Come Wander
Art in Ormsby Ontario

Escape. Adventure. Nourishment. When you travel from a city into Small Town Ontario, these are the things you expect to find. But Aysha Tayab found something surprising hiding in the towns of Ormsby and Coe Hill in Hastings County: that familiar, sweet whiff of something so pleasant and vivid from your past that you can almost touch and experience it in the present – nostalgia. Read her story about finding multi-colored taffy from her childhood in the most unexpected of places; visiting a tea room that reminded her of her school days; and drinking a “Coehilliano” in a hidden gem of a shop that, actually, reminded her more of a rustic cabin.

Stories

The Ultimate City Escape

Explore these three ways to escape the city, slow down, and absorb rural life in Ontario’s Highlands.

My ‘Farm Life’ Day

Read the story of how one traveler discovered her authentic, farm-to-table experience at Blue Hen Farm.

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.

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.

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.