Your Summertime Adventure Starts Here

Ontario's Highlands is a natural playground, a place to satisfy your thirst for adventure as you explore the trails, rapids, cliffs and skies. At the end of the day it's also where you come to breathe deep and reconnect with nature, yourself, and your people.

Illustrated map of Ontario's Highlands region

Your Next Ontario's Highlands Adventure is Closer Than You Think

Ontario's Highlands is 2.5 hours east of Toronto and a half an hour west of Ottawa, encompassing the Ottawa Valley, Lanark County, Frontenac County, Hastings County, Lennox & Addington and Haliburton Highlands.

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15 Cutest Small Towns

What do you get when you combine cute shops and restaurants housed in heritage buildings with enticing waterfront or a dash of strollable parks? You get totally adorable small towns that make the perfect road trip destination.

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Meet the locals of Ontario’s Highlands

It is the people of Ontario's Highlands - their faces, stories and experiences - that create the backbone of this region and make us stand apart from the rest. We invite you to meet the interesting, friendly, and colourful people who live and wander here, and get an insider's perspective on the hidden gems in Ontario's Highlands.

Local Inspiration

Making Really Good Cheese: Meet Jeff and Jenna Fenwick, Back Forty Cheese

Meet Jeff and Jenna Fenwick, owners of Frontenac County's Back Forty Cheese.

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Wander Sustainably

Wander Sustainably means supporting our natural environment and local communities. It means supporting diversity and inclusivity, giving back to the land and people, reducing our impact and making the region sustainable for years to come.

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Community Alignment

Get Inspired by Other Wanderers

The tourism region called “Ontario’s Highlands” is on traditional Algonquin territory and is acknowledged by Indigenous Peoples as unceded. To the southeast, Ontario’s Highlands is also on Mohawk territory. To the west/southwest, Ontario’s Highlands is on Ojibwe territory. We are grateful that Indigenous Peoples have been stewards of this land and beyond from time immemorial. We are called to treat this land, its waterways, plants, animals, stories and its Peoples, with honour and respect. All my relations.