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Boldt Castle, one of the most popular attractions in Eastern Ontario

Eastern Ontario Attractions – Things to do in Eastern Ontario

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There are so many amazing attractions to see and exciting things to do in Eastern Ontario, but before we explore them all, let’s learn about the geography of the region.

Eastern Ontario is also known as Southeastern Ontario and is a secondary region of Southern Ontario. The region borders Quebec to the north and New York State to the east and south.

Eastern Ontario includes the municipality of Ottawa and its surrounding area, as well as the tourism regions of the St. Lawrence & the 1000 Islands (including Kingston, Brockville, Gananoque, Cornwall), the Haliburton Highlands, the Bay of Quinte (including Quinte West and Belleville), and Prince Edward County.

Now that we know a little bit about Eastern Ontario, let’s take a look at some of the best attractions in the area.

Prince Edward County

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Bay of Quinte

  • Cheer on my local OHL team, the Belleville Senators
  • Feel the need for speed while watching the races at Shannonville Motorsport Park
  • Head underground at the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves, Ontario’s largest natural cavern
  • Visit the National Air Force Museum of Canada to see it’s impressive airpark and learn all about Canada’s Air Force
  • Meet local painters, potters, jewellers, photographers, and other creatively minded individuals along the Hastings County Arts Route
  • Spend a rainy day at Shorelines Casino playing the slot machines and then have dinner at the buffet or the full-service restaurant
  • Hit the slopes at Batawa Ski Hill
  • Wander about the Glanmore National Historic Site which is known for its exceptional Second Empire architecture

Haliburton Highlands

  • Watch the sunset over Mazinaw Rock from your campsite at Bon Echo Provincial Park
  • Head to Frontenac Provincial Park for fantastic canoeing with scenic portaging routes
  • Stargaze at the Lennox & Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area, the most southerly dark sky viewing area in Ontario
  • Indulge in a memorable meal at an underground dining event held in the Bonnechere Caves
  • Participate in the hands-on rockhounding experience at the Rockhound Gemboree, Canada’s largest gem and mineral show
  • Explore the O’Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area
  • Feel the adrenaline pumping on a whitewater rafting adventure with Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort
  • Cruise down the Rideau Canal on Le Boat, a private houseboat available for rent (no experience needed)
  • Discover charming small towns such as Perth and Smith Falls
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour at the Tweed Visitors Centre, a state-of-the-art cannabis growing facility
  • Attend “Ontario’s Culinary Event of the Year,” the Lanark County Harvest Festival
  • Buy a 6 pack of beer at the award-winning Haliburton Highlands Brewery
  • Unwind at the one of a kind Calabogie Peaks Resort
  • Join a guided ATV tour in the Madawaska Valley with Valley Adventure Tours
  • Visit the Ontario Water Buffalo Company to sample water buffalo milk, water buffalo cheese, and even water buffalo gelato
  • Sample local cuisine on The Good Food Tour, a guided culinary walking tour of Almonte (aka Mississippi Mills) and Carleton Place
  • Pamper yourself at Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing, named ‘Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat’ in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 World Travel Spa Awards

St. Lawrence & The 1000 Islands – Kingston, Brockville, Gananoque, Cornwall


Kingston Penitentiary, my favourite of all the Eastern Ontario attractions
Kingston Penitentiary, my favourite of all the Eastern Ontario attractions
  • Brush up on your history at Fort Henry, a restored British fortification and UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hop aboard a replica steamboat and cruise along the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers
  • Cheer on the Kingston Frontenacs at the Leon’s Centre
  • Take a hop on and off tour of the city with Kingston Trolley Tours
  • Enjoy lunch or dinner on a sightseeing cruise in the 1000 Islands
  • Get a glimpse into the history of Canada’s correctional service at the Penitentiary Museum
  • Visit Bellevue House, the former residence of Sir John A Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister
  • Take a stroll through downtown Kingston
  • Buy some fresh Ontario produce at the oldest continuous market in Canada, the Kingston Public Market
  • Learn about Kingstons connection to maritime history at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
  • Admire the beautiful architecture at City Hall in Kingston, Canada’s first Capital
  • Check out the stunning model railway trains at the Pump House Steam Museum
  • Celebrate your love for the blues at the four-day Limestone City Blues Festival
  • Spend a few hours at the Military Communications & Electronics Museum
  • Take the family to Kingston Buskers Rendezvous in July
  • Hear the first-hand accounts of life behind bars from former guards on a Kingston Penitentiary Tour
  • Listen to spooky ghost stories from Kingston’s darker days on a Haunted Walk
  • Put on your wetsuit and explore the many unique dive sites off Collins Bay and downtown Kingston


Boldt Castle, one of the most popular attractions in Eastern Ontario
Boldt Castle, one of the most popular attractions in Eastern Ontario
  • Get your passport ready when boarding the boat to Boldt Castle, a turn of the century castle built on an island on the American side of the St. Lawrence river
  • Fly thousands of feet in the air over the 1000 Islands on a Helicopter Tour
  • Conquer new heights on the Zip Line at Skywood Eco Adventure
  • Try your luck at Shorelines Casino, complete with slot machines, table games, entertainment, a buffet, a full-service restaurant, and more
  • Take in the view from the 400 ft tall 1000 Islands Tower
  • Spend the night in an oTentik at the Thousand Islands National Park


  • Wander about Brockville, one of Ontario’s oldest cities
  • Travel along the St Lawrence river aboard the ‘WildCat’, the fastest boat in the 1000 Islands
  • Marvel at the early 20th century Edwardian mansion known as Fulford Place
  • Tour Fort Wellington National Historic Site which was built during the War of 1812 to defend Canada from an American invasion
  • Appreciate the dazzling light show as you walk through Canada’s oldest railway tunnel, the Brockville Railway Tunnel
  • Spend a day with the kids at Aquatarium, a 33,000+ sq ft aquarium and discovery centre that even has a ropes course
  • Take the kids to the Saunders Country Critters Zoo in Oxford Station
  • Brush up on your local history at the Blockhouse Museum


Upper Canada Village, one of the best Eastern Ontario attractions for kids
Upper Canada Village, one of the best Eastern Ontario attractions for kids, by Dennis Jarvis on Flickr
  • Make believe you’re in Jurassic Park at Prehistoric World, which features life-sized dinosaurs
  • Step back in time at Upper Canada Village, where costumed actors depict life in the 1860s
  • Hike the nature trails at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary


  • Drop by the Experience Akwesasne Welcome Centre to find out about the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation which spans throughout Ontario, Québec and New York state.
  • Contemplate life behind bars on a tour of the 185-year-old Historic SDG Jail

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