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Four Things to Do in Haliburton Highlands


As the summer comes to a close, the kids return to school, the days get shorter and the nights become cooler -- you may find yourself itching for one last weekend getaway before the end of the season. If this sounds like you, you should truly consider a trip to the Haliburton Highlands very soon! Below is an overview of our four favourite things to do in Haliburton, and why you should consider planning a weekend getaway around one or all of the following attractions.

Go Hiking in the Haliburton Highlands

One of the most popular things to do in Haliburton is hiking. The region is extremely vast with many trails throughout, and tourists come from across the globe just to hike the Haliburton Highlands and South Algonquin regions.

When hiking here, make sure to take a day to trek through the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and view the amazing sculptures throughout. Located in Glebe Park, not far from Haliburton Village, the Haliburton Sculpture Forest is free of charge, and features dozens of unique sculptures by both Canadian and international artists. The sculptures throughout the park encompass unique styles, themes and each features their own one of a kind charm.

Take a look at the sculpture forest map to get an idea of the general layout, and plan your visit today!

You should also check out the Hike Haliburton Festival between September 18-21. It features over 70 guided themed hikes for everyone!

Go Horseback Riding in the Haliburton Highlands

Whether you’re an avid equestrian, or simply interested in a unique trail riding experience, check out South Algonquin Trails at the southern point of Algonquin Park. The staff here will set you up with a horse that’s right for you, and embark with you on a guided tour of the beautiful region.

In total, there’s over 80km of trails to choose from, and no matter the route you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a fun, exciting and safe ride led by one of the many certified and experienced staff members!

Go Mountain Biking in the Haliburton Highlands

If mountain biking is your forte – you have to take a trip out to Sir Sam's and hit the trails. Here, you’ll find a total of over 23km of trail riding to be conquered, with countless different variations, adaptations, jumps and chutes to add to your route. Specifically, there are 14km of cross country routes and a total of 9km downhill trails.

Sir Sam’s offers fully groomed trails for riders of all skill levels, and even has a BMX pump track at the top of the hill for all you BMX bikers out there! You can bring your own bike or rent one from the resort-- regardless you’re going to have great fun, and experience the Haliburton Highlands in a unique, memorable and thrilling way.

Relax in the Haliburton Highlands

Maybe you don’t feel like going on a hiking excursion, horseback riding, or mountain biking and would prefer to just sit back and relax at one of the wonderful resorts, inns, lodges or cottage rentals in the area. Experience the Haliburton Highlands at your own pace, and appreciate the subtleties of your outdoor retreat from the city. See the leaves begin to change colours, feel the cool and fresh late summer air, have a campfire by the lake – plan your vacation as you go, and plan your activities one step at a time.

Summer is nearing the end, and before you know it winter will be here! With that in mind, make sure to plan your Haliburton Highlands vacation soon! If you have any questions feel free to contact us by phone at 1-855-629-6486 or by email at            

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