Hastings is the second largest County in Ontario stretching from the shores of the Bay of Quinte up north to Algonquin Park and the Hastings Highlands. Our landscape ranges from farming and forestry to quaint downtown shops and unique tourist attractions. Our rural haven is just a 90-minute drive to the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa is just 2 hours away.
Why visit Hastings?
- We're a "Bucket List" Destination - Hastings is popular among tourists as one of Eastern Ontario's Best Kept Secret destinations in the province.
- We are authentic small town charm - Our communities are rich with historic main street shopping districts and 19th century heritage buildings that give you that easy feeling of days gone by. People say “hello” on the street and you soon become known by name at each of the stores and restaurants you visit.
- We're Wildly Outdoors - We offer a unique experience for every wilderness enthusiast. Enjoy an extraordinary multi-use trail system that wanders past scenic villages, historic ghost towns and clear lakes and streams. The network of groomed trails offers year-round adventures for ATVs, snowmobiling, skiing, hiking, biking and birding alike. Or come fish year-round in our 180+ lakes and countless streams, smaller ponds, bogs and rivers.
- Rockhounding "Goldmine" - Bancroft (the Mineral Capital of Canada) and the surrounding region known as North Hastings, is one of the most geologically unique areas in the world. Almost 90% of all known minerals can be found here and we are a major destination for recreational rock hounding enthusiasts. The first discovery of gold in Ontario was made in 1866 on the Richardson farm near Madoc.
- Delectable Food & Drink - Agriculture in Hastings has a deep-rooted, two hundred year-old history. The rich farmlands within many of our communities, and have received national and international awards. Our annual Hastings County Farm Show and Plowing Match is one of the largest in Ontario with 19,000 visitors attending the two day event. AND we're the Cheese Capital of Canada - home to Eldorado (Golden) Cheese, Ivanhoe Cheese and Maple Dale Cheese. And you know how well cheese goes with great beer and wine? Well, we have both of those too!
- An Arts Capital - Maynooth and Bancroft are among the top 10 rural Ontario municipalities for high concentration of artists.