When I’m exploring a new city one of the last things I want to do is drive between rural destinations, and in my experience it can be especially difficult to leave the car behind and still get where you want to go. There are now two perfect options available in Belleville that encourage you to leave the car parked at the hotel.
If you are anything like me you like to explore at your own pace, and that means not waiting for transit, taxis or an Uber when you are ready to get to your next destination. You can get yourself around with the power of your own two legs, but riding a bike will let you explore a much larger area in the same amount of time.
Renting a bike is the perfect way to explore Belleville or any rural city. Bikes allow you to travel at your own leisurely pace. Sit and relax as long as you’d like, or get up and go when you are ready. It also allows you to explore quaint neighbourhoods, stumble onto green spaces and find hidden gems that you wouldn’t find in a car or travelling a main road.
Visit Belleville’s new Pop-Ups on the Bay village in Victoria Park (located at the end of the Riverfront Trail) and rent a bike with Doug’s Bicycle. Or book a bike rental through Ideal Bike, conveniently located in the Downtown for easy pick up and drop off. All bike rentals include a helmet and lock.
Belleville Trolley Tour
Perhaps cycling isn’t for you, or you are getting dressed up for a night on the town. The Belleville hop-on hop-off premium trolley service might just be the perfect solution! Just as it implies, you are able to get on and off the trolley as you please in different areas throughout the city. The trolley picks up and drops off at participating hotels, restaurants and destinations along the trolley route, making it convenient to start and end your day without ever having to use your car. Complimentary trolley tickets are provided to all participating destinations along the route.
Visitors are encouraged to explore Belleville’s waterfront. Along the waterfront is where you can usually find our signature BELLEVILLE sign – a fun photo opportunity! Hop off Downtown to stroll and shop one-of-a-kind offerings. You can also hop off at the Quinte Mall – the region’s largest shopping centre – for countless offerings and places to satisfy your inner shopper.
After you drop your bags off at the hotel it’s time to get ready for dinner reservations in the evening. Hop back on the trolley to indulge in a gourmet dinner Downtown. Whether you’re feeling Mexican on a riverfront patio, steak and seafood in an upscale dining room, or Italian in a Tuscan style courtyard – there is no shortage of options in Downtown Belleville. Jump on the trolley once again and finish the evening off with ice cream and a sunset saunter along the beautiful waterfront trail.
The Belleville Trolley operates Friday to Sunday from July 5th until September 1st 2019.
Friday 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday: 1 a.m. – 10 p.m.
I highly recommend renting a bike and using the FREE trolley tour during your stay here in Belleville. Both are terrific ways to live like a local and explore the city in ways that you can’t enjoy in your car.