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Day Trip Ideas

Looking for suggestions to help plan your stay in Ontario’s Highlands? We have plenty of day trip ideas for all sorts of activities and interests. Pick from the list of ideas below – and feel free to modify and combine our recommendations into a day trip that’s perfect for you!

A Reel Adventure at Limerick Lake

Get an early start on your fishing day at Limerick Lake Lodge & Marina, located only 30 kilometres from Bancroft. The marina has a launch ramp and boat rentals available by the hour (or by the week). You… Read More

A Treasured Event: The Rockhound Gemboree

Join rock collectors, gem enthusiasts, geologists, and mineral experts from far and wide at the next annual Rockhound Gemboree in Bancroft. This summer event brings together rock and mineral dealers that… Read More

Be Blown Away: Glass Blowing in Haliburton

Awaken the artist in you and take home a souvenir of your own creation by signing up for a glassblowing workshop. Brought to you by Yours Outdoors, this six hour class will introduce you to the glassblowing… Read More
Bonnechere Trail

Bike the Bonnechere

Whether you’re camping at Bonnechere Provincial Park or coming from nearby Eganville, the Bonnechere Tour is an easy 18-kilometre trail and a great way to spend a couple hours in the outdoors. You’ll… Read More

Biking Adventures at Sir Sam’s

Get ready for the ride of your life in the Haliburton Highlands. This day trip to Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike provides thrills, excitement, nature, great views, and more. A must on any adventurer’s checklist,… Read More
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Catch a Classic Play in Perth

Plan a trip to Perth during the months of July and August and you can catch The Classic Theatre Festival. This annual theatre festival showcases plays from the Golden Age of Broadway and the London Stage,… Read More

Find Fossils in the Bonnechere Caves

Journey deep into the Bonnechere Caves, a geological wonder that was millions of years in the making! Over 500 million years ago, the Caves were at the bottom of a tropical sea. That sea is long gone,… Read More

Get Down to Earth in Haliburton

Rock out on this day trip in the Haliburton Highlands, where you can learn about the geological features of the region, explore mineral deposits, and spend time in the beautiful outdoors. Yours Outdoors… Read More
Golfing in Madoc

Get Golfing in Madoc

While in Madoc, why not grab some clubs and head over to the West Highland Golf Course. This 12-hole course takes you over rolling terrain nestled between lush tree areas. Keep your eye open for the ninth… Read More

Guided Snowmobile Tours

Minutes from Maynooth, the snowmobiling adventure of a lifetime awaits you. Simply get in touch with Highland Wilderness Tours for a guided snowmobile tour on groomed trails between Algonquin Park and… Read More

Head Out on a Heritage Tour

Driving through the countryside can often be the best way to experience a region. Now with ComfortCountry’s self-guided Heritage Tour, you can enhance your trip and ensure you see and take part in Madoc,… Read More

Live it Up on Limerick Lake

Spend the morning or afternoon voyaging the waters of Limerick Lake, only 30 kilometres from Bancroft. You can rent a boat at the lake marina and grab snacks from the general store before heading out onto… Read More

Make a Splash with River Rafting

The thrill of whitewater rafting through the rapids of the mighty Ottawa River will leave you wanting more. Contact RiverRun Rafting & Wilderness Resort and discover the adrenaline rush of being out on… Read More

Make History on the Rideau Heritage Route

Make your own history along the historic Rideau Heritage Route, a system of rivers and lakes that passes through a number of communities in Ontario’s Highlands that also has the distinction of being… Read More

Make it a Museum Day

From Smiths Falls you can have a fun day of learning while touring the town’s three museums. Start with the Rideau Canal Museum for a closer look at how the canal was built, with interactive displays… Read More

Mush! Dogsledding Adventures

Maynooth is your gateway to winter adventure, including the unique experience of dogsledding. At Highland Wilderness Tours, you’ll be outfitted with your own dogsled team for a quality experience with… Read More
Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre

Music, Art, and a Walk in the Clouds

Mark August on your calendar as a great time to visit Haliburton. The Forest Festival is a summer highlight in the region, where you can catch musical performances at an amazing amphitheatre on the lovely… Read More

