ABOUT ONTARIO'S HIGHLANDS
Billions of years ago, the region of Ontario’s Highlands was a geological landscape that featured mountains taller than the Rockies, but, after four glaciation periods and great upheaval, Ontario’s Highlands was literally left with a treasure chest of gifts – the scenic Canadian Shield with its bounty of freshwater lakes, rivers cascading through its valleys, stands of maple forests covering the rolling hills and gem’s to be found on the earth’s surface. Come wander with us on an incredible journey.
Ontario’s Highlands, nestled between Ontario’s two major city centres, Toronto and Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, is situated just 2.5 hours east of Toronto, 1 hour north of Kingston and 30 minutes west of Ottawa. Ontario’s Highlands is a region twice the size of Algonquin Provincial Park as it wraps around the east, south and south-western boundary of the park. Highway # 60, the major thoroughfare thru Ontario’s Highlands, easily connects to the Park’s entrance via the East Gate.
As a premier travel destination we can offer your clientele unique, tailor-crafted four season adventures featuring quaint, heritage towns, artisan’s havens, farm to table culinary cuisine, and gracious, warm hospitality with guided or self-guided rural life experiential routes and tour offerings. Your clients can easily venture off the beaten path into the wilderness via canoe, bike, hike, ski, snowshoe or sled, collect their very own gem as a keepsake from Canada, engage in making their own maple delight or simply embrace the benefits of our natural wonders. Here at Ontario’s Highlands, we invite our guests to discover their inner wanderer, the little voice in all of us that tells us to follow our own path and to trust in ourselves.
These maps highlight themed travel routes throughout Ontario’s Highlands and southeastern Ontario of authentic experiential tours that connect and share an incredible story about Canada. The Map’s Legend feature icons representative of key offerings: the Canadian canoe (two crossed paddles), sugar maple (maple leaf) and geology based (rock hammer) tours. Routes are colour coded, red for The Canadian Canoe Route, purple for Wonders of our Earth, orange for Fall Colour Backroads and green for Sugar Maple Trail. Each route easily connects with the main gateways of Ontario – Toronto and Ottawa - the Nation’s capital, with routes operable west to east or east to west. Ontario Parks listing of provincial parks found in and around Ontario’s Highlands are numerically identified for RV, Fly Drive and day visitation. For chartered transportation, several companies provide mini-bus and coach services with pick-up and drop-offs throughout the province. Recommended accommodations are listed directly by geographical location.
Let Ontario’s Highlands trade-ready routes create new sales opportunities to help build your Eastern Canada tour programs.
Our great partners are champions of Ontario’s Highlands tourism offerings. A mix of both public-private sectors, the partners collective vision is to work with and support the travel trade industry, to host and deliver authentic Canadian experiences, provide quality, reliable service with genuine hospitality for you and your clientele.