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Getting Started Backcountry Camping by Water

Car camping gives you an opportunity to connect with nature but are you ready to take it to the next level and go backcountry camping? Backcountry camping is rugged, remote, and provides an adventure in nature that has you following the cycles of the sun. Backcountry camping by water takes planning and preparation but the […]

5 Relaxing Wellness Staycations to Find Your Bliss

If you have been feeling the impact of the past couple of years and all the stress it’s brought with it, we have good news for you. There is no better time to connect with yourself, family, or friends, than on an Ontario summer staycation. This year you can staycation and save up to $400 […]

Boat, Sun and Play: 5 Family Staycations for All Ages

Anyone who has ever travelled with kids will tell you the getting there is sometimes not so much fun. There are only so many times you can hear “Are we there yet?” before you really want to be at your destination. This is why a staycation is the perfect solution for a family vacation! When […]

5 Wild Staycations to Get Back to Nature

When was the last time you spent time in nature, not just passing through, but really immersed in the natural world? Spending time away from the hustle and bustle of modern life gives you a new perspective on this complex and beautiful environment. All of a sudden the emails don’t seem to matter and your […]

5 Romantic Escapes to Fall in Love All Over Again

A romantic escape is just the thing to ignite a little passion and bring you closer together as a couple. This summer, you can snuggle to your heart’s content and save at the same time with the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit which offers tax credits of up to $400 per couple. So there’s no excuse […]

Accommodations for the Adventurous

Adventure seekers know that after a day spent on the road, trail, or water, giving it everything you’ve got, you’re looking for more than just a place to crash. You want an accommodation that’s central to all the activities you are planning, is a little bit edgy and invites you to push yourself just a […]

Retro Campers, a Geodesic Dome, and other Fun Places to Lay Your Head

Why sleep in a boring old hotel when you can turn your overnight into an experience all its own? We love discovering new places to lay our heads and the more unique the better. These are the places that are so fun they just make the experience so much better. Whether it’s a super cute […]

Sweet Maple Escapes

Discover sweet places to stay for maple adventures in Ontario this spring.

Rev Up the Romance for Valentine’s Day

Have you ever noticed how many Valentine’s Day proposals there are each year? Nicholas Sparks’ movie The Notebook may have been set in the south, but up here in the great white north we know that some of the best opportunities to inject a little romance come in winter. When you’re chilled, snuggling closer is […]

Have Tax Credit, Will Travel

So you’ve heard about the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit and are wondering how you can save 20 per cent in accommodation expenses on your next Ontario getaway? Join the club! This year will surely go down in history as the year of the staycation for Ontario residents, and here in Ontario’s Highlands we couldn’t be […]

25 Awesome Places to Claim Your Ontario Staycation Tax Credit in 2022

You don’t need to get on a plane to relax on a sandy beach, be pampered at a spa, or experience a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure in all four seasons. From luxury accommodations to rustic retreats, and minimalist getaways, Ontario’s Highlands has your dream staycation spot waiting for you. If you heard about the new Ontario […]

Snowy Walks and Cozy Nights

If you’re not into the adrenalin rush of downhill skiing or the technical nature of cross country skiing, but still want to get out and get moving outdoors, snowshoeing can totally be your sport. We kind of think that snowshoeing is one of the great underappreciated of winter sports – you don’t need a lot […]

5 Cozy Ontario Retreats

*When wandering in Ontario’s Highlands, please be aware of any local travel restrictions and guidelines. Vaccine passports accompanied by photo identification are currently required to enter some businesses.  If the road is calling to you for one last foray before the world transitions from green to white, the time is now. Solidly in the fall season, the month of […]

Explore Algonquin’s South Gate

*Wander safe, wander local. Check your region’s local health guidelines before heading out. The beauty of Algonquin Park doesn’t end at the South Gate. Close to the southern border of Algonquin Park, the area around Harcourt and Kennebec is a beautiful untamed region that attracts hundreds of visitors each year on their way through to Algonquin Park […]

Local’s Take: 3-Day Wellness Retreat in Hastings County

Local’s Take is a series highlighting the staycation experiences available close to home this summer. The experiences featured in this series were hand curated to highlight fun insider spots in our region. Use these stories as your launchpad to create your own staycations in Ontario’s Highlands.  Local: Nathan and Jessica Rogers From: Stirling, Hastings County Travelling: Hastings County Exploring in […]

