This special exhibit, presented by The Friends of Algonquin Park and Ontario Parks, will take you back in time, and focus on the Algonquin Park that Tom Thomson, the famous Canadian artist would have known between the years of 1912 - 1917. Various themes will be presented that pertinent to the era. Get a sense of what visitors would have experienced in Algonquin Park 100 years ago through this interactive special exhibit. This Celebrating Tom Thomson Exhibit runs until September 4, 2017.
Whitefish Lake, South on Centennial Ridges Road (Highway 60 south at km 37).
Bring your children, watercraft (all regulated equipment required), and fishing rods for a fun-filled day at Whitefish Lake. Learn fishing, cleaning, and cooking techniques for this easy-to-catch Algonquin delicacy. All participants in watercraft must wear a personal flotation device (PFD). The day includes fishing, lunch, prize draws, and a Park Helper Children’s Program clean-up. Fishing gear (rod and tackle) and PFDs can be obtained on loan at the event.
EVENTS SCHEDULE & IMAGES
See images from past events on The Friends of Algonquin Park Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150227315796568.319793.169395331567
- 9:00am to 11:00am – Registration
- 9:00am to 12:00pm – Family Fishing
- 12:00pm to 1:00pm – Fish fry lunch provided
- 12:30pm to 1:30pm – Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) float plane aircraft arrival and pictures
- 1:30pm to 2:00pm – Beach clean up and buttons
All Algonquin Park and boating regulations apply. A valid seasonal, day use, or camping permit is required for participation. Canadian residents can fish license free during this event, click for more information. All children must be supervised by an adult. Canoes may be launched at event site and boats are required to launch at Rock Lake Access Point. Be safe! Wear your PFD.
Join us for this highly entertaining and educational day when the Algonquin Logging Museum comes to life. Brought to you by The Friends of Algonquin Park, the Algonquin Forestry Authority, in cooperation with Ontario Parks.
Take in the demonstrations around the Logging Museum trail and try the old-time loggers' lunch served in the sawlog cookery from 12:00 to 2:00pm, or while quantities last ($10 per person). Also listen to the music of the Wakami Wailers throughout the day.
The award winning Wakami Wailers are scheduled to play an open air concert at Algonquin Park's Outdoor Theatre on Sunday, July 30, 2016 at 7:00pm. The Ontario-based Wakami Wailers will get your toes tapping through lively music sharing Canada's logging history, park and protected areas, plus much more. Join the Wailers for a fun-filled evening of entertaining stories and songs from their popular releases - The Last of the White Pine Loggers, Waltz With the Woods, and River Through the Pines.
For more information see http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/wakami_wailers.php
The Wakami Wailers will also be playing at Loggers Day on Saturday, July 29, 2016 at the Algonquin Logging Museum.
This concert is brought to you by The Friends of Algonquin Park as one of summer's Special Events. Admission to this event is a minimum donation of $2 per person.
Teddy Bear Picnic
Ramble and sing your way through the lovely Dahl Forest with singer/songwriter David Archibald! David regularly performs with Ontario Parks and has a wonderful way of teaching through music. Learn some fun facts about bears and enjoy the trails and music!
Pack a picnic lunch and we will all gather for a Teddy Bear picnic after our ramble. You are welcome to bring along your favourite Teddy Bear to picnic with the group!
Location: Dahl Forest
Admission: by donation, your generosity ensures that we can continue providing these exciting and fun events! Donations can be made at www.haliburtonlandtrust.ca Please register online to help us plan our event.
Leader: singer, songwriter David Archibald
Tree Identification Saturday September 16, 10:00 am to noon
Have you ever wondered how to tell a balsam from a spruce? You can learn to identify the trees of Haliburton County from expert Peter McElwain. Spend some time on the trails at the Haliburton Museum and hone your tree ID skills.
Cost: By donation
Location: Haliburton Museum
Leader: Peter McElwain
WHETHER YOU’RE A LONG TERM RESIDENT OF HALIBURTON OR YOU ARE VISITING THE AREA FOR THE FIRST TIME, COME AND JOIN US! WE WALK EVERY WEDNESDAY. MEET AT THE RAILS END GALLERY AND ARTS CENTRE (23 YORK STREET). EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
We walk in rain or shine and all over the place. The route varies from week to week. You are welcome to join us for the first fifteen minutes, or the whole duration of the walk.
Please dress according to the weather and wear suitable footwear. The walking group is cancelled if the buses are cancelled due to bad road conditions.
