The sky is the limit for natural experiences in the Land O’Lakes region.
The natural aspects of Land O’Lakes make the region supernatural. With more than 5,000 lakes and 600 km of trails for hiking, rolling fields give way to historic villages to make this one of the best areas to get outdoors in all of Ontario. Surround yourself with nature and be rewarded with serenity that only immersion in a natural paradise can bring. From going underground to gazing at the sky, the Land O’Lakes region’s natural experiences are beyond expectation. Read on to discover the five best ways to explore Land O’Lakes this spring and summer!
Do you dare go underground?
A narrow ladder disappearing below ground between several rocks seems unassuming – but it’s what lies beneath where adventure begins. Hell Holes Nature Trails, Caves and Ravines lets visitors explore more than seven metres underground, into the Devil’s Horsestable Cave. As if that name wasn’t cool enough, there are also opportunities to explore a cavern along the trail and experience walking along a natural stone bridge that takes visitors through a gorge with overhanging ledges, grottos, sinkholes and more. It all showcases rock formations that were created during the glacial period as well as a rare rainforest-like area that is home to diverse plants. Be sure to bring your flashlight to venture underground into another world!
Dark sky viewing
Starring towards the sky may seem ordinary, but this is anything but. Night sky viewing in Land O’Lakes region brings escaping the city to a new level. Experience stargazing at the Lennox-Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area, an awe-inspiring place where blankets of stars seem at your fingertips. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and your sense of wonder – no special equipment is needed here although you might want binoculars and your camera, of course. The area is well known in astronomy circles, as the most southerly dark sky viewing area in Ontario, for providing an unobstructed view of the sky with no artificial light sources.
Nature’s thirst quenchers
History is brewing in the Land O’Lakes region! Local vineyards and breweries share taste and tradition in an area that has been known for its agriculture for centuries. The MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company does exactly that – using hops, wheat and barley grown on the family farm near Bath, Ont. that has more than 200 years of farming heritage under its belt. A renovated chicken coop provides a unique site for a retail store – or pre-book a guided tour and tasting! The Napanee Beer Company is another must-taste in the Land O’Lakes region. Stop by this trendy microbrewery to sample award-winning craft beer and chat with amateur brewmaster, Geordan Saunders. Which will be your new favourite – Complicated, Sour Cherry Black Belgian Ale; Mayday, Belgian Pale Ale; Blacklist, German Black Lager; or, Deadline, their Premium Lager? Twelve Barrels, a uniquely Canadian whiskey, uses a recipe based on a Canadian Whisky first distilled in 1853, on the shores of the Napanee River; while Bergeron Estate Winery on the Loyalist Parkway is another stop to enjoy award-winning wines that uses its own grapes and locally-sourced apples for its wines and cider. Bring your appetite to Bergeron because Nonna’s Pizzeria on site is beyond delicious with crusts made from scratch and local-ingredient toppings. See more great brewing destinations here.
Go take a hike
Experience nature up close and personal, by walking trails among rock, trees and wildlife. Frontenac Provincial Park provides extensive hiking and paddling routes, through more than 100 km of looped backpacking and hiking trails, and through 22 lakes! This is where backcountry recreation comes alive as avid hikers can explore Canadian Shield and lush green wilderness. Frontenac Provincial Park’s 5,355 hectares even offers 48 interior campsites, so excursions don’t have to end at dusk. Brush up on your outdoor skills before you head into the bush – there is even a wilderness skills training program offered here!
Witness a window to Land O’Lakes past, by exploring items found here from prehistoric times to the first tire produced at the Goodyear plant in 1990 and beyond. The Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives is home to incredible collections from the Lennox and Addington Historical Society – its artifact inventory tops 10,000 items! The rich local history in unveiled through furniture, textiles, clothing and toys, ceramics, household collectibles and more. Check in here for special events that welcome children for crafting and adults for workshops.
Explore Land O’Lakes to make the most of spring and summer – naturally!