Come Wander
Summer Fun Jumping into Eagle Lake

Do you remember the good old days of summer? The season may not officially start until late June, but most Canadians consider Victoria Day weekend to be the unofficial kick-off to summer. The mercury begins its climb, and slowly but surely we shed layers of clothing, basking in that enticing feeling of the sun beaming on bare arms and legs.

This year we are yearning even more for a summer experience that will take our breath away. This is the year to build an adventure bucket list and then jump into summer.

Camp Out

Each summer as the campgrounds open, eager adventurers are practically waiting at the gates with their gear, ready to get their tent up and a fire going. On the easier end of the camping scale, you can show up to your own roofed accommodations along the Rideau Canal, or a rustic cabin at Silent Lake Provincial Park. Or you can choose the backcountry route at Bon Echo Provincial Park, Haliburton Highlands Water Trails, or North Frontenac Park Lands, where you’ll be hours away from the nearest soul, with only the stars as company. The world of camping is more accessible than ever, and if you haven’t tried it, you’ll never know the peaceful feeling of drifting to sleep to the sounds of the season.

Traverse the Trails

Pick a trail or two to put on your summer bucket list and roam however you see fit. Hike them, bike them, run them if that’s your jam, just get out there and wander! Get lost in nature at Shaw Woods, High Lonesome Nature Reserve, or The Gut Conservation Area. Hike up a steep incline to find a rewarding lookout spot at the top of a towering cliff, like the breathtaking Eagle’s Nest Lookout or Crests of Kennisis trail. Pedal as far as your legs will take you through the Forest Lea or the BORCA Trails, leaving just enough juice in the tank to get you back home. In the grand scheme of things, summer is short, so plan to explore as often as you can.

Soak it Up

In between paddling, hiking, biking, and jumping from one adventure to the next, it’s important to pause and soak it all up. You never know what tomorrow brings, so take a moment to appreciate the great outdoors and how easy they are to enjoy in Ontario’s Highlands. Seek out the best spot to soak up a summer sunset, listen to the call of the loon, get caught in the downpour, or cozy up by the fire with someone you love. Quench your thirst for exploring and always keep wandering.

Paddle On

Follow in the footsteps of those who travelled this land well before us, and partake in some good old-fashioned human-powered water transportation. Arrange to rent a canoe or kayak if you don’t have your own, and take to a still lake or a meandering river to explore in the quintessentially Canadian way. Do you remember the feeling of letting your senses guide you? The sound of your paddle dipping into the water cutting through the silence? Don’t forget to pencil in a paddle on your bucket list!

Jump In

There’s something freeing about ditching your inhibitions and just diving in. Lakes, streams, and rivers practically beckon as they gleam in the sunshine of a humid summer day. And it wouldn’t be summer if you didn’t give in to their siren call, ditch the phone in your pocket, and jump in! Who cares if your clothes get wet, you’ll be dry in no time. Read this story about secret swimming holes close to home.


With Love, to Frontenac County

Now more than ever we are drawn to our community, and the places that help us to unwind and get outdoors. To get away from the crowds and reconnect with our roots. Frontenac County tempts us to sit back, unwind and check into vacation mode, to rediscover a world of countless lakes and a region […]

With Love, to Haliburton Highlands

We are so lucky to come from a place that has it all: phenomenal views, rugged landscapes, abundance of trails, and infinite opportunities for recreation, all enticing you to leave your comfort zone and step into the wild. Here, endless forests meet cool, clear lakes and rivers to create incredible vistas that reach out to […]

With Love, to the Ottawa Valley

From the rushing waters of the Petawawa, Madawaska and Ottawa rivers to the unspoiled woodlands of Algonquin Park, the Ottawa Valley is a sultry enchantress, enticing us with adventure. Renowned as a world-class whitewater destination and for the challenges found in its rugged hills and lush dales, the Valley pushes us to do more, live […]

With Love, to Lennox & Addington

Known for its pristine wilderness, incredible views and rugged natural spaces, the majestic beauty of Lennox & Addington speaks to the wanderer inside us all. From the craggy peak of Mazinaw Rock at Bon Echo Provincial Park to the starry skies overhead, there is wonder waiting to be discovered here, a vivid reminder of how our […]

With Love, to Hastings County

The deep lakes and meandering rivers here are ripe with life, both on land and in the water. This land is known as a region rich with minerals, and we haven’t forgotten how our communities were settled by the gold rush, where miners flocked, eager to delve into the earth to unearth its riches. Thick […]

Bikepacking in North Frontenac

Imagine a weekend of backcountry camping in a quiet forest just a few hours from Ottawa or Toronto. As you settle down at camp, you think back to the fresh moose tracks you saw earlier that day and the amazing swim you had when you stopped for lunch. The scenery feels familiar but something’s different. […]

