Sally’s View of the River

The Official Weblog of the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast

Minden, Ontario, Canada

Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

Haliburton Highlands Rail Trail Snow Mobile Passes 2014

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Highlands Links,Jan Feb Mar,Oct Nov Dec — Sally at 8:01 pm on Monday, October 21, 2013

Just got the news that the 2014 Haliburton Highlands Rail Trail Snow Mobile Passes are on sale for half price until November 1, 2013. The Haliburton Highlands rail trail snowmobile pass is $180 if you buy it before November 1st. All passes after that will be $ 260.

To order your Haliburton Highlands snowmobile passes go to .

While you are in the Haliburton Highlands why not plan to stay at a bed and breakfast. The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast is located 10 minute drive from Minden Village and 15 minute drive from the Haliburton Village. Both Haliburton Highlands villages have fabulous restaurants for everyone’s tastes.

Call Sally at the Sunny Rock B&B 705 286 4922 or 1 888 786 6976

Mountain Biking and Scenic Tours in the Haliburton Highlands

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jan Feb Mar,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 10:27 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Imagine being able to stand on a state of the art twin segment standing lift which allows mountain bike enthusiasts to ride to the top of a hill in relative comfort. This state of the art covered magic surface lift will easily and efficiently transport beginners up to the half way point of the hill or eventually all the way to the top. Once in place this lift will operate every day to move downhill and cross country mountain bikers up the hill rain or shine. The riders will simply step onto the carpet while holding onto the bike at their side. What makes this lift unique is the domed Plexiglas cover. It will protect riders from harsh winds and snow in winter and offer a climate controlled peaceful and user friendly atmosphere year round. All these dreams are in the near future of the Sir Sam’s Ski and Summer Program.

This dream of future magic carpets will soon be in place; however, for now the Quad chair at Sir Sam’s Ski Hill transports bikes and people to the top of the hill. And the mountain biking summer season is ope the Victoria Day Long Weekend. The quad chair will be operating fir scenic tour rides and for the downhill mountain bike riders to access the new trails. Also Sir Sam’s has been busy upgrading their already comprehensive series of trails with some new tweaks and peaks.
Sir Sam’s now offers riders the choice of 10 km of cross country and 6 km of downhill riding for all level of riders. The newly cut 1,5 km gravity run winds down the hill snake like offers banked turns, whoops and berms that will excite all riders. Also new are 2 km of single and double black diamond downhill runs through hardwood forests and over rock face drop off that will challenge intermediate and experienced riders. The quad chairlift operates five days a week (Wednesday through Sunday) to transport bike and rider to the top of the hill. And there are plenty of jumps, woops and berms for younger or less experienced riders.

Algonquin Outfitters has teamed up with Sir Sam’s and offers bike rental, repair and retail outlet for clothing, accessories and bike sales.
The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast is approximately a 40 minute drive to the Mountain Biking hills of Sir Sam’s.

We would be happy to have you stay with us at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast as you explore cycling and mountain biking in the Haliburton Highlands.
1 888 786 6976

Minden’s Floating Snowmobile Bridge in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jan Feb Mar — Sally at 11:31 am on Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Grand Opening of Minden’s Floating Snowmobile Bridge in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada 2.5 hours North of Toronto Ontario
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2010
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Orde Street, Minden
Representatives from the Haliburton County Snowmobile Association and the Township of Minden Hills will be officially opening the floating bridge recently installed over the Gull River. The bridge is for snowmobile use only, and will be moved and transformed into docks when the snowmobile season is over.
For more information contact HCSA President, Rosemary Vanstrien at (705) 4570 in

This is the same weekend as the Valentines Day Family Day Weekend in Ontario. Come and stay at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast. call the Sunny Rock B&B for our rates and availability we would love to be accommodating.

Minden Ice Car Racing CASC in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jan Feb Mar — Sally at 1:40 pm on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The roar of engines and the smell of exhaust are what the visitors and watchers of the Minden Ice Car Racing will experience at the Minden fairgrounds on the morning of January 23 as banged-up Chevys and old Volkswagens navigated their way around a track of sheer ice.

The Magnum Ice Race Series is hosted by the Ontario Region of the Canadian Automobile Sports Club (CASC) and will continue over the next five weekends.

The whole Ontario series is run in Minden and Racers come here from all over the province from as far away as North Bay and Ottawa.

Two hoours North of Toronto Ontarion approximately 100 ice car racers will made their way to Minden on Saturday and Sunday starting January 23, 2010.

This weekend will be the first racing weekend of the 2010 CASC season. The season runs for 5 weeks and longer if the winter cold holds out.

Ice racing is a sport enjoyed by young and old alike and requires a special licence I think. Car race around a specially prepared kidney shaped ice track in cars prepared specially for safety in the ice racing sport;

For the spectator the races are free to watch and will be taking place at the Minden fairgrounds for each of the next five weekends beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

We (Jan and Sally) accommodate many drivers and spectators at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast.

Guests who come for 2 nights receive a hardy House Dinner for no charge on their arrival night. If you are up for the adventure tell us you are into watching or participating in the Ice Car Racing and we will discuss the rates appropriate for you. the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast is an 8 minute drive from Minden village. And if you enjoy participating in the Saturday Night social at pub in Minden we can help you get home and safely to bed following the party.

Call us NOW toll free for your reservation requests 1-888-786-6976

Haliburton Folk Camp

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jan Feb Mar — Sally at 12:47 am on Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Haliburton County Folk Society invites you to join us for a long weekend (Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon), one of a kind Folk Music experience for adults in the Haliburton Highlands. Winter Folk Camp II is very similar to our first Camp in March of 2009 except that Camp II is one day longer. We have also added another “stream” by providing beginner and advanced guitar classes.

