Historic Sites

Every valley, riverbank, street, and building in Ontario’s Highlands has a story to tell that communicates the region’s rich and colourful history. You can visit museums, view natural landmarks, and explore heritage sites such as old settlements or abandoned mines. Learn more about our region’s past and how it has shaped our towns, culture, and people of today.

Barry's Bay Railway Station

Barry’s Bay Railway Station

The Barry’s Bay Railway Station, located in the picturesque town of Barry’s Bay in Upper Ottawa Valley, functions as the town’s Visitor Information Centre, as well as a Railway Museum and the home… Read More
Dorset Scenic Look Tower

Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower

Built in 1922, the original Dorset Tower reached 82 feet high and was used as a fire lookout. Today the restored lookout tower looms 100 feet into the air and is visited by more than 60,000 vehicles each… Read More
Log Chute

Hawk Lake Log Chute

Logging makes up an important part of Ontario’s history. Throughout the 1800s, thousands of men carried logs over turbulent river waters to be delivered to the sawmill via log chutes, just like the Hawk… Read More
Marmora Mine

Marmora Mine

On the outskirts of the town of Marmora lies the Marmora Mine, an abandoned open pit iron mine that supplied iron ore pellets to the steel mills of Buffalo, New York, from 1955 to 1979. The remaining… Read More
Matheson House

Matheson House

Explore downtown Perth and you will discover Matheson House, a restored period house built in 1840 and home of the Perth Museum. This National Historic Site gives you the opportunity to step back in… Read More

O’Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Site

The O’Hara Mill Homestead in Madoc is an 85-acre estate that contains five pioneer buildings, including one of the only known working English Gate saws in Ontario. The property also features beautiful… Read More
Pembroke Heritage Murals

Pembroke Heritage Murals

Walk through Pembroke and get a feel for the area’s rich heritage, portrayed through more than 30 full-scale murals painted on buildings throughout the town. Viewing the downtown walls takes about an… Read More
Petawawa Heritage Village 2

Petawawa Heritage Village

Located in the heart of Petawawa, the Petawawa Heritage Village features original heritage buildings and replicas on a five-acre homestead. Learn about the pioneer way of life and customs and see original… Read More
The Rideau Heritage Route

Rideau Heritage Route

The Rideau Heritage Route dates back to the early 19th century, and is Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its 202 kilometres of winding waters travel from the lovely Lake Ontario in Kingston… Read More

Robinson's General Store

Visit the famous Robinson’s General Store in Haliburton Highlands, just on the border of the Muskoka region in the town of Dorset. Voted Canada’s Best Country Store, Robinson’s is accessible by car,… Read More
Seven Wonders of Lanark County

Seven Wonders of Lanark County

You don’t need to travel around the world to see the Seven Wonders of... Lanark County! This local spin on the original list of wonders takes you throughout the region on a journey to see spectacular… Read More
Railway Museum

The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

Take a trip back in time at The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario in Smiths Falls. The museum features an extensive collection of railway artifacts, train cars, and historic buildings. The restored… Read More
Tweed Heritage Centre

Tweed Heritage Centre

The Tweed Heritage Centre is open year-round and is often frequented by researches and genealogists who come to peruse the Meiklejohn Reference Room and Morton Archives. All visitors are welcome to… Read More
Tweed Jailhouse

Tweed Jailhouse

Stay out of trouble and you won’t be sent behind bars of the Tweed Jailhouse, one of the smallest jailhouses in Ontario and in North America. Built in 1891, the building has been converted into Tweed’s… Read More

Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens

You’ll find the Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens a few minutes south of Arnprior. This heritage site in the Upper Ottawa Valley contains 11 themed gardens on an eight-acre site. Bring a picnic and… Read More
Wheelers Maple Heritage Museum

Wheelers Maple Heritage Museum

Learn how maple sugar production originated in Canada and see some of the artifacts used to produce this sweet treat at Wheelers Maple Heritage Museum, 25 minutes west of Perth in Lanark County, the Maple… Read More
Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost

Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost

Wilberforce is the proud home of Ontario’s first Red Cross Output Hospital. Established in 1922, live-in nurses ran the outpost until 1957. In 2003, the outpost was declared a National Historic Site.… Read More

Wilno, Canada’s oldest Polish Settlement

The village of Wilno is better known as Canada’s oldest Polish Settlement. Initially settled in 1859, Wilno’s rich Polish history is kept alive at the Polish Kashub Heritage Museum, complete with… Read More

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