Come Wander
View Point on the Rustic Roamer Road Trip

One of the best parts of travelling is the unscripted. That moment where you decide to visit the restaurant recommended by a friendly local, or when you stop at a business whose sign caught your eye. Structured itineraries have their benefits, but Rustic Roamers thrive when they are given free time to explore.

Christopher from Traveling Mitch did exactly that when he hit the road, using the Rustic Roamer Wandering Route through Haliburton and Bancroft as his starting point. Locals like Sally from Sunny Rock B&B, Barrie from Yours Outdoors, and Elaine from Benaaron Guest House acted as his guides, pointing out the must-see spots in the area. Christopher’s “choose-your-own-adventure” itinerary ended up filled with visits to the Hawk Lake Log Chute, Haliburton Sculpture Forest, a Tweed and Company musical production, and much more. Read about his authentic wandering experience here and get the inspiration you need for your next road trip!

Stories

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 only 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.

Video: 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 through food festivals 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.