Local’s Take: 2-Day Cabin Disconnect in Haliburton Highlands

Local’s Take is a series highlighting the staycation experiences available close to home this summer. The experiences featured in this series were hand curated to highlight fun insider spots in our region. Use these stories as your launchpad to create your own staycations in Ontario’s Highlands.  Local: Danielle Meredith From: Haliburton Travelling: Haliburton Highlands From the turn into the driveway, […]

3-Day Creative Retreat

*Wander safe, wander local. Check your region’s local health guidelines before heading out. A creative spirit craves uninterrupted time to dream, wander, and replenish. It longs to absorb the creative vibes from others and bask in beautiful art and artistry. If your creative well has run dry or you are looking for an inspirational retreat to relax […]

Local’s Take: Overnight in a Caboose in Lanark County

Local’s Take is a series highlighting the staycation experiences available close to home this summer. The experiences featured in this series were hand curated to highlight fun insider spots in our region. Use these stories as your launchpad to create your own staycation in Ontario’s Highlands. Local: Jenifer Brown From: Smiths Falls Travelling: Lanark County This summer my husband and I […]

Local’s Take: The Joy of Yurting in Hastings County

Local’s Take is a series highlighting the staycation experiences available close to home this summer. The experiences featured in this series were hand curated to highlight fun insider spots in our region. Use these stories as your launchpad to create your own staycation in Ontario’s Highlands. Local: Ardith Racey From: Hastings County Travelling: Hastings County If recent times have kindled […]

Cycling the OVRT: Smiths Falls to Arnprior

I love setting goals on the bike; It seems like this happens on a micro and macro level constantly. The first 50-kilometres, then the first century, the first overnight. On the ride, you have these little checkpoints. Energy bars, swims, coffees, calories, hours in the saddle, kilometres in a day. It’s a constant. This became […]

Local’s Take: 2 Day Cycling Staycation #InFrontenac

Local’s Take is a series highlighting the staycation experiences available close to home this summer. The experiences featured in this series were hand curated to highlight fun insider spots in our region. Use these stories as your launchpad to create your own staycation in Ontario’s Highlands. Local: Amy From: Lanark Highlands Travelling: Frontenac County If […]

Local’s Take: 3 Cabin Nights & Rafting in the Ottawa Valley

Local’s Take is a series highlighting the staycation experiences available close to home this summer. The experiences featured in this series were hand curated to highlight fun insider spots in our region. Use these stories as your launchpad to create your own staycations in Ontario’s Highlands.  Local: Gabriel Rivett-Carnac From: Ottawa and the Valley Travelling: Ottawa […]

Responsible Tourism: Discover the Benefits of Local Travel

When was the last time you discovered a local landmark or business that you didn’t know was there? In Ontario’s Highlands, we have some amazing spots and experiences that you might be surprised to hear about. For example, did you know the longest canopy boardwalk in the world is located in Haliburton Highlands? Or that […]

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.

Tiny Cabins, Yurts, and other Glamping Getaways

So you’ve seen the Instagram posts of friends or family seated around a rustic campfire, enthusing on the beauty of nature and a rugged camping experience, but you’re thinking “That’s totally not for me?” Hey, don’t sweat it, you are not alone. Camping isn’t for everyone, and who says it should be? If everyone were […]

Go Backcountry

You waken slowly in the early morning, the high-pitched warble of birdsong drifting lightly through the trees overhead. The sky is faintly brightening with the coming of dawn, and the natural world is gradually blossoming to life. Around you there is no trace of human activity, no murmurs of voices, clanging of dishes, or whir […]

Live the Yacht Life

Live the lifestyle of the rich and famous – for a week, anyway – with a Le Boat cruising staycation.

Exhale and Unwind

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

Family Play Days

Hanging around the city in the dead of winter is tough. This is when you yearn to get away from the slush, pack the car and head out for an almost-spring getaway, with family in tow. Get out of Ottawa with a road trip to Ontario’s Highlands where the snow is pristine and sparkling, and […]

Winter Break

If you’re tired of the dog days of winter, we have news for you: You can have soak up the fresh air and celebrate family with a family-focused escape right here in Ontario. Head north of the 401 to find plenty of options to keep you and your little ones satisfied while getting a much-needed […]

Bask in Romance

Add a little romance at one of these nine intimate Ontario retreats.

An Escape into Nature

Find your connection with nature and each other during a cabin getaway at Deacon Escarpment in Renfrew County.

Parks Worth the Admission

Visit these 8 Ontario Parks’ campgrounds in Ontario’s Highlands and discover why they are worth the admission.