Hastings County is the second largest County in Ontario stretching from the shores of the Bay of Quinte up north to Algonquin Park and the Hastings Highlands. Each of our 14 member municipalities boasts unique and diverse offerings from farming to forestry and quaint downtown shops to unique tourist attractions.
A top place to visit
Hastings County is popular among tourists. A recent Ontario government survey of international and Canadian tourists uncovered that Hastings County is among the top 15 places visited in Ontario.
An arts capital
Hastings County is among the top ten of rural Ontario municipalities with a high artist concentration. A recent study by Hill Strategies Inc. uncovered a concentration of artists that is at least double the national average.
The Cheese Capital of Canada Hastings County is trademarked as the Cheese Capital of Canada. Cheese production was once a large industry in Hastings with more than 80 cheese factory locations alone being identified. Today, Hastings County is home to Eldorado (Golden) Cheese Factory, Ivanhoe Cheese and Maple Dale Cheese. To complement, we are promoting investment in small scale and artisan cheese making, a $300 Million (retail) sales per year industry in Ontario.
Small town charm
Hastings County is filled with historic main street shopping districts and 19th century heritage buildings that give you that easy feeling of days gone by. People say “hello” on the street and you soon become known by name at each of the stores and restaurants you visit.
Not far away Need to get to the city? Our rural haven is just a 90 minute drive to the Greater Toronto Area. Ottawa is just 2 hours drive away.
Seconds to work, minutes to the cottage
As a major U.S. site selector recently commented (Don Schjeldahl of Austin Consulting), no longer do large cities have an advantage over small towns and rural communities. All of our urban centres and many rural areas have access to high speed Internet. As we work to expand this broadband infrastructure into historically underserviced areas, you will find that it's possible to telecommute from home in scenic Hastings County and enjoy the beautiful outdoors on your breaks. Your colleagues and friends back in the city will be envious.
Andrew Redden, Ec.D.
Economic Development Manager
15 Victoria Avenue
Box 2, 2nd Floor
Belleville, ON K8N 1Z5
T: 866.321.9563 or 613.966.6712 ext. 4011