Road Trips from Toronto – Lake on a Mountain

By: Jim Bamboulis

I didn’t even know that there was a park called Lake on a Mountain. This idea was inspired by a reader named Mavis who suggested this road trip. Thanks Mavis.

Lake on a Mountain is a park, a natural wonder and surrounded by beautiful scenery and lovely vistas located on the eastern part of Prince Edward County, about about 2 1/2 hours east of Toronto (map). You go through Picton to get to Lake on a Mountain which is exactly what the name suggests.

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Lake on a Mountain was a mystery at one point. Especially when trying to figure out where the source of the water came from. After all, Lake on a Mountain is more than 200 feet above Lake Ontario. The Mohawks called it the Lake of the Gods. They believed it was home to powerful spirits. It’s now believed that the clean and fresh water comes from 2 small streams from the surrounding higher land. Early settlers here thought the Lake was bottomless. These days, the depth still isn’t known but it’s thought to be about 112 feet.

And because you’re already more than 200 feet up the mountain, you get to experience some incredible views of the Bay of Quinte. If you want to continue driving east towards Kingston, the Glenora Ferry connects you from PEC to the mainland on the bottom of the mountain. The ferry works as a nautical thread of The Loyalist Parkway (Highway 33). Otherwise, bring a picnic or take some time and enjoy the vista.

There you have it. Lake on a Mountain! This makes an ideal road trip from Toronto. It’s a small Provincial Park located on an island and surrounded by beauty. What else do you want?

Did we miss something? Let us know.

Happy travels y’all!


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