Haliburton Winter

Haliburton Winter Fun

Embracing winter in Haliburton County one of Ontario’s northern four season resort destinations can be exhilarating and refreshing.

Winter sports and activates abound throughout Ontario’s north and Haliburton County. The towns, villages and settlements of Haliburton Village, Minden, Harcourt, Oxtongue Lake, Dorset, as well as the south portion of the world famous Algonquin Park and Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve.

“A natural work of Art” is often used in the description of the Haliburton Highlands resort destination, however, this description falls short of the mix of natural beauty that can be mixed with family fun, excitement, and winter sports in the north.

Art Classes:

Glass blowing in Tory Hill.

Art Exhibits:

At the Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre, in downtown Haliburton Village

Cross Country Skiing:

Haliburton County claims to have the best Nordic Cross Country Ski Trails in the Province of Ontario.


Three curling clubs can be contacted for times and Bonspiels, Minden 705-286-3311 and Haliburton Curling Club, Wilberforce Curling Club.

Dog Sledding:
This is a true north activity. Available at the Haliburton Forest & Wildlife preserve as well as available with overnight accommodation packages.

Downhill Skiing:
Sir Sam Ski and Ride is open most weeks from Wed. to Sunday, and holidays during Christmas and March Break.

Folk Artists
Many of Canada’s folk artists have origins in the north. Experience Saturday concerts throughout the winter with the Haliburton County Folk Society. Contact 705-457-1174

Ice Fishing:
Most lakes are fishable in Haliburton County. Call Ministry of Natural Resources.
705-286-1521. Ice fishing derbies have entry fees, contact 705-286-4826 or the Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association 705-457-9664.

Ice Racing—Motor sports
The Minden Ice racing series goes most weekends at the Minden Fair Grounds.

Ice Sculptures:
Fire and Ice, group exhibit in February. A mix of cool art, jazz ice sculptures and glass blowing

The Redstone River Luge Club is the second of it’s type in Ontario. Good family and youth fun . Race weekends in February and March. Contact: 705-754-1873

Winter Carnival

Enjoy the Haliburton Winter Carnival on Head Lake in the Village of Haliburton, includes snowmobile events, kiddy rides, and lots of old fashioned fun. February 24, 25, 26, 2006.

Winter Photography
Ragged Falls in a photographers dream location for winter scenes.

A combination of outdoor and indoor rinks available throughout Haliburton County.

Most dog sled operators, offer a skijoring experience of being pulled on skis by the dogs.

Snowarama and Snowmobile Poker Runs:
Take place throughout the winter—on most weekends in the many communities throughout Haliburton County. Support Easter Seal Kids on January 28.

Available at Sir Sam’s Ski Area Eagle Lake

Extensive trail systems throughout Haliburton, contact Haliburton County Snowmobile Association, 1-877-248-8828 FREE, or 705-457-4263, or check out the web site at www.hcsa.on.ca

Get off the trails and into the bush for this exhilarating sport, claimed to be one of the fastest growing activities for the new senior demographic. The new aluminum style shoes are much lighter, and if you use the ski poles you obtain some upper body strength and more stability.

Horse drawn sleigh-rides for groups of up to 12.

Enjoy this uniquely Canadian sport with the entire family. A selection of toboggan hills are available throughout Haliburton County.

More detailed information, maps and the “Winter Guide to The Haliburton Highlands” can be obtained from the Haliburton Chamber of Commerce, and a detailed map of Haliburton Highlands or the Haliburton Echo.

Contact 1-800-461-7677 FREE
Contact 1-705-286-1760