Come Wander
Skiing and Snowboarding in Ontario's Highlands

Powder junkie? You don’t have to purchase a plane ticket to enjoy the snowy peaks that winter has to offer. Hit the slopes in Ontario’s Highlands and experience the thrill of downhill skiing or snowboarding on terrific ski hills, like Calabogie Peaks, home to the highest public peak in all of Ontario. It doesn’t matter if you prefer strapping on two skis or donning a single snowboard – you’ll still feel the rush of making fresh tracks in the snow as you descend down the hill on your race toward the bottom. Beginners will want to make the trip to Sir Sam’s in Haliburton to ride the covered surface lift that protects riders from harsh winds, blowing snow, and the cold – making it easier to ride longer. If it is your first time at a ski resort, lessons are available and will have you speeding down the groomed trails in no time.

Calabogie Peaks

Location: 1 hour drive from Ottawa

Get acquainted with the Ottawa Valley this winter with a visit to Calabogie Peaks Resort, south eastern Ontario’s supreme mountain, lake and wilderness destination. A winter getaway experience at Calabogie is defined by its pristine surrounding landscape: cradled in a valley dotted with heritage towns perfect for perusing on a lazy Saturday, and rolling hills laying out uninhabited landscapes waiting to be discovered.
Calabogie Peaks offers the highest summit in Ontario for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy in the winter season. There are two quads, three lifts servicing the hill, and a carpet lift for beginners. With 22 trails to explore, riders can spend all day perfecting their favourite runs. The resort also features two terrain parks and has a Snow School program for those who want to gain some confidence on the hill. When you’re done, warm up in your fireside suite in Dickson Manor.

Mount Pakenham

Location: 45 minute drive from Ottawa

Families with downhill enthusiasts of all levels will love Mount Pakenham for its programs catering to parent, tot and teen. Mount Pakenham is Lanark County’s premier family ski, snowboard, and tubing area. Getting you up is a new quad, two other chairlifts, and terrain park T-Bar lift system. Beginner skiers and riders have a handle tow and rope tow and a carpet lift to access gentler terrain. Parents love the layout that brings every skier and rider down to a central point. Finding your child is easy! Besides perfect family terrain, Mount Pakenham compliments nature with impeccable nightly grooming and lots of early-season snow making. Don’t let a dry driveway deter you from alpine fun. They are famous for their snow all season long. Mount Pakenham is nestled between the charming towns of Almonte and Arnprior where all varieties of lodging can be found.

Sir Sam’s Ski/RIDE

Location: 3 hour drive from Toronto

Bundle up and enjoy the fresh powder at Sir Sam’s Ski/RIDE , a perfect hill in Ontario whether you’re looking to feed your budding passion for skiing or snowboarding; bond as a family; or escape for a romantic winter weekend on the slopes. Located in Haliburton, Sir Sam’s ski hill features challenging elevations, breathing views and friendly staff who will welcome you to the area, and to your new favourite winter sport. The hill has a 1100 foot covered surface lift to shield riders from the wind and cold, as well as four chair lifts for all-day fun. The resort also includes a snow park, terrain hill, and food and beverage facilities. Warm up after a day of sledding and feel yourself melt during a soak at Sir Sam’s Inn & WaterSpa.

Stories

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

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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

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Go Backcountry

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Spring is Calling

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Spring Break

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Ultimate Après-Ski Experiences

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Where Am I?

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The Freedom Finder

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