Day Trips from Toronto | Day Trips in Ontario’s Highlands

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Itineraries to Ontario’s Highlands

Whether you’re getting away from the city for the day or looking for an unforgettable weekend excursion filled with authentic discoveries, Ontario’s Highlands offers the ultimate summer escape to nowhere.  Peddle hard and fly through the woods at Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike, wander in the natural beauty and marked stillness of a remote eco-friendly retreat, hit the water for a canoe ride and enjoy the calmness of a pristine lake, or the excitement of the Ottawa River rapids. From beautiful beaches to lush forests, quaint towns and cultural experiences, we implore you to reconnect by disconnecting in Ontario’s Highlands.


A Major 'First' for Wilberforce

In 2010, the Municipality of Highlands East became the first municipality in the province to hold unpatented mining claims! Why, you ask? Near Wilberforce, they discovered some great places to collect… Read More

A Reel Adventure at Limerick Lake

Get an early start on your fishing day at Limerick Lake Lodge & Marina, located only 30 kilometres from Bancroft. The marina has a launch ramp and boat rentals available by the hour (or by the week). You… Read More

A Treasured Event: The Rockhound Gemboree

Join rock collectors, gem enthusiasts, geologists, and mineral experts from far and wide at the next annual Rockhound Gemboree in Bancroft. This summer event brings together rock and mineral dealers that… Read More

Become a Part of "the Rock Cycle" in Perth

With so many beautiful routes for touring and historic sights to see along the way, Heritage Perth has long been a favoured destination for cyclists. The Perth Chamber of Commerce has taken this a step… Read More
Bonnechere Trail

Bike the Bonnechere

Whether you’re camping at Bonnechere Provincial Park or coming from nearby Eganville, the Bonnechere Tour is an easy 18-kilometre trail and a great way to spend a couple hours in the outdoors. You’ll… Read More

Biking Adventures at Sir Sam’s

Get ready for the ride of your life in the Haliburton Highlands. This day trip to Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike provides thrills, excitement, nature, great views, and more. A must on any adventurer’s checklist,… Read More

Canadian Canoe Route

The canoe is synonymous with Canada. Opening up our country, the First Nations people designed this sleek watercraft for transportation, today enjoyed by Canadians as our primary form of recreation.… Read More
Credit: "The Fourposter", August 2011

Catch a Classic Play in Perth

Plan a trip to Perth during the months of July and August and you can catch The Classic Theatre Festival. This annual theatre festival showcases plays from the Golden Age of Broadway and the London Stage,… Read More
Frost Centre Geomorphology Hike

Take the Frost Centre's Geomorphology Hike

Fall colours: an image that typifies the world famous landscape of Ontario’s Highlands. Ours is a land of sharp contrasts – towering cliffs and vibrant wetlands, lush forests and barren outcrops. You… Read More
Uranophane from the Faraday Mine, Bancroft Ontario

Come see the fully-restored, new and improved, Bancroft Mineral Museum

The Bancroft Mineral Museum has been the jewel in the crown of Canada's Mineral Capital since 1985 - a place to get inspired before a dig, find helpful information, and meet like-minded folk - but after… Read More
Brigitte Gall collecting tremolite at the Grace Lake Road Occurrence

Dig for buried Treasure in Canada's Mineral Capital

There's no better way to get introduced to the rewarding outdoor activity of Rockhounding than to join up with an expert for a guided field-trip. In the Mineral Capital of Canada you can do just that.… Read More
Ontario's First Gold Mine

Experience Ontario's Highlands Gold Mining Heritage in Eldorado

Travel back in time almost 150 years to relive Ontario's Highlands very own gold rush! In 1866, local division courthouse clerk, Marcus Powell, stumbled upon a cave twelve feet long, six feet high, and… Read More

Family Ski Getaway at Mount Pakenham

Families with downhill enthusiasts of all levels will love Mount Pakenham for its programs catering to parent, tot and teen. Escape the busy craze of your usual ski hill and head to the Ottawa Valley for… Read More

Find Fossils in the Bonnechere Caves

Journey deep into the Bonnechere Caves, a geological wonder that was millions of years in the making! Over 500 million years ago, the Caves were at the bottom of a tropical sea. That sea is long gone,… Read More

Find rose quartz, aquamarine, and more in Quadeville

Whether you're looking for fine examples or rare minerals, pretty rocks for your garden, gem-quality amazonite, rose quartz and aquamarine, or just something different to do with the family this summer,… Read More

