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Skyline Park

You can take in an incredible view of Haliburton and surrounding areas any time of the year from the Skyline Lookout Park just east of the Village of Haliburton at 196 Skyline Road off of Hwy 118.

Best view of Haliburton from several hundred feet above the town.

If the Muskokas are the gem of cottage country in Ontario, the Haliburton Highlands is most certainly Ontario cottage country’s diamond in the rough. Although we share much of the same landscape and natural scenery, Haliburton is less developed and crowded, and its people are just a little more laid-back. With fewer people and less industry, the pace of life here is more relaxed than in the Muskoka Lake region. In Haliburton, you can take your time, and enjoy our untouched natural wilderness in peace and tranquillity.

196 Skyline Park Rd, Dysart et al, ON K0M

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The World’s Longest Canopy Walkway

Take a Walk in the Clouds in Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve! Experience the majestic beauty of the Haliburton Forest while strolling along a suspended boardwalk on this beautiful canopy tour. The tour also features some hiking and canoeing in the Haliburton Forest.

1095 Redkenn Rd., Haliburton, Ontario, Canada, K0M 1S0

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Geocaching Capital of Canada

Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a family-friendly outdoor game. It is often referred to as “treasure hunting with a high-tech twist”. A geocache is a container that someone has hidden. They record the coordinates online so that you can find it. When you find it, you sign your username inside, record your find online, then go find another cache.

The Geocaching Capital of Canada is comprised of a string of seven hamlets:  Irondale, Gooderham, Tory Hill, Wilberforce, Harcourt, Highland Grove and Cardiff. All are nestled on the eastern side of the Haliburton Highlands.

2249 Loop Rd, Wilberforce, ON K0L 3C0

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Haliburton Sculpture Forest

Art lovers will enjoy this unique outdoor art exhibit. The Haliburton Sculpture Forest, in Glebe Park, is a unique outdoor collection of sculptures by Canadian and international artists. The trails in the Sculpture Forest—for walking and bike riding in spring, summer and fall and skiing in the winter—provide changing perspectives of the forest and the sculptures in each of the seasons.

297 College Drive, Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0

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Haliburton County Studio Tour

Haliburton is home to some of Ontario’s finest artists, craftsmen and creative talents. For more than twenty years, one of the largest tourist attractions in the area has been the Haliburton County Studio Tour. This tour brings to Haliburton thousands of visitors from all over Ontario to show off the county’s artistic talents.

The Studio Tour takes visitors around the entire county, travelling to dozens of artist studios to see demonstrations and to view and purchase unique handmade crafts and pieces of art. The tour is held on two weekends each fall when the autumn colours are at their finest; on the weekend before Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving weekend.

Downtown, Haliburton ON

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Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre

Discover the inner workings of a wolf pack during a visit to Haliburton Wolf Centre.

With live wolfcams and wolf exhibits, you can almost always catch a glimpse of our wolves as they wander through their 15-acre forested environment. Plus, with our mission to educate, you can personalize your visit by asking our friendly staff more about our wolves.

The Wolf Centre is a 5,000 square foot facility that houses exhibits, a cinema and classroom, a large indoor observatory. Visit the observatory and maybe catch a glimpse of Haliburton Forest’s wolf pack: permanent residents of Haliburton Forest since 1993.

1305 Redkenn Rd, Dysart et al, ON K0M 1S0

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Haliburton Highlands Museum

The Haliburton Highlands Museum was founded as the Haliburton Highlands Pioneer Museum in 1967. It tells the exciting story of the Haliburton area from the earliest settlers right up to the present day.
Our main museum building features a variety of exhibits, while Reid House built in the 1880s depicts everyday life over 100 years ago. Our log buildings, open in the summer months, include a working blacksmith’s forge and a variety of other structures.

66 Museum Road, Haliburton, Ontario

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Ragged Falls

Ragged Falls has been named one of the 10 best waterfalls in Ontario.

The Ragged Falls Oxtongue River trail is only 1 km long but it offers a great view of the Ragged Falls. It is just off Hwy 60 near the Algonquin Park border. Its proximity to Algonquin Provincial Park makes this protected waterway almost an Algonquin appendage, but it’s a park in its own right and for good reason.