Perfect Your Swing at MartinWood Golf & Country Club

Enjoy some tee time at MartinWood Golf & Country Club Resort located near Wilberforce and Bancroft, close to the southern end of Algonquin Park. The 18-hole course is suitable for all golf skill levels… Read More

Plunge In and Over the Ottawa River

Extreme adventure awaits you on – and over – the Ottawa River. Book a whitewater rafting trip with Wilderness Tours and pair it with bungee jumping for a remarkable adventure. On the water, you’ll… Read More

Pure Paddling Fun with Pure Life Adventures

Spend quality time with friends and family from the viewpoint of a canoe as you paddle your way down the natural beauty of the Ottawa River. Pure Life Adventures offers a day trip down this historical… Read More
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Race Through Renfrew

For those looking to cycle a moderately challenging trail, try the Renfrew-Calabogie Old K & P Trail. Start in Renfrew and cycle to Calabogie and back in a loop that covers 55 kilometres. The trail… Read More
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Ramble Through the Valley

Make the most of your fall trip to Ontario’s Highlands by taking the Rural Ramble. This self-guided, free driving tour provides themed destination sites throughout the Upper Ottawa Valley for you to… Read More

Rev Your Engine in Renfrew County

What better way to explore Renfrew County in Upper Ottawa Valley than on an ATV, feeling the flow of the terrain below you as woodlands, lakes, rivers, and wetlands surround you. Expect this and more from… Read More

Rise Above the Cold with Ice Climbing

Get your heart pumping from the thrill of ice climbing, all in a safe environment with experienced instructors. From January to March, Yours Outdoors makes it possible for visitors to Make Peace with Winter… Read More

Ski Calabogie

From the town of Calabogie, you can be at Calabogie Peaks Resort for day on the ski hill in a matter of minutes. The mountain features 22 runs, three lifts, and two terrain parks for skiers and snowboarders… Read More

Snowmobile in Snow Country

For the experienced snowmobiler, Ontario’s Highlands makes a great spot to skim over the snow, which is why it's also known as Snow Country. You can bring your own machine or rent from one of the many… Read More

Something Sweet at Fulton’s Sugar Bush

Satisfy your sweet tooth this spring at Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush, located 45 minutes west of Ottawa in the heart of Lanark County, the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario. From mid-February… Read More

Take a Ride on the Old Railway

This fun and easy cycling trip on The Old Railway Bike Trail is suitable for the whole family. Start from Mew Lake in Algonquin Park, approximately a one-hour’s drive if you’re coming from Barry’s… Read More

Tee Off at Dragonfly Golf Links

Dragonfly Golf Links features a naturally splendid 18-hole golf course covering 170 acres of diverse terrain for all skill levels. Located in Renfrew in Upper Ottawa Valley, this course has been voted… Read More

The Slopes at Sir Sam’s

Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike winter park is minutes from the village of Haliburton, and a quick drive from Wilberforce too. Downhill skiers and snowboarders can expect a fun-filled day on the hill, with 12 groomed… Read More

The Sweet Life at Wheelers Maple Sugar Bush

Visit Wheelers Pancake House and Sugar Camp in Lanark County, the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, near Perth, where they have been producing maple syrup since 1868. The facility is open year-round,… Read More
Canoeing at Bon Echo

This Canoe Trip Will Rock Your World

Paddle your way through Bon Echo Provincial Park, located near Kaladar in the Land O’ Lakes. By canoe or kayak, you can explore the waters along Mazinaw Lake, named after the granite rock face that rises… Read More

Tour Street Art in Pembroke

Come see the vibrant and thriving artistic talent in Pembroke as you tour their Heritage Murals. The Murals cover the city’s downtown walls with bright, large-scale paintings that depict scenarios from… Read More

Wild Whitewater Rafting for the Whole Family

Family fun in the water has never been this exhilarating. Join the whitewater rafting experts at OWL Rafting for a day of wild waves out on the Ottawa or Madawaska River. Choose from a 6-hour adventure… Read More

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