Located in the heart of Ontario's wine country in beautiful Prince Edward County, we are 2 hours east of Toronto, 2.5 hours south-west of Ottawa, and 3 hours north west of Syracuse New York. This special place is surrounded by the waters of Lake Ontario, blessed with the largest freshwater white sand beaches in the world, and first-class wineries and restaurants.
Time's Travel and Leisure Magazine declared our little island of Prince Edward County one of the top 50 destinations to visit in the world in 2015 – and it was the only Canadian destination mentioned! And in 2013, Day's Out Ontario named the Oeno Gallery the top commercial gallery destination in the province. And in 2016, PEC was named one of the top ten spots to visit in Canada.
We receive over 30,000 visitors a year who come to experience exhibitions and special events within the light filled Gallery space that we built and opened in 2009.
I took the opportunity to visit your gallery and sculpture garden last Friday and all I can say is that it is very impressive. Your gallery is beautifully laid out and had a wonderful collection. The sculpture garden is a great place to simultaneously enjoy nature and art, both whimsical and compelling. It was a great visit and I look forward to returning in the future.
Regards, Adrian Oosterman
The County has gained fame for its growing number of vineyards, and we are located next to the award-winning Huff Estates Winery & Inn, voted one of the Top 20 Wine Estates in Canada. If you think you might enjoy a private tour of the barrel cellar, let us know in advance. Huff's is the first PEC winery to produce kosher wines, and it has won gold for several of their wines. (The sparkling white is a special treat.) The patio offers fine dining al fresco, and often throughout the summer, hosts intimate gatherings for live music and dinner theatre.
Home to a thriving community of artists, musicians, artisanal food producers, cheese and winemakers, the County is creative and engaging. We have a vibrant slow food culture here, and even though today we prefer our food fresh, the area has long been known as the ‘garden capital of Canada’ for providing 1/3 of all canned foods to the whole country. Terroir matters here. Over the past 20 years, a thriving wine culture has developed, and today the County is home to over 50 vineyards, and at least 6 distinct terroirs.
In Picton you’ll discover The Regent Theatre, a Victorian opera house built on the same plans as Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre. It is the only theatre left in the province that features both movies and live performances. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy one of the largest freshwater sand dunes in the world at Sandbanks Provincial Park. We have miles and miles of pristine white beaches. We have become a favorite destination for cyclists, golfers, sailors and art enthusiasts. You will enjoy staying in one of the many fine inns and B&Bs and the lively local music and theatre scene.
No matter what season you choose to visit The County, there is always something going on – TASTE community grown, The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, Countylicious, Maple in the County, Festival Players Theatre, Terroir, Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, the PEC Chamber Music Festival, The Lavender Festival, 6 Barrels/6Chefs, and Wassail, to name a few! (see our favourite links at the end of this page).
Be sure to check out the extraordinary view while sipping a cocktail at the hip Drake Devonshire or while dining on local charcuterie on the patio of the Miller House. And don't miss at least one meal at our favourite local spot, The Hub in Bloomfield.
We invite you to visit Oeno Gallery – and see world class contemporary art amidst a charming island community.
Driving Directions: Please note that Google often gets County addresses wrong when it maps. We are located just north of Bloomfield, at the intersection of County Road 1 and HWY 62. If you are coming from the west , exit the 401 at exit 522 and head south to County Road 1. From the east, you can take HWY 62 south from Belleville.