Hike Haliburton

10th Annual Hike Haliburton Festival

  • Hike Haliburton
  • September 20 to 23, 2012
  • Haliburton Highlands
  • Family Event Things To Do

Come and join many other people in the Haliburton Highlands for the Hike 2014 Haliburton Festival.

Many of the guided hikes will take place on public trails, others will explore trails on local landowners properties.

Call 705-705-1777 or 1-800-461-7677 to register and get your tickets for these exciting events.

Plenty of guided hikes and activities

  • Almost 200 km if hiking trails
  • Four days of hiking
  • Awesome autumn colours
  • Evening concerts and art shows

Not just guided hikes - The festival offers many other activities including barbecues, concerts, and special appearances by celebrities.

Haliburton Hike Kickoff

Blast Off BBQ and Registration - Help them kick start the Hike Haliburton Festival with a tasty barbecue and a concert showcasing talented local musicians - The Moontones, Custom Blend, and Ragged Company.

There will also be an opportunity to register for the guided hikes you wish to participate in.

Date: Thursday, September 20
Location: Minden Hills Cultural Centre
Time: 5:00 - 10:00
Cost: Free. Donations welcome.

Tickets available at Tourism Information Centre or by
calling 705-705-1777 or 1-800-461-7677

Adventure Film Night

Relax after a day of hiking and watch a few flicks that will show you what is possible (and seemingly impossible) in the world of hiking and trekking. Films will include the Haliburton Highlands debut of “The Land Between” and others.

Date: Friday, September 21
Location: Wilberforce Community Centre
Time: 7:30
Cost: Free. Donations welcome

Festival Concert - This concert features Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, the married singing-songwriting team known as Whitehorse . This is the perfect way to end your first day of hiking.

Your toes will be tapping to the rootsy, bluesy, country, rocking sounds of this duo who individually have been recognized with awards and nominations from the Juno Awards, the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Hamilton Music Awards, the Independent Music Awards and the Polaris Prize. More than the sum of considerable talents, Whitehorse showcases the rarity of true give and take in partnership, uniting falcon with songbird to dramatic effect as they play tunes from their most recent CD. Donna Leclair, a talented local singer/songwriter will open for Whitehorse.

Date: Friday, September 21
Location: Northern Lights Performing Arts, Haliburton
Time: 8:00pm
Cost: $10/person

Tickets: Tourism information Centre in Minden or The Photo Shop in Haliburton
Or by calling 705-286-1777 or 1-800-461-7677 to reserve, or at registration

Cameo Blues Band Concert

Hike on over to the Dominion Hotel hear the legendary Cameo Blues Band in Minden. The band, which formed in 1978, has played with such artists as Sting, Georgie Fame, Spencer Davis, Huey Lewis, Dan Alroyd and Kelly Jay. Current members of the Cameo Blues Band - guitarist John Bride (Partland Brothers), keyboardist Ray Harrison (formerly of Crowbar), Mike Sloski, bassist Tom Griffiths, and vocalist John Dickie will be performing great blues standards as well as songs
from their new cd ‘Ten Thousand Hours.’

Date: Saturday, September 22
Location: Dominion Hotel, Minden
Time: 8:30pm
Cost: $20/person

Tickets Available at the Dominion Hotel or at the Tourism Information Centre in Minden or call to reserve tickets 705-286-6954 or 1-888-877-6954.

Blister Ball

Not tired yet? - Footloose and fancy free?

Kick your heels up to the very danceable music of the Wolfgang Bros. They play a variety of rock, jazz, roots, and comedy songs. Delbert on double bass, high hat and foot drum and Wolfgang on acoustic/electric guitar, banjo and harmonica produce a full band sound and have been musical partners for over 35 years playing bars, dance halls and concerts from coast to coast. Dress is casual. Cash bar.

Date: Saturday, September 22
Location: Stanhope Community Centre
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: Free. Donations welcome. Tickets are required

Tickets: Available at Tourism information Centre, or by calling 705-286-1777 or 1-800- 461-7677 to reserve or at registration

The Last Step Pig-nik

Wrap up your Festival weekend with a very tasty BBQ. The Municipality of Minden Hills in partnership with SIRCH and the Agricultural Society invites you to a pig roast to satisfy that appetite that you have worked up after a active morning of hiking.

