Make sure you put these activities on your group’s must-do list when you explore the Haliburton Highlands this winter. You can plan to start and end your adventure at Haliburton Forest; with so many winter activities available, you’ll need to plan a few trips to experience them all.
Plan Now For Your Adventure in the Haliburton Highlands This Winter
Find a Home Base First
You can stay at Haliburton Forest in one of our holiday units or you can try other local accommodations in the Haliburton Highlands this winter. You will find cozy accommodations at Stouffer Mill B&B, Sunny Rock B&B, Oakview Lodge, Ogopogo Resort, or Safe Haven Resort. Or, for a chain hotel experience, try the Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre.
Then Plan Your Winter Activities
The hardest part of planning a group vacation is catering to everyone’s special interests. Why not plan some local activities that accommodate a wide range of interests to complement your Haliburton Forest adventures?
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." — Albert Camus
Here are five of our favourites to experience in the Haliburton Highlands this winter.
1. Ice Climbing
You’ve tried rock climbing, but have you braved ice climbing? For two hours, you will receive instruction and climbing time with two instructors at the Yours Outdoors Adventure Learning Centre. All gear, snacks, and hot beverages are included. This adventure is suitable for all experience levels, from beginner to experienced climbers. Custom packages are available, including evening climbs.
2. Flint and Fur
Take a snowshoe adventure back in time to learn about the history of the fur trade — the oldest industry in Canada and Haliburton Highlands. Enjoy historical stories and view artifacts and demonstrations of flint and steel and firearms and traps. And learn about the biology and ecology of the fur trade from a First Nation’s perspective. A traditional lunch of baked beans, bannock (a First Nations flatbread similar to a pancake), wild rice, and hot rum toddies is included. You can even customize your experience according to your needs.
3. Fire and Ice
Take a Hollywood-style glass-blowing workshop from the artists who took their glassware to the 2015 Emmy Awards. Create your glass-blown work of art indoors, then choose your outdoor adventure and go ice climbing, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. This package can be customized. Remember to keep your eye out for celebrities as you enjoy this winter adventure.
4. Ride a Two-Horse Open Sleigh
Irvin Holland and his horses will take you dashing through the snow for an unforgettable winter adventure. Tour forest, field, and maple sugar bush. Hang on tight for some steep uphill climbs and fast downhill runs. Be sure to dress warmly. Custom packages available.
5. Make Moccasins
Learn the art of moccasin making with Lois Foster. Lois shares the skills she learned from First Nations’ people in Northern Ontario. Bring your own lunch and enjoy this full-day workshop which includes all materials needed to create your own pair of moccasins. Custom packages are available to suit your needs. Teaching since the mid-80s, Lois provides all the instruction and assistance you need to complete your project in one day.
Back at the Forest
After you’ve experienced some of the incredible activities in the Haliburton Highlands this winter, be sure to visit Haliburton Forest one more time before you head home.
- Get another glimpse of the wolves
- Take one last snowmobile ride
- Try ice fishing again for the Haliburton Gold “big one”
- Have one last dog sled ride
Be sure to tag us when you post your pics. Keep Haliburton Forest in mind for all your group adventures. We can customize your itinerary for various interest and experience levels.
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