Canada Road Trip: Lake on a Mountain Via Quaint Picton

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Take note: a fabulous summer road trip idea from Toronto is Lake on a Mountain, which is a park and natural wonder, surrounded by beautiful scenery and lovely vistas. Lake on a Mountain is about 2 1/2 hours east of Toronto and is located on the eastern part of Prince Edward County, THE hot spot to visit in Canada these days. You have to venture through Picton to get to Lake on a Mountain, but of course you don’t just go through Picton. You would be short-changing your trip. In Picton, you stop, stroll and explore.

The Regent Theatre, the centrepiece of a picturesque downtown Picton

Lake on a Mountain was a mystery at one point. Especially when trying to figure out where the source of the water came from. After all, Lake on a Mountain is more than 200 feet above Lake Ontario. The Mohawks called it the Lake of the Gods. They believed it was home to powerful spirits. It’s now believed that the clean and fresh water comes from 2 small streams from the surrounding higher land. Early settlers here thought the Lake was bottomless. These days, the depth still isn’t known but it’s thought to be about 112 feet.

And because you’re already more than 200 feet up the mountain, you get to experience some incredible views of the Bay of Quinte. If you want to continue driving east towards Kingston, the Glenora Ferry connects you from PEC to the mainland on the bottom of the mountain. The ferry works as a nautical thread of The Loyalist Parkway (Highway 33). Otherwise, bring a picnic or take some time and enjoy the vista.

There you have it. Lake on a Mountain! This makes an ideal road trip from Toronto. It’s a small Provincial Park located on an island and surrounded by beauty. What else do you want?

Jim Bamboulis
Jim Bamboulis has held several posts over the past 12 years, including National Sportscaster, Food Host and Writer, Talk Show Host, Olympic Researcher and Travel Film-maker.

Born and raised in Toronto, Jim learned early on that the combination of travel and food meant ultimate living. Combining his insatiable creative spirit and desire to document his travels, Jim took his unshakable travel bug and set off to explore. Add the fact that Jim also grew up in a Greek household and he learned that not only does Mom always make the best meals, but as importantly learned the importance of understanding and appreciating the countless beautiful cultures and the integral role food plays in every corner of the World.

In August 2009, Jim founded Travel Mammal, a site that brings together his travels and experiences (both good and terrifying) with the hope that others are inspired to share their own. We are all storytellers, especially when it comes to travel and food. He urges everyone to be inspired, explore and love the world and the people that share it with us. Or in other words, Live to Travel and travel to live!
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