Haliburton Highlands

Haliburton Highlands Lake Country Inn Resort

The Loralea Country Inn Resort is residing in the north western part of the Highlands on Highway #35 between Minden and Dorset Ontario at Halls Lake.

Since we live here we thought we would tell you a little about the Haliburton Highlands.

Haliburton is a county of Ontario, Canada, referred to as a tourist and cottage area in Central Ontario for its scenery and for its resident artists. Minden Hills would be the county seat.

The Haliburton County was established in 1983, but had existed as the Provisional County of Haliburton since 1874.

Haliburton County and the village of Haliburton, are named after Thomas Chandler Haliburton, author, statesman, and the first chairman of the Canadian Land and Emigration Company.

Haliburton is actually a village residing on Head Lake inside Haliburton County which is its namesake. Head Lake is fed by the Drag River, which flows south from Drag Lake.

The county also contains the village of Minden, as well as the tiny communities of Wilberforce, Gooderham, Irondale, Cardiff, West Guilford, Eagle Lake and Fort Irwin.



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Where is the Haliburton Highlands Located

Located north east of Toronto, the Highlands is a pleasurable two and a half hour drive from the city of Toronto and roughly 3 hours from Ottawa through spectacular scenery.

Algonquin Park is on the northern border and Muskoka Ontario on the west, the Haliburton region is quickly being discovered by nature lovers and tourists for outdoor all seasons recreation.

Algonquin Provincial Park is a provincial park located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Central Ontario and is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Its size 7653 square kilometres, combined with its proximity to the major urban centres of Toronto and Ottawa, makes Algonquin one of the most popular provincial parks in the province and the entire country.

Highway 60 runs through the south of the park, while the Trans-Canada Highway bypasses it to the north.

Over 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometres of streams and rivers are located within the park. 90% of our resort quests in summer head over to Algonquin Park, only 40 minutes away and makes for a great days outing.

The Haliburton Highlands region of Ontario provides 4 seasons of outdoor splendor and because of the natural beauty of this area, and abundance of lakes and rivers, there is a long historical past of summer cottagers and visitors. Because of the surge of curiosity in winter outdoor activity and popularity of the magnificent Fall Colours the Haliburton Highlands has become a 4 season destination.

The county is serviced by a couple of hospitals, one in the town of Haliburton and the other in Minden. The two are administrated by Haliburton Highlands Health Services.


Lakes and Rivers

Haliburton county is spotted with many rivers and fresh water lakes, many of these lakes are fueled by natural springs.

Some of the major lakes are as follows:

  • Bitter Lake
  • Burdock Lake
  • Boshkung Lake
  • Drag Lake
  • Gull Lake
  • Haliburton Lake
  • Halls Lake - (That's Our Home Base)
  • Hawk Lake
  • Head Lake
  • Lake Kashagawigamog
  • Kawagama Lake
  • Kennisis Lake
  • Kushog Lake
  • Minden Lake
  • Mountain Lake
  • Paudash Lake
  • Redstone Lake
  • Salerno Lake
  • Twelve Mile Lake
  • Wenona Lake

Things to Do - Recreation and Activities

Haliburton provides

  • bountiful fishing - Ice Fishing
  • seven challenging golf courses
  • wilderness hiking and canoeing
  • snowshoeing - rentals are available nearby
  • downhill and cross country skiing
  • dog sledding very popular
  • snowmobiling
  • Canopy tour Haliburton Forest Reserve
  • atv touring
  • artists studio tours
  • as well as a wide variety of other outdoor experiences.



Haliburton County's economy is dominated by tourism, due to the regions many rivers and lakes. The ratio of residences occupied in the summer months, to households occupied year-round is four to one.

Employment basically caters to the needs of this seasonal population, including residential building, lodges, resorts, motels, service providers and retail.


Arts and Culture

The Highlands is home to a thriving arts community. The County is dotted by galleries, both public and private, offering events, programs and workshops to the public. Artists studios might be found in almost every community, many offering public demonstrations, small galleries, and speciality classes.

Haliburton on top of that provides a wide variety of educational and cultural opportunities which include Fleming College, the Haliburton School of Fine arts, Highlands Summer Festival, the Haliburton Film Festival, art galleries, museums, heritage sites, artist studio tours, two modern day public libraries, and a lot more.


Haliburton County Community Fact Overview

Population 16,526 with an average household income of $44,765

The Township of Algonquin Highlands Population 1,976

The Municipality of Dysart et al Population 5,526, including the Village of Haliburton, dominated by forestry and tourism.  Home to Haliburton School of the Arts, part of Fleming College

The Municipality of Highlands East Population 3,089, seasonal population of 13,000, vast rural area with forestry and mining

The Township of Minden Hills Population 5,556, including the Village of Minden

The County is also home to a satellite campus of Fleming College, Haliburton campus opened in Oct. 2004 with a $5.5 million SuperBuild grant and $2.5 in private donations. Land for the campus was donated by the municipality. The facility includes 3 spacious art studios, six classrooms, a library, and a campus store see Haliburton Fleming College


Picture Taken from Resort Beach Area

 Haliburton Highlands A Natural Work of Art - Lake Country Inn Resort

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About The Author


Country life was always a factor when we looked for a place to live, so back in 2002 Heather and I quit our city jobs and purchased a small Country Resort on Halls Lake in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. We live on the resort grounds and enjoying helping people with their all season vacation and Family Reunion planning. Our Blog supports resort guests and visitors to the area by letting them know all the things happening in the Haliburton Highlands in order to get the most out of their vacation or weekend getaway. We'll be happy to help you find what your looking for in the Haliburton Highlands. May it be things to do, places to eat, family activities, sites to see, cottages for rent or sale, almost anything to do with the Haliburton Highlands.


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