Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley, also called “Ontario's Highlands”, encompasses six unique counties, each with surprising adventures and hidden gems to ignite your wanderlust.

This region was made for exploring. Embrace the open road by motorcycle or car, embark on an RV adventure or navigate pristine waterways by houseboat, kayak or canoe.

Experience the natural beauty and artistic spirit in Haliburton, the geological marvels in Hastings, dark sky viewing in Lennox and Addington, vast wilderness in Frontenac, sweet maple syrup treats in Lanark and whitewater adventure in the Ottawa Valley.

Map of Haliburton Highlands to Ottawa Valley

Where is Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley?

This predominantly rural region stretches from Haliburton across the south edge of Algonquin Provincial Park, east to the Ottawa Valley, and down to just below Highway 7, otherwise known as “The King’s Highway”. Key cities in the area include Haliburton, Bancroft, Pembroke and Almonte. 

While this region is best explored by car, many of the waterways can be toured by boat, and some regional bus tours are also available.

Things to do in Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Paddle the rapids

Travel through Canada’s “Whitewater capital” on an Ottawa River rafting excursion or paddle down the many river routes in the area. Lessons, rentals and stays are available.

Go for a cruise

Slow down and discover the natural beauty of the region’s waterways. Rent a houseboat and explore the Rideau Heritage Route’s 1,091 kilometres of shoreline.

Explore ancient wonders

Hike into Bon Echo Provincial Park and discover over 260 ancient Indigenous pictographs on the side of Mazinaw Rock or explore the 500-million year old Bonnechere Caves in Eganville.

Spend a night stargazing

From the Dark Sky Viewing Area of Lennox and Addington to the Haliburton Forest Observatory, stargazers will find numerous spots to view the night skies.

Hit the slopes and trails

Embrace winter by hitting the slopes at an Ottawa Valley resort, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the Haliburton Highlands Nordic trails or renting a snowmobile in Bancroft.

Explore Ontario’s Maple Capital

Follow the Maple Trail and satisfy your sweet tooth with some Lanark County maple syrup. Plus, find all sorts of maple-infused products like maple beer, moonshine and beauty items. 

Points of interest in Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Add these highlights to your next visit to the region.

Last updated: January 2, 2024

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