trenton: small town, big imagination

The first thing I was told when we received our posting message for CFB Trenton was “you’re going to hate it! there’s nothing to do”. That uplifting piece of advice was not the best way to start our first posting together. But don’t let small-town life fool you, this place has a lot to offer, and after a year and a half here, we’ve uncovered some of the best spots to go. I’m only going to focus on Trenton, but I’ll be doing posts about Belleville, PEC, Warkworth, and all the surrounding places later on, but I really want newcomers to get a glimpse of life in Trenton.

Here’s the lowdown:

Trails: there are trails galore in this area! Check out my other blog post for info on some of the specifics of the the trails, but just to list a few: Mount Pelion, Hannah Park, 8 Wing CFB Trenton Fitness Trail, Bleasdell Boulder Conservation Area, Trenton Waterfront Trail, or opt for a walk along the water on the boardwalk downtown on the Jack Lange Memorial Walkway. A quick Google Maps search of any of these names will give you the location.

Food: We haven’t tried everything in town yet, but we attempt to go somewhere new every few weeks.

Tomasso’s! It was the first place we ate in town and I loved their menu, service, and food.

The Grind Cafe has delicious baked goods, soup, sandwiches, and coffee. It is a busy spot, but so worth the wait, and the service is top notch.

Neil’s BBQ Nation serves meat. lots of meat. Their hours vary on when they sell out of meat, but it is a must try.

The Port Bistro Pub is a great spot for local pub food and a mountain of nachos, and the place for live music.

Dapp’s Restaurant serves delicious breakfast. They have limited hours, but if you can get it, do it! You won’t be disappointed.

Momma’s Diner takes me back to home cooked meals from the east coast. They serve lots of different things, and sometimes it’s a bit of a wait, but I don’t mind that because the food is pretty tasty.

and for Chinese food, my favourite is Golden Wok. It’s not my beloved east coast Chinese food but it’s the closest thing I’ve found.

Hours vary for all of these places, so make sure you check out their websites. There are lots of other places to try, these just happen to be my go-to places.


A few events take place in Trenton, and one of my favourite events is Hops On The Water (April 21st from 11am-7pm) where you can sample Ontario food, beer, wine, cider, and shop vendors while listening to live music. It’s a lot of fun whether you drink or not, and takes place at the Front Street Farmers Market.

Barks By The Bay (May 26th from 9am-4pm) is for your four-legged friends! Vendors, training aids, groomers, pet food stores. Located at Centennial Park, it has it all for your furry friends.

Quinte Ribfest (August 10th, 11th, 12th) is the place to go rain or shine! It poured on us last year, but we still enjoyed our blooming onion and ribs. Buy from vendors, listen to music, and eat your face off in Centennial Park.

Trenton also puts on a Santa Claus Parade, Front Street Market from May to October, Cascades Summer Concert, and a fireworks display in the summer.

Other events can be found at City of Quinte West Festivals & Events webpage.

Local Businesses: Trenton has some amazing local entrepreneurs! From brewers to bakers, this area offers everything you need.

Wild Card Brewing Co. offers craft beer and a fun atmosphere. We frequent here a lot and have always enjoyed our time chatting and sampling new flavours. You will find them at Hops On The Water, too!

Wannamaker’s creates delicious baked goods that you can’t help but buy. I did a piece on them if you want a first-hand experience at the bakery. They cover your baked good needs from donuts to cakes to cinnamon buns and have a vintage home decor store.

Axes & Allies let you throw axes at targets for fun and because it looks awesome. They only just recently opened, so make sure you check them out!

Hourglass Mysteries is Trenton’s own escape room. Join them for a night of fun trying to escape with friends and test your skills. Mine are non-existent so part of my sanity is probably still stuck in an escape room somewhere.

Press To Continue opened on Front Street last summer and lets you go back to a simpler time when video games were 25 cents and didn’t require an internet search to beat a level. Stop by and support this growing business and try to get a high score.

J&B Books is a used book heaven! They carry tabletop games, card game tournaments, comic books, and collectibles.

Dahlia May Flower Farm is a local floral farmer who produces some of the most beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen. Melanie is dedicated to her farm and to her customers, making sure everything she does is done with love and care. I’ve had the chance to meet her and she is so genuine and compassionate that I know you will fall in love with supporting their business.

Trenton Clothing Repair saved my butt more than once when I needed alterations. You will receive nothing but kind and honest service from her. She hemmed and altered two of my bridesmaids dresses last year and did an amazing job. She even went out of town to buy extra fabric at no additional cost because she didn’t have any on hand that she thought would do the dress justice. She is quick, very affordable, and a hoot to chat with. I recommend her to anyone who asks about getting alterations done.

And last but NOT least! Centre Theatre has become my second home. I can watch a movie and buy a popcorn combo for less than one movie ticket in Belleville. It’s a smaller theatre, but it does what I need. They have been making upgrades, and they have specials on March Break. You can buy tickets from the MFRC, as well.

I don’t want this to get TOO long, but this is just an idea of some things to do in Trenton. It also has your Bulk Barn, Wal-Mart, pizzerias, drug stores, Dollarama, and fast food options, but I wanted to focus on things you might not find right away. I know I’ve missed a few, but I’ve only been here a year and a half! I will be hitting up more places this summer. Stay tuned!

I went for a stroll around Trenton this weekend and snapped a few photos. Enjoy!









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