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 to form the Ottawa Valley.
Today, the Valley is known for it’s many quaint villages, historic waterways, and local culture, but it’s hard to really get a sense of the topography when you’re right down in the bottom. Take a scenic tour as you climb over 1,000 feet from Douglas, in the heart of the Valley, to Foymount, Ontario’s Highest Populated Place. Along the way you’ll travel colonization roads where land-grants on the Canadian Shield yielded more rocks than crops to early settlers, stop at scenic vistas where you can get a sense of the Valley’s true scale, find interpretive information explaining its history and formation, and visit an abandoned RCAF radar base!
RidewithGPS.com has a ready-made, 117 kilometre loop for you to explore, or stop by the Bonnechere Museum in Eganville for other suggested routes. Jump on your bike, ride your motorcycle, or go for a leisurely drive, just be sure to hit these highlights along the way:
- Interpretive sign at the Ottawa Valley lookout on the Opeongo Road, near Foymount.
- The abandoned Royal Canadian Air Force radar station (also former home to the Sierra Designs factory) in Foymount – Ontario’s Highest Populated Place
- The twin spires of St. Mary’s Catholic Church along Highway 60 in Winlo.
- The Historic plaque marking Canada’s first polish settlement at the Shrine Hill Lookout near Wilno.