Ahhh, Cottage Country: where boats dock on blue waters and families gather at lakeside luxury cabins. All of Country Country is a gorgeous place to get away, but in our view, Haliburton sets itself apart. A four-season destination with great food, excellent art, and one of Canada’s oldest provincial parks, spending time with loved ones and exploring this breathtaking area of Haliburton Cottage Country comes naturally.
Much like the numerous lakes that dot the land here, there’s many reasons why Haliburton is our favorite place in Cottage Country. Here are five:
- It’s A True Four-Season Destination
No matter what time of year you visit, Haliburton offers year-round activities to complement each season.
Summer and spring invite you to partake in the thrilling zipline across the treeline, a relaxing round of golf on the green, or an afternoon of kayaking on tranquil water. Just around the corner, fall brings vibrant leaves and cozy lakeside bonfires. In winter, the combination of friendly Siberian Huskies and over 300 Kilometers of trails makes for the perfect dog sledding experience.
That’s the beauty of Cottage Country: there’s so much to explore in every season.
- A Fisherman’s Paradise
Whether you’re a serious fisherman looking to beat your own record, or just seeking a quiet spot on a dock to drop your line and relax, Haliburton is the place to do it. Although there are various types of fish in the lakes and streams of Haliburton, it’s known first and foremost as Trout Country. We’re talking Speckled, Rainbow and Lake Trout aplenty.
If you stay with us at the Cooperage House, there’s even a private dock waiting for you!
Here, it’s also common for visitors to see local wildlife such as moose, osprey and beavers along the tree-lined shore. Get a real feel of the natural ecosystem as you reel in Trout, Bass, Ling and Perch. Ice fishing in the winter also attracts many aspiring anglers to this gorgeous Canadian countryside.
- Exclusive Lakefront Living at its Finest
Being situated on the lakes of Haliburton certainly has its benefits! Start your day wrapped up in a quilt on the porch with coffee, and end it with a glass of wine at sunset on the dock.
Paddleboarding and fishing are accessible without leaving your backyard. Calm water, such as Eagle Lake and Moose Lake, offer sandy beaches for lounging and placid water for swimming. Stargazing is easy in this serene and private location. Boating, whether in a peaceful canoe or or in a RPM boat, is right at your fingertips.
Lake life also means great food and drink: several restaurants and breweries are nearby offering fresh catch of the day and a cold beer.
- The Gem that is Algonquin Park
The crowning jewel of Haliburton sits right in the center of the county: Algonquin Park is the oldest provincial park in Canada boasting 7,653 square kilometres of scenic forest, rushing rivers and colorful flora.
This natural playground offers extensive trails for hiking, birdwatching and biking. White rapids set the scene for rafting and calmer waters are perfect for canoeing. Snowmobiling, dog sledding and skiing are available in the snowy winter forest. Guests also love the Logging Museum and the Forest Canopy Tour, which is a walking tour elevated up to 20 meters above the ground on the longest boardwalk of its kind in the world.
- The Thriving Arts Community
Haliburton is home to a plethora of resident artists that produce textiles, pottery and paintings that are unique to the region. Visit their studios and galleries for artisan crafts, or attend any of the frequent live music events.
In addition, the Haliburton School of Art & Design is also situated here, led by a welcoming faculty of artists and designers. Artists have turned Glebe Park into the Sculpture Forest, where an outdoor collection of magical sculptures and trails can be traversed any time of the year.
Want to check out the beauty of Haliburton for yourself? Stay at the luxury Cooperage House cabin on the shores of Eagle Lake!