Haliburton Highlands

Striking Canadian Shield landscapes
dotted with numerous lakes, rivers and streams

haliburton highlands The Haliburton Highlands are the third of the triumvirate regions that make up Ontario’s near north cottage country along with the Kawarthas and the Muskokas.

Like those other areas the region is dotted with many small lakes and rivers and its proximity to the province’s major population centers makes it an idyllic weekend getaway destination.

The region in centered on the Village of Haliburton in Haliburton County and was named as such by its early settlers due to its remarkable resemblance to the Scottish Highlands from which they came.

Located just over 2 hours from Toronto and less than 4 hours from Ottawa the highlands of the Canadian Shield has striking landscapes and is home to over 600 crystal clear lakes of various dimensions.

Some of the larger lakes include:
  • Bitter Lake
  • Burdock Lake
  • Boshkung Lake
  • Drag Lake
  • Gull Lake
  • Haliburton Lake
  • Halls Lake
  • Hawk Lake
  • Head Lake
  • Lake Kashagawigamog
  • Kawagama Lake
  • Kennisis Lake
  • Kushog Lake
  • Minden Lake
  • Mountain Lake
  • Paudash Lake
  • Redstone Lake
  • Salerno Lake
  • Twelve Mile Lake
  • Wenona Lake


The Haliburton Highlands is a very large region stretching from Algonquin Park on the north end to the Village of Kinmount in the south and stretches from the Township of Wilberforce in the east to the Muskoka region in the west.

It is very sparsely populated and the only communities of any significant size are:
  • Township of Haliburton, population 6,000
  • Municipality of Dysert et al population 6,000
  • Township of Minden, population 5,700
  • Municipality of Halibuton East, population 3,300


Map of the Haliburton Highlands region

haliburton map


Getting to the Haliburton Highlands Ontario region:

By Car:

From Toronto East take Highway 404 North (Don Valley Parkway) to Davis Drive, then head east to Highway #48. Take Highway #48 North to the village of Coboconk where you will head north on Highway #35 to Minden and Haliburton County.

From Toronto West take Highway 401 Easy to Highway 400 North. North of Barrie, this becomes Highway #11. Continue north on Highway #11 to Highway #118 East to Haliburton County.

From Ottawa take Highway 417 to Pembroke where it turns into Highway#17. Continue oh Highway #17 to Highway #132 to Renfrew. Continue on Highway #132 until it meets Highway #41 South. Continue on Highway #41 to Denby then take Highway #28 to Bancroft and continue south-west to Paudash. At Paudash take Highway #118 West to Haliburton.

From Northern Ontario take Highway #11 South to Huntsville then take Highway #60 East to Dwight at which time you are at the northern end of Haliburton County.

By Air:

Air travel into the region is not an option.

By Public Transport:

By Rail:

Rail travel into the region is not an option. No rail services are provided.

By Bus:

The larger communities in the region are serviced by bus. For more information visit www.greyhound.ca


haliburton The region’s close proximity to Algonquin Park and large heavily forested tracts inundated with many lakes, rivers and streams makes this an outdoor enthusiasts destination second to none in a province filled with similar locales.

There is much to see and do in the region with some of the more popular activities including:
  • camping
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • waterskkiing
  • fishing
  • canoeing
  • kayaking
In the winter enjoy:
  • snowmobiling
  • dogsledding
  • skiing of all kinds

The region also has the private Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve, one of the largest of its kind.

Nestled between the Muskokas, Kawarthas, Algonquin Park and the Ottawa Valley the region is sometimes is overlooked by visitors to Ontario Canada, locals however are well aware of the area and it is a long time favourite recreational region. Cottages are strewn along the shores of the various waterways and during the peak summer months they quickly fill with eager vactioner's.

While not on the top of every visitor’s itinerary the Haliburton Highlands makes for a nice 1 or 2 day side-trip when visiting the more popular destinations. To learn more about what the area has to offer visit my Haliburton Highlands attraction pages below for more information.


Haliburton Highlands Attractions


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