Come Wander

Who says art can only be found in big galleries or urban showrooms? To find fantastic local and Canadian art you need to head to the places that inspire artists to create, and Ontario’s Highlands is among the most beautiful places in Ontario (in our humble opinion).

Beyond the inspiration found in the rugged hills and vast forests of Ontario’s Highlands, exposing yourself to different mediums of art can be both stimulating and uplifting. This year, touring a gallery is an outing that can keep you within your social bubble while you feed your creative side.

Take an inspiring fall road trip and wander indoor and outdoor galleries to discover Canadian art and artists.

Haliburton Sculpture Forest – Haliburton

Get outdoors and combine a leisurely stroll among art installations that are larger than life and nicely juxtaposed against the forest setting. Wander their trails on foot or by bike and get a unique and creative perspective of the forest and how it can blend with art. Book a guided tour  through Yours Outdoors or wander under your own speed and at your own pace.

Sivarulrasa Gallery – Almonte

You’ll discover urban-level art and artists in a small town setting at this beautiful gallery in the town of Almonte. Explore their modern space and expand your concepts of what Canadian art looks like. The gallery hosts vernissages and other events year-round. If you would rather explore virtually, they also offer a virtual experience that draws you into the gallery from a distance. After you’ve been inspired here you can make the short trip up the street to J.B. Arts  to stock up on art supplies to become your own creator.

Rail’s End Gallery – Haliburton

A former rail station makes for an interesting historical setting with a railway focus for Rail’s End. Explore local contemporary art with a uniquely Canadian perspective in the heart of Haliburton Highlands.  You won’t find just paintings here; you can also view historical artifacts and outdoor art installations, or take part in workshops and events. Visit Rail’s End between Sept. 24 and Nov. 14, 2020 to view their newest exhibit: Fireworks 2019.

Art Gallery of Bancroft – Bancroft

Whether you want to wander public art or create your own masterpiece, the Art Gallery of Bancroft will freshen your creativity. With 10 exhibitions each year featuring the work of local artists and artisans you can keep coming back and always get a fresh take on local artistry. Keep a watch on their website to join one of their one-day workshops.

Ethel Curry Gallery  – Haliburton

If you were inspired by the beauty of the Haliburton region, you need to visit Ethel Curry Gallery to see how artists have translated their own inspiration for the area through sculpture, painting, and carvings.  The gallery is open every day throughout the summer but it’s wise to check ahead for hours before your visit.

Bittersweet Gallery – Burnstown

There is so much natural beauty to inspire along the Madawaska River, and Bittersweet Gallery is where you’ll find a collection of over 50 Canadian artists and artisans. This gallery has a surprisingly diverse collection of mediums, from woodworking to pottery, painting, sculpted clay, and more.

Bonus: Wilno Craft Gallery – Wilno

This gallery has more of a crafty atmosphere than your typical gallery – wander through the works of more than 170 Canadian artists and artisans in Canada’s first polish settlement, Wilno. Afterwards you can explore the nearby Polish Kashaub Museum to learn all about the region’s polish cultural heritage.

 

Stories

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Having a guide can turn an everyday hike into the most amazing adventure. Although I’d hiked on my own in the past, making the hike with Tim Yearington of Bird Mountain Journeys wove together a story that allowed a deeper connection and different outlook on nature and history. It gave me a greater outlook on […]

Shiver-Worthy Spooky Spots

There’s something lingering in the air throughout October, leading up to the culmination of all things spooky on its final day – Halloween.   October starts with the summer’s lush canopy of green bidding a final farewell through a stunning display of vibrant colours. When the leaves die off and settle as a multi-coloured blanket on the forest floor, and the fog rolls in over the lakes and […]

Haunted Walks and Hair-Raising Ghost Tours

Have you ever wandered through an older building and felt the hair raise on the back of your neck, and not been sure why? It may be you are sensing something that others aren’t, some spooky aftereffect from a historical wrongdoing or the ghostly pinings of a disgruntled spirit. Many small communities in Ontario’s Highlands […]

The Artist’s Way

Who says art can only be found in big galleries or urban showrooms? To find fantastic local and Canadian art you need to head to the places that inspire artists to create, and Ontario’s Highlands is among the most beautiful places in Ontario (in our humble opinion). Beyond the inspiration found in the rugged hills […]

Big Attractions in Ontario

Are you the type to pull over when you see a comically large roadside attraction, or a picture-perfect spot to snap a few shots? Amateur photographers and Instagrammers alike can agree that a giant ice cream cone, a massive mural adorning the side of a building, or a full-size replica of a jet plane are […]

Ground to Glass

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

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 […]

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

We are happy to see that fall is in full swing here in Ontario’s Highlands, and even happier now that we have seen the lifting of many restrictions here in Ontario. After months of staying home we are eager to get out and stretch out legs and imaginations in a region made for discovery. This […]

Dark Skies, Starry Nights

Have you ever wondered about the mysterious realm outside our planet? Maybe you’ve wanted to roam the galaxy, travel among the stars, and get a new perspective on the universe. For now, stargazing is as close to it as us ‘average humans’ can get! Luckily there are still places to getaway, where the view of […]

Get in Step

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Get Your Hands Dirty

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The Creative Cruiser

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Where Am I?

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Where Am I?

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Locals Know Best: Art & Culture

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