Prince Edward County is a truly special vacation destination. Rising from the serene waters of Lake Ontario, this island is heaving with glorious nature, bountiful beaches and a generous helping of vineyards and wineries.

It’s the perfect retreat if you fancy a break from the city.

But deciding where to stay in Prince Edward County can be challenging. There are a number of small towns on the island, each with their own charms and perks.

Our expert travel writers have put together this Prince Edward County neighborhood guide to help you narrow down the options and decide which part of this wonderful island is best for you!

Let’s dive right in and get started with the best areas to stay in Prince Edward County.

Where to Stay in Prince Edward County

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are the best places to stay in Prince Edward County.

Best Airbnb in Prince Edward County – The Nest at Heron House

The Nest at Heron House

This self-contained unit comes with a fully furnished kitchen and private bathroom. What we love is the private patio, where guests can relax and watch the boats coming in and out of Picton Harbour with a mug of coffee or glass of wine.

It’s walking distance to all the attractions of Picton.

Best Affordable Hotel in Prince Edward County – East & Main Suites

East and Main Suites

These lovely suites in Wellington are kitted out with all you need, including a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, private bathroom and TV. There is a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

The decor is homely and tasteful, and the price is very reasonable. Our top pick for where to stay in Prince Edward County.

Best Hotel in Picton – Merrill House

Merrill House

The Merrill House is our top pick for the best hotel in Picton, and in the Prince Edward County as well. It offers charming rooms with comfy beds, flat-screen TV’s and private bathrooms. It’s been praised for the hotels incredible staff and cleanliness, so you can be sure to be in good hands. If you want to explore the area, you can even rent bicycles at the reception. On top of that, the hotel offers a very tatsy restaurant and an À-la-carte breakfast every morning.

Prince Edward County Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
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FIRST TIME IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

Carrying Place

Any visitor to Prince Edward County will pass through Carrying Place which sits at the neck of the county. The gateway to Prince Edward County is our logical recommendation of where to stay in Prince Edward County your first time.

ON A BUDGET
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ON A BUDGET

Wellington

Wellington is one of the most built-up towns on the island, with a buzzing cultural scene, riverside vibes and a decent supply of accommodation.

NIGHTLIFE
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NIGHTLIFE

Picton

Located on the eastern side of the island you will find Picton, which is the capital of Prince Edward County. Don’t expect to see any high-rises and subways here.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
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COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Waupoos

Waupoos is a small town on the northwest side of the island, which forms a peninsula that juts out into Lake Ontario. On a clear day you can catch views of the US from the shore!

FOR FAMILIES
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FOR FAMILIES

Sandbanks

Down in the south-east of the island, Sandbanks is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Prince Edward County with an abundance of coastal sights, tasty restaurant choices and outdoorsy things to do.

Prince Edward County is a large island that juts out into the northeast of Lake Ontario. The County has soared in popularity over recent years, attracting holidaymakers, artists and Canadians on the hunt for vacation homes.

The island is home to sandy coves and lush greenery. Its climate lends itself to winemaking, and there are lots of wineries and vineyards.

With over 500 km of shorelines, the island is popular with sailors and watersports enthusiasts. You can try wakeboarding, kayaking and fishing at spots across the island.

We recommend Carrying Place for where to stay in Prince Edward County for your first time. From your starting point, you can easily explore the rest of the island.

Prince Edward County is not known for having cheap accommodation, but we recommend Wellington for where to stay in Prince Edward County on a budget. It might not be the most affordable backpacking destination in Canada, but you can surely snag a deal in this more populous part of the island.

Nightlife on Prince Edward County is laid-back, but the lively town of Picton has pubs, live music and an excellent cinema. It’s our top pick for where to stay in Prince Edward County for nightlife!

Far-flung Warpoos has something infinitely cool about it. It’s home to wineries, a buzzing marina from where you can go sailing and the food options here are limited but exquisite.

Everywhere on Prince Edward County is family-friendly, but our top pick for where to stay for families is the exotic Sandbanks. You can find a range of holiday homes to keep little ones entertained!

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5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Prince Edward County

Let’s take a look at the 5 best neighborhoods to stay in Prince Edward County. They’re each a little different!

#1 Carrying Place – Where to Stay in Prince Edward County the First Time

Any visitor to Prince Edward County will pass through Carrying Place which sits at the neck of the county. The gateway to Prince Edward County is our logical recommendation of where to stay in Prince Edward County your first time.

