Sally’s View of the River

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Minden, Ontario, Canada


Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

Haliburton Tourism

Filed under: Highlands Links — Sally at 11:07 pm on Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Haliburton Tourism: Haliburton Tourism was founded on the principal of providing exceptional Ontario vacation value for tourists and visitors considering the beautiful Haliburton Highlands as their destination for family vacations, romantic couples getaway or outdoor adventure activities like hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and atv touring.
Haliburton Tourism represents many fine Ontario resorts that are focussed on making your Ontario vacation a wonderful experience. Haliburton Tourism member resorts, lodges, country inns, motels, housekeeping cottage resorts and bed & breakfasts, offer four season holiday opportunities and accommodations offering quality and value. Be our guest at more than 100 Haliburton Ontario resort vacation properties. You will experience beautiful lakefront resort settings and the tranquil lake regions of Haliburton are known for their rugged character, towering forests and friendly people. If you are looking for a relaxing romantic weekend escape or a family vacation full of exciting activities you are most likely to find the perfect vacation match in our portfolio of Ontario vacation packages.
Our Haliburton accommodation resorts, housekeeping cottage rentals, lodges, motels, country inns and bed & breakfast properties are working together to provide vacation packages that will offer more than just overnight resort accommodation. We’ve added many exciting adventure activities and things to see and participate in during your holiday in the Haliburton Highlands. These vacation packages have been attractively priced and we think you’ll agree that Haliburton Tourism represents the best Ontario vacation value available. Haliburton Tourism is managed by Haliburton resort & accommodation property owners and operators so they understand that you are looking for a vacation experience tailored to your specific needs. Variety is the spice of life. You might find yourself enjoying your gourmet breakfast while watching a sunrise above the tree line one minute and paddling down the lake to access a remote wilderness trail the next.
Haliburton offers bountiful fishing, challenging golf on 7 courses, wilderness hiking and canoeing, downhill and cross country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, atv touring, artists studio tours and a wide variety of other outdoor activities. Each resort or accommodation property offers its own unique charm with the best in guest services. Many resorts have onsite conference, banquet and meeting facilities that specialize in weddings and group events. Some of our country inns cater exclusively to couples weekend escape packages and honeymoon vacations.
Whether you’re looking for relaxation, gourmet dining, excitement or just a chance to escape the pressures of city life and get back to nature, Haliburton is your ideal sanctuary.
Hikers, snowmobilers, atv enthusiasts and all lovers of the great outdoors see Haliburton with its 30% crown land wilderness as a waterfront vacation oasis with a wide variety of resorts, lodges and B&Bs for every budget. The Highlands includes several towns that cater to the needs of our visitors and if you’re looking for antiques, art products, fine dining, or gifts our local villages of Minden, Haliburton, Wilberforce, Gooderham, Dorset and others have a great variety of goods and services. Best of all Haliburton is a prime unspoiled Ontario resort destination only two hours from metro Toronto and the golden horseshoe region.

So when you are thinking about coming to visit we hope you will explore all your accommodation options. So many resorts in the area there is something for everyone. We hope you will check us out and visit our website and take advantage of one of our packages. Sunny Rock Sally

Being Bear Wise is a Community Responsibility

Filed under: Apr May Jun,General Interest Newsy Stuff,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 10:06 pm on Monday, January 30, 2006

Five years ago the Ontario Government created a new law canceling the Spring Bear Hunt. As a result of this hunt cancellation there now are more and more bears in our woods. The bears are moving south closer to and into the more inhabited urban areas in search for food. Be Bear Wise: Don’t invite bears to your property and into your community.

  • Store garbage in a secure location;
  • If you have garbage collection, put your garbage out in secure bins the day of collection and not the night before.
  • Thoroughly clean outdoor barbeque grills after use;
  • Do not put meat, fish or sweet food (including fruit) into composter;
  • Keep meat scraps in the freezer until garbage day;
  • Pick all ripe fruit off trees, and remove all fallen fruit from the ground;
  • Fill bird feeders only through the winter.

    In an immediate emergency call the local police or 911.
    In the area of the Haliburton Highlands, Ontario if you need to report Bear Problems call 1-866-514-2327 (1-866-514-BEAR)
    For more information visit the Ministry of Natural Resources Website

  • Haliburton County Snowmobile Association

    Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links,Jan Feb Mar — Sally at 6:14 pm on Monday, January 30, 2006

    The Haliburton County Snowmobile Association invites sledding enthusiasts to enjoy the Haliburton Highlands 580 km of excellent wide groomed trails, spectacular scenery and abundant snow. The HCSA has always strived to maintain the best trail system available for riders. There are many local areas where riders can pick up their permits to ride on the HCSA trails. Please check the HCSA website for these locations or discuss your interests with Sunny Rock Sally when you are making your reservation.

    Sleigh Rides in the Haliburton Highlands

    Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jan Feb Mar — Sally at 5:10 pm on Monday, January 30, 2006

    There are two Haliburton Highland’s companies that offer sleigh rides.

