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Snowmobiling in Ontario's Highlands

Winter lovers rejoice – it’s snowmobile season! Time to get out in the wild on groomed trails for unforgettable  adventures that will get you somewhere (fast).

Amid the vast woodlands of Ontario’s Highlands, snowmobiling is an outdoor experience that takes you places you may never see in warmer months, through hidden forests and secluded hillsides.

Whether you’re looking for a rider-designed loop, private trails to explore, or to create your own path along the intricate OFSC trail system, read on to discover the groomed trails laced across Ontario’s Highlands, and the friendly hosts waiting to welcome you.

If you’re dying to hit the trails but are new to the snowmobile world, no worries. You can rely on the years of knowledge gleaned in the back woods with a guided tour with Valley Adventure Tours in the Ottawa Valley. Your winter wonderland awaits…

Old Hastings Snow Riders Trail

Come and play on over 350-kilometres of groomer trails that take you through Bancroft, McArthur Mills, Coe Hill, Gilmour and surrounding areas. The Old Hastings Snow Riders Club organize a number of events throughout the year for intrepid snowmobilers. Adjoining trails make this a route that will take you virtually anywhere you want to go on the trails.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Forest Yurt: Spend the night in a unique accommodation at this super cool forest yurt. The on-site wood stove makes this accommodation a fun overnight alternative in the winter months, and includes everything you would need for a delightful overnight stay. And don’t worry about trekking out to an outhouse – there is an indoor private bathroom.

Haliburton Forest Trails

Known as one of  the top 10 snowmobiling destinations in North America, this can be the ultimate destination for your snowmobile getaway. Not only does the reserve offer cabins  to tuck into for the night, but you can also rent a snowmobile onsite to explore over 300-kilometres of privately-owned trails. Escape to this snowmobile haven, where passes are limited so you can avoid extra traffic, and build on your trip with a visit to the Wolf Centre onsite. *Please note these are private trails and permits are required.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Haliburton Forest Cabins: Stay at one of these cozy cabins that were originally used by 19th century loggers, but have been fully renovated for today’s travelers. You’ll be right in the heart of trail country the next morning.

RAP (Round Algonquin Park) Tour

As the name would suggest, this 900-kilometre loop winds its way around Algonquin Provincial Park, offering the chance to explore lush forests and rugged landscapes of the Canadian Shield along a series of utility corridors, abandoned rail lines, and old logging roads.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Oakview Lodge & Marina: Warm up fireside after a day on the trails and have your taste buds delighted in the restaurant onsite at this retreat in Algonquin Highlands.
  • Lakeview Motel: Wind your way to this family-run Haliburton motel and upgrade your evening by booking a room with a personal hot tub to soak away any chill left behind from a day on the trails.
  • Best Western Pembroke: Be welcomed by small town hospitality and amazed by the larger city facilities as you warm up in the sauna or take a dip in the heated salt water pool.
  • Spectacle Lake Lodge: Book a Sledder’s Package to refuel with a three course dinner and hot breakfast at The Lakeside Smokehouse onsite and enjoy the view of sparkling icy Spectacle Lake in Barry’s Bay.
  • Sandy Lane Resort: Set your inner child free while you glide along a natural skating rink or take a trip down the lit toboggan hill in the evening before tucking into a cottage for the night in Algonquin Highlands.
  • Pinewood Inn: Unwind after your day on the trails knowing  you won’t need to go far the next morning. Two trails are accessible from the parking lot of this cozy inn.

Bon Echo Loop

Have your breath taken away as you wind along this 235-kilometre loop, through picturesque landscapes, rugged terrain, and frozen lakes glistening in the sun.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Mazinaw Lakeside Resort: Contact your hosts in advance to coordinate something extra special for your stay – like a pot of hot chili or cold beet in the fridge – then sit back and unwind in your cozy winterized cabin in Cloyne, just meters of the trail.
  • Limerick Lake Lodge: If you’re visiting on a weekend in February or March, tuck into a cozy cabin in Gilmour to rest up from a day on the trails.

