Eastern Ontario is a large, roughly triangular area in southeastern Ontario. Bounded by the Ottawa River in the north and the St.Lawrence in the south the region stretches from just west of Kingston to passed Pembroke in the the north. The rivers also provide the boundaries with Quebec and the United States respectively. Not surprisingly they play a big role in the regions history, culture and of course recreation..  
 

The two major centres in the area are the City of Ottawa, the Nation's Capital and Kingston on the edge of the Thousand Islands. Both have their own charms and each is well worth a visit.

For the Ottawa outdoor enthusiast Gatineau Park dominates the region even if it isn't technically in Ontario. Located just across the river from Ottawa in the Gatineau Hills (above what use to be the city of Hull), the park offers almost every type of outdoor pursuit. Treckers, paddlers, cyclists, campers, skiers, boarders and snowshoers are all well service by this wonderful park.

While Gatineau may be the first word off of anybodys tongue when you mention the Ottawa outdoors, it certainly doesn't stop there. The city is also surrounded by a greenbelt which provides easy access to nature, hiking trails and cross country ski trials. In addition the city and the surrounding areas are home to a huge cycling network which is both very scenic traveling along either side of the Ottawa River as well as the Rideau (which doubles as the world's longest skating rink in the winter). It's also very effective for urban commuters traveling from almost all points of the compass.

Mountain bikers can take advantage of Gatineau's trails in the summer as well as the parks ski hills. Lift access is available in the park at Camp Fortune and north of the city at the Calabogie Peaks resort.

Paddler's can choose from some of Ontario's best canoe camping as well as some of the finest whitewater on the continent. Algonquin, Frontenac and Bon Echo to name a few have thousands of campsites available for canoe trippers. Whitewater enthusiasts can heat to the Upper Ottawa or down to Calumet and world famous Rouge River.

Sea Kayakers have an exceptional area to explore in the Thousand Islands between Brockville and Kingston. Thousand Islands National Park has a number of island campsites which are only accessible by water. Contact the park for details.

Hikers and backpackers haven't been left out with lots of trails available in Algonquin and Frontenac Provincial Parks. Hikers can also take advantage of the regions Conservation Areas.

Winter enthusiasts can camp over in Gatineau Park at the Philippe Lake area or can rent the Brown Lake Cabin. Algonquin has the option of camping or renting one of the parks fantastic yurts. Days can be spent on snowshoes or skies or even just doing a little winter hiking.

Finally boarders and skiers have several hills and resorts to choose from including Mont Ste. Marie (Gatineau, QC), Camp Fortune (Gatineau, QC) and Calabogie Peaks.

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Adventure Sports in Eastern Ontario

  Backpacking
Camping
Canoeing
Caving
Cross Country Skiing
Cycling
Dog Sledding
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Rafting
Scuba
Sea Kayaking
Skiing
Snowboarding
Snow Shoeing
White Water Paddling
 

Neighboring Regions

Central Ontario North
Eastern Townships

Montreal & Laval
Laurentians
Prince Edward Point

Events, Festivals and Attractions

 

Visiting from outside Ontario: Ontario has played a pivitol role in the developement of Canada and is currently home to nation's capital, Ottawa. The province is largely english speaking but you will find a large number of Francophones in the eastern region, particulary in the Ottawa area. Most areas of the province will be able to accommodate you in either official language. We have put together pointers to help make your visit to this unique province even more enjoyable.
 
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Visiting from outside Canada: Depending on your country of origin you may have little to understand or adapt to when you visit Canada. On the other hand many of Canada's customs, its commerce and cultural may be vary new to some visitors. We have put together a list of helpful information to assist you in your planning and when you have reached your destination.
 
 

 
   
 
   
 
 
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  Gatineau Park
Ottawa's outdoor wonderland.
   
 
  Bon Echo
Provincial Park
- One of Eastern Ontario's favorites
   
 
 
Muphys Point Provincial Park - Eastern Ontario's campers park
   
 
 
Voyageur
Provincial Park
- A great camper's park half way between Montreal and Ottawa.
   
 
 
Algonquin Provincial Park - Where the world comes to paddle! .
   
 
  Paddling the
Rideau Cana
l - History, culture
and great paddling rolled into one.
   
 
  Frontenac Provincial Park - Beautiful backcountry just outside the city.
   
 
  On the Shoulders
of Frontenac
- Backcountry camping in the shoulder season
   
 
  Prince Edward
Point
- Eastern Ontario's most natural of neighbors
   
 
 
Central Ontario North the Muskokas, the Bruce Peninsula, Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay in Ontario
   
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