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Hair Raising Drives

Is there anything more perfect, more soul-lifting and invigorating, than a summer drive? With no destination in mind, except perhaps getting a peek around the next bend, sometimes it feels like the power behind the wheels will let you cruise all day.

We put together our list of the top three roads where you can roll your windows down, fill your lungs with fresh summer air, and let your hair swirl as unrestricted as your spirit.

1) Palmer & Quadville Road: Let your car engine roar as you climb from the ground-level Palmer Rapids to Ontario’s highest populated point! Get ready for stunning views as you follow this road’s bends and twists. Enjoy the thrill of a hill crest, and the adrenaline shot as you start to descend, the highway disappearing into the valley below and around the next corner, all while breathing in the scent of water along the Madawaska River.

Insider tip: Extend your trip and head up highway 60 to Killaloe to grab a bite to eat at Garth’s Kitchen. Did we mention Killaloe is the birthplace of Beavertails? Hello, dessert.

2) Highway 60: This is a place to truly explore: to follow the road as it dips and dives through thickly forested Algonquin Park. Let the pine-scented air blast through your car window, a reminder that you’re leaving it all out there on the road.

Insider tip: Need a refill? Stop in Wilno to taste the richness of Wilno Tavern well-known Polish sausages and traditional pierogies.

3) Opeongo Road: Listen as the wind whistles through your windows, trees fly by and your road-worthy vehicle hums, winding your way from Barry’s Bay to Highway 41.

Insider tip: On your way through Barry’s Bay, Charlie D’s is the perfect place to stop for poutine with personality – the perfect complement to any road trip.
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Ontario’s Highlands Insiders

Knowledgeable in uncovering hidden gems, making fresh tracks, embracing new perspectives, and disconnecting from the everyday, this group of experts is happy to share their wisdom with you. With a passion for local stories, a love of delicious food, and a thirst for unrehearsed days, this team is made up of creative minds and wandering souls.

Stories

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