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BARK LAKE LEADERSHIP & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Passionate about People in the Outdoors!

Bark Lake opened in 1948 in a wilderness setting of 500 acres in Haliburton County.  Renowned worldwide today, a leader of Outdoor Education & Leadership Experiential Development in North America for corporate team building, organizational groups of varying interests and for students of all ages and backgrounds.  Year round facilities provide accommodation, well balanced cuisine – camp-style or buffet, comprehensive programming, professional field staff to meet respective group’s needs, expectations and outcomes. 

BEST WESTERN PEMBROKE INN &
CONFERENCE CENTRE

Full service hotel with modern, spacious rooms in the heart of the  Ottawa Valley!

Newly renovated, features 88 spacious, modern guest rooms, conference space for group & corporate tours, weddings, hosting special events or simply a visit to dine on seasonal, local fare at the Westwinds Restaurant. Facilities also include a state-of-the-art fitness centre and indoor salt water pool. Friendly, knowledgeable staff are pleased to assist guests throughout their stay and share the warmth of Ottawa Valley hospitality in planning local adventures to fully appreciate the Valley’s natural beauty, heritage and cultural charm.

Hospitality of the Valley!

BONNECHERE CAVES

Ontario’s Natural Underground Wonder!

At Bonnechere Caves step back 450-500 million years to the Ordovician period dominated by pre-vertebrate marine life that tells an incredible story embedded on the cave’s walls. A guided tour meanders through caves formed during the last glaciation retreat. Open mid-May to mid- October, no reservations required, special tour operator rates available. Bring a flashlight, sweater, low heeled shoes and a camera!  Located in the picturesque town of Eganville just 90 minutes from Ottawa or Algonquin. 

COUNTY OF HALIBURTON

Art, Heritage & Culture, Culinary & Outdoor All-In-One!

The Haliburton Highlands connects visitors from Toronto to Algonquin Park but also offers a vibrant mix of artisan’s studios, galleries and heritage attractions such as the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower and Haliburton’s School of the Fine Arts.
Just two hours from Toronto, Haliburton Highlands’ four seasons offer guided or self-directed recreation with an extensive scenic hiking trail system, cycling routes, mountain bike trails, gem and mineral collecting, geocaching sites, snowshoe, cross country trails and the world’s best dog sledding!

ELMHIRST'S RESORT

All Season, Family Cottage Resort in the Kawarthas

The Elmhirst family offers their guests an authentic escape from the everyday with an Ontario cottage resort retreat on the beautiful shores of Rice Lake, 20 minutes from Peterborough and just 90 minutes east of Toronto.  Elmhirst Resort experience is deeply rooted in family tradition, down-to-earth, and inspired by its surrounding. We pride ourselves on our hospitality and environmental sustainability, we raise our own beef and grow much of what we serve in our lakefront dining room bringing new meaning of farm to table.

HALIBURTON FOREST &
WILD LIFE RESERVE

Explore, Discover, Experience the ‘Living Forest’!

Haliburton Forest spans over 30,000 hectares of mixed old/new growth forest in three watersheds adjoining Algonquin’s southwest boundary.   Haliburton Forest offers year round, fully integrated, experiential programs for groups, SIT, FIT, half or multi-day packages such as must do’s Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour & Wolf Centre. Rustic accommodations offer a range of house-keeping lodging, dormitory style rooms or outpost Eco-Log Lodge on a private lake. The Cookhouse Restaurant serves homemade fare and provides group catering.

HASTINGS COUNTY

Re-connect with your Wildside!

Hastings County straddles the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands between Toronto and Ottawa. In the north, Bancroft, the Gem & Mineral Capital of Canada is surrounded by dense forests, clean freshwater lakes and rivers with extensive outdoor recreational pursuits offered year round. In the south, a fertile agricultural belt anchors a growing arts and crafts hub.

LANARK COUNTY

Celebrate all things Maple! 

Welcome to Lanark County, the celebrated Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario invites visitors to meet our producers on the sugar maple trail, taste our harvest at farmer’s markets and experience the cultural vibrancy of town & country life. Visitors can engage in traditional arts of syrup production, wool grading, cheese making, visit a textile mill, heritage buildings and museums in Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth and the UNESCO Rideau Canal at Smiths Falls.

MADAWASKA KANU CENTRE (MKC)

The Place to Learn your Paddling Strokes!

Internationally renowned 'place to learn your paddling strokes' in a canoe, kayak or raft!  A wilderness retreat features attractive European-style chalet, buffet service dining room, cozy lounge, lodge accommodation, private cabanas and campsites with modern washhouse, hot showers, laundry facilities, sauna, yoga and massage therapy.  MKC’s home-style cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients, Riverside Cafe and Outdoor Retail Shop provide everything a traveller needs. A new stop on the Canadian Canoe Route!

ONTARIO PARKS
SOUTHEASTERN REGION

Big Nature, Big Experiences, Big Connection!

From breathtaking landscapes, waterways, biodiversity of wildlife to historical artifacts, Ontario’s parks protect these features to provide education, recreation and scientific research. Within Ontario’s Highlands, fourteen parks are easily accessible for fly-drive via RV, bus or car with use of a seasonal or day permit for multi-park visits.  Services available: electrical campsites, flush toilets, showers, laundry, cottages, cabins and yurts.  Each park offers interpretative programs, guided activities, canoe and kayak rentals. 

OTTAWA VALLEY

G'DAY and WELCOME to the OTTAWA VALLEY!

