About Haliburton and Things to Do

While you’re here, take time to enjoy some of these activities in and around Haliburton!

Barbeques on the lakeshore. Skimming the placid water on a kayak. Autumn afternoons gathered around the fire pit under a canopy of bright leaves. Traipsing through the treetops suspended on a platform 10 to 20 meters above the forest floor. Whooshing down Ski Hill on a mound of glittering white snow. To visit Haliburton is to rediscover the simple blessings of nature and good company—the key ingredients of cottage life in Ontario.

While you’re here, take time to enjoy some of these activities in and around Haliburton!su_spacer size=”30″]

Summer-Fall Outdoors

Explore the Grounds at Cooperage House

s1-explore-groundsTake a stroll around our grounds to discover relics from The Cooperage House’s former life as a wood mill churning out oak barrels for wine-making. One wall of the Cooperage’s boiler room remains, and we’ve unearthed several century-old artifacts on the property, too. Keep an eye out for items to add to our collection!

Swimming & Fishing on Eagle Lake

s2-fishingNo need to pack into a car to get to prime fishing and swimming—some of the best on Eagle Lake is right in our backyard at The Cooperage House. A sand beach slopes gently into the lake (great for kids), and because the lake bottom is sandy—not weedy—you don’t have to worry about aquatic vegetation getting in the way.

A private dock makes for excellent fishing, too.  One of The Cooperage House’s past guests holds the current record: 42 fish caught just off our private dock. Grab a cold beverage and some bait and let the slow, relaxing hours slip by.

Boating & Other Water Adventures

10-boatingSpending the day out on the water is a storied pastime in Haliburton, and your options are many. Fishing, speed-boating, kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing and more, take advantage of all that fresh water in the best ways. Haliburton RPM rents many types of motored boats, and if you stay at The Cooperage, we provide kayaks, a canoe and (SUP’s) standup paddle boards for your group to use…and 300 feet of gently sloped lakefront for easy water entry and exit!

Have a Spa Day at The Cooperage House

s4-spaHead back to The Cooperage House after a day of activities outdoors (or skip the “outdoors” part and just treat yourself!). Our hot tub and sauna are heavenly, and you don’t have to share them with strangers. Want to be really pampered? Book an in-home massage—local massage therapists make house calls to The Cooperage House.

Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike

Sir Sam’ss5-sir-sam-bike is a year-round adventure destination in Haliburton. In the summer and early autumn months, you can take to the 23 km of mountain biking paths winding through meadows, forests and other wild, lake-view terrain. Difficulty levels range from advanced, championship downhills to more leisurely trails for beginners. Or skip the wheels and explore 6 km of hiking paths on foot.

Check out the “Winter Outdoors” section below for info about Sir Sam’s cold-weather activities.

Algonquin Park

5-summer-algonquinBask in fall color, observe diverse wildlife on a forest hike, kayak or canoe one of 2,400 lakes (yes, 2,400!). Algonquin Park is Canada’s oldest provincial park, and one of its largest at 7,653 sq. km. (2,955 sq. mi.).  Adventurous folks can also try whitewater canoeing at Algonquin Park, which is perfectly positioned at the headwaters of six major rivers. If you have whitewater experience, spring is an excellent time to put it to good use—the snowmelt creates some heart-pumping rapids. In summer, the rapids are more gentle and beginner-friendly.

Haliburton Forest Canopy Tour

7-walk-in-the-cloudsThis very popular guided tour within the Haliburton Forest ends with a truly special “Walk in The Clouds”—a walking tour on an elevated canopy boardwalk 10 to 20 meters (30 to 65 feet) above ground. With a walking distance of half a kilometer, this boardwalk among the treetops is the longest of its kind in the world. Cost is $95 for adults and $70 for kids between the ages of 10 and 17 (children under 10 not permitted). The exhilarating and fun experience is well worth it!

Wildlife Watching & The Wolfe Centre

8-wolf-centerWildlife is plentiful in Haliburton, with many visitors spotting bears and bear cubs, deer, water birds and wolves. After your Canopy Tour, visit the Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre, a 15-acre enclosure that houses the Haliburton Forest wolf pack. While wolf sightings are common but not guaranteed, you can visit the centre for wolf-related displays, including art, interactive, and educational exhibits.

Sadly, in January 2013, vandals cut into the enclosure fence and three wolves escaped into the surrounding forest. One of the wolves was shot and killed by an unknown person and two male wolves never returned. On the bright side, a new male was introduced to the pack in August 2013 and four new wolf pups were born in May 2014.

Haliburton RPM

s9-boat-rpmAll-terrain adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts love this recreation and powersports outfitter in Haliburton. ATVs, boats, snowmobiles, UTVs (a four-wheel drive off-road vehicle that seats 2 to 6 people), and more are available to rent and purchase here. More info at Haliburton RPM.

Haliburton Sculpture Forest

s10-sculpture-forestDon’t miss the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, where you can take a magical trail walk through Glebe Park and check out the unique sculpture work of Canadian and international artists. Take a free, guided tour of the sculptures on Tuesday at 10a.m. in July and August, or schedule a group tour throughout all months of year (the park is equally beautiful in all four seasons!).