    Murray Cowan offers horse drawn sleigh rides at ha s farm just outside Haliburton on County Road #1. The one hour ride goes over farm fields and the old railway line and through quiet secluded woods. Murray is available during the day or evenings (when the moon is out) and can even arrange a sleigh ride at a location of your choice. Rides at Murray’s farm is just $100 per hour for the sleigh, whether it is just for a romantic couple or for a group. Call Murray for your reservation 705-457-2149.

    Jeff and Christina Black (705-286-6930) are located on the Scotch Line Road just north of Minden. They take up to 12 adults for a sleigh ride for the cost of $125.

    Groups making a reservation at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast can ask Sunny Rock Sally to help make a sleigh ride reservation for you. Hope to see you soon.

    Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower

    Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links,Jul Aug Sep,Oct Nov Dec — Sally at 4:22 pm on Monday, January 30, 2006

    Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower

    Municipality of Minden Hills

    Filed under: Highlands Links — Sally at 2:21 pm on Monday, January 30, 2006

    Municipality of Minden Hills

    Snowshoeing Trails in the Haliburton Highlands

    Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links,Oct Nov Dec — Sally at 1:36 pm on Monday, January 30, 2006

    There is always lots to do in Winter in the Haliburton Highlands. My friends at Trails and Tours have recently sent me this list and I have dropped in to this weblog at their request. There are many trails designated for Snowshoeing only in this community and Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast would love to welcome you and show you how close many of these trails are to us. This list prints best on legal size paper. For more information about trails contact The Trails and Tours Network.

    Looking to make some tracks in the Highlands?? Here is a guide to the area’s snowshoeing and winter hiking trails. Whether you are looking for an adventurous trek or a short, refreshing walk – there are a number of trails to choose from. Maps and/or brochures are available for most trails – copies are available from the Trails & Tours office on Hwy 35 in Carnarvon, at the Haliburton Highlands Visitor Centre on Hwy 35 in Minden and at various resorts and businesses throughout the Highlands.

    Wigamog/Pinestone Resort TrailLength: 1.25 km linear – 2.5 km return
    Difficulty: moderate, with some challenging climbs
    Description: This trail connects the Wigamog and Delta Pinestone resorts and features a number of picturesque viewpoints. These lookouts are shared with the Pinestone Hill ski trail – please be sure to stay on the designated snowshoeing trail.
    Directions: Parking and trail access are available at both the Wigamog Inn (Wigamog Rd – off Coutny Rd 21, approx. 5 km south of Haliburton) and the Delta Pinestone Resort (on County Rd 21, approx. 5 km south of Haliburton).

    Snowdon Park Preserve – Brenda Ann Chambers TrailLength: 3 km loop
    Difficulty: easy
    Description: Snowdon Park is a wonderful place to spot the tracks of deer, fisher, otter, fox and rabbits, and perhaps – if you’re lucky – the animals themselves. Also watch for birds such as Ravens, Gray Jays, and Chickadees. This is a great trail for families.
    Directions: The entrance to the park is off County Rd 1, just 0.3 km south of the County Rd 1 / South Lake Rd intersection.

    Harrison Woods Hiking Trail Length: 1.25 km loop
    Difficulty: moderate
    Description: A short yet invigorating walk – the perfect ‘pick-me-up’.
    Directions: Located in downtown Carnarvon, just metres west of the Hwy 118 & 35 intersection. Parking is available alongside Hwy 118, just past the Jug City convenience store. Access the trail by stepping down the embankment and following through to the Scots Pine plantation.

    Frost Centre Hiking TrailsLength: 2 – 10 km stacked loop
    Difficulty: easy – moderate – challenging
    Description: Choose from 5 different trails – there’s something for everyone. Take a walk along the lakeshore or head for the hills and enjoy scenic lookouts over Lake St. Nora.
    Directions: Located along Hwy 35, approx. 25 km north of Carnarvon, or 10 km south of Dorset. Access to the snowshoeing trails is on the east side of the highway, next to the lakeshore.

    Nordic Inn TrailsLength: .25 to 5.5 km stacked loop
    Difficulty: moderate – challenging
    Description: These trails take you to wonderful vistas around Charcoal Lake – a quiet and secluded natural paradise. 7 km of trail are also groomed for x-country skiing. Please check in at the main office when you arrive – you may also inquire about the use of a limited number of snowshoes.
    Directions: Parking and trail access are available at the Nordic Inn – just 1 km north of Dorset on Hwy 35.

    Beetle Lake TrailLength: 6 km loop
    Difficulty: challenging
    Description: A quiet and scenic trail sure to get the blood rushing through your veins. Be on the lookout for signs of wildlife along the way – especially at Oxbow Creek! The trail ends at Timber Trail Algonquin. Simply follow Hwy 60 to return to the Outfitters (approx. 1 km). ** Please note that the first 750 m of the Beetle Lake Trail are shared with the Blue Spruce ski trails – kindly stay to the side of these groomed tracks. **
    Directions: Follow Hwy 35 north to Dwight. At Hwy 60 turn right and continue another 15km to the village of Oxtongue Lake. Take a left on Algonquin Outfitters Rd – parking is available at Outfitters. The trail begins just beyond the store on the left hand side.

