Edition 26: August
you stand in Haliburton County, from early September to late October,
you will find yourself surrounded by colour. Our Highlands hills and valleys
are a daily fireworks explosion of colour. Just choose one of our fine,
FOBBA-inspected bed and breakfast homes ... and you'll be in the heart
of Colour Country.
When you stay at Stouffer Mill you'll look out over glittering
Halls Lake, and walk out the door into 130 acres of private woodlands,
following trails lovingly carved out and tended by your hosts. All of
nature's colour is there before you, including ponds and wetlands.
At Mountain Lake Lane you have the privacy of your own lakeside
retreat; and, if the water still holds some of summer's warmth, can jump
in for a swim ... while all around the forests present their autumn splendour.
The Stone House, just north of Minden, prides itself on its rustic
elegance. Here, too, you enjoy private walking trails that take you through
fields of fall wildflowers and deep mature woods.
The Wild Swan and Minden House are located right in the
village of Minden. And that puts you on the shores of the Gull River,
a happily meandering river that is deceptive in its calm since it is mere
minutes from the foaming, crashing waters of the Minden Wild Water Preserve.
As the waters course and shout over rocks and spillways, one is struck
by the contrast with the tall trees serenely lining either shore, silently
dressed in their glorious fall regalia.
A stay at Kinmount House Century Home places you at the southern
terminus of the 37 km Haliburton County Rail Trail, a walkers' and cyclists'
dream for viewing an ever-changing panoply of wildflowers, plants, and
dazzling fall colours.
Sunny Rock is tucked tranquilly away at the very end of a winding
country road. The waters of the Drag River tumble by, a sound complement
to the colourfully wooded surroundings. Nearby trails offer the autumn
explorer inexhaustible pleasure.
Trailside House sits right on the edge of the Haliburton County
Rail Trail and is an ideal base for walkers and cyclists. An 8 km walk
or ride to Haliburton Village will take the hardy wanderer past extensively
varied woods, wetlands, and lakes.
A visit to Inukshuk Manor puts you within easy access of Green's
Mountain. A hike to the top will reward you with a spectacular 360º
view of the fall colour as far as your eye can see. Also nearby, the old
IB&O rail trail offers a good day's cycle and great colour viewing.
At The House in the Village you're in the village of Wilberforce,
close to the southern entrance to Algonquin Park, Ontario's largest provincial
park. Even closer is the northern end of the IB&O rail trail.
In Haliburton Village you have your choice of seven attractive bed and
breakfasts, each with its own distinctive personality, but all offering
a warm welcome. York Duncan House, Highland Stone Cottage, and
Head of the Lakes give you lovely shoreside views of Head Lake.
Down Home, Sunnyside, The Riverside, and Country Charm are
all located on quiet treed side streets near the town centre. Within easy
reach of all is Glebe Park, a trail system with different loops totalling
10 km and perfect for autumn colour viewing. Skyline Park puts you way
up high with a panoramic view of village and surrounding countryside.
The village is the northern terminus for the Haliburton Rail Trail with,
as noted above, wonderful opportunities for walking or cycling through
always varying foliage. Head Lake waterfront is almost completely paved
and provides an easy .5 km walk with closeup views of the lake and colourful
A stay at Swiss Acres, Meadow Wood, or Eagle Lake brings
you to an area noted for its fall colours. Close by is the world-renowned
Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve, over 50,000 acres of rolling
hardwood forests, lakes, rivers, and wetlands - and hiking trails galore.
Of special interest is the immensely popular Walk in the Clouds which
takes you well above the colour-splashed treetops of the forest. (Book
early!) For other superb views of the area's spectacular fall scenery,
try the three Stanhope walking and lookout trails.
At each of these B&Bs, your hosts will happily offer more ideas and
information for your fall colour viewing enjoyment - along with a tasty
breakfast, superb night's sleep, and the warmest hospitality anywhere.
For more information on any of them, visit www.bbcanada.com/associations/haliburton.
"100/50/50" Ultra Run - September 7
The Haliburton Forest 100/50/50 offers ultra runners a choice between
50 kilometre, 50 mile and 100 mile runs through some of the most beautiful
scenery the area has to offer. Test your endurance at this sanctioned
Leslie M. Frost
Natural Resources Centre
A public education, training and conference facility operated by the Ministry
of Natural Resources. Offers 9.5 km of interconnected hiking trails including
Wild Weekend Getaway - October 4-6. For ages 5 to seniors. Guided
canoe trips, nature walks, and more. Hosted by professional presenters
Loop Trail (COLT)
Join us for Trail Fest, October 5 - 6. Trail activities will include
walking, geocaching, bicycling and horseback riding. There will also be
fund-raising events sponsored by organizations such as the United Way
and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
COLT consists of 450 km of public trails in the counties of Northumberland,
Peterborough, Hastings, and Haliburton, and the City of Kawartha Lakes.
To find out more about Haliburton's part in the festivities, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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