Ignite Your Imagination: Call for Artists for the Duntroon Highlands Art Trail

Picture this: a trail where art and nature intertwine, where creativity bursts forth from the landscape, and where each step reveals a new story. We plan on making this a reality!  That’s why we are thrilled to announce the launch of the Duntroon Highlands Art Trail!  We are inviting local and Indigenous artists to transform the scenic hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking trails into a living gallery of art installations.


Inspired by the Crystal Bridges Art Trail in Bentonville, Arkansas, The Haliburton Sculpture Forest as well as Cosby’s Garden Centre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, the Duntroon Highlands Art Trail will highlight the creativity of local and Indigenous artists. This unique project aims to celebrate the rich tapestry of regional, social, and ecological history while fostering a deep connection with nature. The trail will feature five captivating sites, each with its own story, where five visionary artists will bring their creations to life using natural or recycled materials.


This project strives to spotlight the creativity of local and Indigenous artists, foster a deep connection with nature through the exploration of art along the trails, and provide a space that promotes health and wellness within the community while visually telling the story of the rich history of the South Georgian Bay region. Each of the five installations will be accompanied by interpretive signage that provides backstory behind the art and introduces the artist.


Owner of Duntroon Highlands Martin Rydlo says “We are excited to support this initiative that brings together the beauty of our natural surroundings and the creativity of our local artists. The Art Trail is a testament to our community’s commitment to culture and conservation.”


The Call for Artists has been released, and artist selection will be announced by the end of July 2024. Prospective artists are encouraged to review the Call for Artists HERE


For those who are not artists but still want to be part of this extraordinary journey, consider becoming a sponsor. A $400.00 contribution per site will give sponsors a personalized sign at the installation, recognition at the grand opening, in promotional materials, and on the Duntroon Highlands website.