Geoheritage is a term that has been used to encompass everything from the deep forces of the earth that shape our land, to the soil geochemistry that sustains certain species of wildlife in the environment. All of this is true, but here in Ontario’s Highlands, we also like to think of it as a more personal experience of how this land – our Earth – makes us who we are. The unusual geology which defines the Highlands and spawned a backyard mining industry that sustained weary homesteaders through the 1800′s… The stories of original families that can be read in local stone, quarried nearby to build town halls and post offices… The unique affinity we all have for this land we call home – each in our own way… That’s geoheritage.
Live the Geoheritage of Ontario’s Highlands:
|Become a Part of the Rock Cycle in Lanark - Grab your bike and stop by Matheson House Museum in downtown Perth where you’ll meet Ontario’s Highlands most notable recreational geologist. Then ride through a billion years of the Earth’s history over 18 scenic kilometers before you arrive at Murphys Point Provincial Park for a guided underground tour of a turn-of-the-century mica mine.|
|Get up-close and personal with our Earth in Wilberforce – Experience a different facet of the environment with a personal tour of Greenmantle Farm – a pristine 400 acre wilderness rich in crystallized mineral exposures, and the wide range of species that thrive because of them.|
|Take a Recreational Geology studio tour - On a 100 mile diet? Try 100 mile decor! Ontario’s Highlands isn’t what it was 100 years ago, and neither are the products of the mining industry. Sulfur, hydrofluoric acid, and arsenic have given way to locally-sourced raw materials for artisans and craftspeople.|
|Tour the Land Between – Ontario’s Highlands is home to one of the largest, and most diverse areas of habitat transition in the entire province. Between the St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Canadian Shield you’ll find a unique ecosystem full of rare species, special landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage.|
|Learn the Algonquin Way in Golden Lake - With an extensive collection of First Nations’ artifacts and interpretive activities, you can peer a little deeper into the Highlands’ industrious past. You’ll find industry and trade dating back thousands of years in the carefully selected and gathered stone used for tools and ornamentation.|
Geoheritage is the unique landscape that defines Ontario’s Highlands, and the myriad of species that flourish in our backyard. It is a storied past of hardships and gain, and a culture of celebrating our environment and treasured opportunities to connect with it and show it off.
Experience our Earth in a different way – through our eyes – in Ontario’s Highlands.
Come to know the story of our Earth
|Dig for buried treasure in Canada’s Mineral Capital.|
|Learn geology’s role in the Highlands’ industrial revolution.|
|Immerse yourself in the historic waters of the Ottawa Valley.|
|Come to know Ontario’s Highlands’ undiscovered country.|