Summer Vacations

Summer Vacation Planning

Fishing Summer Vacation Fun For The Kids

Kids having buckets full of fun times

Well it’s that time of the year again to start thinking of 2011 summer vacations with the family and what to do.

Some people have already made their plans, especially if their looking for a cottage.

Start planning early and you will have a better chance of getting a cottage to your liking matched to the dates you wanted your vacation to be on.

If you leave it to late it’s harder to get what you want.

This blog post is more about us here at the Loralea Country Inn Resort and the things to do in the area to enjoy your summer vacations with us.

Summer Vacation – Summer Holidays – Summer Break – what ever you want to call it, it’s a vacation in the summertime where you get the warmest and longest days of the year. It’s what you wait for every year.

Playing in the sand summer fun

Family and friends passing time in the sand

Summer is a time for family vacations, a trip to the cottage with the kids, a week at a country resort, travel to see new sights along with going to your favourite places. Most of all, it’s a time to enjoy each other wherever you may go …. family time …….

Every year a large number of couples and families plan their summer vacation but some wait to the last minute and find it a challenge to get a spot to their liking, so plan ahead as much as you can. My suggestion is if it’s a cottage for rent your looking for start looking the previous year.

Summer also brings long weekend holiday breaks to enjoy.

Canada Day 2011 – July – first long holiday weekend beginning the summer season celebrating our birthday as a country. In many towns and cities, municipal governments organize a variety of activities, usually outdoors. These include pancake breakfasts, parades, concerts, carnivals, festivals and firework displays. Canada’s national flag is widely displayed plus a great deal of people paint their faces red and white, that happen to be Canada’s national colors.

Bring a big bag of peanuts

Yearly visitor and friend to cottage guests

Civic Holiday 2011 – August – get out of the scorching city and away from the smog and get some refreshing country air. Civic Holiday is the most widely used name for a public holiday celebrated in parts of Canada on the first Monday in August.

Picture taken by one of our resort guests

Chippy kept them busy by doing tricks for peanuts


Early morning Sunrise at cottage #7

Sunrise at Hall’s Lake, Loralea Resort

Labour Day 2011

– September – The Labour Day weekend is the last big travel weekend of the summer, as school starts up again in the majority of locations on the day after Labour Day.

The Labour Day holiday in Canada, as in the U.S., celebrates worker solidarity.

Lots of people head up north to cottages, campsites or other getaways to see parades, have picnics, see fireworks displays, enjoy water activities and public art events.

Family Vacation – Things to do Haliburton Highlands

Many of our resort guests in the summer especially if they have kids will take a day trip to Santa’s Village located in Bracebridge, on the beautiful Muskoka River in a natural wooded setting, the Village and Sportsland have something for the whole family. To make your family outing  to Santa’s Village even more enjoyable all of our resort guests can enjoy discount tickets for your family outing to Santa’s Village.

What’s summer vacationing without a trip to Algonquin Park. I can remember my father many many year ago taking me every summer to two places, Algonquin and the Toronto exhibition CNE.

Haliburton has the Walk in the Clouds at the Haliburton Forest. This complete family vacation adventure from start to finish will fill in the whole summer day with fun and adventure.

Got your own ATV or wish to rent one then Haliburton Outdoor Adventure Tours has 1,700km trails covering the Haliburton, Muskoka region, on the Great Canadian Shield, that will blow your mind, through deep woods conditions, rock hopping, river splashing, deep water crossing, to getting down and dirty in the biggest bogs. There are other summer vacation adventures like camping, drive a hummer or yacht cruises see ideas for country holiday vacations.

If you like summer sites to see then the Hawk Lake Log Chute is a must. There were thousands of wooden chutes built in the late 1800’s in Ontario and dozens in the Haliburton Highlands and all are gone now but this one.

Buttermilk Falls is only 10 minutes away. Fishing is also good in both spots.

Hawk Lake Loge Chute Summer Hiking

Hawk Lake Loge Chute – Timber Run

Summer – July of 1996 the Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre opened its doors to the general public. The Wolf Centre at Haliburton Forest is a popular vacation idea for the whole family. The wolf pack – Ebony and Citka, the Alpha pair, and their siblings and offspring, – roams freely in a 15 acre enclosure, one of the largest of its kind in the world. The Wolf Centre contains numerous exhibits, a small cinema/classroom, a retail area featuring a wide selection of wolf related books, tapes and graphics as well as a large indoor observatory overlooking the feeding area within the wolf compound.

