Haliburton Things to Do
At the Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Observatory
Star gazing at its best surrounded by a 60,000 light-pollution-free acre reserve. A back-lit star map is used to enhance your understanding of the constellations. Two 10" and one 12" self-tracking Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes are computerized to allow daytime star gazing. A hydrogen-alpha filtered telescope enables viewers to observe the sun during the day - offering the rare opportunity to view, among others, solar flares and sun spots.
The observatory is open to the public every Tuesday and Wednesday as well as every Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer (fom early May to the end of October). A common evening progarm lasts for 2 to 3 hours. See their website for pre-registration and costs (the fee is $ 20 for adults and $ 15 for youths under 18 as of 2006).
The four hour Canopy Tour from the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve takes participants from a river basin to a half -km rope-bridge through the tree tops.
It starts with a guided van tour into the reserve passing lakes, streams and forest. Participants are guided for a 1/2 km walk along the scenic Pelaw River and a voyageur-canoe ride across a wilderness lake to the final destination: a stand of old growth Giant White Pine. The canopy boardwalk winds through the treetops some 20 meters above the forest floor with two platforms for enjoying a rest, a snack and the scenery.
I would recommend making advance registration for late August or after just because the mosquitos and black flies can be bad in the spring / early summer. Or make sure you have a good insect repellant.Related to:
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- Hiking and Walking
The Haliburton Nordic Trails (www.skihaliburton.com) are an amazing experience. There are several locations throughout the county of Haliburton where you can ski using the same ski pass -- at $10 per day its a bargain!). The trails are through heavily wooded areas and the ones near Willow Beach Cottages (www.willowbeach.com) are apparently located around a winter deer feeding ground. We saw 8 deer while we were skiing this past weekend. You feel like you are in a very remote area and really commune with nature! Hard to describe the feeling in words of skiing through the woods. Worth a try even for the novice.Related to:
- Skiing and Boarding
- Family Travel
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