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Come Wander

I invite you to wonder at my beauty during moments of tranquil stillness, and to marvel at my strength during moments of fierce agitation. When you dip your paddle and push forward, you leave the mundane behind. Where am I?

Canoeing on the Madawaska River in the fall

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Ottawa Valley

Discover why the Ottawa Valley is renowned as the Whitewater Capital of Canada with more than 900 lakes and 4 major river systems. With 2.4 million hectares of breathtaking wilderness to discover, you can lace up your boots, grab a paddle, or hop on a bike, and explore a unique blend of heritage and outdoor recreation



Old building in ghost town of Balaclava

Tour a Ghost Town

Who'd have thought Ontario's Highlands would be home to so many ghost towns?  Visiting a ghost town is a fun road trip destination for curious explorers who enjoy feeling just a little uneasy, especially leading up to Halloween.  From the small town of Balaclava to Al Capone's former hideout in Quadeville, you'll find plenty of creepiness to put you in the ghostly spirit.

Biking in the fall leaves

Wander on Two Wheels

Discover all the ways you can wander on two wheels and get a new perspective of Ontario's Highlands.  With beautiful scenery to inspire, the Ottawa Valley is a cycling paradise.  Explore the Great Trail (aka The Trans Canada Trail), the Ottawa Valley Rail Trail in Renfrew County, or sign up for a fun Fall Collours Cycling Retreat at Madawaska Kanu Centre.