Lookout Tower in Dorset is great for a hike followed by a picnic ending with a view of the summer country side. From 1922 until 1961 the former Department of Lands and Forests established the 82 ft. high Tower as a forest fire lookout providing a 310 square mile viewing radius. Today the tower is now owned and maintained by the Corporation of the Township of Algonquin Highlands and it is estimated that well over 60,000 vehicles access the site annually. Summer has a great view from the tower but if you want to see colours then the fall vacation season is the best.

Are you a golfer or do you want to take the kids out for some summer vacation fun times. See Golfing and Golf Fun with Kids

Fishing with the family, rent a boat from the local marina and try your luck or just fish using our canoes or paddleboats. see Family Fishing

Visit the Astronomy Centre at the Haliburton Forest – The property of Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Ltd. can be considered a 60.000 acre dark sky reserve. Situated only 3 hours north of the lights of the Golden Horseshoe, Haliburton Forest is part of the Algonquin Dome, offering truly dark, light free viewing of the skies. This superb location allows astronomers to observe individual stars, galaxies and deep sky objects not normally observed in light polluted locations.

Haliburton Forest Observatory

Observatory offers an unobstructed view of the night skies

The Observatory: Situated on a small rise near the entrance point into Haliburton Forest.

The observatory offers an unobstructed view of the night skies.

The plain, 1 1/2 story observatory building suits the wilderness setting.

Once the roof rolls off, it reveals its true identity as a home for telescopes and other astronomy equipment.

The ground floor is set up for presentations.

Haliburton Forest Telescopes

Two 10″ and one 12″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes

The Telescopes: Two 10″ and one 12″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes are mounted to facilitate easy viewing of the skies.

Self-tracking and equipped with computerised functions accessing a 64.000 object database, these state of the art systems will make sky observations easy, pleasant and effective.

Keeping in tune with Haliburton Forest’s concept of sustainable use and based on the fact that the sun provides the energy for all life on our planet, a solar power system has been installed to provide the observation facility with all its power requirements. Photovoltaic cells gather the suns rays which are converted and stored in a battery bank, to be used to operate the telescopes and equipment on site.

For more information see the Astronomy Centre at the Haliburton Forest


Haliburton Arts Wood Carving Course Holland Couple

Couple from Holland Wood Carving Class

Take a course at the Haliburton School of the Arts

Certificates offered are: Artist Blacksmith, Ceramics, Fibre Arts, Photo Arts, Jewellery Essentials, Glassblowing, Art Fundamentals: Drawing and Painting, Digital Image Design, and Sculpture.  




HSTA is well-known for its 15-week intensive, in-studio certificates, its Visual and Creative Arts Diploma and its extensive summer programming.

The dramatic architecture of wood, glass and steel lets artists create their work in natural light.

For more information see The Haliburton School of Arts



Horseback riding South Algonquin Trails

South Algonquin Trails – Take the family horseback riding

Horseback Riding at South Algonquin Trails –


Experienced trail guides share their expertise for a safe and enjoyable adventure.

Conveniently located between Haliburton and Bancroft.

The area provides a natural environment for seeing rock outcroppings, ponds, beaver dams, streams, rivers, rugged hills, huge pine trees, and bear claw marks on the beech trees.

Great for a couple or family to enjoy.

For more information see Horseback Riding at South Algonquin Trails


For plenty of other activities see our Haliburton Activities page

Family Vacation Summer Things To Do

Activities on Site – Future blog posts will cover each activity in detail

  • Shuffleboard
  • Badminton
  • Horseshoes
  • Volleyball
  • Tether ball
  • Sandy beach for family swimming
  • Fishing for small mouth bass and lake trout in Halls Lake
  • Docking for boats
  • Paddleboat or canoe the lake

If your planning your summer vacations in Ontario then start looking now before all the prime spots get booked up.

Enjoy Your Summer Vacations and Things to do in the Haliburton Highlands

Plan your next  Ontario Getaway With Us

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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