At St. James By-The-Bay you will find country living in the midst of the city. All the conveniences of urban living with many retail, cultural, educational and medical resources are just minutes from the community, while at home you can enjoy the restorative feel of gardens, the water and the vista of sky, sun and nature.
The city of Belleville is nestled along the shores of the Bay of Quinte, about 2 hours from Toronto and 50 minutes from Kingston, and is directly accessed from the 401 highway. A growing community with over 45,000 residents, Belleville is the main service area in the region. It offers a large selection of shopping facilities and restaurants, sporting activities, entertainment and cultural venues, and access to health care. Prince Edward County, or 'The County' as it is known, compliments the city with it's popular vineyards, artistic culture, and beautiful beaches. There are also many award-winning restaurants and bed and breakfast spots in the County. Prince Edward County is just over the Norris Whitney Bridge, which St. James By-The-Bay overlooks. Combined, the city and the "County" offer a wide range of choices for activities and services for the area's residents. And just a few miles to the west of Belleville is Trenton, home of the Canadian Armed Forces Base, and a community of almost 12,000 people.
Belleville health facilities include a newly renovated hospital with emergency room facilities, and access to specialists in the larger university hospitals in Kingston, 50 miles to the east. Belleville is actively involved in recruiting and securing new medical doctors to this area.
The newly renovated Quinte Mall has many brand name stores including Sears, Winners, Eddie Bauer, plus a Chapters and Starbucks. Along Bell Boulevard near the Quinte Mall, are major box stores including Home Depot, Canadian Tire, The Brick, Staples, Future Shop, and Zellers, to name a few.
Belleville's downtown, with its tree-lined streets, has boutique shopping, and the popular Empire Theatre, which hosts many live performances and alternative movies. The new Belleville Public Library is also found in the downtown area.
Residents enjoy a variety of good quality restaurants in Belleville, from the exotic Indian Silk Route, to fine dining at Earl and Anthony's, the popular Montana's or Boston Pizza, or the typical fast food establishments (there are more than the average number of Tim Horton's in the area!).
For movie buffs, Belleville has a Cineplex movie theatre with 8 cinemas.
The Bay of Quinte area supports a thriving arts and cultural community, including the internationally acclaimed Quinte Ballet School of Canada, the Pinnacle Playhouse, The Empire Theatre, the Stirling Festival Theatre, and the Regent Theatre in Picton.
In "The County", tourists and local residents alike enjoy the artistic culture of many small artisans, sample the wines at 10 local vineyards, and browse boutiques in Bloomfield and Picton. The gorgeous Sandbanks Provincial Park boasts miles of sandy beaches and are a popular spot on hot summer days.
The Bay of Quinte itself boasts a reputation among anglers and sailors alike. Sailors enjoy some of the best boating routes in Ontario, from the Trent Severn Waterway to Kingston's Thousand Islands and Lake Ontario at Picton. There are two large marinas very close to St. James By-The-Bay for mooring boats.
Known as the "Walleye Capital of the World", and with some of the best bass reserves in North America, fishing in Belleville is a very popular recreation, both in the summer and winter, when ice fishing huts dot the frozen expanse of the Bay.
Golfing enthusiasts will find many award-winning golf courses within a thirty minute drive of St. James By-The-Bay. Three of the largest, include the Bay of Quinte Golf Course, Trillium Woods, and Black Bear Ridge.
Two of Ontario's finest provincial parks are located in Bay of Quinte Country, including the above-noted Sandbanks Provincial Park, and Presqui'ile Provincial Park, a bird lover's retreat, with its expansive wetland reserve and "Waterfowl weekends".
For those seeking the occasional trip to a large city, Kingston is a 45 minute drive, and Toronto a 2 hour drive, or an easy destination ride on the train, which departs several times each day. The nation's capital city of Ottawa is a 2.5 hour drive, and Montreal approximately 4 hours. Belleville is well serviced by Via Rail trains, as well as bus service.