It’s possible you haven’t heard of the small village of Ontario Wisconsin, population 475. If so, it is an outdoor recreational heaven and the destination for canoeing enthusiasts. Thousands flock here each summer to enjoy an outing on the meandering Kickapoo River. Bring their own canoes and kayaks or renting them from the outfitters, it is an everyday site, during the summer season to see old school buses shuttling dozens of happy, singing, canoeist customers back to town after a day of paddling down the stream. The town has an old frontier-like flavor about it; horse lovers will also be in paradise here. The Village borders Wildcat Mountain State Park, which has many miles of horseback riding trails. These trails wind throughout the 5600 acres of hilly and wooded scenery. There is a special campground in the park where you can camp out with your horses at the trails edge. These sites are coveted, very popular and book up fast.


Besides horses and the canoeing, there are many Amish living nearby this community. The countryside surrounding Ontario has the largest and oldest rural population of Amish in Vernon County. Their settlement spans from the north end of Ontario all the way to Cashton along highway 33. If you travel this road you can explore Amish bakeries, quilt shops, and bent hickory furniture stores, which are open to the public



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