The Friends of Wellers Bay is a non-profit association of volunteers dedicated to enhancing the enjoyment of the waters and beaches of the bay. The association was formed in 1987 to dredge open a channel between Lake Ontario and the bay for easy boat access. Dredging has continued to be the main responsibility. Over the years, the association has become an active voice working to improve all aspects of life on the bay.
* Provide leadership and resources for the restoration and preservation of the
environment of Wellers Bay.
* Raise the funds and oversee the maintenance of the break wall and the dredging
of the channel.
* Provide information to the public for the purposes of promoting and enhancing
the Wellers Bay environment.
* Work with the City of Quinte West, Prince Edward County, Dept. of National Defense,
Canadian Wildlife Service and other organizations for the betterment of the Bay.
* Work for the continued enjoyment of the Bay and its natural wonders.
The Association was formed in 1987 from the efforts of over 400 founding members. The concern was about the closure of the north channel of the bay by shifting sand. This resulted in loss of boat access, poor water quality, weed growth, and the creation of a marshy, stagnant body of water.
In 1989 the break wall was built and the channel dredged for an initial cost of $320,000. Since then, further dredging has been carried out on almost an annual basis to maintain the channel.
Bald Head island was used as a bombing range in the 1940's. Ongoing concerns are the removal of unexploded bombs by the Department of National Defense, to make the Bay safe.
Wellers Bay is south of Trenton, Quinte West, Ontario Canada and east of Brighton and Presquile Provincial Park. It is both in Quinte West on the north and in the northwest corner of Prince Edward County. The Bay is hour-glass shaped and about 8 kilometers long, bounded by farm and residential land on the north, east and south and lovely sand beaches facing Lake Ontario on the west.
A limestone promontory called Bald Head stands in the middle of the long sand beaches. The town of Consecon is situated at the south-eastern corner. The area is a mix of farms, year-round homes, seasonal cottages, campgrounds and marinas. Residents and visitors enjoy fishing, water-skiing, sailing, boating and the beaches in the summer and snowmobiling and ice-fishing in the winter.