Hello Summer! Your Guide to COVID-19 Safe Travel in Ontario’s Highlands

We are happy to see that summer is in full swing here in Ontario’s Highlands, and even happier now that we have seen the lifting of many restrictions here in Ontario. After months of staying home we are eager to get out and stretch out legs and imaginations in a region made for discovery. This […]

Secret Swimming Holes

Shhh…we’re not supposed to tell you about these swimming holes…some of them don’t even have names and you may never find them without a map, but we understand that when it’s 40 degrees out with the humidity and the public beach is packed the hunt is on for the perfect swim spot. Those in the […]

Go Backcountry

You waken slowly in the early morning, the high-pitched warble of birdsong drifting lightly through the trees overhead. The sky is faintly brightening with the coming of dawn, and the natural world is gradually blossoming to life. Around you there is no trace of human activity, no murmurs of voices, clanging of dishes, or whir […]

An Ode to Summer

A throwback to summers gone past, with inspiration for this year’s adventure.

Just Show Up

Hit the water and take advantage of these easy kayaking and canoeing opportunities in Ontario’s Highlands.

Highway 7 Hikes

Stretch your legs by exploring these nature hiking trails along Highway 7.

Coming Home

Discover the story of Sarain Fox and her journey home to the Ontario’s Highlands, relieving memories of ice fishing and snowmobiling along the way.

Spring is Calling

Hanging around the city when the scents of spring are tantalizingly tickling your nose is tough. This is when you yearn to get away from the slush, pack the car and head out for an almost-spring getaway to the countryside, where baby animals, maple syrup, G-rated fun, and fresh air are calling. Get out of […]

Spring Break

The sun is warm, the air smells like spring, and the birds are singing their special warm weather songs. It’s official; spring has sprung. After a long Canadian winter, spring getaways are a time-honoured tradition for families here in the great white north, and haven’t we earned a little fun in the sun? This is […]

Winter Just Got Awesome

Learn to climb or brush up on your skills with an epic ice climbing adventure at SOIceFest 2020 in Maynooth, ON.

Ultimate Après-Ski Experiences

Meet up with friends after a day well spent on the slopes or on the trails. Discover these top places in Ontario’s Highlands to celebrate the Apres Ski!

Fall in Love With Winter

Unique winter experiences in Ontario’s Highlands that will give you something to brag about.

Climb a Wall of Ice

Challenge yourself to reach new heights with an ice climbing adventure at these places across Ontario’s Highlands.

Embrace the Dog Days of Winter

If you can’t beat winter, join it with an epic dog sledding excursion through some of the most beautiful forests in Ontario.

Cycle Through Fall

As cooler temperatures arrive and leaves change colour, discover these top places throughout Ontario’s Highlands to cycle in the fall.

The Best Fall Canoeing

Discover these top lakes and rivers in Ontario’s Highlands to discover the beauty of fall colours from a canoe.

3 Cheers for Mom

Discover ways to give a mom a Mother’s Day to remember, with gift ideas that go above and beyond.

Batter up!

Get a behind the scenes look into the world of baseball at Sam Bat.

Where Am I?

Climb to new heights at the Medeba Ice Wall and enjoy the unique view from the top.

Where Am I?

Make fresh tracks along premium snowmobile trail, the RAP Tour Loop.

Winter? Bring it!

Discover your love for the season with a classic Ottawa Valley winter.

One Last Ride

Watch JR Alli’s video and see what he discovers when he allows himself to just wander.

An Action-Packed Weekend

Read how Will Tang from Going Awesome Places raced muscle cars and experienced thrills on the rapids with whitewater raftering in the Ottawa Valley.

Whitewater Rafting as a Family

Read about how one family took on whitewater rafting on the Madawaska River and why they can’t wait to do it again.

The Freedom Finder

I’m a Freedom Finder. I wander with speed! I seek out opportunities to make fresh tracks, blaze new trails, and get my adrenaline pumping.

Where Am I

Explore the sweet moments and ageless beauty of Perth, Ontario.

Recharge in the Snow

Disconnect from the everyday with a snowmobile trip through Ontario’s Highlands.

All Terrain, All the Time

Pack your saddle bags and press the throttle for an ATV adventure like no other in Ontario’s Highlands.

Raging the Rapids

SUP Instructor Courtney Sinclair takes her passion for paddle boarding to the whitewater.

Hair-Raising Drives

Explore roads of Ontario with these drives that make you reach for your hairbrush.

Roads Worth Riding

Plan your next motorcycle ride along the hand-crafted roads of Ontario’s Highlands. Wind around vast lakes, to fill up on culinary delights, and converse with friendly locals.