Come Wander

The canoe –whether a traditional birch bark, a modern fiberglass, a common touring variety, or an oversized voyageur –is more than just a mode of transportation; it is a vessel that has been used throughout history to establish deep and meaningful connections; it is quintessential to the Canadian identity.

Chances are that, like many Canadians, you look back fondly on summers spent at camps and cottages, carefully focusing your efforts on propelling yourself forward; on mastering the j-stroke. It’s a feeling of serenity and pride that Ontario’s Highlands’ locals know too well – out here, canoes are second nature; some learn to use a paddle before they learn to use a spoon.

The paddling culture of Ontario’s Highlands runs deep through our communities, connecting people around rich memories and a common icon. It’s a culture that welcomes paddlers of many crafts, skill levels, and backgrounds; it encompasses not only the canoe, but celebrates the tranquility, excitement, and unifying motion of paddling.

To watch the full documentary film on The Canoe by Goh Iromoto, please click here.

Experience Paddling Culture

There’s no better way to experience the paddling culture of Ontario’s Highlands than by connecting with the locals who spend their days exploring the rivers, creeks, and lakes of the region. Take a tour with one of the friendly folks below to connect with nature, challenge yourself, and embrace the beauty of paddling.

Canadian Voyageur Adventures: Explore local waterways and travel back in time to relive Canada’s exciting and colourful history during a guided tour on the Ottawa River.

Cruising Canoes: With all-inclusive tours covering everything from backcountry canoe trips to river runs, and even winter camping, you can truly escape into nature with this team of expert guides.

Madawaska Kanu Centre: Discover paddling techniques, or improve your skills in an atmosphere of fun and friendship as you canoe, kayak, or raft the Madawaska River.

Madawaska River Rentals: Take a guided trip to explore the history of the region from the perch of a canoe, or discover how to identify a variety of aquatic plants.

OWL Rafting: Let the teamwork required to steer your raft over rapids bring you closer to your friends than ever before, or challenge the dynamic Rocher Fendu rapids in a two-person inflatable kayak during a Sport Yaking adventure.

RiverRun Rafting: Discover the thrill of white water rafting, or embrace your lazier side and enjoy a summer day of tubing down the Ottawa River.

SUPnorth: Stand tall and feel your paddle push through the water, propelling you forward as you improve your balance, coordination, and strength during a SUP tour.

Wilderness Tours: Hold tight and paddle hard as you soar down the river in a raft filled with friends, test your skills as you maneuver a kayak around rapids, or discover the history and wildlife of the area during a sea kayaking experience.

Yours Outdoors: Dip your paddle and carve through still water as you discover the natural beauty and history of the Haliburton Highlands during a guided tour. New to paddling? Master the basics and learn to Canoe Like a Canadian.


Ontario’s Highlands Insiders

Knowledgeable in uncovering hidden gems, making fresh tracks, embracing new perspectives, and disconnecting from the everyday, this group of experts is happy to share their wisdom with you. With a passion for local stories, a love of delicious food, and a thirst for unrehearsed days, this team is made up of creative minds and wandering souls.


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.

Just Show Up

Hit the water and taken advantage of these easy canoeing opportunities in Ontario’s Highlands.

Video: 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.

Where Am I?

Climb to new heights at the Medeba Ice Wall and enjoy the unique view from the top of this sparkling wonder.

Recharge in the Snow

Disconnect from the everyday with a snowmobile trip through Ontario’s Highlands.

Winter Bucket List

Unique winter experiences in Ontario’s Highlands that will give you something to brag about.

All Terrain, All the Time

Pack your saddle bags and press the throttle for an all terrain adventure like no other in Ontario’s Highlands.

Raging the Rapids

SUP Instructor Courtney Sinclair takes her passion to the whitewater with paddleboarding.

Hair-Raising Drives

Explore roads of Ontario with these drives that make you reach for your hairbrush.

Why To Choose the Back Roads

Writer Christopher Korchin takes a drive full of surprises on the long and winding roads of Ontario’s Highlands.

Roads Worth Riding

Time to take out your motorcycle and plan your next group ride along the hand-crafted roads of Ontario’s Highlands. Prepare to tighten your grip as you wind around vast lakes, to fill up on mouth-watering dishes, and to converse with some of the friendly locals.