    Circuit of 5 ViewpointsLength: 5.5km loop
    Difficulty: moderate – challenging
    Description: The most popular summer hiking trail in the Highlands is just as popular in the winter! The challenging climbs (and descents!) are worth every effort with spectacular views of the Kennisis River valley. A word of caution – steep slopes can be quite slippery.
    Directions: At Halls Lake, take Little Hawk Lake Rd (County Rd 13) and proceed 8km (almost to the end of the road) – parking and the trailhead kiosk are found on the left.

    Crests of KennisisLength: 5 km linear
    Difficulty: moderate – challenging
    Description: Check out the newest addition to the Algonquin Highlands trail system this winter! Begin by crossing the Hawk Lake Dam and climbing atop a rocky ridge where you can take in the sights and sounds of the Kennisis River. The trail ends at the Circuit of 5 Viewpoints 5 km later – follow the trail signs to Viewpoint 5 to exit at the Little Hawk Lake parking area. A word of caution – steep slopes can become quite slippery. Be especially cautious at the start of this trail. Trekking poles and snowshoes with crampons are highly recommended.
    Directions: At Halls Lake, take Little Hawk Lake Rd (County Rd 13) and proceed to Big Hawk Lake Rd (approx. 5 km). Turn left onto Big Hawk Lake Rd and continue to the Historic Log Chute – parking is available alongside the road. ** A car shuttle is required. See the ‘Circuit of 5 Viewpoints’ for driving directions to the other end of the trail. **

    Alven Ferguson TrailLength: 3 km linear
    Difficulty: moderate
    Description: A walk to the Alven Ferguson lean-to makes a lovely outing. Pack a hot drink or a snack and enjoy a break at the leaning lean-to before heading back along the same track.
    Directions: Take North Shore Rd. (just 5 km north of Carnarvon on Hwy 35) to Mc Phail Rd. and follow to end of the road where you’ll find parking and the trailhead kiosk.

    Algonquin Highlands Ridge TrailLength: 5 km or 8 km linear
    Difficulty: challenging
    Description: This trail is recommended only for the truly adventurous and experienced snowshoer. Begin your trek with a short side trip to the James Cooper Lookout – then continue on for more scenic lookouts and backcountry snowshoeing. For a shorter trek, follow the Ridge Trail to the Alven Ferguson Trail. If you’re goin’ all the way, continue along the Ridge Trail to the Circuit of 5 Viewpoints.
    Directions: Take North Shore Rd. (just 5 km north of Carnarvon on Hwy 35) to the Algonquin Highlands Township Office. Parking is available at the Township Office and the trailhead is just another 500 m further down the road. ** A car shuttle is required. See the ‘Alven Ferguson Trail’ or ‘Circuit of 5 Viewpoints’ for driving directions to the other end of the trail. **

    A couple of friendly reminders…Please do not use groomed ski trails for snowshoeing.
    Remember, you are ultimately responsible for your own safety – as always, these trails are used at your own risk.

    Haliburton Highlands Trails & Tours Network
    Tel: 705-489-4049 :: Fax: 705-489-4051
    info@trailsandtours.com :: www.trailsandtours.com

    Municipality of Dysart et al

    Filed under: Highlands Links — Sally at 12:21 pm on Monday, January 30, 2006

    Municipality of Dysart et al

    Stanhope Heritage Discovery Museum

    Filed under: Highlands Links — Sally at 11:18 am on Monday, January 30, 2006

    Stanhope Heritage Discovery Museum : We are small on size but big on local heritage, annually rotating displays of 144 years of documents, photos and artifacts. Stanhope Heritage Discovery Museum is near Carnarvon and West Guilford, home to more than 100 years of records of the Stanhope area. If you are looking for information on Ontario heritage or history, Ontario pioneers, pioneer settlement, early settlers or genealogy, we can help. The name of the township has been changed to Algonquin Highlands. Enjoy our heritage gardens anytime and join us in person June to October at 1909 North Shore Road. We are open year round on line with photo galleries, newsletters, searchable databases and more. Plan on attending the Heritage Days in July.

    Encountering a Bear and Being Bear Wise

    Filed under: Apr May Jun,General Interest Newsy Stuff,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 9:10 am on Monday, January 30, 2006

    The casual walker, jogger, hiker, canoeist or outdoor enthusiast may encounter a bear. It is more and more likely that encountering a bear with the Ontario Governments cancellation of the Spring Bear Hunt. We are unable to change the law, however, can are able to learn what to do should we encounter a bear.

    It is true that bears can run as fast as 30 km/hour so a human cannot out run a bear…so that should not be an option.

    When you see a bear make yourself as big as you can by doing the following. Take off your jacket/shirt and swing it over your head while you dance around. It there are two or more of you each should hold a corner of the jacket and jump around.

    Sing a song as loud as you can.

    Looking big, erratic movement and loud melodious sounds make any human unfamiliar and down right confusing. A combination of all these things will surely confuse any bear and he or he would be quick to retreat back into the woods.

    Having encountered a few bear in the more recent years I know from experience these techniques work.

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