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Rustic Finds Shopping in Ontario's Highlands

I love shopping for my home. It’s like a treasure hunt: searching for the perfect pieces to bring a room together. Now I’m not one to shy away from a big box store (to be honest, there isn’t a store I can’t tackle) but my favourite pieces, the ones that truly add to the room and spark conversation, are the ones I’ve unearthed at lesser known hidden gems.

My favourite stores allow me the chance to search through antique goods, handmade products, and true works of art, and feel the thrill of finding items so deliciously imperfect they have their own kind of beauty. With that, I wanted to share with you, my fellow treasure hunters, my favourite places to roam for unique finds in Ontario’s Highlands. No matter the size, these are places I can easily get lost in:

Jillian’s Antiques and Things

Location: Marmora, Ontario
Unique Elements: From the antique truck used as a display case, to the unique location of finds throughout former grain bins, this distinctive store takes rustic finds to a whole new level.
Insider Tip: Take advantage of the beauty of Marmora and stop for a picnic by the water. It’s a great way to fuel up before roaming Jillian’s unusual furnishings and enjoying her personable presence.

Tin Barn Market

Location: Almonte, Ontario
Unique Elements: A fondness for all-things vintage is palpable in this store where every item is carefully chosen, beautifully restored, and lovingly displayed. Ideas for decor are as plentiful as interesting finds.
Insider Tip: Almonte’s historical buildings put anyone who craves old and interesting things in the mood to browse. Exchange stories with the proprietors along Mill Street and others, who never get tired of taking trips to find the uncanny.

Pick-It Fence

Location: Pembroke, Ontario
Unique Elements: With enticing window displays and a rustic brick interior, it’s easy to lose track of time, enjoying the hunt for the perfect piece. This store features an eclectic array of matchless gifts items like soaps and fine foods, and décor items for tables, shelves and walls.
Insider Tip: This little city by the river feels quaint enough to still be a town. Check out the restaurants down the street, like Janna’s Gallery Cafe or the Nook Creperie, or wander over to the Pembroke Waterfront Park for a stroll by the Ottawa River.


Cider Season

Find these cideries on your next road trip through Ontario’s Highlands to discover a refreshing way to toast the apple harvest with a cold cider.

Wandering the Festival of Small Halls

Discover all the small halls throughout the Ottawa Valley, Lanark County, and Hastings County that will host a performance for the Festival of Small Halls in 2019.

An Ode to Poutine

Discover these chip trucks and their classic dishes, located throughout Ontario’s Highlands.

The Great Pizza-Off

Chow down on artisan wood-fired pizza at any of these gems across Ontario’s Highlands.

Before the Lake Wakes

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

A Delicious Day Trip

Sip & Savour your way through the best food and drink spots in Lanark County.

The Perfect Scoop

Discover these top ice cream stops across Ontario’s Highlands to keep cool this summer on your road trip.

Exhale and Unwind

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

Strawberry Fields Forever

Discover these top ways to enjoy the strawberry season, when you let these farm-fresh berries shine on their own or in a variety of treats.

Farm Fresh Finds

Indulge your taste buds this summer with these 5 local finds at Farmers Markets through Ontario’s Highlands.

Pause for Pi Day

Celebrate PI Day with the best pie at these bakeries in Ontario’s Highlands.

Winter Jams

Warm up your winter with good music and good food, together, at the Sharbot Inn & Crossing Pub, in Sharbot Lake, Ontario.

Valentine’s Day Treats

Treat that special someone this Valentine’s Day to a gift of sweets at one of these top places.

Moo-ve Over, Vodka

Discover Vodkow, the new beverage from the Dairy Distillery causing a stir in Almonte, Ontario.

The Best Baked Goods

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

A Day in Ormsby

Discover why Ormsby Ontario is worth exploring on your next road trip.

A is for Apples

Meeting cider kings and discovering great things in Hastings County.

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.

Roam If You Want To

Follow along with Chris from Travelling Mitch as he wanders through Haliburton Highlands and Hastings County on the Rustic Roamer Road Trip.

Ground to Glass

Discover how four craft drink makers harness Mother Nature’s flavours to elevate their beverages in Ontario’s Highlands.

5 Senses of Nature

Leave the city behind and immerse yourself in the natural charm of Ontario’s Highlands.

Where Am I?

Devour an Ottawa Valley tradition and feel your taste buds rejoice with Wes’ Chips in Arnprior.

Where Am I?

Discover the big things happening in the small towns along the Rideau Canal.

Top 4 Summer Treats

Top 4 summer treats that are worth the stop on your next Ontario’s Highlands road trip.

The Rustic Roamer

I’m a Rustic Roamer. I wander to discover authentic moments, to embrace the spirit of locals, and to understand the stories of the communities and countryside that I visit.

Where Am I

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

Maple Mania

Discover one writer’s quest to discover what makes Lanark County so sweet with Maple Mania.

Life is a Highway

Two wanderers explore 135 kilometres of hidden gems in Hastings County.

The Ultimate City Escape

Explore these three ways to escape the city, slow down, and absorb rural life in Ontario’s Highlands.

My Hometown: Haliburton

After years of travel, read the story of why Emily returned to Haliburton to officially call it her home.

Journal of a Foodie

Take a journey through Ontario’s Highlands on a road trip that will satisfy your inner foodie.

Summer Brews

Take a trip around Ontario’s Highlands to these micro-breweries to discover your perfect summer beer.

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.

Good Food, Great Company

The Good Food Tour, a delectable walking tour in Almonte the showcases a story and the local flavours.