Commissioned at Vancouver on August 30, 1941, Quinte left Esquimalt October 10 for Halifax, arriving on November 14. She was assigned at first to WLEF, and them in June, 1942, to Halifax Force. On November 30, 1942, after completing a six-week refit at Lunenburg, she ran aground at the entrance to St. Peter's Canal, Cape Breton, causing extensive damage to her bottom, and had to be beached. Salvage work continued throughout most of the winter and on April 25. 1943, she arrived at Pictou in tow for repairs, which were not completed until June, 1944. She was then sent to HMCS Cornwallis as a training ship, arriving at Digby on August 21, and remained there until the end of 1945. In 1946 she was employed with the Naval Research Establishment at Halifax until paid off on October 25. Quinte was broken up at Sydney in 1947.