Welcome to Hastings -“A Natural Beauty…Yours to Discover”
The Village of Hastings is situated almost in the centre of lower Ontario, and is part of Northumberland County. It is a charming and quaint community, home to approximately 1100 permanent residents, and many more cottagers and campers during the summer months. Visitors marvel at the natural beauty of Hastings and its surrounding areas. From its picturesque setting overlooking the Trent River, to the backdrop of the rolling hills of Northumberland, Hastings is the perfect destination for tourists and visitors, and for those wishing to retire or raise a young family. As the second largest community in the Municipality of Trent Hills, Hastings boasts a lively town spirit, charming local characters, a strong sense of its colorful past and an enduring hope for the future. Many volunteers work hard to beautify the Village streets and parks. The goal is to re-vitalize the downtown and the marina, and re-energize the Village to be all that it can be.
Hastings is most famous for being an outstanding fishing destination, especially as it is the only town in Ontario where you can still fish off the bridge! It is also well known for its vibrant ‘Waterfront Festival’, ‘Canada Day Parade and Fireworks’, and now its thriving ‘Founders Week’. These annual events draw many tourists and visitors to the area. Use this website as your guide to discover and experience the many ‘Adventures in Hastings’ from festivals, to local arts and food events, to amazing water and outdoor activities. Visit the Hastings Community & Tourist Information Centre for an adventure travel package that includes maps, a list of events, a Northumberland County driving tour guide, and an official Traveller’s Guide for Trent Hills.
Driving Distances from…
- Toronto – 160 kilometres or 100 miles
- Ottawa – 250 kilometres or 156 miles
- Belleville – 74 kilometres or46 miles
- Peterborough – 40 kilometres or 23 miles
- Montreal – 429 kilometres or 267 miles
Hastings has a wide range of accommodation from bed and breakfast facilities to cabins, campsites, guest suites and short-stay apartments.
- The Doors Guest House
- Springbank Cottages
- The Reel Retreat
- Water Lily
- Wilderness Retreat B & B
Dining, Wine & Food Adventures
Many local gardeners and farmers make their products available locally through farm-stores and farmers markets. Living on the 100-mile diet is easy in Hastings and the benefits of buying locally certainly taste sweet.
Slow Food Northumberland
Hastings contributes in a large way to the slow food movement, and several key members of the Slow Food Northumberland live and work in the Hastings area. Promotes eating locally grown and harvested food. (link)
Markets & Farm Fresh
Hastings Farmers Market
Every Saturday from May to October at the Post Office parking lot at the Four Corners (Junction of Bridge and Front Streets). Contact Theo at 705-696-4797 for more information.
Hasting Village Market
Every Saturday from May to October in the parking lot of the Northumberland Tractor Parts on Highway 45.
Hastings Ostrich Farm
Located at 1453 Concession Rd 6, RR#3, Hastings, ON, K0L 1Y0. Contact 705-778-2900 for more information.
Restaurants & Eateries
All restaurants are within a convenient 3 block area of the Four Corners (junction of Bridge and Front Streets), and an easy 2-3 minute walk from Lock 18 and The Hastings Village Marina. Enjoy the down-home flavours of Canadian, Italian, and Chinese cuisines.
Banjos Grill 705-696-9898
3 Bridge Street South, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0
Licensed with an outdoor patio overlooking the water. Open Sunday-Thursday (8 A.M.- 8 P.M.); Friday-Saturday 8 A.M.- 9 P.M.) Closed Mondays
Bridgewater Coffee & Donuts 705-696-2920
8 Water St., Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0
A favorite among the locals, Bridgewater offers more than coffee & donuts great pizza and breakfast snacks. Open 7 days a week from 8 A.M. 9 P.M.
The Captains Table 705-696-3993
8 Front Street East, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0
Well known for their English-style halibut fish and chips. Enjoy a friendly atmosphere and generous portions.
Jiangs Chinese Restaurant 705-696-1288
25 Front Street East, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0
La Gondola Italian Restaurant 705-696-3600
13 Bridge Street North, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0
Sheilas Restaurant 705-696-3301
27 Front Street West, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0
Beer, Wine & Spirits
Arts & Culture
Be sure to experience the unique art and culture of Hastings. Steeped in history and antiquity, Hastings is a vibrant community full of talented artists, artisans and crafters including painters, potters, sculptors, fibre artists, wood turners, and photographers. Many are well-known locally, and some enjoy international acclaim.
Several art groups are organized, and meet regularly. Their members are often engaged in interesting projects, displays and events. The annual Hastings Waterfront Festival & Local Art Show (hyperlink) is one place to see many of the artists selling and displaying their work. Alongside the Waterfront Festival, a juried Hastings Art Contest is held each year. Be sure to shop in the local art shops and watch the Coming Event section for information on upcoming studio tours, gallery displays and art events.
Parks, Trails & Wildlife
Great blue herons, muskrats, beavers, Canada geese,
- Fowlds Millenium Park
- Murray Fenton Gazebo & North Shore Park
- Marina Boardwalk and South Shore Park
- Trans Canada Trail www.tctrail.ca
For the golf enthusiast, there are 4 challenging courses around the area that make Hastings a perfect golf destination.
- Oakgreens Golf Club
- Salt Creek Golf Links
- Warkworth Golf Club
- Pine Ridge Golf and Country Club