The Belleville Trolley – Explore the City

Partnering businesses joined City staff and members of Council this afternoon to celebrate this summer’s launch of The Belleville Trolley. The trolley services Belleville’s beautiful waterfront, allows you to explore the Downtown District, and takes you directly to some of the City’s greatest places to patio dine this summer. Local hotels are also key business partners taking advantage of the opportunity to get their guests to and from these destinations.

The route is one hour in duration and targets visitors looking to explore the City and residents wanting to access the waterfront and get to and from their weekend destinations safely. The trolley launches today and operates Friday to Sunday until September 1st.

“Offering a tour for visitors to the community and providing better access to our waterfront is a natural enhancement to the transit services we currently provide,” says Paul Buck, Manager of Transit Operations. “We are very thankful to our partners that saw this as an opportunity to add value to the visitor experience in Belleville.”

Outside of staff resources provided by the City, this service is completely funded by partners and trolley users. This year the service is proudly supported by Ramada by Wyndham Belleville, Boathouse Seafood Restaurant/ The Pier Patio & BBQ, Paulo’s & Dinkel’s Restaurants, Williams Hotels, Comfort Inn, Shorelines Casino, Signal Brewing Company, Belleville Downtown Improvement Area, Quinte Mall and Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board. Partnering businesses have been provided with complimentary tickets for guests and customers, and tickets can be purchased on the trolley for the regular $3.00 transit rate. A ticket represents your day pass to hop-on and hop-off the trolley at your leisure.

“The Belleville Trolley is the perfect way for visitors to explore our City and for residents to get to their favourite hot spots each weekend,” says Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “This project represents a great collaboration between the City and private sector, and I want to thank those businesses and users who have seen the value in this service, allowing the City to operate the trolley at no cost to the tax payer.”

The Belleville Trolley will begin at the Ramada by Wyndham with stops at Meyers Pier, Downtown Belleville District, Belleville Visitor Centre, North Front Street participating hotels, Shorelines Casino, Signal Brewery and back to the Downtown for a second stop before starting the route again. Details including a route map are available at

JUNE 18, 2019 – 3:50 PM


Three local restaurants have been nominated for best in their category in Ontario.

The Food Awards Ontario in Toronto were announced Monday

Chilangos Mexican Restaurant in downtown Belleville is nominated in the category of best Mexican establishment, Linguine’s Italian Restaurant on North Front Street is nominated in Italian restaurant and the Boathouse Seafood Restaurant on South Front Street in nominated for best seafood.

As well, Empire Cheese & Butter Co-op in Campbellford is nominated for Ontario Produce of the Year

“Whether it is the places that you have had your lunch and dinner hundreds of times or new establishments that have just entered the industry, the Food Awards Ontario 2019 is an exclusive celebration of the masters that enhance the flavors in Ontario,” rfan Younis, CEO of Creative Oceanic stated on the awards website.

There are multiple categories including but not limited to, Best Mediterranean, Sea Food, Vegetarian, and World Cuisine establishments.

“Undoubtedly, there are some amazing specialists around Ontario, who know how to offer great service, delicious food and meet the needs of their diners,” Younis goes on to say.  “These are the professionals that we aim to reward at the inaugural Food Awards Ontario 2019.  We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck and we can’t wait to welcome all our guests and celebrate the winners with them.”

The black-tie ceremony will take place on Monday July 15 at Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel and Suites.

More than $7K raised for local Alzheimer Society

Maurice Rollins and Nancy Annesley draw the winning ticket Sunday at the Boathouse Restaurant in a raffle that benefitted the Alzheimer Society Canada. DAVE VACHON/THE INTELLIGENCER

Published on: December 16, 2018

This was a cause near and dear to Nancy Annesley’s heart.
The co-owner of The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant, along with her husband Greg, have been working with the staff and local Alzheimer Society over the past six weeks to raise money for the organization.
Greg Annesley approached Clearwater Designs in Picton to put one of their prize kayaks up for a lottery to raise funds for Alzheimers Hastings-Prince Edward. Tickets were sold at both from The Boathouse and from the Alzheimers office.

When all was said and done, $7,190 was raised in the fundraiser, which included a $5,000 donation from local philanthropist Maurice Rollins, who was in attendance with Belleville mayor Mitch Panciuk and his wife Lisa.
Nancy Annesley lost her mother – Gloria Meeks – to Alzheimers two years ago at age 77. Her mother suffered from the disease for 12 years.
Nancy was visibly emotional during the draw talking about her mother and said, while her business has given to charity before, this is its first real fundraiser. She added this could become an annual event, but could alternate to different charities.
“We’ve been very, very happy that we’ve been able to help this cause,” said Greg Annesley. “All the money is going to the local operations of the Alzheimers Society, supporting our local residents.”
The winner of the draw was  Nelson Perazo, who was not in attendance for the good news of his win.
Before the event, Panciuk sat down with The Intelligencer and said “Whenever you can get more funding into an organization like the Alzheimer Society, it’s a win for our community.”
“The Alzheimer’s Society has a long tradition in the Quinte region. It’s great to see the generosity of Greg and Nancy Annesley and Maurice Rollins supporting people with the disease,” the mayor added.
According to The Alzheimer Society, Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment.
On average, a person with Alzheimer’s lives four to eight years after diagnosis, but can live as long as 20 years, depending on other factors.
Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.
According to Alzheimer Society Canada, a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. It has been estimated that up to half the cases of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide may be the result of seven key modifiable risk factors: diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, depression, cognitive inactivity or low education, and physical inactivity.