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Ontario County High Points

Showing Ben Lostracco's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (46 out of 51, or 90.2%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
4.AlgomaOgidaki Mountain665Northern Ontario 
36.BrantBrant County High Point327Southern Ontario2009-07-11 b
40.BrantfordBrantford High Point267Southern Ontario2009-07-11 a
27.BruceBruce County High Point403Southern Ontario2009-12-03 b
43.Chatham-KentChatham-Kent High Point233Southern Ontario2012-03-21 a
20.CochraneGhost Range Peak488Northern Ontario2012-07-22 c
11.DufferinDufferin County High Point542Southern Ontario2010-04-22 c
26.DurhamDurham High Point410Southern Ontario2009-07-12 b
38.ElginElgin County High Point296Southern Ontario2012-03-21 b
43.EssexEssex County High Point233Southern Ontario2009-08-31 b
24.FrontenacEvergreen Mountain417Southern Ontario2011-11-10 a
8.GreyGrey County High Point544Southern Ontario2010-04-22 b
45.HaldimandHaldimand County High Point231Southern Ontario2009-07-10 b
6.HaliburtonManitou Mountain563Southern Ontario2012-05-05
25.HaltonHalton High Point414Southern Ontario2009-07-11 d
37.HamiltonHamilton High Point324Southern Ontario2009-07-11 c
11.HastingsHastings County High Point542Southern Ontario2012-05-04
28.HuronHuron County High Point397Southern Ontario2012-08-19 c
28.Kawartha LakesKawartha Lakes High Point397Southern Ontario2009-07-12 c
7.KenoraKenora District High Point559Northern Ontario 
41.LambtonLambton County High Point264Southern Ontario2009-09-02 b
31.LanarkWhite Mountain386Southern Ontario2010-05-23 a
46.Leeds and GrenvilleLeeds and Grenville High Point212Southern Ontario2011-11-09
18.Lennox and AddingtonMoger Pond Peak501Southern Ontario2011-11-11 b
34.ManitoulinCup and Saucer352Southern Ontario2012-08-22
35.MiddlesexMiddlesex County High Point342Southern Ontario2009-09-02 c
11.MuskokaMuskoka High Point542Southern Ontario2012-08-16 b
42.NiagaraNiagara High Point259Southern Ontario2009-07-09
5.NipissingSouthern Ontario High Point578Southern Ontario2015-06-27
39.NorfolkNorfolk County High Point278Southern Ontario2009-07-10 a
33.NorthumberlandNorthumberland County High Point356Southern Ontario2011-07-14
48.OttawaOttawa High Point166Southern Ontario2010-04-11 b
30.OxfordOxford County High Point391Southern Ontario2009-09-02 d
14.Parry SoundParry Sound High Point532Southern Ontario2012-08-17
19.PeelPeel High Point494Southern Ontario2010-04-23 a
23.PerthPerth County High Point427Southern Ontario2009-12-04 b
22.PeterboroughPeterborough County High Point434Southern Ontario2012-08-14
51.Prescott and RussellVankleek Hill123Southern Ontario2009-06-19 a
49.Prince EdwardEast Picton Bay Hill155Southern Ontario2009-07-12 d
8.Rainy RiverRainy River District High Point544Northern Ontario 
15.RenfrewRyans Mountain523Southern Ontario2011-11-11 a
8.SimcoeNiagara Escarpment High Point544Southern Ontario2010-04-22 a
50.Stormont, Dundas and GlengarryStormont-Dundas-Glengarry High Point125Southern Ontario2009-06-20 b
17.Sudbury CityWolf Lake Mountain504Northern Ontario2015-06-29
1.Sudbury DistrictIshpatina Ridge693Northern Ontario2004-08-31
2.Thunder BayTower Mountain679Northern Ontario 
3.TimiskamingIshpatina Ridge North677Northern Ontario 
46.TorontoToronto High Point212Southern Ontario2009-07-11 e
21.WaterlooWaterloo High Point438Southern Ontario2009-12-04 a
16.WellingtonLuther Benchmark511Southern Ontario2009-12-03 a
32.YorkYork High Point379Southern Ontario2009-07-12 a

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List Description

Ontario is administratively divided into 51 units that are a mixture of counties, unified counties, regional municipalities, districts, cities, and municipalities. Most of them were historically counties at one point, and despite changes in name or status, the boundaries have remained mostly stable over the years.

These units also correspond to the Canadian Census Divisions for the most part. Since the last revision of Census Divisions in 2001, the combined county of Haldimand-Norfolk split into Haldimand County and Norfolk County, and the City of Brantford separated from Brant County. That is why there are 51 entiries on this list, while the Census lists only 49 Divisions.


The main source for the Ontario county high point list was the excellent Ontario Basic Mapping database system created by the provincial government, which is a huge improvement over the old NTS 1:50,000 map sheets. To help generate this list, all the spot elevations (over 500,000 of them) in the OBM data were downloaded, matched to their county by a point-in-polygon operation, and the highest spot elevations picked out. Sometimes there was a swarm of spot elevations of the same height in the same general location, and one represenative point was picked. In other cases, separate areas were logged (see, for example, Chatham-Kent). Also, some OBM spot elevations were clearly erroneous outliers and had to be discarded. In general, though, a 1-meter difference in spot elevations was considered significant, and these lower points were not considered high-point candidates.

Once a set of county high points was generated, they were cross-checked with the 1:50,000 NTS maps, and some were adjusted a little bit based on information there. The result should be a reasonably accurate guide to the highest ground in the counties. Before tackling any county, though, be sure to check the OBM and NTS maps yourself to familiarlize yourself with the area. You may have to check out several nearby areas to be sure of locating the highest piece of earth, an occupational hazard of highpointers in relatively flat terrain like Ontario.


     Ontario Basic Mapping


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