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Although a military relocation can feel overwhelming, beginning a new chapter in your life also comes with plenty of excitement and opportunities. For service members and their families, Belleville and Trenton have plenty to offer both inside and outside of your home.  

As local residents and experts, here’s everything you should know about these two communities ahead of your military relocation. 

Welcome to the Bay of Quinte 

Belleville and Trenton are both a part of the lakeside area known as the Bay of Quinte Region. With its unique cultural atmosphere and natural scenic beauty, we believe there’s no better place to call home than the Bay of Quinte. Located just two hours from the bustling centre of Toronto, the Bay of Quinte is safe, quiet and well-connected. 

Whether you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors or embrace the benefits of urban living, the area truly offers something for everyone. 

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Belleville Highlights

For those who enjoy a city lifestyle but also want a close community atmosphere, Belleville offers the best of both worlds. Belleville is a small, charming lakeside city home to about 50,000 residents. What makes Bellville unique compared to other municipalities its size are the big city amenities. 

Downtown Belleville is the cultural hub of the Bay of Quinte Region. If you’re a fan of cozy coffee shops, trendy boutiques and great nightlife, you’ll love this neighbourhood. Downtown is home to Belleville’s renowned Empire Square and Theatre, where you can catch some of the biggest names in entertainment live. In addition to nightlife, it’s also a great place to support small businesses. If you’re looking for some of the best produce in the province, the local farmer’s market is a must-visit.

Belleville also serves as the region’s transit hub. Residents can connect with ease to major cities throughout Ontario and Quebec by rail or bus. Air travellers can connect to Toronto Pearson International with a direct shuttle bus service. 

Want to learn more about Belleville and surrounding communities? Explore our Community Guides. 

Trenton Highlights 

Located along Lake Ontario’s Waterfront Trail, Trenton is overflowing with natural beauty and scenic activities. Although the town has only about half of the population of Belleville, the neighbouring city is just a short 20-minute drive away for urban amenity seekers. 

If you or your family love spending time in the great outdoors, you’ll love Trenton. The town and surrounding communities feature conservation areas, campgrounds, hockey and curling rinks, hiking trails and bike paths. In the summer months, you’ll find great beaches, swimming and boating in the bay. Trenton is also known worldwide for its sport fishing scene, with annual competitions that attract competitors and spectators from across North America. 

Trenton is also home to some great cultural amenities. Along Dundas Street, you’ll find a handful of fantastic restaurants, cafes and shops. 

Want to learn more about life in the Bay of Quinte Region? Check out these resources from our blog. 

Local Support 

The Bay of Quinte Region has a long and incredible history with military operations in Canada. For generations, military families have called the area home and built a well-connected and supportive network for members of the community. Both Belleville and Trenton are home to Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) branches. MFRCs offer a variety of programs for military family members, including on-site daycare and mental wellness services.   

Our team is proud to live and work in the Bay of Quinte region. As local experts, we can offer recommendations and support to meet your unique needs. Have a question? Get in touch. 

House Hunting

No two homes are alike. When it comes to settling in a new community, choosing the best home for you and your family is super important. Unfortunately, with the hot seller’s market, finding your dream home in Ontario isn’t as easy as it used to be. When it comes time to move, the Canadian Forces will likely provide a real estate agent for you, however, there are other options. That’s where we can help! 

You should never have to settle when looking for your dream home. As local experts, we’ve helped countless military families settle in the Bay of Quinte Region. We understand the rigid timelines and factors that make military relocation unique and can ensure you find the best home possible based on your specific needs. 

Want to learn more about finding a new home following a military assignment? Check out these resources on our blog. 

Looking for more information about relocating to Belleville or Trenton? We can help. Contact us