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Things to Do in the Haliburton Highlands This Summer

Things to Do in the Haliburton Highlands This Summer

If you’re thinking about an awesome getaway to Haliburton Forest for you and your friends to experience outdoor adventure, why not expand your trip to explore the surrounding Haliburton Highlands?

Don’t get us wrong—there are more than enough group experiences at Haliburton Forest to occupy your friends and family’s time. But by using our forest getaway spot as a base of operations, you can easily see more of what this amazing part of Ontario has to offer.

5 Things to Do in the Haliburton Highlands

Here are our top 5 recommendations of things to do in the Haliburton Highlands.

1. Visit Abbey Gardens

A former gravel pit transformed into a beautiful community greenspace, Abbey Gardens hosts its own programming and special events, in addition to housing several local businesses, including an Enchanted Garden for the kids (and kids at heart).

One of those businesses is Haliburton Highlands Brewing, which is open 7 days a week—from the Victoria Day long weekend to Thanksgiving—for beer tastings and brewery tours.

2. See the Highlands on Horseback

The Wild Life offers equestrian experiences throughout the summer months. Visitors can choose from several different programs, including therapeutic riding and group lessons.

You can also check out The Wild Life’s health food and bath products, made from ingredients foraged right from Haliburton Forest!


3. Dine Out at Rhubarb Restaurant

Described as “upscale casual dining,” Rhubarb Restaurant boasts seasonal menus and local ingredients. Serving new special features on a nightly basis, everything at Rhubarb Restaurant is prepared in-house.

The Rhubarb is also home to Boshkung Brewing Co., another local brewery. Rhubarb’s menu also includes a selection of Ontario wines.

4. Get a Local Perspective with Your Outdoors

Yours Outdoors connects visitors to the Haliburton Highlands with group experiences that celebrate local arts, heritage, culture, and of course—outdoor adventure.

Explore a variety of available activities, from moccasin making to ziplining!

5. Sail Above a Lake with Ski-Mazing Watersports School

Ski-mazing is the best waterski, wakeboard, and barefoot watersports school in Haliburton. Sail high above the beautiful forests and lakes of Ontario, enjoy watersport lessons, or tubing and banana boat rides.

The Ski-mazing team has years of experience and even provides summer camps if you plan on staying around cottage country for summer vacation. About an hour away from Haliburton Forest, this activity requires more travel time than the others on your list. But you won’t find a more exhilarating way of seeing the surrounding area.

For additional suggestions on accommodation and experience providers in the Haliburton Highlands, guests are encouraged to visit MyHaliburtonHighlands.com. You can also check out the regional tourism website, ComeWander.ca.

Your Base of Operations: Group Experiences at Haliburton Forest

There’s plenty of activity options to explore in the surrounding Haliburton Highlands this spring, summer, fall or winter, but your outdoor adventure getaway starts at Haliburton Forest.

All of our experiences can be customized for groups of 12 or more, and our experienced staff members are happy to help you organize your stay to suit your group’s needs. You can also fill out this form to start personalizing your visit whenever you want.

Even More Things To Do!

While you’re planning your trip to the Haliburton Highlands, use this handy list to help choose which activities you want to try the most. Download our FREE Ultimate Outdoor Experience Bucket List for inspiration for your next adventure with family and friends.

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