The picturesque community of Waupoos (from the Ojibwe word for “rabbit” – waabooz), is located on the eastern end of the Prince Edward County peninsula, and is best known as the birthplace of the County’s thriving wine industry. County Road 8 hugs the water’s edge stretching past vineyards, apple orchards, and breathtaking lake views – an ideal spring drive.
65 County Rd. 8
A surrounding breakwater protects the impressive 186 slip full-service marina and comfortable guest cottages where you can enjoy the views of Waupoos Island sheltered from the spring winds.
WAUPOOS ESTATES WINERY
3016 County Rd. 8
Known as the “winery that started it all”, founders Ed Neuser and Rita Kaimins began with half an acre and one variety of wine. Today, visitors can sample 18 varieties of award-winning wines and tour the 100-acre property that also offers guest cottages, a petting zoo and spectacular lake views from the restaurant.
CRESSY MUSTARD COMPANY
2983 Prince Edward County Rd. 8
Local restaurateur Sarah Harrison started making mustard as a fundraiser. Today, it is a mainstay at local markets and restaurants. The handcrafted, small-batch mustard incorporates local flavours in their Sassy, Ballpark, and Beer varieties.
THE COUNTY CIDER COMPANY
657 Bongards Crossroad
The beloved local cider house and orchards date back to the 1850s. Today The County Cider Co. produces about 350,000 litres of award-winning cider, including their LCBO featured Waupoos Premium, and one of the only Ontario-made ice ciders.
THE ROSE HOUSE MUSEUM
3333 County Rd. 8
Waupoos became a key landing spot for United Empire Loyalists after the American Revolution. The Rose House – Peter Rose and Christianna Bongard’s 1800s farmhouse, gives us a glimpse of early settlement life.
FIFTH TOWN ARTISAN CHEESE CO.
4309 County Rd. 8
Fifth Town’s Artisan Cheese Co.’s dairy is internationally recognized for its award-winning, locally sourced goat and buffalo milk cheeses, and its processing, retail and educational facility. Watch the cheesemaking action from the shop viewing window.
LAKE ON THE MOUNTAIN
296 County Rd. 7
Take Rock Crossroad to County Rd. 7 and stop in at the mysterious Lake on the Mountain. Sixty-two metres above Lake Ontario, this fresh water lake has geologists stumped as to its source. The level of its pristine water never varies, and neither does its popularity.
11369 Loyalist Parkway, Glenora
A great way to finish off the day on the water, this free car ferry takes about 15 minutes to cross Picton Bay to Adolphustown and runs at 30-minute intervals year-round.
May is the beginning of the Spring Birding Festival. Visit the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory website (peptbo.ca/sbf), for birding areas.