Get Down to Earth in Haliburton

Rock out on this day trip in the Haliburton Highlands, where you can learn about the geological features of the region, explore mineral deposits, and spend time in the beautiful outdoors. Yours Outdoors… Read More
Golfing in Madoc

Get Golfing in Madoc

While in Madoc, why not grab some clubs and head over to the West Highland Golf Course. This 12-hole course takes you over rolling terrain nestled between lush tree areas. Keep your eye open for the ninth… Read More

Get Up-Close and Personal with Our Earth in Wilberforce

Ever wonder why a particular species of plant grows where it does, and nowhere else? What makes water pool in some places, and force its way around and through others? What defines a habitat, and why do… Read More
Heritage Mica Days, Underground at the Silver Queen Mine

Go Underground in a Turn-of-the-Century Mica Mine!

When you think of underground mining, you probably think Sudbury or Thunder Bay. While it's true there are relatively few active mines in Ontario's Highlands today, there was a time when the land was pockmarked… Read More

Head Out on a Heritage Tour

Driving through the countryside can often be the best way to experience a region. Now with ComfortCountry’s self-guided Heritage Tour, you can enhance your trip and ensure you see and take part in Madoc,… Read More
Find fossils in Eganville, Ordovician Fossil Capital of Canada

Hunt for Fossils in Eganville: Ordovician Fossil Capital of Canada!

What's an Ordovician? Aside from being a mouthful, the Ordovician (or-duh-vi-shun) period in Earth's History was a time when parts of Ontario's Highlands were at the bottom of a warm tropical sea - about… Read More

Learn the Algonquin Way in Golden Lake

Of course, the main reason to visit the Algonquin Way Cultural Centre near Eganville, is to follow in the footsteps of a people whose history in Ontario's Highlands predates our European ancestors by many,… Read More

Live it Up on Limerick Lake

Spend the morning or afternoon voyaging the waters of Limerick Lake, only 30 kilometres from Bancroft. You can rent a boat at the lake marina and grab snacks from the general store before heading out onto… Read More

Make a Splash with River Rafting

The thrill of whitewater rafting through the rapids of the mighty Ottawa River will leave you wanting more. Contact RiverRun Rafting & Wilderness Resort and discover the adrenaline rush of being out on… Read More

Make History on the Rideau Heritage Route

Make your own history along the historic Rideau Heritage Route, a system of rivers and lakes that passes through a number of communities in Ontario’s Highlands that also has the distinction of being… Read More

Make it a Museum Day

From Smiths Falls you can have a fun day of learning while touring the town’s three museums. Start with the Rideau Canal Museum for a closer look at how the canal was built, with interactive displays… Read More

Maple Syrup All Season Long

There’s no need to wait for March to try a taste of sweet maple; pay a visit to Wheeler’s Pancake House and Sugar Camp for a true maple syrup experience all season long. While production of the… Read More
Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre

Music, Art, and a Walk in the Clouds

Mark August on your calendar as a great time to visit Haliburton. The Forest Festival is a summer highlight in the region, where you can catch musical performances at an amazing amphitheatre on the lovely… Read More

Pay a Visit to the Ontario Geological Survey

There's a very good reason why the district office of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines for Southern Ontario is right here in Ontario's Highlands; our region has more documented mineral occurrences… Read More

Plunge In and Over the Ottawa River

Extreme adventure awaits you on – and over – the Ottawa River. Book a whitewater rafting trip with Wilderness Tours and pair it with bungee jumping for a remarkable adventure. On the water, you’ll… Read More
KP Trail

Race Through Renfrew

For those looking to cycle a moderately challenging trail, try the Renfrew-Calabogie Old K & P Trail. Start in Renfrew and cycle to Calabogie and back in a loop that covers 55 kilometres. The trail… Read More
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Ramble Through the Valley

Make the most of your fall trip to Ontario’s Highlands by taking the Rural Ramble. This self-guided, free driving tour provides themed destination sites throughout the Upper Ottawa Valley for you to… Read More
Marmora Mine - a 75 Acre Man-made Lake

Relive Ontario's Highlands Industrial Heritage on the Miner's Loop

What do Ontario's First Gold Mine, one of North America's largest iron deposits, and a Nationally-significant ore-processing plant all have in common? You'll see them all on the Miner's Loop! The Richardson… Read More

Rev Your Engine in Renfrew County

What better way to explore Renfrew County in Upper Ottawa Valley than on an ATV, feeling the flow of the terrain below you as woodlands, lakes, rivers, and wetlands surround you. Expect this and more from… Read More

Ride to the Top in Style, then Wind Down with a Water Spa

Setting out on a trip to explore the Haliburton Highlands wouldn’t be complete without a day or two of downhill action at the public ski hill known province-wide for its cutting edge “people mover”… Read More

Something Sweet at Fulton’s Sugar Bush

Satisfy your sweet tooth this spring at Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush, located 45 minutes west of Ottawa in the heart of Lanark County, the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario. From mid-February… Read More
Rough perthite from the type locality with silver jewelry crafted by Stephen Clark. Michael Bainbridge photo.

