Come Wander

The canoe –whether a traditional birch bark, a modern fiberglass, a common touring variety, or an oversized voyageur –is more than just a mode of transportation; it is a vessel that has been used throughout history to establish deep and meaningful connections; it is quintessential to the Canadian identity.

Chances are that, like many Canadians, you look back fondly on summers spent at camps and cottages, carefully focusing your efforts on propelling yourself forward; on mastering the j-stroke. It’s a feeling of serenity and pride that Ontario’s Highlands’ locals know too well – out here, canoes are second nature; some learn to use a paddle before they learn to use a spoon.

The paddling culture of Ontario’s Highlands runs deep through our communities, connecting people around rich memories and a common icon. It’s a culture that welcomes paddlers of many crafts, skill levels, and backgrounds; it encompasses not only the canoe, but celebrates the tranquility, excitement, and unifying motion of paddling.

To watch the full documentary film on The Canoe by Goh Iromoto, please click here.

Experience Paddling Culture

There’s no better way to experience the paddling culture of Ontario’s Highlands than by connecting with the locals who spend their days exploring the rivers, creeks, and lakes of the region. Take a tour with one of the friendly folks below to connect with nature, challenge yourself, and embrace the beauty of paddling.

Canadian Voyageur Adventures: Explore local waterways and travel back in time to relive Canada’s exciting and colourful history during a guided tour on the Ottawa River.

Cruising Canoes: With all-inclusive tours covering everything from backcountry canoe trips to river runs, and even winter camping, you can truly escape into nature with this team of expert guides.

Madawaska Kanu Centre: Discover paddling techniques, or improve your skills in an atmosphere of fun and friendship as you canoe, kayak, or raft the Madawaska River.

OWL Rafting: Let the teamwork required to steer your raft over rapids bring you closer to your friends than ever before, or challenge the dynamic Rocher Fendu rapids in a two-person inflatable kayak during a Sport Yaking adventure.

SUPnorth: Stand tall and feel your paddle push through the water, propelling you forward as you improve your balance, coordination, and strength during a SUP tour.

Wilderness Tours: Hold tight and paddle hard as you soar down the river in a raft filled with friends, test your skills as you maneuver a kayak around rapids, or discover the history and wildlife of the area during a sea kayaking experience.

Yours Outdoors: Dip your paddle and carve through still water as you discover the natural beauty and history of the Haliburton Highlands during a guided tour. New to paddling? Master the basics and learn to Canoe Like a Canadian.


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 […]

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 […]

An Ode to Summer

A throwback to summers gone past, with inspiration for this year’s adventure.

Just Show Up

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

Highway 7 Hikes

Stretch your legs by exploring these nature hiking trails along Highway 7.

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.

Spring is Calling

Hanging around the city when the scents of spring are tantalizingly tickling your nose is tough. This is when you yearn to get away from the slush, pack the car and head out for an almost-spring getaway to the countryside, where baby animals, maple syrup, G-rated fun, and fresh air are calling. Get out of […]

Spring Break

The sun is warm, the air smells like spring, and the birds are singing their special warm weather songs. It’s official; spring has sprung. After a long Canadian winter, spring getaways are a time-honoured tradition for families here in the great white north, and haven’t we earned a little fun in the sun? This is […]

Winter Just Got Awesome

Learn to climb or brush up on your skills with an epic ice climbing adventure at SOIceFest 2020 in Maynooth, ON.

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!

Fall in Love With Winter

Unique winter experiences in Ontario’s Highlands that will give you something to brag about.

Climb a Wall of Ice

Challenge yourself to reach new heights with an ice climbing adventure at these places across Ontario’s Highlands.

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.

Cycle Through Fall

As cooler temperatures arrive and leaves change colour, discover these top places throughout Ontario’s Highlands to cycle in the fall.

The Best Fall Canoeing

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

3 Cheers for Mom

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

Batter up!

Get a behind the scenes look into the world of baseball at Sam Bat.

Where Am I?

Climb to new heights at the Medeba Ice Wall and enjoy the unique view from the top.

Where Am I?

Make fresh tracks along premium snowmobile trail, the RAP Tour Loop.

Winter? Bring it!

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

One Last Ride

Watch JR Alli’s video and see what he discovers when he allows himself to just wander.

An Action-Packed Weekend

Read how Will Tang from Going Awesome Places raced muscle cars and experienced thrills on the rapids with whitewater raftering in the Ottawa Valley.

Whitewater Rafting as a Family

Read about how one family took on whitewater rafting on the Madawaska River and why they can’t wait to do it again.

The Freedom Finder

I’m a Freedom Finder. I wander with speed! I seek out opportunities to make fresh tracks, blaze new trails, and get my adrenaline pumping.

Where Am I

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

Recharge in the Snow

Disconnect from the everyday with a snowmobile trip through Ontario’s Highlands.

All Terrain, All the Time

Pack your saddle bags and press the throttle for an ATV adventure like no other in Ontario’s Highlands.

Raging the Rapids

SUP Instructor Courtney Sinclair takes her passion for paddle boarding to the whitewater.

Hair-Raising Drives

Explore roads of Ontario with these drives that make you reach for your hairbrush.

Roads Worth Riding

Plan your next motorcycle ride along the hand-crafted roads of Ontario’s Highlands. Wind around vast lakes, to fill up on culinary delights, and converse with friendly locals.