Moving to a new area comes with its surprises and quirks, and the Quinte area is no exception. If you’re new to our neck of the woods or heading this way to start a new chapter, we’ve prepared an introduction to some local peculiarities. Let’s embark on a lighthearted journey through the quirks that make our community uniquely wonderful (and just a little bit amusing). If this doesn’t make you excited to call the Quinte area and Prince Edward County home, we’re not sure what will.

The mysterious case of the missing Costco.

Let’s address the elephant in the room: the notable absence of a certain beloved bulk retailer. Yes, we’re talking about Costco, and so is everybody in the Belleville Neighbours Facebook group. While it is the butt of many local jokes, sadly, the area remains a Costco-free zone and the Costco website doesn’t list Belleville or Quinte West as a future home of the Kirkland brand. The nearest havens of free sample bliss are in Kingston, Peterborough, or Oshawa. But fear not! This ‘shortage’ has become a cornerstone of local comedy and a testament to our community’s adaptability and penchant for small-town shopping experiences… And Walmart. Who needs a Costco when you’ve got charm and character?

Don’t sleep on this fashion trend.

Let’s just say local high fashion leans heavily towards the ‘relaxed’ end of the spectrum. In the Quinte region, pyjamas are not just for sleeping and lounging– they’re a statement piece. Whether you’re grabbing a coffee at Tim Hortons or doing your weekly grocery shop at FreshCo or Walmart, don’t be surprised to see a few cozy shoppers donning their best patterned sleepwear bottoms. It’s a trend that highlights our community’s commitment to comfort and a subtle rebellion against the constraints of conventional attire. Embrace the trend – comfort is queen in Quinte.

Quinte After Dark: Where Quiet is the New Loud

Ah, nightlife, or more accurately… What nightlife? While a few local establishments like the Hayloft and Little Texas have dancing and theme nights, Quinte’s version of ‘nightlife’ might be a tad different from what you’re used to. Here, the evenings are tranquil, and many businesses take a breather on Sundays and Mondays. It’s the perfect setting for those who appreciate the quieter side of life. 

Picton events offer some excitement on summer weekends, but evenings in Quinte are generally pretty tame. If you want to kick it up a notch, backwoods bonfires are a little more our speed and have a penchant for getting, both literally and figuratively, lit.

While the Quinte area and Prince Edward County have their quirks, they’re all part of what makes our home so charming. Our community has a little bit to offer every newcomer, like recreation league sports teams for all ages, gyms and pools, board game cafes, interest-based clubs, hiking, endless restaurants to tour, and more. Whether you’re posted to CFB Trenton or making the move to the Quinte area to enjoy a slower pace and lots of space, we have a feeling you won’t want to leave.

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