Cradled between the Ottawa River and Algonquin Provincial Park, visitors to the Ottawa Valley offers a cultural blend of heritage and four-season outdoor recreation. Experience signature world-class whitewater rafting and paddling opportunities in the Whitewater Capital of Canada! Explore the mighty Ottawa River - Canada’s original highway and newest Heritage River - by raft, canoe, kayak, SUP or boat. Discover the story of our Earth through recreational geology experiences such as spelunking and rock hounding. Embrace winter like a true Canadian by trekking through the forest on dog sled, skis or snowshoes.

OWL RAFTING

Raft, Surf, Ride - World famous Ottawa River! 

OWL Rafting combines a descent of the twelve kilometre Rocher Fendu rapids with a return scenic cruise & BBQ aboard our Pontoon Boat. OWL’s Lakeside Resort features cabin accommodations, waterfront camping, buffet style cuisine, sandy beach with watercraft, disk golf course and pump-track.  OWL’s High Adventure – 1-2 day packages, Soft Adventure – Family trips are available for group, SIT and FIT. Open mid-May to September, just 90 minutes northwest of Ottawa on the Canadian Canoe Route!

PETERBOROUGH & THE KAWARTHAS

Home to Canada’s Treasured Waterway!

Welcome to Peterborough & the Kawarthas, home to Canada’s Treasured Waterway, the Trent Severn, a 386 kilometre inland canal route between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay. At the waterways heart is the picturesque City of Peterborough, the Otonabee River and famed Kawarthas cottage country, just 1.5 hour drive from Toronto and 3.5 hours from Ottawa.

RIDEAU CANAL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Explore the Rideau Heritage Route along

the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal

The Rideau Heritage Route offers recreational tours by water and land. The Rideau, a heritage slackwater canal system of 47 locks, 24 lock stations connects 202 kilometres of navigable waterway. Built 1826-32, the Rideau Canal was a critical trade route between Kingston and Ottawa.  Today, the canal is managed by Parks Canada, May to October with scenic tours offering full, half day, 4 night/5 day all inclusive boat cruises, luxury cycling or paddling adventures inn to inn.

SPECTACLE LAKE LODGE

QUIET SIDE of the PARK

In 1989, the Mahussier’s found the ‘Perfect Place’ to build a quaint four season wilderness lodge, nestled in the trees on a small, serene lake…Spectacle Lake just 35 kilometres east of Algonquin Park. The lodge features six lodge rooms, nine lakefront cottages and a lakeview dining room.  For their guests they have strived to cultivate the feel of a ‘Home Away from Home’.

SPIRIT OF THE WATERFALLS

Awakening Your Spirit In Nature

Meet Karen Moonbeam and let her lead you on a Spirit of the Waterfalls to let you disconnect to reconnect on one of five magical Eco Spiritual Experiences - The Waterfalls, The Plants, The Trees, The Stones & The Crystals.

SUNNY ROCK BED AND BREAKFAST

Four Seasons of Cottage Life

Built in 1928, overlooking the Drag River, Sunny Rock’s rich Finnish heritage now operates as a recently renovated, highly renowned B&B. Innkeepers: Sally & Jan graciously share the art of leisurely cottage life in Haliburton Highlands and tailor each guest’s stay. Features two grand living rooms with fireplaces, open concept kitchen, 8 attractively decorated private suites and rooms, 4 with ensuite bathrooms & 4 rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Fully surrounded by nature to delight and enjoy. 

THE CANADIAN CANOE MUSEUM

Stewards of Canoe Culture

A national heritage institution, explores the canoe’s enduring significance to the peoples of Canada through an exceptional collection of canoes, kayaks and paddle watercraft in Peterborough.  The Museum, open daily, offers visitors user-friendly, interactive galleries, custom handicraft workshops, a model building centre and unique displays. Through these engaging, authentic exhibits and programs we share the art & lore, culture and spirit of paddled watercraft with our communities.

THE DEAKINS ON MOUNTAINVIEW  B&B

An Authentic Taste of Rural Ontario

The Deakin’s custom home captures the light and sublime views of their beloved sugar maple forest, heritage gardens and wild apple orchard.  Owners Don and Mary Helen have created familial intimacy with antique furnishings, collectibles with a delectable breakfast served on china and crystal. Guests are invited to participate in a workshop that replicates a farmer’s steps in processing sap into golden syrup – a creation guests may take home from the sugar shack as a fruit of their labour.

THE WHITEWATER INN

Your Best Home Away from Home

The Whitewater Inn situated in Beachburg of the Ottawa Valley is a century old inn, recently renovated with landscaped grounds features five bedrooms tastefully appointed each with their own ensuite bathroom.  Overnight stays are accompanied by a leisurely self-catered breakfast with optional catered dinners.

VALLEY CYCLE TOURS

Explore the Rural Landscapes of the Ottawa Valley

Valley Cycle Tours owned and operated by Cindy Jamieson offers unique holiday tours throughout the idyllic Ottawa Valley.  Cycle leisurely the scenic rural cycling routes with overnights at a mix of charming accommodations, guided or self-guided with van support to unique attractions.

YOURS OUTDOORS

Connecting you with communities, culture &

great outdoors!

‘Haliburton Rocks!’ an OSE is a must tour to exploring the wonders of the earth and “gems” beneath our feet!   Authentic year round  professional guided offerings include foraging, tasting of edible wilds, a day in the life of a fur trader, pottery & glass blowing workshops, themed cycling tours, canoeing instruction & tripping, maple syrup adventures, winter camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice climbing & ice fishing. Yours Outdoors services can be customized for groups, SIT and FIT interests and needs.