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Community Development Department Newsletter

August 2018





Short Term Accommodations Survey Results Presented


Findings of a recent online survey about Short Term Accommodations were presented at open houses in Wellington and Picton. Plans for developing a made-in-The County approach to addressing opportunities and challenges associated with this growing sector were also presented.


The public is invited to send comments in writing by August 3, 2018 to Paul Walsh, Manager of Planning, at 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0 or via


Learn more about the survey's findings here.

View slides from the Open Houses here.

View panels from the Open Houses here.


County Workforce Partnership 


Hospitality & Tourism

September Hiring Survey 


Help shape future tourism and hospitality training by answering this four-question survey about hiring needs in September and what positions most need to be filled. 


Find the survey here.



Picton Town Hall 


The County of Prince Edward’s Community Development Department is inviting proposals for the ongoing use and operation of the current Picton Town Hall and former Picton Fire Hall. The deadline to submit expressions of interest is

2pm on Nov. 26, 2018.  


For further details and how to submit an expression of interest visit here.
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Don't see your business on these lists? Please don't take it personally! The County reserves the right to maintain editorial integrity - blog stories, lists and links are at the discretion of the writer(s). These resources are not meant to be exhaustive - nor can they be due to the nature of our constantly growing/changing sector. As we expand content, we'll be looking to event and business listings on for inspiration - please be sure to keep yours updated! 


Media Visit The County


In July, The County was visited by a National Geographic (Japan) photographer, who took landscape images of farming, beaches and wine.


The regional tourism authority organized a video featuring the food, wine, cycling, art & heritage of Prince Edward County. Take a look and see how many places you've visited.


Watch vegan cookbook author Lauren Toyota's comprehensive tour of Prince Edward County. Read about Vader's pea farm, Seedlings or why mead is making a comeback. 




Where are the Visitor Information Hot Spots? 


Visitors to The County will once again be directed to seek tourism information from these 8 Hot Spots:

·        Rossmore Stop 

·        Terra Restaurant PEC in Consecon 

·        The Glenora Ferry 

·        Three Dog Winery 

·        The Picton Library 

·        Bloomfield Welcome Centre 

·        The Wellington Museum 

·        Sandbanks Provincial Park 

Each location has printed maps/guides/brochures, trained Tourism Ambassadors, and outdoor wayfinding maps. Hot Spots are open based on business hours.  


CONTEST: Win a VIP Trip to Prince Edward County to Experience Spectacular Performing Arts through Festival Players Professional Theatre Company, Wellington’s Water Week + MORE!


Partnering with The County's professional theatre company, Festival Players, and Wellington’s Water Week festival, we are giving away a special package that will submerge you into the very best cultural and physical attributes this exquisite patch of Ontario has to offer. 
Here's what you could win:

· $200 towards accommodation

· Pair of tickets to the Festival Players presentation of Blind Date, starring Christy Bruce

· Complimentary passes to a Water Week concert 

· $150 gift card to the Drake Devonshire that can be used for lunch or dinner (drinks not included)

· Three water-themed towels by pattern designer   Kate Golding  

· Two copies of A Taste of Prince Edward County, a gorgeous guidebook with stunning photographs that capture the natural beauty of The County.

· Wine from Huff Estates, Rosehall Run and The Grange of Prince Edward

· A bottle of Cassis and whisky barrel-aged Maple Syrup from Kinsip House of Fine Spirits

· Deliciously unique Artisinal Sodas from The County Bounty 

Cap off summer with lakeside theatre, music, a celebration of water, sumptuous local food + drink and more! What a wonderful way to experience The County! To enter, visit:



Comedy Country has been having a killer season - and next up are The Bloody Marys, appearing August 18 at the Athol Rec Centre. A hit improv and sketch comedy duo known for their fast paced, dramatic and often gory style, The Blood Marys consist of Second City Alumni Kirsten Rasmussen and Leigh Cameron. More information here


Tourism Ambassador Training

Now Available 


Could your front-line staff benefit from Tourism Ambassador Training this summer? This unique training was developed between Loyalist College, The Prince Edward Learning Centre, and the Community Development Department to address the specific needs of County employees. 


This 3hr training covers all visitor information tools and resources, standard facts about Prince Edward County and our tourism sector, and what customer service looks like in The County.


For more information about training please contact Rebecca Lamb | 613.476.2148 x2506 



Go with your gut! 


On Saturday August 4th, visit the historic Crystal Palace in Picton for a full day of demonstrations and workshops focusing on seven ways to ferment, soy and non-soy miso making, ways to promote better gut health and how to move fermented products from side dishes to entrees. There will be a craft beer garden and food trucks on site, plus a wide variety of vendors selling Kombucha, Kefir, Jun, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickles, Sourdough, Chocolate, Dairy and Plant Based Cheese, Tempeh, Tea and Coffee. Admission is $10 at the gate, kids under 12 free! No pets allowed, please. More information here


Commercial Space Availability


The CDD is actively promoting available industrial park land for sale in Picton for the development of commercial units for businesses. The CDD recognizes the need for commercial lease space that provides connected services, loading bay access and office or retail space. For more information, please see our industrial properties HERE. Recent Stories


From Lake Couchiching to Lake Ontario 


Megan Lumgair and Chris Thompson took the plunge, moving to Prince Edward County without jobs in hopes of building a new life that would include more green space and outdoor time. They knew the real challenge would be finding a place to live - and they lucked out, finding a rental home two minutes from the beach! It seems dreams really can come true - with the help of a good friend (and Kijiji). 




Sunday Fundays at Macaulay Heritage Park every second Sunday


Friends of Rose House Annual Fish Fry, August 11, 5 p.m. 

 North Marysburgh Town Hall

Cost: $16 for adults, $10 for kids under 12


Delicious food and a toe-tapping good time! Jamie Pounder will provide the musical talent, and there will be a silent auction as well. All proceeds to Rose House Museum. Call 613-476-5439 for information.


Delhi Day at Macaulay Heritage Park, August 12, 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Self-guided tours are free, and everything else is included in regular $5 museum admission for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children under 12. Kids under 5 are free.


Celebrate the neighbourhood surrounding Macaulay Heritage Park, still known as Delhi by many of its residents. There will be self-guided walking tours of the neighbourhood, guided tours of the cemetery at the former St. Mary Magdalene's church, stations featuring historic crafts and demonstrations - and best of all, a bite of birthday cake to honour our museum's namesake, William Macaulay! 


Tea Room Social at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village

 August 26, 12-3 p.m.

Cost: $8, which includes musem admission and desserts.


Celebrate the Museum's 50th Anniversary with seasonal delights on the last Sunday of each month. Peaches will be our feature for August and we can't wait! 


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