Lake Country Haliburton Highlands

Haliburton Highlands

Haliburton is really a county of Ontario, Canada, generally known as a tourist and cottage area in Central Ontario for its scenery and for its resident artists. Minden Hills is the county seat.

The Haliburton County was established in 1983, but had existed as the Provisional County of Haliburton since 1874.

Haliburton County and the village of Haliburton, are named after Thomas Chandler Haliburton, author, statesman, and the first chairman of the Canadian Land and Emigration Company.

Haliburton is actually a village residing on Head Lake inside Haliburton County which is its namesake. The county also contains the village of Minden, as well as the smaller communities of Wilberforce, Gooderham, Irondale, Cardiff, West Guilford, Eagle Lake and Fort Irwin.

Where Located

Located north east of Toronto, the Haliburton Highlands is actually a enjoyable two and a half hour drive from the city of Toronto and approximately three hours from Ottawa through spectacular scenery.

Algonquin Park is towards the northern border and Muskoka Ontario on the west, the Haliburton country is quickly being discovered by nature lovers and tourists for outdoor all seasons recreation.

The Haliburton Highlands region of Ontario brings 4 seasons of out-of-doors splendor and due to the all-natural beauty of this area, and abundance of lakes and rivers, there is a long history of summer cottagers and visitors. With the surge of curiosity in winter outdoor activity and popularity of the magnificent Fall Colours the Haliburton Highlands has develop into a 4 season destination.

Things to Do Recreation and Activities

Haliburton Things To Do

  • plenty of fishing spots
  • seven challenging golf courses
  • wilderness hiking and canoeing
  • snowshoeing trails
  • downhill and cross-country skiing
  • dog sledding – Haliburton Forest and Winterdance
  • snowmobiling trails
  • atv touring and trails
  • artists studio tours
  • along with a wide variety of other outdoor activities

Hike, bike, slide, ride – you can do it all in Haliburton County! The Haliburton Highlands Trails and Tours Network can help you do it in the outdoors. The Trails and Tours Network is an organization dedicated to the development and promotion of trails and tours in Haliburton County.

Haliburton County’s economy is dominated by tourism, credited to the regions countless rivers and lakes. The ratio of properties occupied in the summertime months, to properties occupied year-round is three to one.

Employment generally caters to the needs of this seasonal population, such as residential building, lodges, hotels, service providers and retail.

Arts and Culture

The Haliburton Highlands is home to a thriving arts community. The County is dotted by galleries, both public and private, offering events, programs and workshops to the public. Artists studios can be found in almost every community, quite a few offering public demonstrations, small galleries, and speciality classes.

Haliburton furthermore offers a wide variety of educational and cultural opportunities for example Fleming College, the Haliburton School of Fine arts, Highlands Summer Festival, the Haliburton Highlands Film Festival, art galleries, museums, heritage sites, artist studio tours, two modern-day community libraries, and so much more.

Vacation Planning see Haliburton Highlands Things To Do


About Vacation Things To Do

Country life was always a factor when we looked for a place to live, so back in 2002 Heather and I quit our city jobs and purchased a small Cottage Resort in the country on Halls Lake in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. We live on the resort grounds and enjoying helping people with their all season weekend getaways and vacation plans along with Family Reunion planning. Country life has been an adjustment especially to Heather as their is no Walmarts up here but we did get a Timmy’s a few years back. We blog on vacation things to do in the Haliburton Highlands and cottages for sale in the area. Overall we love it, it’s a different life style….

Posted on December 17, 2011, in Haliburton Highlands, Things To Do, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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