Belleville literally translates to “beautiful village,” and how appropriate as it is surrounded by the Bay of Quinte, and features the Moira River flowing through it. If you are new to the area, or are thinking of buying a home here, below you will find some points of interest and recreational events that may be valuable.
Drinks & Dining
There are many delicious restaurants in Belleville. Here are a few of the city’s favourites, whether you may desire to “chill out” in a coffee shop, or dine at a more scenic location.
L’Auberge de France - At L’Auberge de France you can experience an authentic French bistro dinner, enjoy a satisfying lunch, or explore the Gourmet Grocery Shop and Cheese Boutique. Also visit the L’Auberge de France website at http://www.aubergedefrance.ca/
Sweet Escape Dessert and Coffee Lounge – Sweet Escape features about any kind of cupcake you can imagine, and also offers specialty cakes. Please visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Escape-Dessert-and-Coffee-Lounge/159052950798883 for more information.
Café E – E stands for Empire, as it is in propinquity to Empire Square. Here you can eat a lunch in roughly half an hour, and the sandwiches are gourmet and delicious. Please visit http://www.cafe-e.ca/ for more information.
Boathouse Restaurant – This restaurant is located next to the Belleville Yacht club, and you have an option of boating to it and docking. However, most patrons walk in to be seated on the patio and served quality, fresh seafood. For more information please visit The Boathouse Restaurant website at http://www.theboathouserestaurant.com/
Tomasso’s – Tomasso’s is Belleville’s preferred Italian and Mediterranean cuisine restaurant. For more information please visit http://www.tomassos.ca/
Winchester Arms – Winchester Arms is a British Fare Pub which features bookshelves separating tables, and a fire place in the middle of the room. The service and food is great. For more information please visit http://www.winchesterarms.net/m0belle.html
The Greek Oasis – Cultural food for takeout, corporate orders, or special events. Visit http://greekoasis.ca/ for more information.
Burger Revolution – Burger Revolution is a newly opened burger specialty shop. For more information please visit http://burgerrevolution.ca/
Every year Belleville hosts various events that may interest you. For more information, please visit www.elocallink.tv/vp2/vp6_brain.php?loc=/clients3/can/ontario/belleville/tourplay.php&qstring=movie%3DBelloncan10_arts_iwd%26spon%3Dartsande
Rib Fest – Rib fest is a gathering to showcase different chef’s ribs. Many gather to eat their hearts out and watch live bands perform. The event is weekend long and is family friendly.
Belleville Water Front & Ethnic Festival – Free admission family event with musical acts, kid friendly activities, and cultural performers.
Party In the Square – Party in The Square is hosted in the Market Square in Downtown Belleville, and is a night event with live bands and dancing. It runs in the evening after The Rotary loves Kids Golf Tournament in July.
Quinte Expedition – The Quinte Expedition is a family fair that runs for a week in Belleville, with rides, games, food, and entertainment.
Festival of Trees – The Festival of Trees is run by the Quinte Arts Council every year to celebrate the holiday season. For more information please visit www.bellevillefestivaloftrees.ca
Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament – The Rotary Club of Belleville's fund raiser to benefit the kids of Quinte. Golfers also enjoy dinner and the 'Party in the Square' event downtown Belleville.
Big Music Fest – Big Music Fest is held every year in Zwicks Park and hosts multiple bands for a full day of music in the park.
Empire Square Rock Fest – The Rock Fest is run at Empire Square in Downtown Belleville and is generally three weekends in a row with 3 main acts.
Belleville is home to many diverse schools in every area of the city. Bussing is provided to those within proper range of the school. As well as a wide array of public schools that host IB, French Immersion, and Arts programs, Belleville also hosts Catholic and Christian learning, and private schools such as Albert College and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. Belleville is also home to Loyalist College, a great post-secondary school.
Belleville and its surrounding areas have many family friendly opportunities for outings and events. Some locations include Galaxy Cinemas, The Mustang Drive-In (PEC), Your Family Restaurant (great for breakfast and lunch), YMCA of Belleville, Kiwanis Skateboard Park, Batawa Ski Hill and The George St Boat Launch (canteen near a boat launch and trail). Belleville and surrounding areas also host events such as Belleville Bulls games at The Yardmen Arena, Free Concerts in Fraser Park, Quinte Expedition, Rib Fest, and The Water Front & Ethnic Festival.
Arts in Quinte
Arts (Empire Theatre, Belleville Theatre Guild Pinnacle Playhouse, Arts galleries)
Belleville has many local artists, performers, and artisans. In addition, it is home to art galleries such as ReVue Design and Gallery ArtPlus, and Gallery One-Twenty-One (In the Public Library building). If you’re in the mood for live theatre, Belleville Theatre Guild Pinnacle Playhouse offers different shows from September-May. The Empire Theatre also hosts different music and performing acts throughout the year. For more information please visit
If you have recently purchased, or are thinking of purchasing a home in Belleville, it’s hoped you have a chance to see Belleville’s many amenities. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office or realtors.
Other useful links:
http://quinte.cioc.ca/record/VIQ0016 - Downtown Belleville Improvement Area
http://www.city.belleville.on.ca/CityHall/EmploymentOpportunities/Pages/default.aspx -Employment Opportunities
http://www.city.belleville.on.ca/CityHall/By-LawsAndPolicies/Pages/default.aspx - By-Laws and Policies
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