The weather may be warming up in many parts of Ontario, but there are still a few more weeks of snowy fun to be had the further north you go. One top destination is Haliburton, with its easy accessibility and stunning forested hills and plentiful lakes. Here’s an idea for a winter itinerary for a couple of days in Haliburton.
Away to the Races
Ever watched the Iditarod or other dog sledding races with a touch of envy? You too can race across the frozen landscape, pulled by a team of eager, barking dogs. Winterdance Dogsled Tours runs trips throughout the week.
For many years, dogsleds were an important part of commerce and life in northern Ontario. This trip (typically around 2.5 hours), gives you a sense of this unique way of life (plus a chance to meet some very cute and eager dog friends).
Soak up Some Warmth
After an afternoon spent racing through frozen forests, you’ll appreciate unwinding at the WaterSpa at Sir Sam’s Inn. This historic inn has a prime location on Eagle Lake and offers a unique spa experience. In addition to the classic offerings of facials and massages, the spa has a circuit of specialty pools designed to drain your cares away.
Once the estate of government minister Sir Samuel Hughes, Sir Sam’s is a 10-room stone and timber manor with one of the best restaurants in the area.
Howl with Excitement
Haliburton Forest – a private organization overseeing 100,000 acres (with 100 lakes) – offers an impressively diverse range of activities for visitors year round. One of the most popular is their Wolf Centre, with an observatory for their wolf pack wandering in their 15 acre enclosure.
They offer dogsledding, snowmobile rentals (for their over 400 km of trails), as well as ice fishing in the winter. There is also a restaurant on site – The Cookhouse – which serves hearty fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For many people, there is no better way to explore the great outdoors than speeding over the frozen landscape with a snowmobile. There are several options for snowmobile fun in Haliburton, including Back Country Tours based in Dwight. If you’re new to this particular activity, they can rent you all your equipment as well as give you a map with the best routes highlighted. They also offer group tours if you prefer a more social experience.