Belleville, ON, Canada

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Belleville, ON, Canada

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Saved by the Belleville

Somewhere between Toronto and Montreal – literally and figuratively – lies Belleville. Much of the city is suburban-to-rural, but the lively downtown is home to shops, restaurants, and entertainment, as well as the striking, Gothic Revival–style city hall. Discover the city’s vibrant cultural scene from your Belleville vacation rental – there’s a symphony, a ballet, and a playhouse, as well as art galleries and live music venues. Belleville also boasts more than 500 acres of green space, and hosts festivals and community events all year round.

Belleville – good rivers, Great Lakes

Located on the Bay of Quinte, Belleville is part of the Great Lakes Waterway, a 2,000-mile system of lakes, bays, and rivers that connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The Bay of Quinte itself is a hot spot for fishing and boating during the summer months, and you’ll find agencies that offer everything from kayaking to jetskis. In the winter, you can try your hand at ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Belleville is also a popular destination for spelunkers, and it’s home to the oldest natural cavern in Ontario.

Belleville’s unique underground scene

A trip to Belleville wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves, where you can explore an underground labyrinth of ancient rock formations. The 341-acre H.R. Frink Conservation Area features a forest, wetlands, and riverside trails, and it’s home to a wide array of wildlife, including beavers, turtles, and Canada geese. More of a “great indoors” type? You can take in the Victorian splendor of the Glanmore National Historic Site, or catch live acts at the Empire Theatre, a 1930s moviehouse that hosts concerts, music festivals, and film screenings.

Belleville – seasons in the sun, seasons in the snow

Thanks to its location near Lake Ontario, Belleville’s continental climate tends toward milder summers, with average highs in the upper 70s and low 80s from June through August. Winters are far from mild – snowy and cold, with lows in the teens to the 20s between December and March. While cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are popular this time of year, winter is still a good time to snag a Belleville vacation rental for a little less than the summer rates.

Bucolic, beautiful Belleville

Belleville is located at the mouth of the Moira River, right where it empties into the Bay of Quinte. Waterfront areas include marshy wetlands that are home to a bounty of wildlife species, including reptiles, amphibians, and migratory birds. Farther inland, the landscape is made up of rolling hills, and a series of hiking trails in the area connects to a regional trail system that’s linked to much of eastern Ontario. Thanks to the scenic waterfront and plenty of winter activities, your Belleville vacation rental will be close to the action all year round.