young, but still eager to provide tastings.
There is less evidence that the County is a wine region, when you disembark the ferry. The western coast is broken by bays with high cliffs. Little agriculture is evident until you pass through Picton.
Picton offers a wide choice of lodging, ranging from B&Bs to an Inn with a spa. The book store on Main Street is independent, large and has a small coffee and tea room attached. Everyone who is anyone in Picton stops by at some point.
Our favourite restaurant, Portabella, is just a few doors down. Portabella is not open Monday and Tuesday, so plan accordingly.
As a rule of thumb, check opening times before you arrive. Life in The County is seasonal, as are the operation times of museums, parks, restaurants and cottage rentals.