Things to See and Do in Deseronto
Deseronto offers a welcome reprieve from mainstream sights and activities, while providing ease of access to both rural and urban amenities. Characterized by its beautiful open waterfront on the Bay of Quinte; historic downtown featuring specialty shops, antique & collectible dealers, artisans, dining and services; modern accommodations, cultural and recreation experiences - come explore all that Deseronto has to offer.
Some of the Town’s many great features include:
- Antique & specialty shopping experiences
- Galleries featuring works by local artisans
- Dining to satisfy every craving
- Charming, modern accommodations
- Scenic waterfront parks & open spaces
- Public boat launch & docking facilities (providing access to year round fishing opportunities)
- Recreation, cultural & social events, programs and facilities
- Distinct history shaped by Loyalist, Mohawk and industrial heritage
- Unique and affordable business & development opportunities
- Close proximity to many surrounding attractions
Easily explored on foot, the historic downtown and business area are just steps away from the beautiful open waterfront and feature a unique mix of retail, professional services, recreation and attractions. Home to fine and casual dining; antiques, artisans & unique retail shops specializing in home décor, gifts, books, collectibles, floral, accessories, and more – your authentic experience awaits. Browse the fine selection of shops & boutiques; experience the unique history, sites and architecture; enjoy a leisurely or convenient lunch or snack at one of our cafes, bakery, tea room or restaurants.
Antiques/Collectibles, Artisans & Specialty Shops
Hunt for one-of-a-kind treasures in Deseronto’s vast assortment of antique & collectible dealers. Discover the creative works of local artisans featuring soapstone & metal sculptures, photography, paintings, jewellery/accessories, pottery, woodworking and more. Browse the variety of specialty shops where you’ll find jewellery, accessories, home décor and more.
Experience the array of local foods & beverages at our restaurants/cafes, tea room and bakery. Enjoy a fantastic meal amongst a magnificent waterfront setting that offers spectacular views, immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of our Victorian Tea Room, and savor the renowned pizza and selection of bakery goods and offerings at the many dining establishments.
Festivals & Events
A variety of seasonal and community events take place throughout the year in Deseronto.
Events include: the annual Santa Claus Parade/Tree Lighting Ceremony, Canada Day, Easter Egg Hunt/Celebration, Family Day, sales vendor & auction events, community yard/sidewalk sales, Rathbun Park Market, concerts/performances, social activities, and other seasonal and onetime events.
A variety of local groups and organizations also host a wide range of events. Organizations such as the Deseronto Arts & Culture Society, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 280, Fixed Fur Life, Community Care for South Hastings, Deseronto Yacht Club, Quinte Singers and Public Library; host several events including concerts, performances, arts/ culture displays, classes & demonstrations, and social functions. The Deseronto Community Centre is also home to a variety of sports/recreation and community functions throughout the year.
For details regarding Deseronto’s festivals/events, view the community events calendar
Visit the Deseronto Town Hall during office hours for additional tourist information.
331 Main St.
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm