Known for its geological richness, Hastings County covers a broad geographic landscape, steeped in history. It is the second-largest county in Ontario and includes 180 lakes and countless natural streams.
The region is home to some of the best geological sites in Canada where visitors can explore ancient rocks and minerals. Visit the Bancroft Gem & Mineral Museum or dig for more treasure in a local antique shop, filled with their own stories to tell.
With numerous pristine lakes, rockhounding sites and an abundance of scenic views, Hastings County is the place to be for nature lovers.
Where is Hastings County?
Hastings County stretches from Belleville on the Bay of Quinte in the south to the edge of Algonquin Provincial Park in the north.
Those travelling from Toronto can reach Belleville within two hours by driving east via Highway 401. From Belleville, you can reach many townships by car via a few major roads and highways.
Travellers from Ottawa can drive west on Highway 7 and reach Centre Hastings in two hours.
Things to do in Hastings County
Collect minerals and gems
Spend time in nature
Go horseback riding
Enjoy whitewater rafting
Explore the region on ATVs
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Last updated: November 20, 2023