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Father's Day Gift Idea of Kayaking with MKC

Between work deadlines, family obligations and a seemingly never-ending To Do list that comes with being an adult,  it’s sometimes hard to find time to show the dads in our lives how much they mean to us. This summer, reconnect with dad through a meaningful travel experience that will have you bracing a new challenge together, trying new brews, burning up a sweat in the Great Outdoors, and more, with this list of 9 Ways to Spend Time with Dad This Summer.

1. Go Rafting on the Ottawa River

Wilderness Tours

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This is a great way to bond – work together, laugh, and cheer as you conquer the rapids with Wilderness Tours, OWL Rafting or Madawaska Kanu Centre. Read more about the adventure here.

2. Explore Bon Echo by Water

Bon Echo

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If your dad prefers a slower pace on the water, take your stand up paddle board or canoe to this breathtaking park, where you can paddle to Mazinaw Rock‘s cliff face that rises 100 metres out of the water and features more than 260 Indigenous pictographs.

3. Cheers! Together.

Haliburton Highlands Brewing

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Located on the Abbey Gardens property, Haliburton Highlands Brewery is a great spot for a tour and sampling with dad while exploring the Haliburton Highlands.

4. Enjoy a Quiet Moment Under the Stars

Stargazing

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Far away from city lights, Ontario’s Highlands is the perfect spot for stargazing for the busy dad who needs a break from the everyday. We even have some observatories to check out!

5. Take a Bike Tour of Perth with Heritage Bikes

Heritage Bikes

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A family that rides together, bonds together – and gets to see the history, culture and unique personality of this small Ontario town – together. Country tours are also available.

6. Watch dad become an artist

Yours Outdoors Glass Blowing

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This one is possibly going to be more satisfying for you than for your dad. While he’ll love creating his own piece of art through a glass-blowing workshop with Yours Outdoors, you’ll get to watch a man uncovering a new passion.

7. Hike One of Ontario’s Provincial Parks.

Silent Lake

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Ontario’s Highlands is home to eight Provincial Parks ready for hiking, camping, wandering – and spending time with dad.

8. Go on a Backcountry Adventure with Cruising Canoes

Cruising Canoes

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Take a guided introduction to backcountry camping, complete with canoeing and enjoying iconic Canadian landscapes, right in Algonquin Park.

9. Spend a Day on the Links at Bancroft Ridge Golf Club

Follow Local Wanderer Brendan’s advice and practice your swing while taking time to truly connect amongst rugged Bancroft scenery.

 

Stories

Make a Toast (in Hastings County)

Tour craft drink producers for a chance to meet the makers, and get the inside story on what inspires them to make and sell their product. Oh, and sample delicious brews, too!

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!

Cheers to the Holidays

Get into the holiday spirit this month with these mixologists and craft drink producers in Ontario’s Highlands.

The Best Baked Goods

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

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.

Shine at Giving this Holiday Season

Today’s craft markets are full of fresh, hip products made by creative and talented makers. This holiday season, go above and beyond by picking up handmade items with a story to tell at one of these Ontario holiday markets.

Discover Historic Accommodations in Ontario

Spend the night in historic accommodations to take yourself to way-back-when, and get into the spirit of the community you’re visiting. These inns have stories to tell of the people who lived and breathed inside their walls.

Expert Tips to Catching Fish

As an angler who is passionate about exploring new waters, I’m grateful to live in a region that has endless options! Whether you’re shore fishing, venturing out by boat, kayak, or canoe, there are bass fishing opportunities for everyone here in the Ontario’s Highlands region. I’ve put together a list of my five favourite bass […]

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.

Perfect Picnic Spots Near Ottawa

Discover these perfect picnic spots throughout the Ottawa Valley and Lanark County on your next road trip just outside of Ottawa.

The Perfect Scoop

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

Buffalo Thrills

Discover good food and great memories at the Ontario Water Buffalo Company.

Summer Music Festivals

From rock to folk, these Ontario’s Highlands summer music festivals will keep you coming back year after year.

Art in the Summer

Celebrate creativity at art festivals across Ontario’s Highlands this summer.

Unique Festivals & Events

Embrace the incredible spirit and wonderfully ‘different’ themes at events across Ontario’s Highlands this summer.

3 Cheers for Mom

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

An Escape into Nature

Find your connection with nature and each other during a cabin getaway at Deacon Escarpment in Renfrew County.

Pause for Pi Day

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

A Winter’s Break

Sometimes what we need is a little technology detox to spend a little less time with the screens in our lives and a little more time with the people who matter most.

Valentine’s Day Treats

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

New Year, New You!

Winter events across Ontario’s Highlands that will help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions.

Winter? Bring it!

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

Where Am I?

Visit Winterdance in Ontario’s Highlands and discover a love of winter from some of its biggest fans.

Where Am I?

Discover Calabogie Peaks Resort, a well-known gem, through new eyes.

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.

Where Am I?

Stand tall and marvel at the views from the top of historical attraction, the Dorset Lookout Tower.

Where Am I?

Step back into nature at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve to celebrate sustainability in this unique place.

The Memory Maker

I’m a Memory Maker. I wander to celebrate traditions with loved ones and create lasting memories. I enjoy visiting the same place, annual festival, or seasonal tradition year after year.

Where Am I

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

Where Am I?

Mazinaw Rock, a hidden gem in Ontario that’s ironically, hard to miss.

Parks Worth the Admission

Visit these 8 Ontario Parks’ campgrounds in Ontario’s Highlands and discover why they are worth the admission.

Where Am I?

Make memories as you discover one of the Province’s most intimate hidden gems, The Haliburton Forest Festival.

Finding Imperfect Moments

Sometimes it is the imperfect moments that matter the most. Become inspired to roam without the burden of worrying about everything going according to plan.

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.