Top Reasons to Stay at Hastings Resort
- The resort is tucked away among pine trees on the banks of the Beaver Creek River. Toronto and Ottawa are a few hours’ drive away.
- The main lodge, where most of the guest rooms are located, has a rustic, cabin-like feel to it. There are modern amenities, though, including flat-screen TVs.
- Standard-room stays include a $25 dining credit at the onsite steak house. The menu includes hearty dishes such as orange cardamom chicken supreme and lemon oregano pork tenderloin.
- There are plenty of activities available to keep you busy. You can rent ATVs, canoes, bikes, and small boats.
- Beaver Creek River is a great place to cast out a line for largemouth bass and muskie.
- Pets are welcome at the resort (fee of $10/night).
Hastings County, Ontario: Artisan Galleries Hidden Away in Eastern Ontario
Hastings County is located in eastern Ontario, about two hours from Toronto and Ottawa. It's a rural landscape full of lakes, rivers, and provincial parks. The county has one of the highest concentrations of artists in Ontario—there are twice as many artists here than the national average. Follow the Arts Route, and you’ll see the works of locals firsthand. Two galleries on the route are near the resort: The Old Hastings Gallery, housed in a circa-1890s general store, features themed rooms with decor crafted by Canadian artists, such as kaleidoscopes, beeswax candles, and soaps.
To experience the wilderness firsthand, visit Bon Echo Provincial Park. This is where you'll find Mazinaw Rock, which rises more than a half-mile above the lake and has more than 260 native pictographs etched into it. Canoe or kayak to the rock to see them up close.