Instagrammers asked to stop visiting Ontario's popular heart-shaped lake

Oct 30 2019, 9:51 am

It’s one of the fall’s most Instagrammable places in Ontario. A heart-shaped lake, surrounded by the best display of fall foliage.

Located just over three hours east of Toronto, near Ompah, Ontario, the incredible lake is truly a sight to see.

At first glance, the spectacular spot looks like the perfect place to propose, or maybe you’re just looking to escape the city and see some fall colours. Even we have covered the spot every fall, as it was a fall bucket list item.

The spot is extremely popular on Instagram, and has been on must-see fall lists for a few years now.

But that is coming to an end.


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The County of Frontenac, where the Heart Lake is located, has issued a message to potential visitors, asking them not to head to the location.

“We know that Heart Lake in Frontenac is amazing, but you need to stop going,” stated the county in a message on social media.

“Recently, photographers have been flocking to Ompah to get their own shots of this uniquely shaped lake. And we get it, it IS beautiful. But there is no public access. You’re trespassing on private property, and that’s not right,” they said.

Additionally, the county said it is hunting season, which they said is a very dangerous time to be wandering around in the forest.

“Stay safe, be respectful, and stick to admiring the pics on your screen.”

Last summer, photographers (and Instagrammers) caused the closure of a popular Ontario sunflower farm due to traffic chaos around the location.


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In that case, here are a few to admire from afar.


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Editor’s Note: Following the statement from the County, Daily Hive will be updated any previous post about Heart Lake, echoing what the County of Frontenac has asked.