Come Wander
Shopping in Lanark County

One morning, Cathy James walked into The Amish Store in Balderson, Ontario. Three hours later, she left. Read about her hhalf-day shopping trip in Lanark County, where she searched (and found) unique hidden gems with a little “Lanark” twist. From painted furniture, to antique mirrors and rustic birdfeeders, she presents options for every type of shopping experience, whether you’re an artist, vintage lover, sweet toother, home décor inspirer or nature lover (or even if you’re all five).

Stories

Life is a Highway

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

Maple Mania

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

The Ultimate City Escape

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

My ‘Farm Life’ Day

Read the story of how one traveler discovered her authentic, farm-to-table experience at Blue Hen Farm.

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.

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.

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.