Looking for an interesting way to spend the afternoon? Check out these planned tour options that take you through Ontario’s Highlands with interesting stops along way.
Arts Tours and Routes
Get in the car for a day trip or afternoon drive that lets you admire the striking beauty of our region’s landscape and also gives you the opportunity to take in some of the region’s most creative talents. These suggested tours focus on visiting the local artists and artisans and seeing their works and creations, which are often inspired by the remarkable countryside surrounding them.
|Inroads Studio Tour, Land O’ Lakes and Lanark County Experience the unique works of local artisans in their studios as a day trip or weekend getaway|
|Madawaska Valley Studio Tour, Madawaska Valley – Explore picturesque rural roads at the height of autumn colour while browsing six country studios filled with the exciting works of 24 artisans and artists|
|Haliburton County Studio Tour, Haliburton – Visit the work of more than 28 artists and artisans while enjoying the autumn colours of the Highlands|
|Bancroft & Area Autumn Studio Tour, North Hastings – Showcasing the exceptional arts and crafts of local artists since 1992|
|Heart of Hastings Studio Tour, Hastings County – Talented artisans and local vendors open their homes and stores during the first two weeks of November to bring you homemade crafts, antiques, baked goods, Christmas decorations, art, local foods, and more|
|Perth Autumn Studio Tour, Perth – Showcasing one of Eastern Ontario’s finest selections of contemporary fine arts and crafts against a backdrop of Mother Nature at her best|
|Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour, Lanark County – A studio and artist tour that takes place on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend|
|Haliburton Tour de Forest, Haliburton – Explore the scenic route along this artisan tour and discover studios along the way where you can see artists at work|
|Tweed & Area Studio Tour, Tweed – Enjoy the gently rolling countryside and the showcased talents of our artists and artisans|
Explore Hastings County by way of the Arts Route. It’s a great opportunity to meet artists, tour studios and art galleries, and discover the latest arts being created in the region. As a self-guided tour, you can travel the Arts Route at your own pace and take in as many stops along the way as you please.
Heritage and Cultural Routes
Learn more about the heritage and culture of Ontario’s Highlands with one of these pre-planned, self-guided tours through the region. You can see the spectacular and historical Seven Wonders of Lanark County and eat some delicious treats as suggested on the Scarlet Maple Tour. Most routes take you through towns along the way, where it’s always possible to pick up an antique or souvenir to remember your trip by.
|Rural Ramble, Ottawa Valley – A free, self-guided driving tour featuring four weekends of exploration, agriculture, culture, and history|
|Scarlet Maple Tour, Lanark County – A free, self-guided tour showcasing beautiful scenery, heritage buildings, and stunning products produced by local businesses and artisans|
|Country Road Heritage Routes, Haliburton – Travel down the winding and historical heritage routes of Haliburton Highlands where you’ll encounter picturesque countryside and routes laden in history from the times of the first inhabitants, colonization, early European settlers, and more|
|Up the Line driving tour, Opeongo Line (Ottawa Valley) – Explore the historic Opeongo Line, home to the first European settlers and which is sprinkled with original log barns, ghost towns, and pioneer remains – download the Opeongo Line guided tour audio file now|
|Heritage & antiques tours, ComfortCountry – Choose from several pre-planned tours of ComfortCountry, including a self-guided driving tour, heritage tour, family recreation tour, and antiquing tour|
|Seven Wonders of Lanark County – See the five-span stone bridge in Pakenham, the view from Blueberry Mountain, and the far-reaching spire of St. Peter Celestine Church, among other stops on this driving tour of Lanark County|
|Walking Tour of Barry’s Bay – This 4.5 kilometre walking tour takes you past historic buildings, parks, landmarks, monuments, and murals|