Sally’s View of the River

The Official Weblog of the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast

Minden, Ontario, Canada

Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

New Store in Minden Ontario: Unique Finds

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 11:37 am on Thursday, May 17, 2012

There is a new store in Minden Village that everyone should be checking out this summer. Unique Finds buy household contents and cottage contents of people selling or moving. The occasional estate content sale has many riches. The contents of his store are antiques,furniture,military medals, old photos, old postcards, collectables, hard cover books and collections. Unique Finds is located at 89 Bobcaygeon Road in Minden (beside the Wine Store). 705 935 0011

Bigley’s Shoes and Clothing in Bobcaygeon ONtario

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 11:15 am on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bigley’s Shoes and Clothing is a favorite location to visit when they come to visit us at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands. It’s an easy stop to Bigley’s on your way to or from Toronto.

Bigley’s is located at 41Bolton Street in Bobcaygeon Ontario. They are open 7 days a week and they represent 8stores under one roof. They also have an online store at .. Artist Exhibition, Launch & Celebration: April 7th, 2012

Filed under: Apr May Jun,Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Odd Stuff,Highlands Links — Sally at 12:54 pm on Thursday, March 29, 2012 announces the official launch of their online gallery business with an exhibition of the work of the artists who are partnering with them. The public is invited to join owners Don & Marie Gage on Saturday April 7 at 11:00 am for the official ribbon cutting at The Art Hive to celebrate the start of this new enterprise.
This innovative business brings together interested artists who have an affiliation with the Haliburton Highlands, Ontario Canada to market and sell their products online. The website at its launch already has 35 well-known Haliburton Highlands artists and art organizations and over 300 products. The number is growing weekly.
For the buying public this new enterprise offers a constant supply of Canadian made products that will be shipped directly to their home. These artistic creations can be enjoyed yourself or shared with family and friends on a special occasion.
Marie is passionate as she explains why the couple have created an online gallery for the Haliburton Highlands. “It’s simple really: this is a very talented artistic community and the work of local artists deserves to be showcased and marketed world wide. Don and I believe that will introduce both our artists and the Highlands community to an online market. ”
Since 1968 a small group of citizens envisioned that the Haliburton Highlands could become a renowned artistic centre. The rugged landscape of forests and lakes was thought to be an ideal location for artists to be creative in their home-based businesses scattered around the region. Forty years later the arts have truly blossomed in this community. It is now the home of a full-time Fleming College campus that attracts approximately 150 full-time students, and 3,500 students for week long courses given by over 150 artist faculty members who are associated with a variety of media and methods. There are 190 artists and arts related organizations registered with the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands. It is known that this is only part of the total composition of the arts within the Haliburton Highlands as some individuals choose not to become members. There are several year round public galleries; five community museums; three studio tours; two dance studios; the Highlands Summer Festival (live theatre), the Highlands Opera Studio; and a variety of live musical performances through the Forest Festival and Folk Society . All of this has been created by a small but, vibrant community with only 15,000 permanent residents. Art “production” is one of the main economic development enterprises of this region.
Don adds that although The Haliburton Highlands Studio Tour and other tours and events do bring many visitors to see local art studios and some artists have a presence on the web, there are few “buy now” opportunities for the public to take advantage of. “We are now taking their work to the world through our online gallery and marketplace and offering people around the world the opportunity to “buy now” 365 days of the year 24 hours a day.”
Dani Stahle, one of the 35 artists participating in the website, says “I am excited to be part of the Made In Haliburton website concept! I like to think about this website as an Online Studio Tour for people who cannot make the trip to Haliburton. Marie and Don have taken great care with every detail to make sure all artists who participate are professionally represented.”
Charles O’Neil, a well-known wire sculptor, states “ is a perfect marketing tool for me. Now I can spend more time in my studio creating work and letting someone else handle the selling, shipping etc. I also like the fact that it is promoting the Haliburton Highlands in general. The more attention we bring to our community the better for everyone. “
Start-up costs of the business were partially covered by a grant from the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s Cultural Strategic Investment Fund (CSIF). The Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, The Art Hive Maple Lake Artists Collective and RightEyedDeer Press received funding from this grant to assist in marketing A committee of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands is responsible for steering the process of development and will continue to provide assistance with the jurying process of applicants.
The Gage’s have been investigating and developing this idea for almost two years. Thanks to a very hard-working committee of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, and the cooperation of the artists, the website is now a reality. Although the official launch is not until April, is now live on line and open for business. The exhibit featuring participating artists will be on display at The Art Hive until April 22.
Marie or Don Gage

Haliburton Highlands Business Owner and Musher Iditarod Bound

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock — Sally at 10:24 pm on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Men and women from around the world who share a passion dogs and the drive to compete in a thousand mile dog sled race that spans the toughest terrain under the harshest conditions Mother Nature can muster are getting ready. Among them is Winterdance Tour operator and owner, Hank DeBruin. Hank and his 16 dog team will be embarking on this northern rout from Anchorage up to Nome Alaska.

Hank starts the race on March 3rd and is planning to finish the 26 check points in 12 days. Fans of the event and of Hank and Tanya can follow Hank’s progress on the Winterdance Facebook page or on Winterdance Dog Sledding website

Good Luck Hank…we at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast are routing for you.

Ontario Senior Games welcomes the Amazing Kreskin to the Haliburton Highlands: Summer 2011

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 4:46 pm on Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Amazing Kreskin with Sally and Ace of the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands

With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist or thought reader, The Amazing Kreskin has, for some six decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind…his own. His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world, invoked in comedy clubs, comic strips, print stories, and TV shows from sitcoms on through national magazines.

