Haliburton Hike Festival 2012

Hiking 2012 in Haliburton

Come Join the fun and get some exercise while your at it in Haliburton Highlands for their 10th Annual Hike Haliburton Festival.

Explore the natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands or just come for a good workout.

  • Over 40 guided and themed hikes
  • Almost 200 km of hiking trails
  • Four days of hiking including Night Hikes
  • Awesome autumn colours
  • Evening concerts and art shows

Register for themed hikes lead by knowledgeable and engaging leaders and personalities or venture out on one or more of their scenic public trails with friends and family.

Some of the guided hikes will take place on their public trails,  others will explore trails on the properties of proud landowners.

There is not a better place when it comes to the fall season then the Haliburton Highlands, the land of colour.

Guided hikes range in length from less than one kilometer to over 15 km in length.

The hikes are free unless indicated. Donations are always welcome.

Come Walk and Get Fit

The Hike Haliburton Festival is offering over 40 guided themed hikes for all ages and abilities. Here are a few to whet your appetite for awesome autumn hiking.

All hikes are free unless otherwise indicated.

If you see something you like feel free to call

705-705-1777 or 1-800-461-7677 to register.

It is suggested to Pre-Register for this event now.

Space is limited on these hikes to provide you with a quality hiking experience

The Art Walk

Discover why the village of Haliburton is a natural work of art. This is a hike for participants interested in art and a leisurely walk along Head Lake and the streets and trails of Haliburton to visit art attractions, galleries and studios. You will discover the Haliburton School of the Arts, the Haliburton Sculpture Forest Walk, Rails End Gallery and art studios of Jane Selbie, Terry Adair, and John Proctor.
They will start and end at Heritage House Café where you might enjoy a coffee or lunch.

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
START TIME: 9:00 am - 12:00
DURATION: 3 hours, 5km

Milburn to Miserable

Destination: Miserable Lake. No one seems to know why it’s called Miserable Lake; it is a very scenic and beautiful place. Getting there is half the fun as you trek through this very interesting part of the Highlands. The crown land off Milburn Road is rocky and quite open in spots with many wetlands, streams and beaver dams. One of the beaver dams you’ll see along the way is 15-20 feet high. You’ll have lunch on a rocky outcrop looking over Miserable Lake. Hiking boots and a hiking pole/stick are
recommended. Don’t forget your lunch.

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
START TIME: 9:30 am
DURATION: 5 hours, 13 km

Why Wetlands?

What does a 10,000-year-old glacier have to do with today’s wetlands? Irene Heaven, a wildlife biologist and educator, will lead you on a 4 km hike through time as you visit a succession of wetlands ranging from a marsh to a Black Spruce bog. Get up close and personal with an esker and view the wetlands from this ancient riverbed. Come and join us for some soggy boot fun, enjoying the beauty that this area has to offer while learning about various wetland inhabitants including beavers, pitcher plants and bogeymen!

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
START TIME: 9:30 am
DURATION: 3 hours, 4 km


Earthwalk will help you build a special emotional relationship with the natural world. This sensory adventure will re-awaken your senses and sharpen your perceptions of how nature works. You will discover nature subtleties at your feet and the magic of smell, sounds, and touch. This adventure is less about hiking a distance and more about discovery.

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
START TIME: 10:00 am
DURATION: 2.5 hours, < .5 km

Into the Past

Take a walk in the beautiful hamlet of Dorset to discover its colourful history. Your stroll will reveal fascinating facts about Tom Salmon, Thomas Ridout, “Pill Hill”, The Dollar House, Gilmour Lumber Company, the “hump-back” bridge and much more. Take some time before or after this walk to climb the Dorset Lookout Tower.

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
START TIME: 10:00 am
DURATION: 2.0 hours, 1.5 km

A Walk in the Clouds

Get high in the Highlands! Experience the majestic beauty of the Haliburton Forest while strolling along a suspended boardwalk on this beautiful canopy tour. The tour also features some hiking and canoeing.

Pre-registration is required through Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve, call 705-754-2198.

There is a fee for this walk - adults $95 and children $70 plus HST. Children must be 10 or older and accompanied by an adult. They are $70.00 plus HST for 10-17 years of age. Space is limited to 13 people.

Plan to arrive at Haliburton Forest by 1:15 pm
DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
START TIME: 1:30 pm (plan to arrive by 1:15)
DURATION: 4 hours, 1 km

Can you Dig it?

Calling all rock hounds! This hike follows a bush road for a couple of kilometres to two mineral collecting sites. The first site is an abandoned mine where apatite was mined. The second site requires some digging to discover mineral samples in the soil and rock clefts. Most of the time will be spent exploring the two sites. Please bring along a trowel or small garden rake/hand shovel. You will take mineral samples home!

