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Ontario’s Highlands is a scenic area that is rich in history and adventure. Navigate the historic Rideau system; a UNESCO World Heritage Site, challenge the mighty Ottawa and Madawaska rivers, considered the best whitewater east of the Rockies or dip your paddle along scores of canoeing and kayaking routes. Land a lunker on lakes where fishing is a year-round passion. Attend the Rockhound Gemboree in Bancroft, the mineral capital of Canada. Listen for the whispers of the past as you poke around Balaclava, a true ghost town. In Ontario’s Highlands, a wealth of exciting experiences awaits you!

There are six distinct communities that make up Ontario’s Highlands: South Hastings, Haliburton Highlands, Land O’Lakes, North Hastings, Ottawa Valley South, and Upper Ottawa Valley. The scenic landscape, unique heritage sites, and culture you’ll encounter vary from region to region and every town, park, lake, and attraction has something special to offer.

Ontario’s Highlands also encompasses much of the territory of the the Algonquin Nation. The Algonquins have lived in our region since before the settlement of the first Europeans. They are known for their proud and rich heritage and for its people who live in harmony with nature. Visit the Algonquin Nation website for more information about the Algonquin culture, heritage, and history.

For more travel information about the Ontario’s Highlands, visit our regional tourism website at http://www.ontarioshighlands.ca, or browse each of our communities below.

Two people paddling in a green canoe
The Ottawa Valley is famed for its stunning outdoors and boasts a welcoming and hospitable nature. Surrounded by woodlands, over 900 pristine lakes, four major river systems and neighbouring the majestic Algonquin Park, the Ottawa Valley stretches for 220 km east-west along the TransCanada Highway.
Stone bridge going across a river
Ottawa Valley South, between Kingston and Ottawa, boasts a mix of outdoor adventure and quaint historic villages. The county is known for its historic stone architecture and local produce such as our award winning garlic and delicious maple syrup.
Rocks and trees and trees and rocks and water
Less than three hours from Toronto and Ottawa, the Haliburton Highlands is nestled among the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield. Over 600 lakes offer a water paradise for boating, canoeing, kayaking and, of course, fishing.
Bancroft and northern Hastings County offer fresh air, clean cool waters and an all-encompassing natural beauty. Just pull up a chair and enjoy. The pace is a little slower, the smiles a little wider and the silences are never uncomfortable.
Blue, pink, red, and orange sun-set
Imagine yourself sitting on the dock. A loon flies overhead calling to its mate. You feel a fresh breeze. A fish jumps with a loud splash. No question about it, you are in South Hastings. Madoc, Marmora, Stirling, and Tweed understand that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts when it comes to concerns of a common nature.
Canoeing at Bon Echo Provincial Park
Imagine being able to fish or paddle a different lake every day for thirteen years. That's what makes the Land O' Lakes unique. Our 5,000 lakes allow you to experience a different adventure around every corner.
Algonquin Trading Post
If the Earth could speak, she would tell the story of her Stewards in the Kitchissippi Valley, the Omàmiwininì Anishinàbe (indigenous words for the Algonquin people of the Ottawa & Mattawa Rivers Watershed).

About Us

The Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) is one of 13 Regional Tourism Organizations created by the Ontario government to increase tourism to the province. The OHTO covers a large region in eastern Ontario which includes the counties of Frontenac, Haliburton, Hastings, Lanark, Lennox and Addington, and Renfrew.

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Get In Touch

Our office hours are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization
9 International Drive, Suite 129
Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5

Phone: 613-629-6486

Toll Free: 855-629-6486

Fax: 613-629-6488

Email: ac.otho]ta[ofni

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