The Millennium Trail is a multi-use recreational trail that stretches 45km and traverses Prince Edward County from Carrying Place to Picton.
Here are 14 reasons to love it:
1. Experience nature in all its glory – the trail passes by farmer’s fields, through forests and marshes and you can often spot rabbits, birds, turtles and other wildlife on the trail, not to mention the different plants and trees that thrive in the area.
2. Get some exercise – you can walk, jog, ride your bike on the trail in the summer and cross-country ski or snowshoe in the winter.
3. Pick some wild flowers for your sweetheart. Major points.
4. Several wineries are located close by the trail. You can use the trail to get from one winery to another, or simply enjoy a short walk on the trail after you stop in to the winery for a tasting.
5. From Wellington, you can walk (about 30 minutes) or cycle (about 15 minutes) north to Karlo Estates. This portion of the trail was upgraded recently (thanks to the Rotary Club of Wellington for rallying the community around this project) and features a wide trail with hard-packed gravel that is easy to cycle on. Karlo Estates have created a direct path from the trail to the winery, where you can relax on the sundeck and sample from a variety of wines including their award-winning port-style dessert wines.
6. From there, you can pop across the street to Hubb’s Creek, a small winery quickly gaining a big reputation for great Pinot Noir.
7. The trail passes through two of the County’s most significant wetlands between Danforth Rd and Palmer-Burris Road. These wetlands are home to ducks, geese and a multitude of other birds along with turtles, frogs and beavers. The surface on this part of the trail ranges from rocky hard-packed earth to muddy sections to chunky gravel. This is the next section of the trail that will be upgraded, with a goal of providing a better surface for all users of the trail, while protecting the natural habitat.
8. Where the Millennium Trail meets Benway Road, you’ll find Trail Estates Winery. A new family-run winery that just opened this summer, they specialize in small-batch wines.
9. Stanners Vineyard is just a short walk from the trail on Station Road. They’re an artisanal winery committed to being good stewards of the land and they hand-pick their grapes to ensure maximum quality.
10. At Palmer-Burris Rd, Harwood Estate Vineyards is a completely solar-powered winery. Drop into their tasting room to find out how they harness the power of the sun and enjoy some wine on the outdoor patio.
11. Four-legged friends love the trail too! It’s a great spot to walk your dog.
12. Stop and listen – over 200 different species of birds pass through Prince Edward County each year. Even if you can’t see them, you can often hear their song if you stop for a second to listen.
13. Black Prince Winery is located near the trail in Picton. One of the oldest wineries in the County, this summer they’re offering live demos of the art of wine barrel making on selected weekends. Next one is this Saturday, July 19.
14. The trail is beautiful all year round – in the summer when the foliage is in full bloom, in the fall when leaves are colourful, in the winter when there’s a fresh blanket of snow over everything, and in the spring when nature comes alive.
The Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association is proud to be involved in efforts to upgrade and improve the trail, an important community resource. Fundraising is underway for the next phase of upgrades, with a Wine Celebration fundraiser on Aug 9 in the banquet hall at the Wellington Community Centre, presented by The Rotary Club of Wellington. Featuring a wine & cheese tasting, hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet 4-course dinner by Chef Michael Hoy plus a silent auction and after-dinner live music and dancing with the band Little Bluff, this is sure to be a great night out for a great cause. Tickets are $100 per person and available to buy online at wellingtonrotary.ca
Have another reason why you love the Millennium Trail? Let us know in the comments below.