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Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Journey through gentle, rolling hills that give way to vast hardwood forests set amidst the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield.

Navigate the historic Rideau system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Rideau Heritage Route features the Rideau Canal with a magical mix of wildlife, waterfront dining, quaint B&Bs, museums and historic sites that meld in a setting of tranquility, beauty and charm.

Challenge the mighty Ottawa and Madawaska rivers – considered the best whitewater east of the Rockies. There are family-friendly options too! Or dip your paddle along scores of canoeing and kayaking routes.

Take the Walk in the Clouds tour at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve where you literally hike through the canopy of old growth white pine trees on a boardwalk that's suspended 20 m above the forest floor. While you're there, safely observe wolves in their natural habitat.

Attend the Rockhound Gemboree in Bancroft, the mineral capital of Canada. Listen for the whispers of the past as you poke around Balaclava, a true ghost town. Land a lunker on lakes where fishing is a 12-month-a-year passion. Admire 260 native pictographs on the Mazinaw Rock in Bon Echo. Sample nature's nectar - maple syrup - in Lanark County.

In winter, cross-country ski along one of Ontario's finest Nordic ski trail system or sled on groomed snowmobile trails along the Opeongo Line. Experience the magic of dogsledding. Plan a stay in towns and villages where the frontier spirit still prevails and hospitality is legendary.

This scenic area is rich with history and adventure. From old lumbering towns to thrilling whitewater, fascinating caves and breathtaking landscapes, you'll always discover something exciting to experience.