Hastings County

Hastings County

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.

Map of Hasting County

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.

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Things to do in Hastings County

Collect minerals and gems

Almost 90% of all types of minerals found on Earth are located in Bancroft. It is known as “The Mineral Capital of Canada” and is a major destination for rockhounding enthusiasts.

Spend time in nature

The Vanderwater Conservation Area includes a 16-kilometre trail network through forests and along the Moira River. Hiking on this trail provides great views and picture opportunities.

Go horseback riding

Horseback trail rides in Marmora and Lake take visitors for a wonderful journey through the Trans-Canada Trail. Ride across hay fields and encounter deer, turkeys and other wildlife.

Enjoy whitewater rafting

The Madawaska Kanu Centre provides five thrilling kilometres of tumbling whitewater in a wilderness setting. A raft can easily fit four or more, making it the perfect family experience.

Explore the region on ATVs

Limerick Lake Lodge located on the Hastings Heritage Trail offers easy ride-out access to snowmobiling and ATV trails. They provide fuel and a large parking lot for ATV trailers.

Last updated: February 16, 2024

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