Besides that, it’s also a cool place to relax and get to know the culture of the County.

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Carrying Place is a chilled fishing village where you can kick back, relax, and plan your adventures around the other parts of the island.

Best Airbnb in Carrying Place – Historic Tin Roof Schoolhouse

Historic Tin Roof Schoolhouse

Why not go back to school? This cute Airbnb used to be a tiny school back in 1906. Now fully renovated into a charming home, it offers a great getaway for people wanting to visit the Prince Edward County. It’s a very peaceful place, nestled between big trees and a lovely garden with a Koi pond. The home itself is spacious, bright and incredibly welcoming. With the lovely decorations, it feels like a true home away from home!

Best Affordable Hotel in Carrying Place Owl’s Nest Suites

Owls Nest Suites

These comfortable, rustic suites furnished with lots of woody design elements are sure to make you feel like you’re in the heart of the countryside! Each cozy suite has basic kitchen facilities and private bathroom.

There is a shared kitchen available to guests, and a spacious garden to relax in.

Best Hotel in Carrying Place The Empty Nest B&B

The Empty Nest B and B

With only two rooms available, privacy and solitude are guaranteed at this family-ran bed and breakfast near Carrying Place. A hearty American breakfast is included and each suite has a private bathroom.

The property is utterly beautiful, with gorgeous views all around and a garden to soak up the scenery from.

Things to See and Do in Carrying Place:

  • Get a fish supper from the cabin George’s Fish and Chips
  • Explore nearby Barcovan Beach
  • Hire a bike and cycle the road alongside the Trent-Severn Waterway
  • Pick up locally made souvenirs from Country Porch Crafts
  • Visit the nearby Roblin Lake Beach
  • Tuck into old fashioned ice cream and milkshakes at Sister Scoops
  • Delve into local history at the Ameliasburgh Heritage Village Museum
  • Make a trip to the Tess Moffatt Windswept Studio – the first port of call on the Prince Edward County Arts Trail
  • Take a boat tour around the Wellers Bay National Wildlife Area
  • Cross to the mainland for a day to explore the Presqu’ile Provincial Park

#2 Wellington – Where to Stay in Prince Edward County on a Budget

Wellington is one of the most built-up towns on the island, with a buzzing cultural scene, riverside vibes and a decent supply of accommodation. You can usually find some cheaper lodging options for those looking for where to stay in Prince Edward County on a budget.

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There is plenty to keep you occupied in Wellington, with a handful of museums and galleries, some appetising eateries, craft studios, casual coffee shops and a plethora of vineyards dotted around the outskirts.

There’s plenty of opportunities to seek the sun and it’s an awesome spot to hire a bicycle to explore!

Best Airbnb in Wellington Cozy Wellington basement with jacuzzi & fireplace

Cozy Wellington basement with jacuzzi and fireplace

You get the entire basement of this house to yourself, which includes two living spaces and a bedroom with a queen-size bed. The private bathroom is equipped with a luxurious Jacuzzi bathtub.

The fireplace makes this place super cozy by night during the winter! The friendly hosts offer to prepare gourmet hampers for their guests too.

Best Affordable Hotel in Wellington – The Village Suites

The Village Suites

The Village Suites have three options available: a studio, one bed or two bed suite. Each has a private bathroom and some basic kitchen facilities.

The accommodation is clean and comfortable, and within walking distance to the lake. It’s our top pick for where to stay in Wellington, Prince Edward County.

Best Hotel in Wellington – The Newsroom Suites

The Newsroom Suites

This 4-star guest house offers lodging at very reasonable rates. You’ll sleep well in a comfortable bed and each of the three suites available has a private, contemporary bathroom attached.

Guests are welcome to relax in the garden or terrace. The nearby local attractions of Wellington are only moments away.

Things to See and Do in Wellington:

  • Get your facts straight at the Wellington History Museum
  • Brush up on local art at the Sybil Frank Gallery and Studio House
  • Pick up local produce and fresh fruits at the Wellington Farmer’s Market, every Saturday morning
  • Soak up the sun (and the views!) at Wellington Beach
  • Cheer on the local hockey team at the Lehigh Arena
  • Explore the local wineries such as Karlo Estates, Norman Hardy and Sandbanks Estate
  • Dine with an eyeful of the lake at Drake Devonshire Inn – the restaurant with the best views in town!
  • Pick up some glassware blown on-site at Armstrong Glassblowers and potted keepsakes at Wellington Pottery
  • Try a local blend at the Midtown Brewing Company – they do top-notch pizza as well
  • Spend a day fishing on the idyllic West Lake
  • Cool down with ice cream from the Old Greenhouse Ice Cream Shop

#3 Picton – Best Area to Stay in Prince Edward County for Nightlife

Located on the eastern side of the island you will find Picton, which is the capital of Prince Edward County. Don’t expect to see any high-rises and subways here, but you will find a hearty dose of urban delights including cultural institutions, delicious eateries and a lively nightlife.

