Come Wander

Life moves fast. Daily demands pull us in different directions and sometimes we feel guilty for not doing enough. We need to change the narrative and stop focusing on where we’re headed or how fast we can get there, but instead focus on where and how we are at this point in time.

We always find that getting out into nature is one of the best ways to tune in and really focus on some self-care. Being immersed in the natural world – surrounded by fresh air, tuning into peaceful sounds, witnessing the beauty formed by Mother Nature – makes being present, acknowledging our thoughts, accepting our emotions, and simply being happy with where we are at that exact moment even more powerful.

Breathe deeply and feel your soul come to life at one of these six spots, perfect for a mindful moment in nature.

Soaring Away at Eagle’s Nest, Bancroft

After a short walk through the woods, cocooned by towering trees and listening to nothing but the crunch of old leaves and sticks beneath your shoes, the Hawkwatch lookout platform at Eagle’s Nest offers a breathtaking view over the town of Bancroft and beyond. Gazing out into the distance from this sacred spot of the Algonquin people, feel revived with the spirits of the rocks, waters, forest, and sky around you.

Contemplating Works of Art at Haliburton Sculpture Forest

Change your perspective and embrace the unscripted moments as you wander through this forest filled with more than 30 sculptures created by Canadian and international artists. With trails weaving past sculptures tucked throughout the ever-changing woods, every season offers a different view. Take your time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you – in the sunlight dancing through the trees, the calmness of the woods, and the details of the works of art throughout.

Paddling Along the York River in Bancroft

The dip of the paddle, the cool breeze blowing off the water, and the warm sun shining overhead – there is something about paddling a canoe on still waters that is truly calming. Feel truly weightless as you float and glide your way down the York River, a gateway to adventure, running through the town of Bancroft and surrounding countryside on both its north and south. Looking for some expert help? Book a High Falls Paddle, Explore and Dine guided trip with Deep Roots Adventure for an adventure involving a lovely paddle up the York River, an exploration of the tumbledown boulder strewn banks of the High Falls area with a Naturalist Guides, a sumptuous meal, and time to spend with, in, or on the waterfall.

Rising Above it All at Dorset Lookout Tower

Standing 132 metres above the Earth on this former fire lookout tower provides a different perspective on everyday life. This sturdy structure, built in 1967, pays homage to the original tower that stood in this spot and was used to watch for forest fires, offering us a great reminder to rise above negativity in our lives, and view our problems from a different angle for a clearer picture. Gaze out at the 360-degree views from the top, and marvel at the spectacular sight of the Lake of Bays sparkling in front of you and the rolling endless landscape surrounding it while you leave your worries at the bottom.

Overcome by Your Senses at Egan Chutes Provincial Park

Just a short walk along a trail through the woods, discover three waterfalls within the nature reserve that will take over your senses – with delightful sights, powerful sounds, natural scents, and cool touches. Let the rushing waters in Egan Chutes Provincial Park wash any stress or concern from your mind.

Watching the Sun Set on Eagle Lake

As the setting sun marks the end of the day, it also reminds us that there can be beauty in an ending – closing the chapter on unhealthy relationships, putting an end to bad habits, releasing stress and the weight of the world from your shoulders. Let the golden glow of a sunset over Eagle Lake wash warmly over you as you plan a new beginning, putting self-care first. Looking for a place to take it in? We’d recommend from the comfort of Sir Sam’s Inn and Spa.

Stories

The Artist’s Way

Who says art can only be found in big galleries or urban showrooms? To find fantastic local and Canadian art you need to head to the places that inspire artists to create, and Ontario’s Highlands is among the most beautiful places in Ontario (in our humble opinion). Beyond the inspiration found in the rugged hills […]

Cozy Up to Fall Camping

So you’re not ready for camping season to end? Here’s a tip: It doesn’t! Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean we need to head indoors, when it comes to camping experiences, fall is where it’s at. Fall camping is an entirely different (and some would say better) experience from summer camping –no bugs, […]

The Best Fall Canoeing

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

Find Your Zen

It’s been a heck of a year, hasn’t it? If ever there was a year to test your capacity for resilience, it would be 2020. After such a momentous year, what we all could use right now is a little “me time” – a little pampering, and a little bit of peace and quiet to […]

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 Lanark County

Lanark County is a land of sweet contrasts, where dense forests of sugar maple border lush, green fields and you’re as likely to come across a cyclist as a farmer on one of the region’s winding roads. Urban and rural unite here to create a region that’s as colourful and varied as the patchwork quilt […]

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 […]

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

We are happy to see that fall 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 […]

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 […]

Live the Yacht Life

Live the lifestyle of the rich and famous – for a week, anyway – with a Le Boat cruising staycation.

Just Show Up

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

Exhale and Unwind

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

Pampering at Home

Pamper yourself with a little self love with this recipe for an at-home spa day from Wind in the Willows Spa in Haliburton, Ontario.

Treat Mom at Home

A mother’s hands do a lot for us throughout our lives, from washing dishes to drying tears, and deserve a little break. Treat mom with this DIY home spa experience or purchase a take-home kit with everything you need in it.

Before the Lake Wakes

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

Just Breathe

Discover the beauty of mindfulness and allowing yourself to Just Breathe.

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.

Get Hooked

Expert fishing guide Sebastian Kowalczuk shares his secret fishing spots where you’re guaranteed a good catch.

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.

Mad About Maple

Maple syrup isn’t just for pancakes. Celebrate Canada’s iconic sweetener in all its forms in Ontario’s Highlands.

Go Cross-Country

Glide over fresh snow on four cross-country ski trails near Ottawa.

The Hottest Views

Soak up incredible views and beneficial side effects across Ontario’s Highlands.

Bask in Romance

Add a little romance at one of these nine intimate Ontario retreats.

Daily Dose of Nature

Discover these places in Ontario’s Highlands that allow you to get out into nature, benefiting your mental and physical health.

Mindful Moments in Nature

Live in the moment and tune into yourself at one of these 6 nature spots in Hastings County and Haliburton County.

Golf, Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Discover these 5 golf courses in Ontario’s Highlands, perfect spots for your next golf escape.

Namaste Outside

Breathe the fresh air at outdoor yoga workshops and events near Ottawa, Ontario.

3 Cheers for Mom

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

SUP with that View

Grab your SUP board and take in the beautiful views at these 5 places in Ontario’s Highlands.

An Escape into Nature

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

A Silent Ski Cross Country

Take a break to recharge your spirit and relax your mind while cross country skiing in the snow-covered woods of Silent Lake Provincial Park.

The Serenity Seeker

I’m a Serenity Seeker. I wander at my own pace, searching for a way to unwind and reconnect with myself and with the people who matter most.

Where Am I

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

Bit by Serenity

An expert traveller’s advice on how seek serenity and embrace a slower pace in Ontario’s Highlands.

Glamping in the Wild

Experience Glamping and reconnect with your loved one at Elements Outdoor Hotel, located in Renfrew County.