One of the things that makes the Haliburton Highlands unique is the perfect blend of classic cottage country with an amazing artistic community. This rich artistic community creates a unique collection of arts-based events throughout the year. Where else can you go to a dock-based art festival in your boat? Or visit the working studios of artists that are inspired by the same landscapes and experiences that you love?  Here is everything you need to know to plan your own cottage country art road trip.

Kennesis Lake Art on the Dock: July 16-17. Come by boat, or car! This unique tour features 30 artists at 15 different stops around Lake Kennisis. (

Kash Art on the Water: Aug 6. Come by boat, or car! Another dock-based art tour that features 14 different artists at 11 locations around lake Kashagawigamog. (

Haliburton Art and Craft Festival: July 22-24. Based in Head Lake Park in the village of Haliburton, this festival features 75 artist’s booths as well as music and dance performers. (

Tour de Forest: July 30-31. This driving tour features 26 artists at 12 different studios throughout the Haliburton Highlands. (

Highlands East Studio Tour: August 13-14, 20-21. This driving tour features 19 artists at 8 different studio throughout Highlands East. (

The Studio Tour Haliburton Highlands: first 2 weekends of October.  One of the original studio tours in Ontario, this driving tour features 42 artists at 25 different studios throughout the Haliburton Highlands. (