Come Wander
Romantic getaway Ontario

There are two things Madi, blogger at The Restless Worker, loves in life: exploring cool spots close to her home, and spending quality time with her husband during a romantic weekend, Ben.

The couple recently spent a weekend away from Toronto, sharing not only the car’s radio dial for a period of four hours (the ultimate test of a relationship?), but countless new memories together, on a road trip for two to the Ottawa Valley.

There, Madi and Ben discovered the simplicity and beauty that comes with reconnecting with your loved one on a quiet, snow-capped trail; the excitement of welcoming a morning sunrise together; and the serenity of being the first people that day to make fresh snowshoe tracks – crunch, crunch, crunch.

Most of all? The couple learned that, sometimes, luxury and rejuvenation can be found in an unexpected spot, like a little spa overlooking the frozen lake, or a restaurant where the owner knows you by name, even though you were strangers just the day before.

Click here to read their full story and check out their complete romantic winter road trip itinerary to the Ottawa Valley.


Winter? Bring it!

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

The Best Baked Goods

Discover some of the best bakeries in Ontario’s Highlands and their tasty treats.

Where Am I?

Visit Winterdance in Ontario’s Highlands and discover a love of winter from some of its biggest fans.

Where Am I?

Discover Calabogie Peaks, a well-known gem, through new eyes.

Alight in the Night

Discover the best Christmas lights and celebrations across Ontario’s Highlands that make this season the most wonderful.

Concerts with a Community

In September each year, the spirit of community comes alive all across Ontario’s Highlands when the Festival of Small Halls rolls in.

Buffalo Thrills

Discover good food, and great memories at the Ontario Water Buffalo Company.

Where Am I?

Stand tall and marvel at the views from the top of historical attraction, the Dorset Lookout Tower.

Autumn Jubilee

Celebrate fall with these can’t-miss festivals and events in Ontario’s Highlands.

Where Am I?

Step back into nature at Haliburton Forest and celebrate sustainability in this unique place.

Quirky Festivals & Events

Embrace the incredible spirit and wonderfully ‘different’ themes at events across Ontario’s Highlands this summer.

Video: The Memory Maker

I’m a Memory Maker. I wander to celebrate traditions with loved ones and create lasting memories. I enjoy visiting the same place, annual festival, or seasonal tradition year after year.

Fun with Music Festivals

From rock to folk, these Ontario’s Highlands summer music festivals will keep you coming back year after year.

Where Am I

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

New Year, New You

Winter events across Ontario’s Highlands that will help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions.

Where Am I?

Mazinaw Rock, a hidden gem in Ontario that’s ironically, hard to miss.

Parks Worth the Admission

Visit these 8 Ontario Parks in Ontario’s Highlands and discover why they are worth the admission.

Where Am I?

Make memories as you discover one of the Province’s most intimate hidden gems, The Forest Festival.

Finding Imperfect Moments

Sometimes it is the imperfect moments that matter the most. Become inspired to roam without the burden of worrying about everything going according to plan.

A Different Kind of Detour

Take the road less traveled through Ontario’s Highlands to these unique festivals that are sure to leave a lasting impression.