The nightlife is laid-back – think pubs and live music joints.

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As well as being our recommendation for where to stay for nightlife in Prince Edward County, you also have masses of outdoorsy pursuits to blow away any cobwebs or recover from too many beers the morning after.

Best Airbnb in Picton – Sandbanks Loft, Mary Street Guesthouse

Sandbanks Loft Mary Street Guesthouse

This gorgeously furnished apartment can be all yours! Besides the living area, bedroom and kitchen you also have the privilege of a beautiful front porch, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine on a summer evening.

The loft is kitted out with all the essentials including coffee, shampoo and basic kitchen needs!

Another great Airbnb in Picton – Stunning House with airy vibes

Stunning House with airy vibes

With the sky-high ceilings and unique architectural features, you’ll have a hard time leaving this place once your trip is over – it’s just really lovely! The stunning Airbnb has been designed and decorated with a great eye for detail. Since it’s on open concept home, it’s the perfect space for a couple of friends or a small family- There’s a ton of comfort, with lots of function at the same time, so everyone can socialize together, but also have enough privacy for themselves. The loft is located in the heart if Picton, so an ideal base to explore the area as well!

Best Hotel in Picton – Merrill House

Merrill House

The Merrill House is our top pick for the best hotel in Picton, and in the Prince Edward County as well. It offers charming rooms with comfy beds, flat-screen TV’s and private bathrooms. It’s been praised for the hotels incredible staff and cleanliness, so you can be sure to be in good hands. If you want to explore the area, you can even rent bicycles at the reception. On top of that, the hotel offers a very tatsy restaurant and an À-la-carte breakfast every morning.

Things to See and Do in Picton:

  • Take a hike through the Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area
  • Take a break from Netflix and catch the latest release at theater-turned-cinema, the Regent
  • Bop along to live music at The Acoustic Grill
  • Dine at the County Canteen and stay for whatever event they have on which varies from karaoke, to trivia nights to live music!
  • Go horseback riding at the Diamond J Ranch
  • Hang out at the awesome seasonal craft beers at the Prince Eddy’s Brewing Company
  • Check out historic landmark the Crystal Palace which was constructed in 1887 and as a popular wedding and events venue, is still going strong
  • Tuck into New Canadian fare with locally sourced wine and craft beers at the Hartley’s Tavern
  • Chat with local artists at Arts on Main Gallery
  • Settle in for a pub night at cozy and friendly joint, Coach’s
  • Clamber up to the Millennium Lookout for a peaceful panorama

#4 Waupoos – Coolest Place to Stay in Prince Edward County

Waupoos is a small town on the northwest side of the island, which forms a peninsula that juts out into Lake Ontario. On a clear day you can catch views of the US from the shore!

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You’ll find a handful of historic wineries in and around Waupoos as well as a cider brewery and some delicious cheese shops. It’s basically a food and wine paradise, as well as being one of the coolest places to stay in Prince Edward County with its remoteness and laid-back vibes.

We recommend staying here and hopping your way around the gorgeous vineyards!

Best Airbnb in Waupoos – Waupoos on the Water

Waupoos on the Water

Pack your bathing suit, prepare your sea legs and hop aboard your very own private yacht! Docked in the Waupoos Marina, the boat provides a cozy lodging and in the mornings you can plunge into the crystal clear waters of the harbour to wake up.

By far this is the coolest place to stay in Prince Edward County!

Another great Airbnb in Waupoos – Cute Island View Cottages

Cute Island View Cottages

Wake up to a stunning view of the water and enjoy your morning coffee while taking a stroll to your private dock. This waterfront cottage is one of the best Airbnbs we could find in Waupoos, and it’s also one of the most affordable ones! You can go swimming, fishing, or just enjoying the calm and peaceful atmosphere of the area. There’s a campfire pit on the property, however, if you’re not a fan of roasting your food over an open fire, just head to your fully equipped kitchen and prepare a tasty dinner inside! You can also rent a cayak or paddle board with the host. The cottage is a super cute getaway, perfect for a solo traveller or a couple.

