Living in Belleville Ontario

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LIVING IN BELLEVILLE

Living in Belleville Ontario

“In Belleville you are never more than 10 minutes from home, work, or play!”

The Quinte area has been ranked the number one place to live in the Province of Ontario by the Ontario Social Development Council. Belleville can offer your family and employees all the amenities of a metropolitan centre,
as well as the lifestyle that those in metropolitan centres long to create.

Education

Belleville has a full range of public and private schools from elementary to post secondary. There is also a provincial school for the deaf, several privately run day care centres and nurseries, a world renowned ballet school and other business training centres. There are also 3 universities within close proximity to Belleville

There are 18 elementary and 6 secondary schools offering the finest of education in Belleville. These schools are operated by both public and separate school boards and offer a complete range of educational opportunities for children of all interests and abilities. The classroom is not limited to indoors, however. The H.R. Frink Centre, located in Belleville, is an outdoor education centre teaching nature and outdoor skills to the region’s youth. The City’s two school boards, the Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, both operate well-respected educational facilities with a total enrollment of 33,403 students. French immersion and gifted-student programs are available within the school board systems, as are educational support and assessment programs for children facing learning challenges.

Health Services

The Quinte Health Care Belleville General Hospital offers a complete range of diagnostic & treatment services. The new 72 million dollar Sills Wing is complete and includes:

  • Construction of a new wing
  • Expansion of the Continuing Care & Rehabilitation Units
  • Expansion of the Intensive Care Unit
  • Redeveloping Support Services
  • New facilities for the Children’s Treatment Centre
  • Increasing hospital capacity by 77 beds

Belleville & District also offers medical laboratories, dental laboratories, nursing services, ambulance services, home care medical suppliers & air ambulance services.

Manufacturing & Industry

The City’s strong, diverse industrial base produces everything from plastics and packaging goods to auto parts, research & development, distribution, and customer contact centres. Some of the recognizable businesses in the community are: Nortel Networks, Sears Canada, The Kellogg Company, Procter & Gamble, Exxon Mobil, and Bioniche Life Sciences.

Places of Worship

There are over 40 places of worship representing a broad cross-section of faiths

Culture

There is something for everyone’s cultural taste in Belleville.

Belleville offers a thriving arts and cultural community with something for everyone. Symphony, ballet, theatre, and concert events are just a sample of the culture in the Belleville area.

The Quinte Arts Council is a not-for-profit community service organization devoted to the promotion of the arts in and around the Quinte area. www.quinteartscouncil.org

The Quinte Symphony is renowned for its extraordinary talent. Attend the symphony and hear the music you love, performed by the people you know. The Quinte Symphony website outlines the upcoming performance dates.www.quintesymphony.com

Belleville is home to The Quinte Ballet School of Canada, which has evolved into a highly respected member of the national and international dance community. The school’s new facility was completed in January 2002 and is one of the best professional dance training centres in Canada. The Quinte Ballet School website outlines programs as well as upcoming events. www.quinteballetschool.com

There are several other important points of cultural interest within Belleville, including the quaint Pinnacle Playhouse and The Empire Theatre, which stages top-notch artists, just to name a few.www.theempiretheatre.com and www.bellevilletheatreguild.ca

The Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival is a summer festival not to be missed. For Waterfront Festival event information, visit the website: www.bellevillewaterfrontfestival.com

Shopping

Downtown Belleville is the community’s financial centre providing a wide range of services and specialty stores, known as ‘The Village’. The Village is located in the centre of the City, on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Quinte and Moira River. The City of Belleville is a perfect location for commercial, industrial, and tourism development. For further information on our vision for the downtown area, visit: www.rediscoverdowntown.com

The Quinte Mall, located right off the 401, offers over 130 stores and services, including Sears, Chapters, and Toys R Us. Adjacent to the Quinte Mall on Bell Boulevard are other shopping opportunities – Home Depot, Walmart, Staples – as well as entertainment services such as a Galaxy Cinemas multiplex theatre. For further information, visit: www.quintemall.com

Commercial services such as fast food outlets and car dealerships are located on North Front Street, extending from the 401 to the City’s downtown. Specialty stores offering everything from unique craft items to food products are found throughout the community. Surrounding rural areas offer a number of tourist and aritsan communities. The City has six major supermarkets as well as an outdoor farmer’s market, which operates 3 days per week, behind City Hall.

Banking

Many major Chartered Banks and Financial Institutions are located in Belleville as well as many wealth management and investments firms. Most of these banking institutions can be found in Belleville's Downtown core.

Parks

The City’s extensive park system, local conservation authorities, and nearby provincial parks offer all that the outdoor enthusiast and nature lover could hope for.

More than 13 km of hiking and cycling trails and parks along the Bay of Quinte and Moira River connect to the Trans Canada Trail system and the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.

Transportation

The city of Belleville is connected to Highway 401 with interchanges at Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Highway 62 and Highway 37. VIA Rail also stops in Belleville several times a day at one of Canada’s busiest railway stations. Canadian National Railway has a major hub located in the city and the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline also passes through the south end of the city.