The Amazing Kreskin was invited to the Ontario Senior Games as a final night entertainer for the athletes, volunteers and guests. The following night he entertained 350 adults at the Northern Lights Pavillion in Haliburton Village as the Guest entertainer of the Haliburton Highlands Lions Club. I had the good fortune to attend that show and it was incredible and very entertaining.

The Amazing Kreskin (Glenn Ottaway and Richard Forget friends of Kreskin) stayed at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario.

Don Cherry (aka Clark Robertson of Calgary Alberta) visits the Haliburton Highlands

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 1:50 pm on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Haliburton Highlands Ontario...the Home away from Home for Special Guests.

Clark Robertson recently was a guest of the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands. Clark is a Don Cherry Impersonator and travels to special events accoss Canada sharing his craft.

With his eclectic array of props and razor-sharp comedic timing, Clark’s high-energy entertainment will be the highlight of your event.

In 25 years of performing, he’s polished his act to a high level of professionalism, delighting audiences at conventions, corporate events and trade shows. Clark can customize his show with original material for any audience or corporate theme.

He’s quick to develop a rapport with the crowd with his improvisational banter and innovative audience participation routines.

As Don Cherry he entertained the athletes, volunteers and visitors of the Ontario Winter Games held this February in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario.

To contact Clark Robertson call 1-877-877-1907

Cell Phones and Sap Buckets: Six Years on Sapsucker Ridge written by Neil Campbell

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff,General Interest Odd Stuff — Sally at 12:45 am on Thursday, December 23, 2010

CELL PHONES AND SAP BUCKETS tells stories of living in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario.

Not long ago, Neil Campbell and his best pal, The Brown Dog Jiggs, celebrated with champagne and liver treats when one of them was declared Ontario’s best weekly newspaper columnist.
These award-winning columns for the Minden Times (Minden Ontario) about their lives together in the Haliburton Highlands woods have been collected in a book called Cell Phones and Sap Buckets: Six Years on Sapsucker Ridge.

For a preview of the book, please click on:
Neil Campbell, retired from a long career at The Globe and Mail, typed the stories, however Jiggs is the real star of the book. Jiggs takes Neil on long walks and gives him little glimpses of the secret lives led by the creatures who live all around them.

They watch a romance between two snapping turtles and the unfolding of a sibling rivalry in a heron nest that turns fatal. A hungry fawn sucks on Neil’s pantleg and a bear swats Jiggs.

Jiggs noses out clues while Neil savours the changing of the seasons. Along the way, he deals with the challenges of living off the hydro grid on 50 acres of upland hardwood forest in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario two miles from the nearest public road.

When Campbell’s not being walked by the dog, Neil makes maple syrup, cuts his own firewood and works to preserve the Haliburton Highlands landscape as a member of the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust.

Also in the book are 15 original drawings by Haliburton artist Charlie Teljeur.

Campbell’s 40 year as a professional journalist included Ontario stops with the Richmond Hill Liberal, Oakville Daily Journal-Record, Oakville Beaver and Owen Sound Sun-Times, along with the Edmonton Journal, The Canadian Press, and 26 years with The Globe and Mail.

To contact Neil Campbell at for information on how to order directly and for Author signature.

Copies of Cell Phones and Sap Bucketscan be purchased from the following outlets throught Ontario

Bancroft — Ashlie’s Books.
Belleville — Greenley’s Bookstore.
Carnarvon — That Place in Carnarvon.
Gelert — Wintergreen Maple Products.
Haliburton — Country Rose, Foodland, Haliburton County Echo, Maple Moon, Master’s Books, Studio Rose, Undercover Books.
Kinmount — Artisan’s Market Place, Gateway Variety.
Lakefield — Happenstance Books & Yarns.
Lindsay — Joyce’s Place.
Minden — Dollo’s Foodland, The Fast Lane, Home Hardware, Organic Times, Pharmasave, R.D. Lawrence Place, Whispers North.
Orillia — Manticore Books.
Owen Sound — Downtown Bookstore.
Peterborough — Chapters, Titles Bookstore.
Rosedale — Kawartha Lakes Trading Post.
West Guilford — Cottage Country Log Cabin Trading.
Wilberforce — Agnew’s General Store.

Or, contact Neil Campbell at for information on how to order direct.

A Gem of a Program: Haliburton Highland’s Rocks

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Friends of Sunny Rock,Highlands Links,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 10:54 pm on Monday, June 28, 2010

There are 110 types of minerals in the Haliburton Highlands. There is a way for anyone to explore the gems…Programs run by Yours Outdoors.
Though most rocks and minerals aren’t valuable precious gems, the mineral tourism industry has proven to be big business. People from far and wide come to experience mineral collecting field trips throughout the summer.

The Haliburton Highlands really does “rock” in so many ways. Explore the rich minerals deposits, unique geological features, and rugged autumn landscapes of the area while enjoying the great hospitality and fine folk of the Highlands. Choose from a variety of unique tours, including a half day, one-day, and 3 day/2 night tour.
Choose one of the following packages:
• Gems Beneath Your Boots – Half Day
• Haliburton Rocks! Full Day
• Haliburton Rocks! The Celebrity Adventure
• Haliburton Rocks! Three Day

The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast welcomes you for the Haliburton Rock! We would love to accommodate you and make your experience a fabulous memory.

The Celebrity Adventure program run by Yours Outdoors program uses the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast for a number of the components of the schedule.

Guided Fly Fishing in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,Highlands Links — Sally at 10:49 pm on Friday, June 25, 2010

Haliburton on the Fly is a business created by fisherman Steve Galea. As a resident of Haliburton County Steve has an intimate knowledge of fishing in the Haliburton Highlands. Small Mouth bass is his specialty.

Steve is interested in helping beginners to the experienced to enjoy fly fishing.

For more information contact Steve at or call 705-448-1820

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

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