There’s nothing wrong with a good art gallery or museum, but when the weather is perfect and you’re craving fresh air, it’s understandable to want to spend as much time outside as possible. There’s no need to miss the beautiful weather when you can choose from a number of outdoor art installations to take in as you stroll through quaint towns and lush forests. Arm yourself with your trusty phone camera and a treat of your choosing, then hit the streets to find these masterpieces under the sun.
Small Town Heritage Murals
The small towns in Ontario’s Highlands are full of history, which is put on visual display for visitors to experience through impressive murals. Take a self-guided walking tour of towns like Pembroke, Perth, Tweed, and Eganville to take in the beauty and history!
Bonus: These towns all have rivers running through them, and in Tweed’s case even a lake, so grab a bite to eat from a local bakery, coffee shop, or deli to fuel up with a waterside picnic before you explore.
Historic Art in a Provincial Park
It’s not every day you have the opportunity to hop in a canoe and paddle out to view ancient art painted on the face of a 100-metre high cliff. So if you are presented with the opportunity to see the pictographs on Mazinaw Rock in Bon Echo Provincial Park, take it! These incredible Indigenous drawings were first documented in the 1800s and in true Canadian fashion, can only be accessed by boat.
Bonus: Make it an overnight trip by booking a camping site or cabin.
Combine a love of the outdoors with an affinity for art and you get the Haliburton Sculpture Forest. This unique outdoor art collection features a variety of sculptures made by Canadian and international artists. Hike, bike, walk or ski through the forest year round to take in the 30+ sculptures throughout.
Bonus: On a hot day, cool down with a cone from Cool Licks Ice Cream Parlour while you walk.
Fieldwork Art Display in Maberly
On Old Brooke Road in Maberly, Ontario, you can find the Fieldwork Project, a free outdoor art gallery that never closes. Wander the trails to walk amongst the artwork of the past few years.
Bonus: You’re just a stone’s throw from the famous ooey-gooey butter tarts at Maberly Bake Shop.