Wildly Outdoors

The vastness of our County offers thousands of bodies of water where tourists can take advantage of amazing outdoor experiences such as the sunset on beautiful Limerick Lake, or an outback biking trip.  Whether you're looking for a peaceful hike on one of our many trails and parks or an adventure to challenge your skills and stamina, our region offers a unique outdoor experience for every wilderness enthusiast.

Explore the Trails

The Eastern Ontario Trail Alliance offers a trail network spreading from the Bay of Quinte to Algonquin Park. The trails wander past scenic villages, historic ghost towns and clear lakes and streams. They’re ideal for ATVs, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, cycling, and birding. You can visit for the day, or stay for the week. You can even customize your trip with one of our Adventure Packages. We'll help you create the perfect route for independent travel. Further information about the EOTA.

The Hastings Heritage Trail is a four season recreational corridor stretching 156 km from Glen Ross in Quinte West to its most northerly point adjacent to Lake St. Peter Provincial Park in Hastings Highlands. The trail is enjoyed year round by snowmobilers, dogsledders, cross country skiers, ATV enthusiasts, horseback riders, cyclist and hikers. The trail is managed by the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance.

This region also includes over 30,000 acres of conservation lands protected by Quinte Conservation and Crowe Valley Conservation.  Some of this land is developed with facilities for the public such as washrooms, trails, and parking.  Before hitting the trails, learn about the hazardous plants found in our region:  Hazardouts Plants Information Guide

Trails and conservation areas to visit:

Motorcycle riders rejoice

Enjoy the winding, twisting roads of our communities with memorable attractions along the way. Ride the Highlands and enjoy a diverse riding experience as the roads are influenced by the landscape.

The Highlands Loop covers the towns of Bancroft, Stirling and Tweed, and stretches into Haliburton and the Ottawa Valley. Dynamite Alley covers North Hastings and communities in Haliburton County.  Whatever your choice, you’ll find many attractions, accomodations, and restaurants along the way.

Looking for more? Here is the Top Ten Roads in Ontario's Highlands that will satisfy any rider.

Catch of the day

This region is known for its excellent fishing. Visitors come to fish in Hastings County year-round in one of our 180 lakes and countless streams, smaller ponds and bogs, and marinas and fishing outlets to service a fisherman's every need. Hastings County also hosts four major rivers: the Moira, Crowe, Black and York rivers, and an abundance of forests and wetlands which provide valuable wildlife habitat. 

Take the Challenge: Adventurers' Checklist

Think you've seen and done it all outdoors? Then you'll be up for challenging yourself to our Adventurer's Checklist: