- City Guide - Belleville
The earliest known settlement in Belleville was an Indian village, “Asaukhknosk,” – but it was also refeered to in history as Kente, Thurlow Village, Singleton’s Creek and Meyers’ Creek.
The city we now know as Belleville is ideally situated between Toronto and Montreal, and less than one hour from a U.S. border crossing, making it truly the centre of it all. Approximately 49,000 people call Belleville their home, and over 200,000 live within 30 minutes of the City
Belleville became an important railway junction with the completion of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1855, and in 1858 the iron bridge over the Moira River at Bridge Street became the first iron bridge in Hastings County. Belleville is host to beautiful a High Victorian Gothic city hall which was built in 1872 to house the public market and administrative offices - and stands 185 feet above street level.
Cost of living in the City of Belleville is very competitive which makes using – and building - even brand new facilities affordable and feasible. With over 20,000 private dwellings and 31 educational facilities Belleville is the perfect place to start a family – or retire and enjoy the golden years.
Belleville’s core is surrounded by rural landscapes, picturesque farms, and protected natural areas, all of which can be accessed via our network of urban and rural recreation trails. The Bay of Quinte offers world-class fishing, boating, rowing and sailing. Many City residents maintain summer homes in cottage country to the north – on lakes and rivers - and along the shores of Lake Ontario.