The diversity of landscapes and habitats at Haliburton Forest can be explored on foot, by bike or canoe. Numerous trails and paths criss-cross the land enabling visitor’s access to the unspoiled natural environment.
With the extent of Haliburton Forest's lands and the variety of activities offered, many visitors decide on extended stays. In order to accommodate overnight visits in the heart of its lands, Haliburton Forest has developed an extensive network of semi-wilderness campsites on 17 of its 50 lakes. While a majority of sites are leased on an annual basis, a number of designated sites have been reserved for short term use.
The term "semi-wilderness" in the classification of these campsites indicates their unique nature. All sites are spacious and accessible throughout the summer by car. They are situated directly on a lakeshore, well spaced and private, without back lots, and are often out of sight from any neighbour. Sites are equipped with a picnic table and outhouse, but no hook-ups or other services. This concept represents a successful blend of wilderness camping (Algonquin Park style) and camping as it commonly occurs on organized campgrounds.
Camping at Haliburton Forest can only occur on designated sites. Campsites are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. Advance reservations are required. In order to accommodate longer stays a minimum weekly occupation is required for some sites.
20 individual, water access sites are available for short term use during the summer. Each site is equipped with an outhouse and picnic table.
The fee for site occupancy is $17 per night. Early booking is advised. This fee is ADDITIONAL to the summer property permit fee of $ 15 per adult per day as referred to above. These fees are subject to all applicable taxes.
Visitor permits are required for any visit to Haliburton Forest.
The general camping season runs from mid May to Thanksgiving. Public access is prohibited during hunting season in the fall.
Especially during July and August, advance reservations prior to arrival are essential. A non refundable deposit of $15.00 will be requested with every booking. Guests are responsible for payment for all dates booked and there will be no refund for early departure. For information regarding rates and rental equipment please see our Reservations page.
Camping is only one of the exciting outdoor activities offered at Haliburton Forest. Some of the other activities include: mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, hiking, birding, orienteering, outdoor education, astronomy and much more. Information material and maps for specific activities are available upon request.
In order to accommodate an enjoyable visit for all our guests as well as minimize the human impact on the natural environment at Haliburton Forest, certain rules apply to visitors.
- a general outboard motor limit as well as a ban of gasoline outboard motors on certain lakes is in effect.
- motor bikes, dune buggies, ATV's and similar motorized vehicles are prohibited.
- noise levels are to be kept at a minimum at all times.
- the possession of firearms is strictly prohibited.
- littering and mutilation of standing trees is strictly prohibited.
- provincial fish and game laws as well as traffic rules apply.
- while Haliburton Forest is dog friendly, we expect that dogs are kept under the direct control of their owners at all times;
- firewood cannot be brought into the forest due to the danger of transporting invasive species;
In cases of contravention against any of the above rules, Haliburton Forest reserves the right to cancel any visitor's privileges immediately and without refund.
The following 5 minute video provides an overview of the different summer activities provided at Haliburton Forest.