Ethnic Groups, Events and Associations

The Bay of Quinte region is home to more than 25,000 people that have moved to the region from another country. We have a diverse population that lives, works, plays and learns together. We also have several ethnic and cultural groups, events and associations that help bring all cultures together.

The United Nations Association in Canada Quinte Branch (UNAC-Quinte)

The Quinte Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada is a leader in extending the scope of Model UN conferences to the youth in the Bay of Quinte region.

Through its initiatives it has made possible the benefits of a global education experience for our local secondary and elementary students. Our youth have now joined tens of thousands of learners from Europe, Asia, Africa and all over the world who participate in Model UN conferences each year.

The skills developed in the Model UN conference include public speaking, writing, researching and negotiating. In addition, learning about the arts of diplomacy, consensus building and conflict resolution and fostering tolerance promote integration of personal and professional growth.

Other local community groups

Ambassadors Cafe - Recognizing the diversity of citizens living here in the city, monthly gatherings will promote global and local programming; encourage international, and Canadian cultural, educational and social events; organize roundtable discussions; and develop community relationships that foster respect for diversity and inclusivity. As a group we will strive to work on better visibility of our members as well in promoting education, appreciation and showcasing of different ethnic cultures. We can do this by helping each other, sharing the news, spending time together, organizing joint cultural and ethnic events, supporting our businesses. We will provide information and support for people from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds that want to move here or that are new to town.

Canadian-Russian Cultural Society (CRCS) in Belleville

Italo-Canadian Club of Quinte

Quinte Irish Canadian Society


Waterfront and Ethnic Festival

Belleville’s Waterfront and Ethnic Festival is a four-day event held at Zwick’s Park every July. Tens of thousands of locals and tourists attend to sample foods from around the world including Barbados, Italy, Poland, Mexico, Romania, Portugal, Greece, India and Tibet.

The event also includes midway rides, live musical entertainment and demonstrations. Admission to the event is free.

Canada Day Celebrations

Celebrate Canada Day on July 1st throughout the Bay of Quinte region with fireworks, live music and other entertainment. You can expect to see lots of Canadian flags, giant Canadian flag cakes and everything will be painted red and white to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Belleville’s Zwick’s Park, Centennial Park in Trenton and Downtown Picton are all great locations to show your Canadian spirit on this national holiday. It is also a time when new Canadians can make their Canadian citizenship legal in one of our group citizenship celebrations.

Quinte Greek “Opa” Festival

The summer starts on a delicious note in the Bay of Quinte region with the annual Quinte Greek “Opa” Festival in early June. Visitors will experience the sights, sounds - and especially the tastes - of Greece. Traditional foods like chicken and pork souvlaki, moussaka, pastitsio and desserts like baklava and loukoumades are treats that are not to be missed.

Related Links:

Belleville Waterfront and Ethnic Festival

United Nations Association in Canada Quinte Branch

Canada Day Festivities