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I am a rugged, mysterious landscape with a welcoming atmosphere. A day spent wandering my trails, exploring my towns, and laughing with my locals is as close to perfect a day as one can get. Where am I?

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Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley


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Deep inside all of us is a wanderer. It's the little voice that tells us to follow our own path, trust in ourselves and embrace the unknown. Follow that voice to Ontario’s Highlands, a place where your imagination and authentic sense of discovery are the only compass you need. Ontario’s Highlands is only 2.5 hours east of Toronto and a half an hour west of Ottawa, but a world away from it all.

Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley sub-regions

Ottawa Valley

Ottawa Valley

Hold tight and paddle hard in the Whitewater Capital of Canada as you experience a world of adventure and discover the unique heritage behind it all.

Lanark County

Lanark County

Indulge in moments of true sweetness during a visit to the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario as you discover urban inspired eateries, small town festivals, and community theatres.

Haliburton Highlands

Haliburton Highlands

Explore a land rich with natural beauty and a community filled with artists and friendly locals, who welcome you as family.

Hastings County

Hastings County

Uncover the unique geology beneath the surface and discover a rich history of mining and agriculture, set against a backdrop of natural beauty.

Land O'Lakes

Land O'Lakes

Embrace a slower pace as you discover Indigenous pictographs, cast a line and hook you perfect catch, or wander trails through rolling farmland and small towns.

A winding road lined with brilliant autumn leaves

Wander to Ontario’s Highlands

Discover tips for how to best travel the welcoming communities of Ontario’s Highlands, a region packed with hidden gems, but anything but hidden when it comes to a map. Taking up 23, 840 square kilometres of unspoiled territory, Ontario’s Highlands is hard to miss, and — most importantly — within easy driving distance of major Ontario cities. 

An artist decorating a pot, hot out of the kiln

Get Inspired During a Studio Tour

As Mother Nature shows off her creative side this fall, there are a number of others who will be showing theirs as well, with studio tours taking place across Ontario’s Highlands. Embrace the warmth of friendly artists and artisans as you uncover hidden treasures, cruise winding roads surrounded by rich autumn beauty, and discover the passion and skill behind each local creation.

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