Ontario’s Highlands is a mere half-hour drive from downtown Ottawa—or two and a half hours worth of singing to your favourite driving songs as you travel along our scenic highways on your way from Toronto. In no time, you’ll be surrounded by nature’s beauty, where lush forestland, clear lakes, rapid rivers, and rolling hills abound. Whether it’s from the streets of our quaint towns or from our rustic trails that zigzag through provincial parks and Crown land, you’ll be surrounded by rich history and culture. Many visitors have come to know our region as a place for relaxation and solitude. Others come seeking adventure in the great outdoors: paddling, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, ATVing, cycling, and more.
There are six distinct regions that make up Ontario’s Highlands: South Hastings, Haliburton Highlands, Land O’Lakes, North Hastings, Ottawa Valley South, and Upper Ottawa Valley. The scenic landscape, unique heritage sites, and culture you’ll encounter vary from region to region and every community, park, lake, and attraction has something special to offer.
Ontario’s Highlands also encompasses much of the territory of the the Algonquin Nation. The Algonquins have lived in our region since before the settlement of the first Europeans. They are known for their proud and rich heritage and for its people who live in harmony with nature. Visit the Algonquin Nation website for more information about the Algonquin culture, heritage, and history.