Come Wander
Fresh Discoveries at Abbey Gardens

With the warm weather shining upon us, we have the pleasure of bearing witness to a time of growth. Colourful flowers explode from gardens and flower pots, refreshing winds sweep the trees, and fresh produce explodes with the taste of summer across your tongue. With growth happening all around, why not take the chance to grow yourself?
Come alive in your awareness of healthy food and local produce. Uncover the story behind local produce, discover ways to be healthier, and unearth a piece of history as you roam the back roads of Ontario’s Highlands. Here are some top learning – and tasting – experiences you could choose.

1. Pop in to Abbey Gardens in Haliburton to learn the benefits of sustainable living and be amazed by the level of innovation and knowledge that surrounds you. Discover the care that goes into preparing their gardens, feel the rich earth between your fingers, and taste the delicious difference freshness makes as you explore the produce in the Food Hub.

2. Step into the past at Farmtown Park in Stirling. Explore the centuries-old farming region of Hastings County to discover the rich agricultural history engrained in the spirit of local residents. Wander the streets of a 1930s country town, marvel at the antique farm machinery, discover the old-time cheese-making process, and listen to stories that transport you right into the farming life.

3. Get your hands on local, fresh food as you roam through Agnew’s General Store in Wilberforce. Discover baked goods so scrumptious, you’ll never want to leave, and ice cream that will delight your tongue. With flowers, plants, and seeds available, you can get your hands dirty at home and discover the joy of harvesting your own hard work.

Immerse yourself in things that grow — and it won’t be hard to see how you grow too.

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.


A is for Apples

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Concerts with a Community

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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

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5 Senses of Nature

Leave the city behind and immerse yourself in the natural charm of Ontario’s Highlands.

Where Am I?

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Where Am I?

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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

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Maple Mania

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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.