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.