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Parks & Playgrounds, Trails, Outdoor Activities and Places to Visit

Our area is rich with lakes and beautiful scenery that all contribute to memorable vacation experiences during any Season.

Plan to enjoy the beauty of the exquisite fall colours, the serenity of new fallen snow while visiting from the slush of the city. You will experience extensive trails for summer and winter activities, an assortment of unique shops, nearby restaurants all within an easy reach and commute.

The region, which is part of Ontario's Highlands, offers a broad range of activities in all seasons. For outdoor enthusiasts our lakes, rivers and wilderness offer the best in boating, watersports, paddling, hiking, ATVing, snowmobiling (District 6), biking, fishing, ice skating, hunting, camping and more. 

This area is very well known for featuring a very active arts community, numerous festivals and events, live theatre nearby, unique shops and restaurants plus great outdoor markets that are the centre of attraction for buyers, sellers, tourists and residents.

Summer Enjoyment: Our region features a host of many large and small lakes and rivers ideal for those who want to enjoy a stress free, peaceful environment relaxing by the water's edge or for those who wish to actively participate in a variety of water sports or activities. All of our larger lakes feature boat launches for easy access.

Winter Enjoyment: To make the most of our spectacular (but cold) snowy winters, put on your best warm winter gear, strap on your snowshoes, cross-country skis, skates or grab your fishing gear and ice hut and jump onto your snowmobile for the ultimate adventures nature offers on the icy frozen ground or lakes. It is easy to create long lasting memories in this area during our winter season. The scenery of the snow covered trees on the rolling hills alone truly offers breath-taking bright white beauty that is admired by many.

For good reason Hastings Highlands is known as "Beautiful By Nature"

Parks and Playgrounds

Other Places to visit while in our Area

Artists and art lovers who visit Hastings Highlands have come to know the area as an enclave for vibrant cultural expression among the hills and trees. With Maynooth’s history of hosting Group of Seven painters and inspiring artists such as David Milne and Tom Thomson, contemporary local artists and arts audiences still attach great importance to the expression of our connection to nature, innovation, and sensuality through painting and other art forms.

Ontario’s Highlands are home to many talented and innovative artists. When the leaves start to turn, head to the hills and explore the studios of local artists and artisans showing their work. Studio Tours in Bancroft/Hastings Highlands and in the Madawaska Valley include painters, stained glass artists, potters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, chocolatiers, and more.

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