Loyalist Parkway - Your Route Through History
The Loyalist Parkway, stretching from Kingston to Trenton, travels through 4 municipalities, each with its own charm and attractions.
The Eastern entrance to the Parkway in Loyalist Township is marked by impressive gates that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially dedicated in 1984. The Western entrance, at the roundabout intersection with County Road 40 in Quinte West, is highlighted by a sign featuring the Parkway's logo, surrounded by foliage provided and maintained by the Loyalist Parkway Association.
Between the east and west gates there are more than three dozen commemorative plaques detailing everything from Sir John A. MacDonald’s family home (at Glenora by the ferry docks) to the British corvette Royal George which was attacked by seven American ships during the War of 1812 and escaped to find safety in Kingston Harbour.
Among the many attractions available to the traveller today are parks and parkettes in the communities of Carrying Place, Ameliasburgh, Hillier, Wellington, Picton, Glenora, Adolphustown, Lennox Power Station and Bath, including roadside parks along the Lakeshore and at the Eastern Gates at the Fairfield-White House.
One of the popular highlights for many people is the ferry ride between Glenora and Adolphustown with its splendid views, free of charge.
The United Empire Loyalists were of different racial and religious backgrounds but were united by their loyalty to the Crown. They fled the United States following the War of Independence in the late 1700’s, and were granted parcels of land to settle, by the King of England. Many of their descendants still live and work here today.
We invite you to explore our Loyalist history, enjoy life here today and be a part of our future.
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many historical sites and businesses along the Loyalist Parkway that cater to travellers are closed to protect their workers, volunteers and the community. We encourage you to explore our website and plan a trip to enjoy the history and vitality of this special area of Southeastern Ontario in the future. We look forward to welcoming you soon!