Whether you are coming from your Canadian hometown or city or flying into a major airport hub, driving to Ontario’s Highlands is the easiest way to reach the region. Lucky for you, the short two-and-a-half hour drive from Toronto and the even shorter half-hour drive from Ottawa are lovely trips that afford scenic views of rolling countryside, luscious treetops, and local wildlife. Even the jagged rock formations that line the side of the highway (often topped by manmade inuksuks) have a rugged charm. Keep your eyes on the lookout for brooks, streams, and serene lakes that can often be viewed on the journey into the region. The short drive should also be a smooth one, as Ontario takes pride in keeping highways and major roadways well maintained for your driving pleasure.
Here’s a look at exact driving distances and directions from the following major cities and towns:
|Town/City||From Toronto||From Ottawa|
|Arnprior||488 kms / 303 miles||[Directions]||66 kms / 41 miles||[Directions]|
|Bancroft||244 kms / 151 miles||[Directions]||220 kms / 136 miles||[Directions]|
|Barry’s Bay||316 kms / 196 miles||[Directions]||186 kms / 115 miles||[Directions]|
|Carleton Place||350 kms / 217 miles||[Directions]||52 kms / 32 miles||[Directions]|
|Eganville||363 kms / 225 miles||[Directions]||131 kms / 81 miles||[Directions]|
|Haliburton||214 kms / 132 miles||[Directions]||282 kms / 175 miles||[Directions]|
|Kaladar||241 kms / 149 miles||[Directions]||159 kms / 98 miles||[Directions]|
|Madoc||207 kms / 128 miles||[Directions]||195 kms / 121 miles||[Directions]|
|Marmora||189 kms / 117 miles||[Directions]||211 kms / 131 miles||[Directions]|
|Maynooth||267 kms / 165 miles||[Directions]||235 kms / 146 miles||[Directions]|
|Minden||190 kms / 118 miles||[Directions]||308 kms / 191 miles||[Directions]|
|Pembroke||399 kms / 247 miles||[Directions]||145 kms / 90 miles||[Directions]|
|Perth||320 kms / 198 miles||[Directions]||85 kms / 52 miles||[Directions]|
|Petawawa||396 kms / 246 miles||[Directions]||162 kms / 100 miles||[Directions]|
|Renfrew||372 kms / 231 miles||[Directions]||92 kms / 57 miles||[Directions]|
|Sharbot Lake||285 kms / 177 miles||[Directions]||122 kms / 75 miles||[Directions]|
|Smiths Falls||349 kms / 216 miles||[Directions]||77 kms / 48 miles||[Directions]|
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There are two major international airports near Ontario’s Highlands.
Toronto Pearson International Airport – Toronto Pearson is Canada’s largest and busiest airport, in Canada’s largest and busiest city. For travel inquiries and airport information call toll-free at 1-866-207-1690 or customer service at (416) 776-9892.
Ottawa International Airport – Ottawa International is located south of downtown Ottawa, and is Canada’s sixth busiest airport. For general information by phone, please call the Information Kiosks (Infoguide) between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., seven days per week, at 613-248-2125 or 613-248-2141 or the Airport Authority Office between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday at 613-248-2000.
Getting to Ontario’s Highlands by Greyhound bus transportation is both convenient and affordable. With bus depot locations throughout the region and flexible service schedules, Greyhound makes planning your trip easy. Be sure to check out Greyhound’s special fare prices available for students, with advance purchase, and through the web.
Bus depot locations can be found in the following towns and cities (note that all hours and information is subject to change – please phone individual locations for the most recent information):
|BARON’S MOTOR INN
10451 HWY 7
Carleton Place, ON K7C3B3
425 PEMBROKE ST
Pembroke, ON K8A1A1
100 DUFFERIN STREET
Perth, ON K7H3H7
|PRONTO FOOD MART &
3520 PETAWAWA BLVD.
Petawawa Village, ON
|361 O BRIEN ROAD
|6493106 CA LTD DBA MR.GAS
12 UNION ST
Smiths Falls, ON K7A2S1
|Arnprior||Limited schedule/no ticketing facility|
|Barry’s Bay||BARRYS BAY DAIRY LIMITED 15 DUNN ST Barrys Bay, ON K0J1B0 (613) 756-2018|
|Bancroft||ST BESIDE THE CANADA POST Bancroft, ON K0L1C0|
|Bird’s Creek||Limited schedule/no ticketing facility|
|Eganville||Limited schedule/no ticketing facility|
|Haliburton||Limited schedule/no ticketing facility|
|Kaladar||Limited schedule/no ticketing facility|
|Madoc||MR. CONVENIENCE 231 DURHAM ST Madoc, ON K0K2K0 (613) 473-4268|
|Marmora||Limited schedule/no ticketing facility|
|Maynooth||Limited schedule/no ticketing facility|
|Minden||Limited schedule/no ticketing facility|
|Sharbot Lake||Limited schedule/no ticketing facility|
Get on board with VIA Rail and travel by passenger train for a more comfortable and scenic trip to Ontario’s Highlands. Smiths Falls has a train station that connects you to other major cities and locations within Ontario and Canada.
Smiths Falls Station
46 Union Street
Arrival and departures:
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