Meet at the Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre, 23 York St., Haliburton
KARMA YOGA CLASS: with Cait Hutt Love on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Focus on increasing flexibility & strength, while working with the breath to calm the mind & bring peace to the whole body. Suitable for all levels. Bring your own mat, or there will be mats offered. Wear warm, comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Cost: by donation. For more information, contact Cait at 705-783-3231
Learn how coffee is grown, traded, roasted and brewed for the best taste, and with concern for sustainable and equitable practices. Join County Coffee roasters for a workshop that includes tasting and hands-on roasting. Sign up for the snowshoe & wood-fired pizza lunch offering in the morning to create a full-day outing!
For more information or to register, please contact Cara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705 754 4769.
Join Haliburton Highlands Brewing for an overview of the brewing process. Explore the malts and hops that make up your favourite brews. Workshop includes a guided tasting and souvenir glass to take home. $25 per person. Pair this workshop with the morning snowshoe & lunch offering for a full-day outing! For more information or to register contact Cara at email@example.com or 705 754 4769.
Workshop also running on March 25, 2017.
Enjoy the beauty of the Highlands winter landscape with a guided snowshoe at Abbey Gardens, learn how to make wood-fired pizza from scratch with Into the Blue Bakery and then enjoy your pizza . $25 per person. Do this on it's own or sign up for the afternoon Brewing or Coffee Roasting workshop at Abbey Gardens to create a full-day outing! Contact Cara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705 754-4769 for more information or to register.
Workshop also running March 25, 2017.
This is of our most popular events of the year! The knowledgeable folks from Scales Nature Park will bring their highly acclaimed outreach program to Haliburton once again, with a selection of interesting snakes and turtles for us to see, touch, and learn about. It’s a fascinating presentation, and a chance to get up close and personal with some amazing reptiles that most of us would never encounter in the wild. The show starts right at 10:00 am. Arrive before 10:00 for registration please. Tickets must be purchased before the event either online at www.haliburtonlandtrust.ca or in person at our office at 739 Mountain St. Haliburton.
General Admission – $15 per adult, $10 per child, Family Pass (up to 2 adults & 2 children) $30 (pre-paid ticket please, see above)
Haliburton Outdoors Association’s Fish Hatchery, 6712 Gelert Rd., Haliburton
“Outdoor Kids” will be a day of connecting to our great out-of-doors. Come and discover nature through an Earthwalk! Earthwalks are unique sensory adventures that re-awaken your senses and sharpen your perceptions of how nature works. Discover nature’s subtleties at your feet and the magic of smell, sound and touch! We will also be having fun learning some skills and tips that will help you in your outdoor adventures. Come and connect with our natural world! This program runs from 10am-3pm on Thursday March 16th, is suitable for ages 6-11 and includes physical activity, snacks, crafts and is led by an experienced educator. This is the third of a 3 day March break program. Register at 705.754.GROW (4769) for one day for $25 or all three for $60!
Sean Pennylegion and Tammy Rea, two of our favourite local and lovable personalities will take their time to share their adventures in Southeast Asia. Tammy Rea and David and their two boys, made the slow travel from Toronto to Haliburton, via 7 years in Asia. But slow does not always mean calm. Tammy will tell you tales from up and down the coast, including scuba diving the Washing Machine in the Philippines, cave rafting in New Zealand, swimming with sea lions, and driving the wrong way on a highway in China. But so is everyday life, with monkeys in your garbage cans and snakes in your mailbox, they learned how to not be a gweilo "White ghost" tourist in strange and wonderful lands. Along with his wife Gwen, Sean has enjoyed 7 extended cycle-touring adventures over the course of the past 13 years. Each of these trips was "self directed, self contained and self propelled". Three of these 4 month excursions included Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Sean will describe, with the help of a number of photos he has taken, some of the things he and Gwen have seen and experienced on these trips. How did they do it? Did it hurt?
We are what we eat … and what we do! Healthy eating can be fun, see how and use your own two hands as you have fun in the Abbey Gardens kitchen with Aaron Walker of Food for Kids! Also, we will take some time to play some games and enjoy the great outdoors! This program runs from 10am-3pm on Wednesday March 15th, is suitable for ages 6-11 and includes physical activity, snacks, crafts and is led by an experienced educator. This is the second of a 3 day March break program. Register at 705.754.GROW (4769) for one day for $25 or all three for $60!
We will start our day with a snowshoe/hike to the Hidden Forest where we will find inspiration for our critter creations! During this program, children will use up-cycled material to create creatures of their imagination! Children will make a critter to go home and will work together in creating a forest friend that will live in the Hidden Forest here at Abbey Gardens. This program runs from 10am-3pm on Tuesday March 14th, is suitable for ages 6-11 and includes physical activity, snacks, crafts and is led by an experienced educator. This is the first of a 3 day March break program. Register at 705.754.GROW (4769) for one day for $25 or all three for $60!
Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the March Break we invite families to join our staff at the Wolf Centre for an afternoon of fun and educational activities. Watch our hilarious puppet show, listen as Twig, our forest Nome tells stories, and create fun wolf arts and crafts.
Fee: Regular Wolf Centre admission; Adults $12.00, Children 7 to 17 $7.00, 6 and under are no charge, Family Pass-2 Adults and their children $25.00
Included: Admission to the Wolf Centre, supplies for arts and crafts and a whole lot of fun!
Also running March 15th and 17th!
For more information please call our Main Office at 1-800-631-2198
Visit Haliburton Forest for more info.
Join Brahn of Yoga North for a soothing Sound Bath Concert at Abbey Gardens. A sound bath uses harmonious, vibrating sound energies generated from quartz crystal bowls to cleanse and relax the body. Be sure to bring a relaxing chair or yoga mat! Cost is $10 per person. For more information or to register, please contact Cara at email@example.com.
Put a little sizzle in your life. Warm up to the art in you with a full day introduction to glassblowing by artists inspired by the nature of the Haliburton Highlands. You will create several pieces of glass art. Throw in some spicy cuisine and warm hospitality and you have a very hot arts adventure. Terry Craig and Jennifer Wanless Craig are well known glassblowers who exhibit and sell across North America. In 2014 they were invited to the Emmy's to supply the celebrities with funky glassware.
Enjoy the winter with a dash through the snow on a two horse open sleigh. Local character Irvin Holland and his horses will take you through forest and field. You will also get a chance to visit a charming family of donkeys.
Cost is $20/adult; $10/children under 16; children under 3 free
Also taking place on March 12th!
Location: 1251 Essonville Line, Tory Hill
This event can be specially booked to fit the needs of your group.
To book this experience, please call Barrie Martin at 705-754-3436 or 705-457-7557
Scale new heights with this exhilarating introduction to ice climbing. This fun and safe adventure will test your limits. You will climb a 15 metre man made wall that presents two faces offering different challenges. All climbing equipment, a warm hut, snacks and hot beverages are provided. Suitable for beginners and experienced climbers who want to get ready for other climbs.
Location: Medeba Adventure Learning Centre , 1270 Kennisis Lake Rd, West Guilford
Price per person: From $69.00
Rates: Rates include 2 hr of instruction and climbing with two guides, all gear, and snack and beverage. Advance booking required.
March 11th-March 19th:Maple Fest at the Haliburton Highlands Museum
Step into Haliburton’s past as we prepare maple syrup the way our earliest settlers would have! Join us for special children’s programs throughout the week!
Visit the Haliburton Highlands Museum website for more info...
Discover the fascinating world of Canada’s and Haliburton County’s oldest industry – the fur trade. This intriguing, thought provoking adventure takes you back into history with an 18th century fur trader. On snowshoes, follow Mike Buss to a trading post, a log cabin along Ten Mile Creek. You will hear stories of the fur trade as it was conducted in the late 18th century, and observe and handle reproduction trade goods. Mike will also demonstrate the use of some of these artifacts including flint and steel fire making, flintlock firearms, and traps. The biology and ecology of fur bearing animals is interpreted in light of Native technologies and lifestyles and the European economy.
Enjoy a traditional lunch of baked beans, bannock, wild rice and hot rum toddies.
The round trip snowshoe hike is approximately 2 km.
And the rest is history.
Duration: 6 hours
For more information, or to reserve a spot, please call Barrie Martin at 705-754-3436 or
Get high in the Highlands with this hardwater experience. This fun and safe adventure will have a you climbing a frozen waterfall on Kushog Lake. All climbing equipment, snacks and hot beverages are provided. Climbing is guided by a certified leader from Basecamp 35. Suitable for beginners and experienced (intermediate) climbers but for beginners we recommend that you participate in our introductory climbing adventure, High on Ice.
For more information or to register, please contact Barrie Martin at 705-754-3436 or
The 1.3 km Ice Skating trail winds through the thick Muskoka forest and is a winter experience like no other. If you get to skate the loop after a fluffy snowfall, consider yourself in luck. Being surrounded on all sides by snow-covered evergreen trees is an absolutely stunning sight, and one that you won't soon forget. Bring your family and watch your kids whip around the track with the perfect backdrop, or surprise your loved one with a romantic 'hand-holding' skate through the forest.
Weather permitting throughout the winter, the Arrowhead Provincial Park hosts Fire & Ice nights at the Ice Skating Trail on select Saturday nights in January and February. As if a skating trail through the forest wasn't awesome enough, this is an experience you have to try first hand! Once the sun goes down and the stars come out, the Ice Skating Trail is illuminated by hundreds of tiki torches lighting your way as you carve through Muskoka's beautiful evergreens
- Future Dates:
- Sunday February 19, 2017
- Saturday March 4, 2017
- Thursday March 9, 2017- expected to be less busy
- On Fire & Ice Nights, the Ice Skating Trail will be open from 11am - 3pm, and from 6pm - 9pm.
