Winter Activities in Haliburton

Winter in Haliburton

The Haliburton Highlands is well known for its all-seasons attractions for cottagers and tourists because of its natural beauty and abundance of recreational venues. The area’s winter offerings contribute to its increasing popularity as a true year-round destination.

The area features hundreds of miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and even dogsledding through the forests of Haliburton County. There is something that the whole family can enjoy. For a real adrenalin rush, you can even learn to luge. Haliburton County is home to one of only two natural track luge runs in Ontario. Haliburton County also features some of the premier downhill ski areas in Southern Ontario. Whether your preference is snowboarding or trying out a wide variety of runs down the hillside on skis, you’re assured of a truly enjoyable experience both on and off the slopes.

Haliburton Highlands is known for Ontario's biggest and best Nordic ski trail system. The shapes and colours of the dynamic scenery constantly change from sunrise to sunset over the 100 km of groomed classic and skating trails. The cross-country skiing trails are second to none in Ontario.

For the ice-fishing enthusiast, there are a large number of lakes where you can venture out to and catch Lake Trout, Whitefish, Ling, or even Speckled Trout. Many area resorts offer ice fishing hut rentals.

 The Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve boasts over 300 kilometers of permanently maintained snowmobile trails. This extensive scenic trail system accesses some of the more remote areas of the reserve. Half a dozen shelter cabins line the trail and are equipped with stoves and firewood to provide an area for snowmobiliers to warm up, have a snack and socialize. Haliburton Forest is not crossed by any highways. Main lake crossings are staked and a network of dry land trails, not crossing water, is maintained in order to stay independent of weather conditions.

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