Round Bonnechere Tour

Rev your engine along this 230-kilometre loop of rail bed and pipeline corridors interspersed with twisting mountainous terrain and soak up some spectacular views while you’re at it.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Sands on Golden Lake: Embrace the casual charm and welcoming spirit that flows through this inn in Golden Lake, feel your taste buds jump for joy at the restaurant inside, and go the extra mile to unwind at the spa onsite.
  • Ash Grove Inn: Enjoy the views of the sparkling frozen Kamaniskeg Lake in Barry’s Bay and fuel up with home style meals and unique menu twists at the restaurant onsite.

Calabogie Highlands Loop

With tight forest trails to set a leisurely pace, opportunities to stop in historic Eganville, Griffith, and Calabogie, this is a 260-kilometre tour with uncrowded trails and picturesque views.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Calabogie Lodge Resort: Satisfy your hunger after a day on the trails at one of Calabogie’s delectable restaurants, and pick up some craft beer from Calabogie Brewing Co. to enjoy while taking in the beautiful views of Calabogie Lake.
  • Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort: Spend a casual evening in a lakeside suite, or book the Jacuzzi Suite, for the added bonus of soaking any stiff muscles after a day on the trails.
  • Calabogie Peaks Resort: Book a room or condo at the Peaks and add to your winter adventure by hitting the slopes, and unwinding in a hot tub under the stars.

Madawaska Highlands Loop

Enjoy the Valley hospitality along this 180-kilometre trail winding its way along rail corridors and following the Madawaska River.

Wondering where to stay?

  • Hush Lodge and Cottages: Let the hospitality of your friendly hosts make you feel welcomed home in Barry’s Bay, and your muscles relax as you warm up in the sauna onsite.
  • Kirkman House Bed & Breakfast: Relax in this ‘home-away-from-home’ in Arnprior and recharge with a hearty breakfast before hitting the trails for the day.

The Voyageur Route

Step back in time as you follow the route of voyageurs from yesteryear along the Ottawa River along this 350-kilometre trail through scenic vistas and changing landscapes – from farmland to forest.

Wondering where to stay?


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With Love, to Haliburton Highlands

We are so lucky to come from a place that has it all: phenomenal views, rugged landscapes, abundance of trails, and infinite opportunities for recreation, all enticing you to leave your comfort zone and step into the wild. Here, endless forests meet cool, clear lakes and rivers to create incredible vistas that reach out to […]

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 […]

Feel Like a Kid Again

Remember when your whole summer was devoted to swimming, playing, catching frogs, and finding adventures? At one time, this was an entire season fueled by ice cream, Freezies, and hot dogs. August always felt so short, and by the time it rolled around you’d scramble to finish your summer bucket list, savouring each shortened day […]

Cycle Haliburton

What’s your favourite flavour of cycling? Do you prefer digging in off-road, pedaling hard for speed and distance, or just a light taste with a short meander? A bike ride can be what you want to make of it, which is part of the fun, isn’t it? Haliburton Highlands’ varied terrain calls cyclists to explore […]

Bikepacking in North Frontenac

Imagine a weekend of backcountry camping in a quiet forest just a few hours from Ottawa or Toronto. As you settle down at camp, you think back to the fresh moose tracks you saw earlier that day and the amazing swim you had when you stopped for lunch. The scenery feels familiar but something’s different. […]

Your Guide to COVID-19 Safe Travel in Ontario’s Highlands

This year the key to exploring is to keep it local; this is the time to explore our own backyards, and the regions close to home that have so much to offer us in the way of exhilarating outdoor experiences, fantastic food and drink, and blissful relaxation. If you’re exploring a new corner of Ontario’s […]

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.

Family Play Days

Hanging around the city in the dead of winter is tough. This is when you yearn to get away from the slush, pack the car and head out for an almost-spring getaway, with family in tow. Get out of Ottawa with a road trip to Ontario’s Highlands where the snow is pristine and sparkling, and […]

Winter Break

If you’re tired of the dog days of winter, we have news for you: You can have soak up the fresh air and celebrate family with a family-focused escape right here in Ontario. Head north of the 401 to find plenty of options to keep you and your little ones satisfied while getting a much-needed […]

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.

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.

GPS Guru

Meet Mary Barker, the Wilberforce woman who’s making Haliburton world-renowned for geocaching.  Wilberforce, Ontario, County of Haliburton The roads to Wilberforce are winding and majestic, flanked by high pine trees and birches, nestled between the hard rock and calm lakes that make up the Canadian Shield. Mary Barker knows these roads and waterways well, having […]

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.

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.