Hit the Open Road

Adventure at your own pace

The Haliburton Highlands is the perfect place for your next driving adventure. Our pre-planned routes take you through many charming rural communities, with each offering plenty of places to stop and take a break. 

All you have to do is jump in the car and enjoy! Whether you’re a member of a car club, organize outings with friends, or a ‘lone wolf’ that just loves hitting the open road, our route itineraries make your visit nice n’ easy.

Driving Routes – Itineraries

Round Algonquin Loop – 272 km Approx 3.75 hours (with no stops). From wildlife, scenic rock cuts and plentiful shorelines, there will be lots of Instagram-worthy photo ops.

This loop will take you through Algonquin Park and will be highlighted by some great lookouts where you will be able to view the picturesque & natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands.

Minden Hills Nature Ride – apx. 72 km Approx 1.2 hours (with no stops). If you love to hike and explore nature, this ride has 9 possible stops where you can get out and stretch your legs.

Start in Village of Minden and travel Deep Bay Road where you will see lakes and rock cuts along the curvey road.  Along this ride you will pass lots of walking and hiking trails…

Motorcycle Friendly Rides…

Ride the Highlands – Welcome to Ontario’s best motorcycle destination.

Located in Ontario’s Highlands, two hours northeast of Toronto and bordering Quebec, this motorcycle destination has been handcrafted for you and your bike, with twisty roads, excellent food and panoramic vistas

Highway 35 Norland to Dwight

This road took some time to perfect. It’s a little wider, the curves a little longer. Threaded along this scenic corridor are some incredible lookouts, roadside attractions and of course good eats. Learn More & Map

Highway 118 & 28 (Carnarvon – Denbigh)

Smooth and flowy best describes these two connecting beauties that take you right through Haliburton and Bancroft. Impressive rock cuts tell you that you are in pure Canadian Shield country.

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Elephant Lake, Peterson & Loop Road

The greatest distance between Maynooth and Harcourt is NOT a straight line. These historic routes twist and wind their way connecting some pretty cool small towns. Or should we say ‘sweet’ towns with some incredible food stops. Learn More & Map

Other Self Guided Tours…

Stanhope Heritage Driving Tour

A self-guided tour of the nooks & crannies of Stanhope Township… within the treed walls of Stanhope’s backwoods, and sown its many winding roads, is a bounty of historic treasures. Learn More

Local Landmarks

Plan an entire road trip finding and experiencing our Local Landmarks. Whether you are a history buff, an outdoor art lover, or looking for a great Instagram photo our collection will lead you to explore the far corners of the Haliburton Highlands. Learn More

Bird Watching

Find a marsh with a decent overlook – the Haliburton Rail Trail has several… watch Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Tree Swallows, Eastern Kingbirds and maybe hear the “waterpump” call of the American Bittern. These local “hot spots” will give you a better chance of finding what you are looking for.

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Looking for a guided tour…

Yours Outdoors  For a home-grown down home taste tour of the Haliburton Highlands… or explore the hidden gems of Haliburton County in a driving tour…

Look on their website to find list of road trip experiences that will take you around the Haliburton Highlands with entertaining & knowledgeable guides.

Try the Sip, Swill & Savour Brewery Tour or the Tastes of Haliburton or The Art and Syrup of Maple…

Below are some more great pictures of the #myhaliburtonhighlands that might inspire you.