Golfing

s11-golfingThree nearby golf courses offer options for those who want to hit the green. The Blairhampton Golf Club is an 18-hole course with Haliburton Highlands views, varied terrain, and a fully equipped pro shop. The Haliburton Highlands Golf Course is one the area’s oldest courses (it opened in 1932) and presents 9 holes of challenging, varied terrain and hidden hazards—great for golfers of all skill levels. And the 18-hole Pinestone Golf Course at the Pinestone Resort features some gorgeous greens, a pro shop, and a food and beverage cart.

Winter Outdoors

Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike

2-sir-sam-skiHaliburton shines in wintertime—literally and figuratively. Take on a variety of winter sports on top of luminous white powder at local legend Sir Sam’s. At this family-owned winter sports and adventure park, you can snowmobile, snowshoe, or try your hand at a family-friendly ski or snowboard session. In the summer and early autumn months, you can also take to the mountain biking paths winding through lovely terrain.

Snowshoeing on the Cooperage Property

4-walking-cooperage-houseStrapping on some snowshoes and traversing the gentle wintery landscape is one of our favorite winter activities in Haliburton. If you stay with us at The Cooperage, we even provide the snowshoes and 7 acres of ground to explore. While you’re out, you can observe the remnants of the property’s former life, such as the Century-year-old stone walls of the old Cooperage Mill.

Have a Spa Day at The Cooperage House

w3-hot-tubHead back to The Cooperage House to defrost after a wintry day outdoors (or skip the “outdoors” part and just treat yourself!). Our hot tub and sauna are heavenly on a chilly day, and you don’t have to share them with strangers. Want to be really pampered? Book an in-home massage—local massage therapists make house calls to The Cooperage House.

Dogsledding

w4-dog-sleddingDon’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime activity in Haliburton. Algonquin Park features two dogsledding trails: Sunday Lake Dogsled Trail (most popular) and the North Algonquin Dogsled Trail. To get outfitted with everything you need to hit the snow with a team of majestic (and friendly) huskies, visit Winterdance Dogsled Tours, with options ranging from a 2-hour tour ($140 per person) to a full day adventure ($360 per person). Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve offers even more dog sled trails to explore, including an introductory tour for beginners that costs $100 per adult. Visiting in March? Check out the Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby.

Algonquin Park

w5-alqonquinWhen snow blankets the Haliburton Highlands, Algonquin Park transforms into a winter playground. Activities include snowmobiling (on the outer perimeter of Algonquin—snowmobiling is prohibited within the park grounds), cross-country skiing, wildlife viewing and dog sledding. Daily passes are required for winter access and can be obtained at the West Gate, Visitor Centre, and East Gate.

Haliburton Sculpture Forest

w6-sculpture-forestDon’t miss the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, where you can take a magical trail walk through Glebe Park and check out the unique sculpture work of Canadian and international artists. Take a free, guided tour of the sculptures on Tuesday at 10a.m. in July and August, or schedule a group tour throughout all months of year (the park is equally beautiful in all four seasons!).

Haliburton RPM

9-rpmAll-terrain adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts love this recreation and powersports outfitter in Haliburton. ATVs, boats, snowmobiles, UTVs (a four-wheel drive off-road vehicle that seats 2 to 6 people), and more are available to rent and purchase here. More info at Haliburton RPM.

Dining Out

Eat & Drink in Haliburton – A Few Of Our Favorites

Of course, cooking at home is an experience many people look forward to when they cottage in Haliburton—nothing beats the sweet, smoky smell of barbeque floating on the lake breeze. But if you want a break from the grill or kitchen, check out these restaurants in Haliburton and the surrounding area.

Rhubarb

Owned by our friend Chris and his wife Terry, Rhubarb serves a contemporary  fine dining menu in a casual atmosphere on beautiful Mirror Lake, about 20 minutes away in Carnavon. This is a nice treat or date night destination that won’t break your budget. Try the Duck Confit Poutine with Aged Cheddar!

Boshkung Brewing Co. Inc.

Then wash down your poutine with a locally brewed craft beer from Boshkung Brewing Co., located on the lower level of Rhubuarb. Recommended pint: the 35th & 118 Cream Ale, Boshkung’s year-round, easy-to-drink brew.

Suwan’s Thai Cuisine

This casual, celebrated Thai restaurant in Minden is perfect for an inexpensive night out. Located inside of an antique store, Suwan’s is intimate, delicious, and well worth the 30-minute drive into Minden. We promise you won’t forget the experience. Reservations recommended—this place is quite popular.

Fine Dining Sir Sam’s Inn

Not to be confused with Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike, Sir Sam’s Inn is a fine dining restaurant serving a seasonal, prix fixe menu of gourmet cuisine with new dishes each night. Though Sir Sam’s is found at a higher price point than Rhubarb, they too welcome casual dress. Complement your meal with a bottle of wine from their extensive cellar. Reservations required, so call ahead at (800) 361-2188.