Known as Ontario’s tourist heart, Haliburton is one of the best locations in Canada to explore the great outdoors. Sometimes referred to as the Haliburton Highlands, the county is a mecca for vacationers looking to get away from city life. In fact, it’s one of the most popular places in Ontario for people to own cottages. Each season offers a new experience in Haliburton, but the family friendly atmosphere and vibrant arts and antiques scene thrive throughout the year.
The county has some of the most stunning scenery in Ontario, with lakefront vistas, unspoiled wilderness and rugged terrain. The Algonquin Provincial Park is a perfect example of the area’s natural wonders. The park is known worldwide for supporting a diversity of wildlife, with frequent bear and moose sightings by visitors. The Haliburton Forest Wildlife Reserve is another top destination for vacationers, best known for its Wolf Centre, where visitors can observe a wolf pack in natural surroundings. The Reserve also offers a range of unique activities such as treetop canopy tours, remote lake fishing and winter dog sledding. During the warmer seasons, water sports are popular in Haliburton County. Several water ski and wakeboard schools offer lessons for people of all skill levels. During the winter, Haliburton County hosts the National Pond Hockey Championship, where hundreds of people from across Canada compete for the coveted first-place title. Snowmobiling is another popular winter activity, with hundreds of kilometers of snowmobile trails to explore. The Haliburton Highlands has scores of local attractions and special events impervious to the seasons, such as the Cozy Corner Restaurant on the town’s main street, and Head Lake Park, located in the center of town. Head Lake Park becomes particularly alive on weekends, when weekend concerts, fairs or music events take place.
Tour an Iroquoian Village or take a hike to Rattlesnake Point at Crawford Lake Conservation Authority in Ontario. Learn more about the last Ice Age that shaped Ontario at Rock Glen Arkona, where you’ll see fossils and Native American artifacts dating back 10,000 years. To visit a major metropolis, head for Toronto, Ontario’s capital. Toronto attracted a record 14-million overnight visitors in 2015, making it one of Canada’s leading tourism destinations. With its dynamic mix of attractions and events, it’s not hard to see why. For a smaller urban destination, Peterborough is a city about 100 kilometers south of Haliburton County. It’s located on the Otonabee River, so isn’t completely apart from nature, but also has plenty of metropolitan attractions including museums, memorials and galleries. If you’d rather avoid cities entirely, stick with the nature theme and head for Kawartha Lakes, the houseboating capital of Ontario. Just as Haliburton County is popular among people who own cottages, Kawartha Lakes attracts boat owners and those who enjoy outdoor water activities. Fishing and camping are among the top activities at Kawartha Lakes.
The Haliburton Highlands is home to a wide selection of resorts, cottages, inns and lodgings. It’s Ontario cottage country’s diamond in the rough, with terrific local attractions and homey accommodations. Rental cottages are ideal for vacationers looking for a local experience. Tons of cottage owners return to Haliburton during vacation season, and rental cottages offer the same comforts of a home away from home. A resort stay offers opportunities for indulging in package tours, lessons and discounts. Book an inn for a relaxing vacation on the shores of a local lake. Rent a house for larger parties of 8 or more, although most private rentals are referred to as ‘cottages,’ regardless of size or type. Make reservations at a B&B for quaint lodgings near the downtown area, or an inn tucked away in the woods. If camping is more your style, parts of Haliburton Forest are designated camping grounds available for reservations.
Ridesharing is big in the Haliburton Highlands, and the county offers a community transportation hub for different options. Walking, biking, and utilizing smaller vehicles such as ATVs or snowmobiles are ways of getting around on the Rail Trail. If driving into Haliburton County, highways 118, 35 and 60 are the main routes through the area.
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