Destination guide

Staying in vacation rentals in Prince Edward County

Often called The County, you can visit Prince Edward County on a day trip from Toronto, Ottawa, or Montreal, but why rush? With a wealth of homey vacation cottages, chic chalets and rental houses for bigger groups, it's worth sticking around a while to really appreciate the area's attractions, from the local heritage museums to the sand dunes at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Leave your phone at home while you laze away idyllic afternoons at some of Canada's best beaches, or explore the small towns with long-running restaurants and quirky independent shops.

History

Why not do a heritage and history hop between The County's small museums to get a bigger picture of its past? Start at the Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, which grew from just a single limestone church built in 1868 to the pioneer village it is today, then peruse more local history exhibits at Wellington Heritage Museum, set in an 1885 Quaker meeting house. The Mariners Park Museum, meanwhile, showcases how The County's surrounding waters have influenced the local way of life. While you're here, don't forget to get a selfie at the relocated lighthouse, and to explore the recreated Fort Kente.

Things to do

Top attractions near Prince Edward County vacation rentals

Sandbanks Provincial Park –arguably The County's main attraction – boasts the world's largest barrier dune formations. The beaches here are some of the best Canada has to offer, and Outlet Beach in particular is always a big hit with the kids. There are several local museums to keep the mind busy, or you could head for the Little Bluff Conservation Area, where you'll find epic #nofilter views from an 18-metre limestone bluff. Cap off the day with a show at The Regent Theatre, an Edwardian opera house that's been offering film screenings and live entertainment since 1922.

How to get around

Navigating Prince Edward County from your vacation rental

Driving is the best way to travel to and around Prince Edward County. If you don't have your own ride, you can rent one in the city of Belleville, which also houses the nearest train station and bus terminal. Exploring The County on two wheels is also popular, although there are generally no cycling lanes. You might want to pack a bit of patience for driving on County roads, since you're likely to encounter cyclists and local farmers travelling between farms on slow-moving tractors.

Food & drink 

Try some of Prince Edward County's tastiest food and drinks

It's all about locally made treats and farm-to-table dining in this neck of the woods. You might indulge in frozen desserts at The Old Greenhouse Ice Cream Shop, or stock up on sugary sweet maple syrup at Walt's Sugar Shack. From spring to fall, roadside stands offer fresh produce and other local goods, and you'll find similar tasty treats at the local farmers' markets. There are over 40 wineries and a growing number of cideries and breweries too, so whatever your tipple, Prince Edward County's got you covered.

Essential info

Key facts for your Prince Edward County vacation rental stay

Set on Lake Ontario, the city of Prince Edward County is located in Southern Ontario, about an hour's drive from Kingston. It covers an area of 1,050 sq km, and has a population of around 25,000. Visitor information centres provide maps and booklets for self-guided art and culinary tours. In Canada you're expected to tip taxi drivers, tour guides, and porters, and to leave 15% to 20% of the bill at bars and restaurants. The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19. Call 911 for emergency services.

Where to stay near Prince Edward County?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 400 house rentals near Prince Edward County. From 106 Cottages to 244 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Prince Edward County is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Prince Edward County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Prince Edward County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cherry Valley: 257 vacation rentals
  • West Lake: 226 vacation rentals
  • Carrying Place: 98 vacation rentals
  • Consecon: 140 vacation rentals
  • Milford: 238 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Prince Edward County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Prince Edward County?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Prince Edward County:

  • Cherry Valley: 257 rentals
  • West Lake: 226 rentals
  • Carrying Place: 98 rentals
  • Consecon: 140 rentals
  • Milford: 238 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Prince Edward County?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Prince Edward County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • North Beach Provincial Park: 262 vacation homes
  • Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area: 251 vacation homes
  • Redtail Vineyard: 262 vacation homes
  • Point Petre Lighthouse: 300 vacation homes
  • Barcovan Golf Club: 145 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Prince Edward County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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