Things to Do
EXPERIENCE HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS
Heather Lodge is located in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, making our lodge the perfect location to experience true Canadian topography. Within 15 minutes from Heather Lodge are five golf courses, scenic log chutes and rapids, kayaking, hiking, and artisan studios. There are four seasons of outdoor activities to enjoy! Complete your tour around the scenic area with a stop in the quaint villages of Haliburton, Minden, and Dorset.
With a 45 minute scenic drive through the Highway 35 corridor, you will arrive at the Provincial Algonquin Park. The park offers opportunity of wildlife sightings, hiking, and a visitor centre for a full day of exploring the natural topography of the Canadian lands. Along the way, be sure to stop at the Dorset Tower, the Hawk Lake Log Chute, and Buttermilk Falls.
HALIBURTON FOREST & WILDLIFE RESERVE
Canopy Tour (www.haliburtonforest.com)-One of my personal favourites, book a Canopy Tour half day adventure as it winds through the treetops 10-20 meters above the forest floor, a spectacular view after a canoe trip to the location.
Wolf Centre (www.haliburtonforest.com)-Experience wolves in their own habitat at the Wolf Center in Haliburton Forest.
(Heather Lodge guests receive a 10% discount.)
Be sure to check out the annual Forest Festival.
ARTS & THEATRE (www.haliburtonarts.on.ca) –Home of the Fleming School of the Fine Arts, Haliburton Highlands has over 350 artists in the area offering studios, galleries, and entertaining events.
Blairhampton Golf Course (www.blairhamptongolf.com), Pinestone Golf Course (www.pinestone-resort.com/golf) , Lakeview Golf Course (www.lakesidegolfclubhaliburton.com), Beaverbrook Golf Course (www.beaverbrookgolfcourse.com), Haliburton Highlands Golf Course (www.haliburtongolf.com)
WHITE WATER RESERVE (www.whitewaterontario.ca)
HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS WATER RESERVE (www.algonquinhighlands.ca/water) –Enjoy
DORSET TOWER (www.algonquinhighlands.ca)-Summer and fall offers opportunity for visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of lakes and forest after the climb up 82ft historical tower. Be sure to bring your camera for this one!
TRAILS & TOURS
Haliburton Sculpture Forest (www.haliburtonsculptureforest.ca)-Come for a walk along forest trails in Glebe Park and see an incredible collection of outdoor sculptures created by Canadian and interational artists throughout the trail through, spring, summer and fall. Winter trails are groomed for cross country skiing too!
Hiking Trails (www.algonquinhighlands.ca), Dahl Forest (http://www.haliburtonlandtrust.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Dahl-Forest-Brochure-Web-Nov.7.121.pdf)
CANOE ROUTES (www.explorekawarthalakes.com)
CYCLE ROUTES (www.myhaliburtonhighlands.com)
HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS NORDIC TRAIL- (www.skihaliburton.com )-Ontario’s Best Cross Country Ski System comprising of over 70 kms of unique, well groomed wilderness type ski trails throughout Haliburton Highlands.
MOTORCYCLE TOURS (www.ridethehighlands.ca)
ATV TRAILS (www.haliburtonatv.com)
SNOWMOBILE TRAILS (www.hcsa.ca) –Over 1500kms of trails, offers a wide variety of trails through the forests and rolling hills of the Haliburton Highlands. Exceptional conditions also available at Haliburton Forest (www.haliburtonforest.com)
DOGSLEDDING-Two outfitters in the area, offering exception half day and full day excursions with beautiful huskies leading the way!
Winterdance (www.winterdance.com). A "Signature Experience" in Ontario!!!
Haliburton Forest Dogsledding (www.haliburtonforest.com)
SIR SAM’S SKI & BIKE (www.sirsams.com)-Celebrating 50 years, Sir Sam’s has been a premier destination for not only winter adventure, but now summer biking too. With 14 alpine runs, offering a challenge for all abilities and stunning views.
Heather Lodge guests get special discount tickets.
SKI-MAZING WATERSPORTS -Parasailing, flyboard and jetovator, waverunner rentals (www.ski-mazing.com)
EXPERIENCE PROVIDERS (www.yoursoutdoors.ca)
Yours Outdoors offers unique experience that explore the art, history, ecology, fine fold, food and hospitality of the Haliburton Highlands. Single and multi day adventures area available throughout the year including Pedal Your Arts, Gone to Pot: Adventures in Clay, Some Like it Hot: Glassblowing, Haliburton Rocks! Tastes of Haliburton and much more.
Be sure to check out our annual Hike Haliburton Festival (www.hikehaliburton.com)
HAWK LAKE LOG CHUTE (www.stanhopemuseum.on.ca)-A truly Canadian icon, a log chute is a man-made through that was used to carry logs over rough river landscape to a sawmill. The log chute was developed in Canada in 1829 to circumnavigate to Chaudiere Falls in Quebec. Great view point to enjoy, be sure to bring your camera!
ABBEY GARDENS (www.abbeygardens.ca)–While enjoying special organic, local foods at Heather Lodge from Abbey Gardens, be sure to check out the Abbey Gardens. An inspired community propject that encourages everyone to think more sustainably about land, food security, energy and economic development. Local Food Hub, Gardens, Educational Programs
Wintergreen Maple Products 705-286-3202 Maple Moon & Moon Shadows (www.moonshadowswinery.com)
CHECK OUT THESE TOURISM SITES FOR MORE TO DO…
Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (www.ontarioshighlands.ca)
Ontario Yours to Discover (www.ontariotravel.net)
Adventure Haliburton (www.adventurehaliburton.com)
Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce (www.haliburtonchamber.com)