Whether you’re looking to get away from the city for the day or in search of an unforgettable weekend excursion filled with authentic discoveries – reconnect by disconnecting and visit Ontario’s Highlands. Wander our pathways and roadways, and discover the ultimate summer escape – complete with beautiful beaches, refreshing lakes and rivers, lush forests, quaint towns, unique cultural experiences and people who are like friends – welcoming you home. Come wander Ontario’s Highlands, it’s a place that’s like nowhere else.
Discover the mysterious “story of our Earth” for yourself and learn how our Unique Geology has shaped, and continues to impact, life in Ontario’s Highlands. Be surprised around every corner as you explore an ancient underground cave system at Bonnechere Caves and visit Bear Lake Diggings where you can dig for gems to take home.
With accessible, warm whitewater rapids ranging from beginner to expert levels, it’s no surprise the region is the Whitewater Capital of Canada and host to the 2015 Pan Am whitewater canoe/kayak slalom event. Feel all of your senses come to life with this designated Ontario Signature Experience, offered by multiple tour operators (OWL Rafting, RiverRun Rafting, Wilderness Tours, Madawaska Kanu Centre).
Discover our rural gems and a few smiling faces along the way as you visit our picturesque small towns and countryside. Visit quaint shops (Hello Yellow, Ground Waves, the Old Tin Shed) that offer hand-crafted items, antiques and quirky gifts, chat with locals and enjoy their warm hospitality as they divulge the best-kept secrets of the area, pick out the perfect jar of honey at a Farmers’ Market, or simply wander through our towns and take in the picturesque setting (Almonte, Perth, Burnstown).
Think unforgettable events only happen in sold-out stadiums? Enjoy an array of Canadian and international talent performing right in the middle of “nowhere” — literally, on a dock surrounded by water from August 12-16. Nestled among forestland, next to winding rivers and wetlands, the Haliburton Forest Festival will have you feeling like you have access to an exclusive event that not only features a breathtaking backdrop, but that promises to take your breath away. Experience this truly one-of-a-kind concert at the Forest Festival.
Bring a blanket, leave your worries behind and go “nowhere”, where the night sky is illuminated with only the light of the moon and the twinkle of distant stars. Relax as you lie down on the fresh grass at one of our observatories (Lennox & Addington, Nutwood Observatory) and gaze up, feeling part of something bigger and connecting with your surroundings, as well as your mind, body and soul.
Find something like nothing you’ve ever experienced before, right in nowhere. Fun, one-of-a-kind landmarks and quirky moments are scattered throughout Ontario’s Highlands. Enjoy our region’s small town treasures, from a tiny jail-house to a giant cheese to a guy juggling on stilts. Intrigued?