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
START TIME: 1:30 pm
DURATION: 3 hours, 3 km

It’s a Dogs’ World

Bring along your four-legged friends and take your dog for a hike on a 136-acre forest property to explore neat natural places including a very large & active beaver pond. After the hike you will be treated to some goodies, refreshments, and a tour of the remarkable Stouffer Mill B&B.

NOTE: Your dog must be comfortable and social with other dogs as there will be a variety of breeds and sizes.

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
START TIME: 2:00 pm
DURATION: 2.0 hours, 4.5 km

Hike the Hills

You will hike the rugged hills and scenic ridges of the Frost Centre trails including the Fire Tower and Steep Rock trails. The autumn colours will be approaching their peak brilliance.

Note: Sturdy footwear with lugged soles is recommended.

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
START TIME: 2:00 pm
DURATION: 2 hours, 6 km

Ghost Walk

Costumed narrators will tell spooky tales of ghosts at sites in Haliburton Village, interspersed with bits of local history, real and imagined. This hike is suitable for reduced mobility including wheelchairs, strollers, carts and canes.

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
START TIME: 3:00 pm
DURATION: 1.5 hours, 1.5 km

In Search of Old Growth

This trek into the Clear Lake Conservation Reserve offers a rare opportunity to explore one of the few remaining stands of old growth white pine and hemlock left in Ontario. Take in panoramic views of Black and Clear Lakes along the way. You will also visit Larry's Hunt Camp. Bring your lunch and water!

DATE: Saturday, September 22, 2012
START TIME: 9:00 am
DURATION: 5 hours, 8 km

Finding Harburn Wells

Somewhere off the Harburn Road there is a unique geological phenomenon called the Harburn Wells.

Many people have asked about it; very few have been there. Join geologist and adventurer, John Etches in search of this neat natural place.

DATE: Saturday, September 22, 2012
START TIME: 9:30 am
DURATION: 2.0 hours, 2.0 km

Sir Sam’s Hike or Bike

Take the surface lift to the top of Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike Park and explore some of the 13 km of trails and amazing views on a mountain bike or on foot. If you choose to hike, Chris Bishop will guide you through the story of Sir Sam’s. If you choose to bike, Dave Webb will show you the ropes regardless of your ability on bike. After your adventure stick consider having lunch in the chalet. There is a $4.00/person
fee for the lift. Bike rentals are available or bring your own.

DATE: Saturday, September 22, 2012
START TIME: 10:00 am
DURATION: 2 hours, 2-6 km depending on what you choose to do

On Bonnie’s Pond

Believe it or not, Silent Lake Provincial Park is in Haliburton County. You will explore this gem of a park by hiking Bonnie's Pond Trail. This trail is perfect for the nature lover or explorer and your family will love it as you wind your way past many unique and interesting features in the northern portion of the park. There is a fantastic picnic area and beach at the day use area so bring a bathing suit and lunch if you like.

DATE: Saturday, September 22, 2012
START TIME: 10:00 am
DURATION: 1.5 hours, 3 km

From Wasteland to Woodland

Explore the Dahl Forest nature reserve with Haliburton Highlands Land Trust land donor Peter Dahl and forester Adam Barkovitz. Discover how, from 1957 to 1981, Peter’s father William and family planted thousands of White Pine, Red Pine, White Spruce and European Larch to reforest hundreds of acres of failed, barren farmland. Find out about the Land Trust’s role in protecting and maintaining the habitat
for locally and regionally rare species, and how it promotes succession from plantations to forests.

Experience what the “Forest” came to signify for Peggy Dahl, “A rare silence and a feeling of peace and quiet…a natural solitude where you could really become part of nature.” This walk will involve strolling through some of the Red Pine plantations, open field areas and along the shoreline of the Burnt River.

DATE: Saturday, September 22, 2012
START TIME: 10:00 am
DURATION: 2.5 hours, 2 km

And there are many more…..

For more information on current year see Hike Haliburton


While hiking check out the fall season colours


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.


  • Janet

    Reply Reply September 23, 2013

    We have had a cottage in West Guilford for almost twenty years and we are always looking for new places to hike.
    Do you have this booklet still available?
    Thank you,


    • Loralea

      Reply Reply September 24, 2013

      If your into hiking you just missed the Haliburton
      Hike Festival 2013
      , you might get some hiking ideas there.
      I’ll keep my eyes open for that booklet you mentioned.

      Happy Hiking
      Bill and Heather

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