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Bed & Breakfast Association of the Almaguin Highlands

The B&B's of the Almaguin Highlands invite you to discover what just might be Ontario's best kept secret. Graced with pristine lakes, winding rivers and mixed forests, the terrain of gently rolling hills and rugged Canadian Shield both calms and inspires.

Here, small villages and rural communities are tucked in among fields and forests, woven together with the colonization roads of a hearty pioneer history. The people are friendly and the pace is as slow or exhilarating as you want it to be.

Located in Ontario's Near North, the highlands are far enough to escape the crowds yet close enough for a weekend getaway from many urban centres:

• 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive north of Toronto
• 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Barrie
• 4 to 5 hours from Ottawa
• 2 to 3 hours from Sudbury

Centrally located and easily accessed along Highway 11, the Almaguin Highlands is bordered by Muskoka to the south and North Bay to the north, between Georgian Bay and world-famous Algonquin Park.

A great destination for light-adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts, the Almaguin Highlands offers a variety of activities and excursions throughout the year.

Hikers, skiers and snowshoers will find endless trails with the Discovery Routes trails or the Seguin/Park-to-Park Trail. The region also boasts easy access to some gems of the provincial park system, including Mikisew, Restoule, Arrowhead and Algonquin.

Your B&B hosts can help you make plans with local outfitters and service providers to try popular activities such as:
• dog sledding
• snowshoeing
• fishing and ice fishing
• horseback riding
• canoeing and kayaking
• golfing

No advance planning is necessary for a refreshing swim. There are countless lakes, rivers and public beaches throughout the region perfect for cooling off or soaking up some sun on a warm summer afternoon.

As exhilarating as our outdoor adventures are, there are many ways to enjoy a more leisurely, slower-paced visit to the Almaguin Highlands:

• Touch the past at a local museum in Nipissing or Burk's Falls
• Listen to the sound of tumbling water at Brook's Falls
• Admire the view over Lake Bernard from High Rock Lookout park
• Wander through the unique sculptures and artwork at Screaming Heads
• Take in a culinary adventure
• Pick your own strawberries at a local farm, or for a real treat, pick a delicious handful of wild raspberries or blueberries during a leisurely countryside walk
• Visit a working honey farm or maple sugar bush
• Gaze at the stars in our dark skies -- no light pollution here!


There is also a thriving community of artists and craftspeople in the region. Take your time and browse through some of the countless studios, galleries and charming little gift shops. Your B&B host will be happy to give you suggestions and directions to shops as well options for dining or perhaps even catching some live entertainment.

If you time your visit right, you can partake in a number of small town fairs and festivals. The Powassan Maple Syrup Festival, the Country Roads Studio Tour, the South River Festival of the Arts, and the Kearney Dog Sled Races are all popular events; as well as the many Fall Fairs throughout the highlands that close out the summer season. And of course autumn is a beautiful time to visit and marvel at the brilliant fall colours.

Every member of the B&B Association of the Almaguin Highlands is a proud ambassador of our home region. We'll gladly help you plan a wonderful visit at any time of year -- and we'll be sure to start your day with a delicious home-cooked breakfast! Visit our webpage for more information about the B&B's of the Almaguin Highlands.


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