Come Wander

Is there anything better than a fresh doughnut? Seriously, hats off to whoever thought it was a good idea to throw a ring of dough in the fryer, then slather on some sweet and sticky glaze. With doughnut creators constantly pushing the boundaries, today you don’t have to look far to find a doughnut shop that specializes in churning out fresh handmade goodies with unique flavours and toppings far more sophisticated than a plain old honey dip. Read on to find out where you can get the finest doughnut creations in Ontario’s Highlands.

Healthy Food Technologies

Doughnuts often get a bad rap considering their traditional deep-fried cooking method. What if we told you that you could have a doughnut for 50-70% less fat and considerably fewer calories, without compromising taste? Healthy Food Technologies, known simply as HFT, has mastered guilt-free doughnuts in so many different flavours you’ll find it hard to narrow down your choice. One visit to their shop in Almonte will have you wondering how they could possibly make such mouth-watering reduced-fat versions of favourites like jelly-filled, classic dips, and fritters.

McGuire’s Doughnuts

In late 2018 a new business sent Pembroke into a frenzy. McGuire’s Doughnuts opened their doors in downtown Pembroke, and the response from the community was overwhelming. Hungry people travelled from afar to get their hands on a dozen, and as a result, McGuire’s were often finding themselves sold out by lunch! Today, McGuire’s is absolutely thriving at filling the city’s doughnut needs. Plan a visit to this popular spot to find out why the locals rave about their fresh made pastries. Keep an eye out for classics like cinnamon sugar, or mix it up and find a new favourite in their signature bright blue “Sweet-ish Berry” flavour.

Cardinal Café and Shop

Cardinal Café in Sharbot Lake, just minutes off of Highway 7, is the perfect spot for a road trip stop when your crew is craving a bite to eat and some homemade goodies. They have found their niche in doughnuts, and they sure do them well. Save room after lunch for a cream-filled favourite like their campfire S’mores or strawberry shortcake, or embrace local flavours with their maple bacon doughnut, made with Conboy maple syrup, which is produced less than ten minutes down the road.

Honorary Mention: BlackFly GrubHub

The new kid on the doughnut block is making its way to Perth after establishing a following at the local farmer’s markets. Let us give you a little insider tip: when the doors open at BlackFly GrubHub in Perth this spring, make it a priority to stop in. Your mind will be blown with their vast selection of both sweet and savoury doughnuts. Yes, you read that right. Adventurous palates will be naturally drawn to options like bacon-cheddar-jalapeno, buffalo bleu, and nacho cheese topped with your choice of Doritos or Cheetos. Or you can play it safe with the more reserved coconut lime, lemonade stand, and banana Nutella.


Cider Season

Find these cideries on your next road trip through Ontario’s Highlands to discover a refreshing way to toast the apple harvest with a cold cider.

Wandering the Festival of Small Halls

Discover all the small halls throughout the Ottawa Valley, Lanark County, and Hastings County that will host a performance for the Festival of Small Halls in 2019.

An Ode to Poutine

Discover these chip trucks and their classic dishes, located throughout Ontario’s Highlands.

The Great Pizza-Off

Chow down on artisan wood-fired pizza at any of these gems across Ontario’s Highlands.

Before the Lake Wakes

Wake up lakeside with a steaming cup of coffee from a roastery in Ontario’s Highlands.

A Delicious Day Trip

Sip & Savour your way through the best food and drink spots in Lanark County.

The Perfect Scoop

Discover these top ice cream stops across Ontario’s Highlands to keep cool this summer on your road trip.

Exhale and Unwind

Experience a slice of farm life at Dwyer’s Farmhouse in the Ottawa Valley.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Discover these top ways to enjoy the strawberry season, when you let these farm-fresh berries shine on their own or in a variety of treats.

Farm Fresh Finds

Indulge your taste buds this summer with these 5 local finds at Farmers Markets through Ontario’s Highlands.

Pause for Pi Day

Celebrate PI Day with the best pie at these bakeries in Ontario’s Highlands.

Winter Jams

Warm up your winter with good music and good food, together, at the Sharbot Inn & Crossing Pub, in Sharbot Lake, Ontario.

Valentine’s Day Treats

Treat that special someone this Valentine’s Day to a gift of sweets at one of these top places.

Moo-ve Over, Vodka

Discover Vodkow, the new beverage from the Dairy Distillery causing a stir in Almonte, Ontario.

The Best Baked Goods

Discover some of the best bakeries in Ontario’s Highlands and their tasty treats.

A Day in Ormsby

Discover why Ormsby Ontario is worth exploring on your next road trip.

A is for Apples

Meeting cider kings and discovering great things in Hastings County.

Concerts with a Community

In September each year, the spirit of community comes alive all across Ontario’s Highlands when the Festival of Small Halls rolls in.

Roam If You Want To

Follow along with Chris from Travelling Mitch as he wanders through Haliburton Highlands and Hastings County on the Rustic Roamer Road Trip.

Ground to Glass

Discover how four craft drink makers harness Mother Nature’s flavours to elevate their beverages in Ontario’s Highlands.

5 Senses of Nature

Leave the city behind and immerse yourself in the natural charm of Ontario’s Highlands.

Where Am I?

Devour an Ottawa Valley tradition and feel your taste buds rejoice with Wes’ Chips in Arnprior.

Where Am I?

Discover the big things happening in the small towns along the Rideau Canal.

Top 4 Summer Treats

Top 4 summer treats that are worth the stop on your next Ontario’s Highlands road trip.

The Rustic Roamer

I’m a Rustic Roamer. I wander to discover authentic moments, to embrace the spirit of locals, and to understand the stories of the communities and countryside that I visit.

Where Am I

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Maple Mania

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Life is a Highway

Two wanderers explore 135 kilometres of hidden gems in Hastings County.

The Ultimate City Escape

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My Hometown: Haliburton

After years of travel, read the story of why Emily returned to Haliburton to officially call it her home.

Journal of a Foodie

Take a journey through Ontario’s Highlands on a road trip that will satisfy your inner foodie.

Summer Brews

Take a trip around Ontario’s Highlands to these micro-breweries to discover your perfect summer beer.

A Different Kind of Detour

Take the road less traveled through Ontario’s Highlands to these unique festivals that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Good Food, Great Company

The Good Food Tour, a delectable walking tour in Almonte the showcases a story and the local flavours.