Best Affordable Hotel in Waupoos – The Backcountry Inn & Hostel

The Backcountry Inn and Hostel

This awesome gem near Waupoos offers dorm rooms, private rooms and private cottages. There is a sprawl of garden to relax in, a fitness center in case all that hiking isn’t enough and there is a kitchen available for guests.

Note that this backcountry property doesn’t have Wi-Fi available, although hotspots are available nearby.

Things to See and Do in Waupoos:

  • Pick your own blueberries at The Blueberry Patch
  • Go sailing with County Sailing Adventures
  • Relax at the Waupoos Pub Market & Eatery, the best place to eat in Waupoos. It has cozy interiors for winter and a terrace for summer
  • Sample home-crafted cider as you saviour the sensational vistas from the County Cider Company
  • Check out Canadian works of art at the Joel Clark Fine Arts
  • See how many wineries you can cram into your vacation, including Cape Vineyards and Waupoos Estate
  • Gather a crew and charter a boat for the day to explore the lake
  • Take a day trip over to Waupoos Island – you could opt to camp here for a night or two
  • Take a leisurely lunch at the Cressy Mustard Company
  • Explore the remote beaches and dreamy lake views from Cressy Point
  • Pack a picnic and head to the Rutherford-Stevens Lookout for scenic views and some solitude
  • Stock up on artisan cheese at the Fifth Town Cheese Company

#5 Sandbanks – Best Neighborhood in Prince Edward County for Families

Down in the south-east of the island, Sandbanks is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Prince Edward County with an abundance of coastal sights, tasty restaurant choices and outdoorsy things to do.

It’s famed for its sand dunes, beaches and its proximity to the inland lakes. You’re close enough to Wellington for when you need a dose of culture or more dining options.

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Sandbanks has something to appease any traveler, and it’s our top pick for where to stay for families in Prince Edward County.

Best Airbnb in Sandbanks – Cherry Valley Ateliers

Cherry Valley Ateliers

This one-bedroom apartment has a private entrance, kitchen and bathroom. A second double bed can be put up in the lounge if you’re traveling with children.

There is a large garden which you can explore, and the kind hosts are always happy to share their home-grown fruits and veggies with their guests!

Best Affordable Hotel in Sandbanks – Isaiah Tubbs Resort

Isaiah Tubbs Resort

This resort has a range of rooms available which are suited to families and is our pick for where to stay in Sandbanks on a budget. There is a pool available as well as a fitness suite.

All rooms have a private bathroom and some have a spa bath! There is bicycle hire available and free parking.

Best Hotel in Sandbanks – Sandbanks Summer Village Cottages

Sandbanks Summer Village Cottages

This holiday resort is our top choice for where to stay in Sandbanks for families. The property has a pool, gym and library and is very welcoming to families.

Cottages are furnished with all the necessary amenities and appliances to have a great stay in the beautiful Sandbanks.

Things to See and Do in Sandbanks:

  • Take a day to explore the Sandbanks Provincial Park – an oceanfront nature reserve with the world’s largest body of sand dunes and a freshwater sandbar
  • Go beach-hopping on the sandy coves that give the town its name. Check out Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Dunes Beach and Lakeshore Beach
  • Eat delicious seafood at Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar
  • Unleash the kids on the huge inflatables at the Westlake Willy Waterpark
  • Walk or cycle along the Outlet River down to Salmon Point
  • Grab some poutine and freshly baked cake from the Sandbox Kitchen
  • See what’s on at The Hayloft, a hub of live music and dance nights!
  • Enjoy a family boating trip on the inland East Lake
  • Continue the Prince Edward County Arts Trail by checking out local art gallery, the Mena Dragonfly Studio
  • Tuck into barbecued meat at Bingi’s BBQ

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is an alluring destination for your Canadian vacation. It’s perfect for those who want to get outdoors and make the most of the clean air, pure countryside and crystal clear waters of Lake Ontario.

It’s also simply a place to relax with a glass of wine, enjoy a delicious meal, and kick back with live music or spend time with loved ones. Honestly, there is something to make everyone happy in Prince Edward County!

To recap our guide, Picton is our top pick for where to stay in Prince Edward County. It has access to the lake, the nearby countryside and there is a splash of culture in this delightful town.

The Picton Harbour Inn is our favourite place for where to stay in Picton. We love the facilities, the location, and the price is very reasonable.

We hope our guide has inspired you to make the most of your time in Prince Edward County!

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