Oxtongue River – Ragged Falls contains many features of local significance. The small plunge basin at Gravel Falls demonstrates the powerful, erosive force of glacial melt-water.

There are nine distinct forest communities in the park. A marked gravel road provides access to Ragged Falls.

Algonquin Highlands, ON

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Sir Sam’s Ski / Ride

Mountain biking at Sir Sam’s is an ideal activity for families to share and enjoy throughout the summer season. Our 23km trail network provides terrain for all abilities and includes our newest trail “Sammy’s Way”, smooth grassy descent to get our novice riders down the hill comfortably.

In the Wintertime, fresh powder, challenging elevations, breathtaking views and friendly staff are waiting for you at Sir Sam’s. Spend your day easily moving from hill to hill on our 1100 foot covered surface lift or your choice of 4 chair lifts (2 quads, 2 doubles).

1054 Liswood Road, Eagle Lake, ON K0M 1M0

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Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships

Every year, on a cold, January weekend, the Haliburton County community gets together to host the National Pond Hockey Championship. This tournament welcomes any pond hockey team from across Canada to come and compete for the coveted title of National Pond Hockey Champions.

Hundreds of people turn out each year to play in the tournament and also watch as it all unfolds.

4252 Haliburton County Rd 21, Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0

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Lake Fishing Paradise

Haliburton Forest is an angler’s delight with over 100 lakes, numerous large ponds and miles of streams and creeks, offering year-round fishing for everyone.

Here you’ll find a wide variety of trout, such as rainbow trout, lake trout and speckled trout. With an abundance of fish available, it’s unlikely that you’ll go home empty-handed!

Haliburton County

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Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost Museum

Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost – National Historic Site of Canada – is the site of the first Outpost Hospital in Ontario. Opened in 1922 in response to a serious lack of medical care in the area, it ran right up until 1967 when it was no longer needed.

In 1991, it was leased to the Wilberforce Heritage Guild with the understanding that it was to get restored as a museum committed to the individuals who worked so hard for making Ontario’s first Red Cross Outpost Hospital a reality.

Highway #648, across from Wilberforce Library, Wilberforce Ontario

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Abbey Gardens

Our gardens, hiking trails, Food Hub, educational displays and local business partners (including a craft brewery) are all located on-site in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, Ontario overlooking Grass Lake.

Tour the gardens, visit our heritage breed ponies and chickens, shop for local food at the Food Hub, enjoy lunch on our new restaurant patio or participate in one of our programming options throughout the year.

1012 Garden Gate Drive, Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0

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Dorset Outlook Tower

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With a breathtaking 360 degrees view, the observation deck of this historic tower stands 142 metres (465 feet) above Lake of Bays.

The original tower was built in 1922, was 25 metres high (82 feet) and used as a fire lookout tower until 1961. The current tower was built in 1967 and is 30 metres high (100 feet) and was erected for visitors to enjoy the view.

Annually, more than 10,000 vehicles (60,000 visitors) will pass through the gates. In the peak Autumn season, it is not unusual for more than 600 vehicles to visit the tower in a single day.

1191 Dorset Scenic Tower Rd, Dwight, ON P0A 1H0

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The Minden River Cone

The iconic Minden River Cone is the perfect spot to cool down with an ice cream cone or grab a quick bite to eat.

119 Bobcaygeon Rd, Minden, ON K0M 2K0

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Kawartha Dairy

The retail walk-up window at a long-running, family-owned dairy farm known for its ice cream. This is a must-stop when in cottage country. 

For over 80 years, Kawartha Dairy has been proud to be a 100% Canadian-owned company, still operated by the same family that started it back in the beginning.

“No better ice cream than this! We have enjoyed this quality ice cream for many summers and have recommended its variety of flavours.”

12750 Hwy 35, Minden ON K0M 2K0

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Minden Shoe Tree

The urban legend tells us this tree holds hundreds, perhaps thousands of pairs of shoes, hung, nailed and placed with care through its massive branches.

It’s a sight to behold and the location, until now, has been a mystery! This particular tree is located about a 9-minute drive outside of Minden on South Lake Road. The closest street address is 2354 South Lake Road, Minden.

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2354 South Lake Road, Minden

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