Haliburton Forest has always been popular as a bucket-list-worthy destination for families and outdoor adventure seekers. But did you know the Forest is also a well-known source of timber products, sustainably harvested and created on site? The Forest Retail shop sells everything from custom wooden paddles to Eco-Log homes, all created from wood sustainably harvested at Haliburton Forest.And there is another side to Haliburton Forest that you might not know about:
Haliburton Forest is also a hub for research and learning.
"Along with Haliburton Forest’s many partners, we’re conducting research encompassing forest ecology, climate change, tree health, and more,” explains Malcolm Cockwell, Managing Director of Haliburton Forest. "This research is vitally important to operations at Haliburton Forest. Learning about the Forest, and the flora and fauna that call it home, informs how we manage our recreation and forestry operations".
But You Don’t Have to Be a University of Toronto Researcher to Discover More About Canada at Haliburton Forest
- The Wolf Centre has been educating the public about wolf behaviour and ecology since the wolf pack took up residence in 1993. The Wolf Centre is a 5000 square foot facility that houses exhibits, a theatre and classroom, a retail space, and an accessible indoor observatory. There’s always a staff member on site, ready to teach you more about Canada’s wolves.
- Get an unobstructed view of the night sky in the summer with an on-site astronomer. Rain or shine, your group can come for 1.5 to 2 hours every Friday in July and August and learn about the cosmos.
- Haliburton Forest is deeply entrenched in Canadian history. Since before Confederation, the lands in and around Haliburton Forest were used by Europeans to supply Europe and the New World with fresh timber. For a long time, forestry operated at an unsustainable pace resulting in a quick decline in the health and quality of forests. But as the first forest in Canada to be certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), Haliburton Forest demonstrated its operators’ vision to bring the overly logged land back to full health. Learn more about Canadian logging history, and the place of Haliburton Forest within it, at the Logging Museum.
- On May 11, 2018, Haliburton Forest is holding a free Celebration of Research. Our research partners will share their findings about Canadian forest ecology and climate change in Canada (along with plenty of other topics). You’re sure to learn something new. Included in this exciting learning opportunity is a free buffet at The Cookhouse restaurant and the chance to make a weekend of it with your family.
The Best Way to Learn Is All Weekend Long
Learning is best done when it’s immersive. That’s why, whether you’re visiting the Wolf Centre, taking an astronomy tour, visiting the Logging Museum, joining us to celebrate research, or creating your own curriculum out in the woods, you should make a weekend of it. It’s easy to stay overnight at Haliburton Forest with many comfortable accommodations or lakeside campsites (depending on the time of year). We promise you’ll leave knowing more about what really is unique to Canada.
Check out the other incredible things you can do and learn at Haliburton Forest all year round. Download the Ultimate Outdoor Experience Bucket List and add some adventure to your weekend.