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Outdoor Art in Ontario's Highlands

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

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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.

Haliburton Sculpture Forest

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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

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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 historic town of Perth, where you will delectable eats and charming shops.

Stories

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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 […]

Big Attractions in Ontario

Are you the type to pull over when you see a comically large roadside attraction, or a picture-perfect spot to snap a few shots? Amateur photographers and Instagrammers alike can agree that a giant ice cream cone, a massive mural adorning the side of a building, or a full-size replica of a jet plane are […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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