Wellington, Ontario

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Child at Play on Wellington Beach
Patio at the Drake Devonshire

The Village of Wellington is a full-service farming and beach community located in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada with a population of 1,860 (2011 Census). One of Prince Edward County's fastest growing communities, Wellington's population is expected to double in the next twenty years.[1] The Village sits on the shores of both Lake Ontario and West Lake, and is the geographic hub for exploring much of Prince Edward County's wine region, with over 60% of County wineries located within a 10km radius of the Village.[2]

The renowned Sandbanks Beach, the northern-most of Sandbanks Provincial Park's beaches, lands in the Village of Wellington, where it is called Wellington Rotary Beach. It is separated from the Sandbanks Provincial Park by a canal through the beach to Wellington Harbour.[3] Wellington Rotary Beach, completed in 2009, has a boat launch, boardwalk, picnic tables, sun shelter, washrooms, changerooms and an interpretive walkway.[4]

Since 1992, the community has been served by the Wellington Times newspaper, one of Ontario’s last independently owned community newspapers. The Times is available at over 50 retail locations across the County and has a circulation of approximately 4,000.[5]

The Toronto hotelier, The Drake Hotel, transplanted its boutique brand to Prince Edward County, choosing the Village of Wellington to open the Drake Devonshire in the fall of 2014. [6]

Sports and Recreation[edit]

Wellington is an active community that is home to a number of athletic clubs and recreational facilities.

Athletic Clubs in the Village of Wellington[edit]

  • The Wellington Dukes Junior A hockey team of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The Dukes play at Essroc Arena (capacity 1,600).[7]
  • The Prince Edward County Baseball Association plays all its games in Wellington and the rep teams of the Quinte Royals Baseball Club (Midget and Minor Midget) play their homes games at the Wellington Field of Dreams.[8]
  • The Prince Edward County Skating Club, a not-for-profit, volunteer run figure skating club that is sanctioned by Skate Canada.
  • The equestrian centre, Haderway Farms, is located just outside the Village, two minutes to the north.

Sporting and recreational facilities[edit]

  • The Wellington and District Community Centre, which houses the Essroc Arena, a walking track, a number of conference rooms, and a full service kitchen and cafeteria.
  • Wellington-on-the-Lake Golf Course, an Azinger design championship length 9-hole course with four sets of tees, and a practice area consisting of a 120,000 square foot bent grass tee deck, an aquatic range, a 5,000 square foot practice putting green and a practise bunker.
    Swings at Wellington Park
  • Three baseball diamonds and a tennis court.
  • A running track and a dual-purpose football/soccer playing field on the grounds of CML Snider School.
  • Wellington Harbour, a municipally run marina that opens onto Lake Ontario and West Lake.
  • The Millennium Trail, a 49 km multi-purpose recreational use trail passes right through the Village of Wellington.
  • Wellington Park, a waterfront park in the centre of the Village, which contains a popular, community-built playground, a pavilion, barbecue pits and picnic tables.


There are a number of education options for school-aged children residing in the Village of Wellington.

Public Elementary[edit]

  • English language public elementary education is located in the heart of the Village at CML Snider Public School, home to over 300 students from JK-Grade 8.[9]
  • Early French Immersion elementary is offered St. Michael's Catholic School in Belleville, Ontario.
  • French-language public elementary education is offered through the Public School Board of Eastern Ontario, at École élémentaire publique Cité Jeunesse in Quinte West, Ontario.

Both Belleville and Quinte West are about 25 minutes north of the Village of Wellington.

Public Secondary[edit]

Private Education[edit]

  • Private, English-language elementary and secondary education is offered at Albert College in Belleville, Canada's oldest co-ed independent school, with international students from over 20 countries attending yearly.


  • Wellington Heritage Museum is located in the heart of the Village. It was built in 1885 as a Quaker Meeting House and now features exhibits on local history. The museum houses the Douglas A. Crawford Canning Industry Collection that explores the importance of the canning industry to Prince Edward County. There were over 75 different canning factories operating in the County between 1882 and 1996.

Historical Facts[edit]

  • One of Prince Edward County's earliest residents, Daniel Reynolds, first came to the area in the 18th century and settled in Wellington where his house remains today along Main Street.[10]
  • Wellington was once called Smokeville. The name Smokeville came from the fact that in 1780s, the settler Daniel Reynolds was nicknamed Old Smoke by the First Nations. When the post office was established in the 1830s, the village was named Wellington after the 'Iron Duke,' Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (I769-1852).


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