Proceeds will go to upgrades to the Community Centre kitchen

Date: Sunday, September 23
Location: Minden Hills Fair Grounds
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00
Cost: TBD

Mystery Celebrity Hikes

The Hike Haliburton Festival has a secret. They have invited several celebrities to co-lead some of the hikes but they are not telling you what hike they will be on. So watch for that famous face and the opportunity to rub shoulders with some very interesting people.

Tips Be Prepared

Hikes will happen rain, snow or shine unless conditions are severe.

As the saying goes “there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing”.

Dress in layers Wear comfortable/sturdy footwear (hiking shoes/boots recommended.

Bring along a day pack that includes water, snacks, rain jacket, extra clothes, camera, and a lunch if specified in the hike description.

If you are bringing in your dog to a dog friendly hike remember to bring treats, leash, water dish, water & “Poop Bags”

Please arrive at the hike location 10 – 15 minutes before the scheduled start.

A hike leader and one or two hike volunteers will be on hand to meet and greet and to help insure your well being and safety during the hike

You will be asked to sign a waiver before the hike.

Hikes are free but donations are welcome.

The hike volunteer will take donations.

The County of Haliburton, Yours Outdoors, and hike leaders have reserve the right to make changes or cancel a hike at anytime in response to weather conditions, individual/group needs or other factors.


EASY: Level to gently rolling terrain. Light Hiking suitable for children of anyone preferring a leisurely stroll

MODERATE: Rolling terrain with longer climbs and descents (some may be steep) A vigorous get-your-heart-thumping kind of hike

CHALLENGING: Rough or uneven terrain with many steep climbs and descents. Suitable for experienced hikers looking for a heart highlander try – except a challenging experience.

FAMILY: Suitable for young children

DOG-FRIENDLY: Bring your well mannered and friendly K-9 friend along for the hike but please keep them on a lead and stoop & scoop after them, family and pet friendly event.

Come walk the Haliburton Highlands, take in the fall colour change and wear out your boots.

For updated information for 2014 see Hiking in Haliburton

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.

1 Comment

  • Loralea

    Reply Reply September 12, 2012

    The Hike Haliburton Festival has invited several celebrities to join some of the guided hikes and make appearances at several Festival events. Organizers are not revealing what hikes and activities the celebrities will be participating in. “We want to create an atmosphere of surprise and suspense and provide our visitors with another reason to take a hike.

    Jane Bunnett, a flutist, saxophone player and pianist, has won multiple Juno awards, been nominated for several Grammy Awards and most recently, was honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her Afro-Cuban melodies and her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. She has a cottage in North Hastings and is very excited to be part of the Hike Haliburton Festival.

    Suzie Vinnick, the owner of a gorgeous powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship. Her Me ‘n’ Mabel album was nominated for a 2012 JUNO Award in the Blues Album of the Year category, she’s a five-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for Best Female Vocalist, a two-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for Best Songwriter, and in December she won Contemporary Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

    Jason Fowler is a highly respected Toronto singer/songwriter, session guitarist and producer. He has released six independent CDs under his own name and has played on over 100 albums. In addition to his own successful solo career, Jason is also currently the Musical Director & Guitarist for renowned Irish tenor John McDermott, and has toured with him since 2001. Jason performed recently with John McDermott at the Forest Festival

    Johnny Burke is an award winning country music star who was just inducted in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. He has recorded 14 albums and played on countless others. Johnny has performed with many country greats and on the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Now, and Nashville Network, His hit record “Wild Honey” performed with his band East wind was named single of the year in 1978. Johnny resides with his wife, Teresa, in the Haliburton Highlands.

    Carl Dixon continues to live his life of music in the Haliburton Highlands after a distinguished career as a rock and roll musician. Carl has played with Coney Hatch, April Wine and The Guess Who. Current projects include reunion concerts with Coney Hatch, production of a full album for a group of local youth called Victoria Secrets, numerous solo shows with songs from two recent released CDs, and the writing an autobiography.

    Kevin Callan whose mantra is “making the outside fun, one misadventure at a time” is the author of thirteen books, including the best selling “The Happy Camper” and an incredibly popular series of paddling guides, Callan is also a frequent guest on radio and television, including morning shows (Canada AM, Breakfast TV, Ottawa A, Ottawa Roger’s Daytime) and he hosts his own CBC Radio show coast to coast titled “The Happy Camper”. He is a winner of four National Magazine Awards and three film awards.

    Other celebrities are expected to participate.

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