Belleville is known as the ‘Friendly City’ – and that is only the beginning.

The Quinte region has been identified as one of the best areas in Canada in which to live. Frankly, it is also one of Ontario’s best-kept secrets. But its hidden treasures are being discovered! The magnificent beaches of Prince Edward County, the wonderful summer theatre at Stirling, the excellence of our sport fishery, the bounty of our local farms sold at the roadside stands and downtown markets, some of Ontario’s best golf courses – there is indeed something for everyone in the Quinte region, right here in the City of Belleville.

Belleville is at the centre of the Quinte area. Shopping, dining experiences, theatre, fishing, wind surfing and visits to old friends, all bring people to Belleville. Whatever the reason, they always take home some memories and make plans to return on another day. The famous Waterfront and Ethnic Festival gives people an excuse to visit Belleville in July, when the usually tranquil Bay of Quinte shoreline comes alive with music, water-ski shows, hundreds of boats and ethnic delights from food to dance. July also features a popular sidewalk sale from downtown merchants. Belleville is proud of its downtown with its tree-lined shopping area offering convenient benches, ample parking, over 250 stores, restaurants and services for pleasant and leisurely shopping as well as The Empire Theatre and Centre for the Performing Arts. The beautifully renovated Empire provides Quinte area residents with a wide variety of world class acts in music, stage and film and is home to The Quinte Symphony and the Quinte Film Alternative.

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