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Ice Cream

In the dog days of summer, when the sun is relentless and the humidity won’t cut you a break, there’s nothing more refreshing than an ice cream. Not only are our favourite frozen treats delicious, but they have the added bonus of helping regulate your temperature on a hot, sticky day. Scientifically proven or not, that’s a win-win if you ask us. So what will it be: a cup or a cone? One flavour or two? Take your taste buds on a ride to find the shops dishing out ice cream and gelato straight-up, or with a twist.

Classic Favourites

We all have our go-to ice cream flavour. Do you tend towards crowd pleasers like mint chocolate chip or cookie dough, or do you throw your support behind a polarizing flavour like Tiger Tail? With all the ice cream slingers in the region, aficionados of all ages are bound to find a flavour that tickles their fancy at any of these parlours.

Haliburton County: Minden River Cone will appease both your taste buds and your Instagram followers with its adorable hut, shaped like a soft-serve cone. Don’t miss the tiny storefront of Cool Licks in the town of Haliburton where they dish out hard ice cream, soft-serve, and frozen yogurt.

Hastings County: Visit the Kawartha Dairy in Bancroft during summer and you’ll see just how popular it is based on the line up (it’s worth the wait). Further north in Lake St. Peter, the Scooped Moose serves ice cream and shakes from a sweet little cabin dressed up to the nines.

Lanark County: If you’re all about dairy, you’ll want to stop at the Balderson Cheese Factory for ice cream and fine cheeses. Every town in Lanark has their beloved ice cream parlour, like Scoops in Pakenham, Sweet Scoops in Smiths Falls, or the Almonte Ice Cream Shop – all within walking distance to a waterfront park.

Ottawa Valley: In the Valley, local favourites include homemade treats from Brum’s Dairy in Pembroke and Tracey’s, headquartered in Renfrew but found in parks and beaches all over, like Burnstown Beach. Café Laurent, also in Burnstown, dishes out scoops in homemade, flavoured waffle cones. Have a scoop with a handful of fresh berries you hand-selected yourself for an added special touch at Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch near Pembroke.

Frontenac County: Jossy’s Chill and Grill on Highway 7 is the quintessential road trip stop where you can start with a burger, fries, or poutine, and finish off with a cone or a sundae topped just the way you like it.

Smooooth Gelato

When you want to mix it up a little, and feel like you’ve been transported to Italy, pay a visit to one of the fine gelato makers of Ontario’s Highlands. The Ontario Water Buffalo Company in Stirling makes a variety of gelatos from their water buffalo milk, a rare treat you may have never experienced before. The newly opened Farmstead Cheesehouse & Gelateria outside of Pembroke is off to a great start with rave reviews from visitors seeking out their creamy gelato. Another new gelato purveyor in the region is The General Store in Carleton Place, which has recently started serving Ottawa-based favourite, Stella Luna.

Branch Out

Tired of the same old scoop or shake or just want to mix it up? Stop by Cartwright Springs Brewery for a beer float, or the Miner’s Malt Shoppe window at Hidden Goldmine Bakery for a monstrous sundae with their freshly baked butter tarts. Castle Antiques in Haliburton will give you a caffeine kick with their affogato: a scoop of vanilla ice cream drowned in a shot of espresso. Almonte’s Hummingbird Chocolate, widely recognized for making some of the world’s best, has experimented with a chocolate sorbet that will make any chocolate lover weak in the knees. Those who avoid dairy will appreciate Oat & Mill’s creamy oat-based alternative to ice cream that can be enjoyed by the scoop at A New Leaf Food Experience in Petawawa.

Stories

Shine at Giving this Holiday Season

Today’s craft markets are full of fresh, hip products made by creative and talented makers. This holiday season, go above and beyond by picking up handmade items with a story to tell at one of these Ontario holiday markets.

Discover Historic Accommodations in Ontario

Spend the night in historic accommodations to take yourself to way-back-when, and get into the spirit of the community you’re visiting. These inns have stories to tell of the people who lived and breathed inside their walls.

Cider Season

Find these cideries on your next road trip through Ontario’s Highlands to discover a refreshing way to toast the apple harvest with a cold cider.

An Ode to Poutine

Discover these chip trucks and their classic dishes, located throughout Ontario’s Highlands.

The Great Pizza-Off

Chow down on artisan wood-fired pizza at any of these gems across Ontario’s Highlands.

Before the Lake Wakes

Wake up lakeside with a steaming cup of coffee from a roastery in Ontario’s Highlands.

A Delicious Day Trip

Sip & Savour your way through the best food and drink spots in Lanark County.

The Perfect Scoop

Discover these top ice cream stops across Ontario’s Highlands to keep cool this summer on your road trip.

Exhale and Unwind

Experience a slice of farm life at Dwyer’s Farmhouse in the Ottawa Valley.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Discover these top ways to enjoy the strawberry season, when you let these farm-fresh berries shine on their own or in a variety of treats.

Farm Fresh Finds

Indulge your taste buds this summer with these 5 local finds at Farmers Markets through Ontario’s Highlands.

Pause for Pi Day

Celebrate PI Day with the best pie at these bakeries in Ontario’s Highlands.

Winter Jams

Warm up your winter with good music and good food, together, at the Sharbot Inn & Crossing Pub, in Sharbot Lake, Ontario.

Valentine’s Day Treats

Treat that special someone this Valentine’s Day to a gift of sweets at one of these top places.

Moo-ve Over, Vodka

Discover Vodkow, the new beverage from the Dairy Distillery causing a stir in Almonte, Ontario.

The Best Baked Goods

Discover some of the best bakeries in Ontario’s Highlands and their tasty treats.

A Day in Ormsby

Discover why Ormsby Ontario is worth exploring on your next road trip.

A is for Apples

Meeting cider kings and discovering great things in Hastings County.

Concerts with a Community

In September each year, the spirit of community comes alive all across Ontario’s Highlands when the Festival of Small Halls rolls in.

Roam If You Want To

Follow along with Chris from Travelling Mitch as he wanders through Haliburton Highlands and Hastings County on the Rustic Roamer Road Trip.

Ground to Glass

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

5 Senses of Nature

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

Where Am I?

Devour an Ottawa Valley tradition and feel your taste buds rejoice with Wes’ Chips in Arnprior.

Where Am I?

Discover the big things happening in the small towns along the Rideau Canal.

Top 4 Summer Treats

Top 4 summer treats that are worth the stop on your next Ontario’s Highlands road trip.

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

Explore the sweet moments and ageless beauty of Perth, Ontario.

Maple Mania

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

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 on a road trip 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.

Good Food, Great Company

The Good Food Tour, a delectable walking tour in Almonte the showcases a story and the local flavours.