Drive a short distance north of Muskoka and you’ll encounter a region of unspoiled Canadian wilderness that’s dotted with lakes, rocks and forests. The Almaguin Highlands is a place of adventures, where cycling, paddling, fishing and hiking are found in abundance. It is here in this unique part of Ontario that you’ll also encounter the Villages of Almaguin. Charming, friendly and welcoming, these communities are bursting with creativity and a passion for the stunning landscape that surrounds them. Almaguin covers approximately 5,200 square kilometers (2,000 sq. mi) comprising the eastern half of Parry Sound District. It is bounded by Muskoka in the south, and by Nipissing District in the north. The eastern edge abuts the western boundary of Algonquin Provincial Park, whereas the western boundary of the Almaguin Highlands is generally regarded to be mid east-west point of Parry Sound District. Originally derived from the words, Algonquin, Magnetawan and Sequin.
Head to South River to enjoy a leisurely stroll through Tom Thomson Park, so named because the iconic Canadian artist often used the village as a jumping off point for his adventures into Algonquin Park. The Forgotten Trails system maintains several hiking trails around South River catering to all fitness levels. Burk’s Falls offers the Heritage River Walk Trail, while Powassan’s Pines Interpretive Trail climbs through towering red pines to end in a spectacular lookout. Magnetawan Park and walking trails are perfect for a trip with the kids, or take in the views of Sundridge’s Bernard Lake (North America’s largest lake without an Island!) from High Rock Lookout Park and Trails. Consider heading just outside of Emsdale where you can find Brook’s Falls, with a hiking trail that offers exciting views as the rushing water cascades over twisting outcrops of bare granite. Paddlers will also want to check out the Magnetawan River for a day trip out to explore this stunning waterway.