On a Hundred-Mile diet? Try Hundred-Mile Decor!

As the long and illustrious mining boom in Ontario's Highlands fades from memory, it can be easy to forget some of our most extraordinary treasures that lie just out of sight - hidden amongst and buried… Read More

Take a Ride on the Old Railway

This fun and easy cycling trip on The Old Railway Bike Trail is suitable for the whole family. Start from Mew Lake in Algonquin Park, approximately a one-hour’s drive if you’re coming from Barry’s… Read More

Tee Off at Dragonfly Golf Links

Dragonfly Golf Links features a naturally splendid 18-hole golf course covering 170 acres of diverse terrain for all skill levels. Located in Renfrew in Upper Ottawa Valley, this course has been voted… Read More

The Land Between... What?

Maybe you've seen the signs as you're entering the Haliburton Highlands, "Welcome to the Land Between," and wondered, "the land between what?" Excellent question! Download the app and find out! The… Read More
Canoeing at Bon Echo

This Canoe Trip Will Rock Your World

Paddle your way through Bon Echo Provincial Park, located near Kaladar in the Land O’ Lakes. By canoe or kayak, you can explore the waters along Mazinaw Lake, named after the granite rock face that rises… Read More

Tour a 70,000 Acre Private Woodland Forest by Sled

This winter try a snowmobiling getaway like no other in Ontario, at the world’s only privately owned snowmobile reserve. Ranked as one of the top ten destinations to snowmobile in North America, the… Read More

Tour a Living Museum of Heritage and Nature

There lies a secret gem of a destination where old growth forest still grows and rare species of birds feel free to roam. This special place where the magic of winter will always be found, welcomes nature… Read More

Tour Street Art in Pembroke

Come see the vibrant and thriving artistic talent in Pembroke as you tour their Heritage Murals. The Murals cover the city’s downtown walls with bright, large-scale paintings that depict scenarios from… Read More
View of the Ottawa Valley from Wilno

Tour the Ottawa Valley

With rugged terrain, rolling hills, and Ontario's Highest Populated Place, we're known as Ontario's Highlands for good reason, but nearly a billion years ago, part of the Highlands started to fall away… Read More

Try a New Winter Sport: Scale to the Top with Ice Climbing

Whether you go by guide or with a gang of friends, this winter ice climbing is the latest craze to get adventure seekers outdoors. For those new to the sport, try a customized guided trip with education… Read More
Cycle Valley Tours

Valley Cycle Tours

Pontiac Day Trip (1 Day) This fun day trip takes you along Quebec's historic Pontiac Pacific Junction Railroad! $169/person (+HST) Hybrid Bike (Paved & Gravel Roads) Enjoy Pontiac's incredible… Read More
Local Mineral Display at the Bonnechere Museum

Visit the Bonnechere Museum

Written in stone, carved in wood, silvered in water; geoheritage, logging, and trade. Come to know the three pillars of life along the historic Bonnechere River in quaint, downtown Eganville. The Museum… Read More
Monarch Butterfly Larva

Walk Through 10,000 Years of Environmental Change at the Lochlin Esker and Wetlands

Join your hosts Don and Mary Wright for a personal tour of their secluded wetlands where you'll meander groomed trails and rustic boardwalks in search of the mysterious Lochlin Esker. An esker is a… Read More

Wild Whitewater Rafting for the Whole Family

Family fun in the water has never been this exhilarating. Join the whitewater rafting experts at OWL Rafting for a day of wild waves out on the Ottawa or Madawaska River. Choose from a 6-hour adventure… Read More

Winter Yurts and Backcountry Skiing

For adventure seekers and nature lovers alike, Ontario’s Highlands’ ample amounts of Crown Land territory offers a rare opportunity uncommon in crowded southern Ontario – the chance to escape from… Read More

Wonders of our Earth

Geology is like an intriguing detective story – if you can learn to read the rocks you will uncover the secret history of our Earth. Ontario’s Highlands features one of the most unusual, rich and diverse… Read More

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