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Welcome to the Summer Hub!

Info to help County residents navigate the busy summer season

Summer tourism is important to The County, but being such a popular destination comes with challenges. In 2021, The County implemented a Tourism Management Plan to better manage the flow of visitors to our area.

The Summer Hub page exists to help residents navigate the busy summer season and the changes to boat launches, parking, beaches, enforcement and more.

Who to Call

Have a concern? Don’t know who to call? 
Click for a list of contacts who can help with common summer concerns:

Guide to Summer Parking

All paid parking on municipal property, whether in Picton or at boat launches is handled by Mackay Pay which comes with a handy app! Download the app today.

Washroom Maps

Beach and Park Capacity Alerts

The link above will be updated when we receive beach capacity information from the various parks and beaches. 

Closures and other alerts are also posted to the Twitter links below (you don’t have to have a Twitter account to view!) or you can listen for the regular Beach Reports throughout the day on  99.3 County FM.

Sandbanks Provincial Park – Twitter Feed North Beach Provincial Park – Twitter Feed

Quinte Conservation – Twitter Feed

Little Bluff is open off-season admission policies are now in effect. $5 per car, season passes accepted.

Residents' Guide to Summer

The County is introducing a number of changes and improvements to the way that our summer amenities operate, as well as increasing enforcement of parking and by-law violations. Much of this information was communicated in the Public Info Session, which you can watch on The County’s YouTube channel.

Click the links below to learn what’s new for summer 2021 and how you can “have your say”:

Provincial Park Booking System

Ontario Parks has introduced a new booking system for Sandbanks and North Beach Provincial Parks. Advance reservations are now required for day-use!

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Summer Stats

Planning and preparation for the coming tourism operating season has been a priority for many County departments. As we put these plans into practice, we’ll report on key stats to help you measure the efforts.

1120

Number of Wellington Rotary Beach Day Use Passes provided to residents and ratepayers since the program launched.

252

By-law staff hours/week that will be added in July & August. This is a 105% increase in The County’s compliance and enforcement efforts during the peak season.

Want more info?

Visit our full Summer Stats reporting dashboard for info about Tourism Management finances, enforcement statistics, beach closure history, resident survey results and more.

Have Your Say

We want to hear from you. The end-of-season public survey and other feedback tools will be launched in late September on Have Your Say.

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Video Guides to Beaches, Boat Launches and more!

View the video resources for more info on changes at Wellington Rotary Beach, the Provincial Parks, Boat Launches and more!

Wellington Rotary Beach - NEW Day Pass

Learn about the admission fee on weekends and holidays, and how to get in FREE using your Wellington Rotary Beach Pass for residents.

Municipal Boat Launch - New Pay-to-Park System

Learn about the new parking system at municipal boat launches, and how to obtain your seasonal parking permit.

Provincial Parks Day-Use Booking System

Learn about advance booking for day-use at Sandbanks and North Beach. Click below for info or calll 1-888-668-7275

Boat Launches, Parks and More

The Tourism Management Plan includes a number of changes to County amenities and the way that we encourage compliance with by-laws. See below for a summary of the new initiatives and rules that were approved as part of the Plan.

BOAT LAUNCHES

Changes include replacing launch fees with parking fees, closing the Belleville Street boat launch, restricting hours at Wellington Beach boat launch and adding paddle docks at two locations.

>> More about boat launches

PARKS AND WASHROOMS

Changes include added washrooms and garbage bins throughout The County with enhanced cleaning schedule. Open flame and charcoal BBQs are now prohibited in County parks.

>> More about parks
>> Washroom map

ENFORCEMENT & BY-LAWS

Changes include increased staffing and extended hours to encourage compliance and enforce where necessary, including short term accommodation violations and illegal camping.

>> More about by-laws

VISITOR SERVICES

Initiatives include a “Plan Your Visit” campaign to reach visitors before they leave home with important practical information, a new County Ambassador Training program, increased French-language resources, improved signage and maps.

>> Resources for Tourism Sector / Visitor Services

PARKING

Changes include creating ten seasonal no-parking zones at areas where roadside parking creates safety and trespassing concerns during the summer months. Additional staffing will support enforcement of parking-related issues.

>> More about Summer Parking

WELLINGTON ROTARY BEACH

Changes at Wellington Rotary Beach will help manage crowds, improve amenities and keep the beach clean and safe. Residents can access the beach for free at all times with a seasonal day pass, while visitors pay an entry fee on weekends and holidays until September 19.

>> More about Wellington Beach

Feedback

Is there information that is missing? Do you have ideas for improving The Summer Hub?