Attractions in Trenton, Ontario

by Nora Zavalczki

Trenton is in southern Ontario, on the Bay of Quinte, a letter Z-shaped bay on Lake Ontario. Trenton was originally called Port Trent and became a city in 1980. Today, Trenton is part of the city of Quinte West, established in 1998, which also includes Frankford, Sidney and Murray. Trenton is a two-hour drive from Toronto, four hours from Montreal and 3 1/2 hours from Buffalo, New York. The best time to visit Trenton is between April and September, when the temperatures are typically above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Mount Pelion Lookout

Mount Pelion is at Dufferin Avenue. This drumlin, the result of glacial movement in the area, is 191 feet above the Bay of Quinte. The area was designated as a historical site in 1989. The name of the mountain has Greek origins, but the exact history of the name is not known. From the Mount Pelion lookout tower (no website; Dufferin Avenue, 613-392-2841) you can get a panoramic view of the Trenton area and the Bay of Quinte. A British Royal Navy Canon from 1808 is at the top of Mount Pelion.

The National Air Force Museum

The National Air Force Museum (airforcemuseum.ca) is at the Trenton Airforce Base, close to downtown Trenton. Initially called RCAF Memorial Library and Museum, the NAFM opened in 1984. The museum showcases military aircraft and more than 3,500 artifacts and memorabilia telling the story of Canadian history and aviation. The museum is open daily and the entrance is free. Volunteers offer tours of the museum and tell the stories of the unique pieces found in this museum.

Murray Canal

Murray Canal connects the Bay of Quinte with Lake Ontario. Rent a boat and navigate on this seven-mile-long canal, which has swing bridges at each end. Enter the canal through the Brighton Bay if you are in the west side or if you are in the east, access it through the Bay of Quinte.

The Loyalist Parkway

Take a route through history via the Loyalist Parkway, which follows the steps of the United Empire Loyalist settlement started in 1784, shortly after the American Revolution. The parkway runs from Trenton to Kingston and includes 62 miles of scenic natural settings along the shores of Lake Ontario. Drive or bike through the parkway and stop to visit the archeological sites, parks and the heritage buildings adjacent to the parkway.

Other Attractions in Trenton

If you visit Trenton during the warmer months of April to November, visit the Quinte West Farmers' Market that runs along the Trent-Severn Canal and offers organically grown fresh produce. In Trenton in September, attend the Trenton Scottish Irish Festival (trentonscottishirish.com), which features artisans, craftspeople, food, music and dance.