- Skate rentals available at the park for $10
- Helmets are recommended on the trail, but not mandatory
- Admission is $17 per vehicle
FIRE AND ICE is an adult (19+) evening event which is part of the day long Winterfest Celebration, taking place on Sunday February 15 in Minden. FIRE AND ICE involves a number of activities including a spicy food challenge to local restaurants, wood-fired pizza, and slushies. A scotch, ice wine, and local beer tasting event will also be offered. Tickets for the tastings are $25 per person for 4 one ounce tastes of your choice. These tickets are only necessary for the tasting and need to be pre-purchased. Combine this all with challenging games of snowshoe races and an obstacle course, a giant bonfire and a dance party, and you're sure to have some laughs!
Call or visit the Agnes Jamieson Gallery 705-286-3763 to secure your tickets.
Where: Minden Hills Cultural Centre
Tingle your taste buds on this guided tour of the craft breweries and winery located along Highway 118 between Haliburton and Carnarvon. An entertaining guide will be your designated driver as you step behind the scenes to meet the beer and wine places and personalities of the Haliburton Highlands. You will enjoy great tastes, the stories, and some special surprises.
Location: Along Hwy 118
For more information or to reserve your spot, please call Barrie Martin at 705-754-3436 or 705-457-7557.
Canadians love to ski. It is a quiet way of exploring the natural wonders of winter. Come glide into winter with this half day introduction to cross country skiing. If you are new to x-country skiing, we will teach you the basics in either skate or classic style and guide you along scenic trails that are suited to your level of ability. If you have skied before let us help you refine your technique and take you through some rugged and beautiful terrain. You will find your stride under the guidance of an expert ski instructor. The Haliburton Highlands is known as one of Ontario’s best x-country ski destinations, and boasts more than 100 km of groomed nordic trails. This experience is offered in cooperation with the Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trails Association.
This adventure is suitable for beginners and those looking to improve. Bring your own skis or rent them. Advance registration required at firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration: 3 hours or custom
$40.00 for a half-day session per person based on a group size of six plus HST.
$70.00 per person with equipment rental. Transportation and lunch available at extra cost.
A great way to enjoy a true Canadian winter experience ... ice-fishing on the lake! Right on our doorstep, your ice-fishing experience will get you set up in a heated ice hut, with a hole dug, bait and a rod. Advance notice required to reserve your spot
Cost: Starting at $50/person/day
Explore the Abbey Gardens property under the light of the full moon. Cost is $10 per person. Advance registration required.
Where: Nature’s Place, Minden (Bobcaygeon Rd, just behind the library)
We will begin inside Nature’s Place where we will have a chance to observe and learn about various animal tracks. We will even make our own animal prints in plaster, and have an opportunity to make animal track crayon rubbings and sponge prints. What fun!
If conditions allow, we will venture outside and explore a nearby path where we will use our observation skills to find and identify animal signs and tracks. Otherwise, you are welcome to use your new skills independently after the program and be an animal track sleuth. Dress for the weather. Please register at www.haliburtonlandtrust.ca as there are limited spaces and craft supplies for this fun workshop.
Cost : Admission by donation.
Leader: Wildlife Biologist Irene Heaven, Education Coordinator of Abbey Gardens.
Explore the back roads of the Haliburton Highlands. This tour will take you through forests, farm and hamlet, and along the shores of rivers, lakes, and wetlands. You will discover the rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands. Who knows where we will go and what we find and do? The possibilities are endless - waterfall, art studio, historic site, hiking trail, good food, taste of local wine or beer, gardens, sculptures, home or farm visit, local characters, warm hospitality, and more.
This was one of our first outings with Barrie Martin from Yours Outdoors and we were thrilled with what we experienced. Spots of interest vary depending on the season. You won't be disappointed!
To find out more about this adventure, or to reserve a spot, please contact Barrie at 705-754-3436 or 705-457-7557
Off Grid is a liberating lifestyle. It increases your own resilience in an ever changing world, makes you more self reliant and provides you with your own energy security all at zero cost (post capital cost recovery). Off Grid systems today are affordable and more reliable than ever. The equipment options are extensive and with good system design can accommodate any lifestyle. Brian (the owner) lives Off Grid and would like to share his knowledge of Load Analysis, Off Grid Equipment, and the installation process. Cost is $25 per person. Register for the Snowshoe & Lunch offering in the morning for a full-day outing!