The Camp is again being held at YMCA Wanakita near Haliburton, Ontario and is intended to be a late winter, affordable get-away with lots of music (concerts, classes, workshops, song circles, jamming and so on) in pleasant wooded surroundings with wonderful camaraderie, comfortable accommodations and great food.

The program has been designed to engage novice players, more experienced musicians and interested, but not particularly musical, Folk Music devotees. A weekend with us and those dreaded February “blahs” will be banished for another year!

The Winter Folk Camp program includes classes and workshops on Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon and on Monday morning
There will be evening concerts/ceilidhs on Saturday and Sunday featuring our Artists in Residence and showcasing some of our wonderful local talent.
Time has been left for a variety of complimentary outside activities (cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking etc.) and for jamming, snoozing or anything else you may wish to do.

For more information go to
Sean Pennylegion

The accommodation at Camp Wanakita is dormitory style. Stay with us at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast as we are an easy 15 minute drive to Camp Wanakita.

2nd Haliburton Highlands Ontario Winter Folk Camp on March 5-8, 2010

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jan Feb Mar — Sally at 10:28 am on Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Building on the success of last year’s event the Haliburton County Folk Society is presenting the 2nd Winter Folk Camp on March 5-8, 2010. See We have extended the duration of the camp by a day and have assembled another very talented roster of musicians to run workshops for participants and to perform at the two evening concerts/ceilidhs that are open to the community.

For more information about the Haliburton Winter Folk Camp being held at Ymca Camp Wanaakita please call Barrie Martin of th Haliburton County Folk Society, 705-754-3436

Call the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast for your 5 star off site accommodation. Tell us you are attending the folk camp and we will offer you a package you cannot refuse. 1-888-786-6976

Sunny Rock is an event sponsor.

Winterdance Dog Sledding in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Friends of Sunny Rock,Highlands Links,Jan Feb Mar,Oct Nov Dec — Sally at 2:32 pm on Friday, October 30, 2009

Winterdance Dogsledding tours company operates in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada south of Algonquin Park Ontario. Winterdance is owned and operated by husband and wife team Hank DeBruin and Tanya McCready-DeBruin.

Discover the thrill of dogsledding this winter by learning to lead a dogteam! Explore the highlands breathtaking Ontario wilderness while dog sledding in magical silence for 2 hour, 1/2 day, full day, moonlite or multi-day dog sledding trip packages, or a solo trip, in a group or a guide private tour. For more information go to or call (705) 457-5281 or email

While planning to dogsled with Winterdance call Sally and Jan at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast. During the snow months when you stay at the Sunny Rock your hosts will provide you with a “house dinner” on your arrival night (No Charge) of a multiple night reservation. Following a day of dogsledding what would be better than sitting with a beverage infront of one of the 5 fireplaces in the house or sitting in a steam shower in the privacy of your bedroom. Call and make your reservation today 1-888-786-6976 or email us at

wonderful treat and treatment!

March 20/09

What a perfectly wonderful treat and treatment. I can’t wait to treat your guests the perfect way we have been treated.

Love Bryan & Lucy

Explore Nature’s Gold Workshop March 21, 2009 in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff,Jan Feb Mar — Sally at 10:49 pm on Monday, March 9, 2009

Explore Nature’s Gold Workshop

Come and “Explore Natures” Gold with us! The perfect time and activity while you visit the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada.

It’s a Canadian Maple experience at its finest! For those of you interested in trying new and unique products there’s a local Haliburton business that is marketing fruit/maple wines and other products all made from maple sugar.

A most interesting winery is the Moon Shadows Estate Winery of Haliburton.
It is classified as a fruit winery, but is also Ontario’s first maple winery. With their own personal techniques and variances they are able to utilize natural maple syrup in the fermentation process, thus creating over 20 unique fruit and maple wines. They have fully embraced the tradition of maple sugaring and take pride in it with their various maple products you’ll be sure to love.

Haliburton Highlands Trails and Tours Network is offering a workshop on March 21st, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. hosted at the Moon Shadows Estate Winery. Participants will begin by snowshoeing through the sugar bush for an interpretative tour with Eric, owner/operator, of Moon Shadows Estate Winery. Seeing the process first hand of setting up the bush, tapping trees, gathering sap and learn valuable information from an experienced and successful individual.
Participants will then visit inside the “sugar shack” for a look at the equipment and the processes that are used to turn sap into Nature’s Gold.
All will have the opportunity to taste a variety of maple products from the sap to sugar.
Lastly participants will take a “tour and taste” at Moon Shadows Estate Winery to learn how Nature’s Gold is used in creating a variety of unique and flavorful wines.

There are still a number of spaces available for registration! To guarantee your spot please register before March 16th 2009.

Workshop Prices
Trails & Tours Member with rentals $40.00 Trails & Tours Member without rentals $30.00 Non-Member with rentals $45.00 Non-Member without rentals $35.00 For more information or to register please contact Tegan or Kerry at
(705)489-4049 or

The 2009 Workshop Series will be held year round so if you would like to facilitate and/or host a workshop or have any suggestions for other workshops please feel free to contact Tegan or Kerry at (705) 489-4049 or

Have a great day! : )

Samantha Davies Tegan Moratz Kerry Ranger
Executive Director Administrative Coordinator Administrative

Haliburton Highlands Trails and Tours Network

perfectly enjoyable winter experience…terrific cooking!

February 16. 2009

Thank you Sally, we had a wonderful time! This has been a perfectly enjoyable winter experience and we appreciate your many kindnesses and terrific cooking! Not to mention the wonderful view from our room [Walter Windsong Riverview Suite]! We hope to come back some day and stay with you again. Thank you,

Jim and Lynn

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