Reservation Policies

Haliburton Forest consists of 100,000 acres of private property and is considered a sustainable, multi-use private land stewardship company.  We strive to be environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and economically viable.  Our owners and management team continue to work with our clients, stakeholders, and partners to continue to earn an excellent reputation with both the Tourism & Recreation and Forest Products divisions.  In order for our management team to continue this business strategy, we must uphold the same rules and regulations offered throughout the Province and Country.  We obey the Highway Traffic Act, Off-Road Vehicles Act, Alcohol and Gaming Regulations, Hunting and Fishing Regulations, and many other rules and regulations recognized provincially and federally.

Below are most, if not all, of the Policies offered at Haliburton Forest.  Please be advised that Policies can be updated at any time due to updated internal, municipal, provincial and federal legislation.

For more information

For general information about visiting Haliburton Forest call 1-800-631-2198 or reservations@haliburtonforest.com.

  • All adults, regardless of the reason for visit, are required to sign an Assumption of Risk & Waiver of Liability Agreement. This waiver can be filled out and signed at time of check in, or electronically when the reservation is made.  This can be shared with other members included in the reservation.  Individual waivers for minors are required for special activities, otherwise they are included on the adults waiver.
    • The required waivers can be completed by using the ‘View Booking Documents’ feature located on your Booking Invoice.  By selecting the ‘View Booking Documents’ tab you will be prompted to complete the waiver 3 possible ways, all of which will be saved to the current Booking Invoice:
      • Fill Out – Complete waiver.  Upon completion you will be prompted to print, save, continue to receipt or return to required documents.  By returning to required documents, you can fill out another waiver.
      • Share – Provides a link that can be copied and shared through email, text, etc;
      • Email – Insert individual emails and send to others included in your reservation.
  • Reservations are accepted up to eleven months in advance of arrival date for accommodations and camping. For example, you can book July 1, 2020 for an arrival date of June 1, 2021.
  • Returning customers are able to make reservations 1 year in advance at time of check in. This applies to reservations for the same site/accommodation and same time period for the following year.
  • Reservations for seasonal and special activities are typically open 4 – 6 months in advance when possible. These events are based on their seasons so they may not be open online until closer to the intended start date.
  • Haliburton Forest can be busy and activities are often full during peak seasons.  For this reason, reservations are recommended and appreciated.
  • Year Round
    • A 3% Customer Service Fee is added to all reservations to assist with administrative costs associated with all reservations.
    • Accommodations – A 50% deposit is required at time of reservation.
    • Summer and Winter Property Access Permits – Payment in full is required at time of reservation.  Summer Day Use and Seasonal Permits may require an additional $25.00 refundable deposit for a gate key.
    • Special Events – Payment in full is required at time of reservation.
  •  Summer
    • Astronomy Tours – Payment in full is required at time of reservation.
    • Campsites – A 50% deposit, plus a $25.00 refundable deposit for a gate key is required at the time of reservation.
    • Canopy Tour – A 50% deposit is required at time of reservation.
    • Kennel Tours – Payment in full is required at time of reservation.
    • Sawmill Tours – Payment in full is required at time of reservation.
  • Winter
    • Dog Sledding – A 50% deposit is required at time of reservation.
    • Snowmobile Rentals – A 50% deposit is required at time of reservation.
  • To cancel or change a reservation, login to your reservation account at haliburtonforest.com, or call 1-800-631-2198, option 1. To create or access your account, visit any of our online booking pages.  Select Log In and you will be prompted to log in or create an account.
  • Changes to reservations through Haliburton Forest staff may result in an administration fee of $25.00.
  • Cancelling a reservation will result in a penalty or administration fee. For the majority of Haliburton Forest activities, cancellations made leading up to 15 days prior to the date of activity or arrival will result in an administration fee of $25.00.  Cancellations made within 15 days of the date of activity or arrival will result in the loss of the 50% deposit.  Activities this does not apply to are Day Use Permits, Wolf Centre and Special Events, Tours and Programs.  These activities are non-refundable.
  • All activities at Haliburton Forest run rain or shine. If weather or trail conditions become too unsafe and Haliburton Forest must reschedule or cancel events, customers will be contacted for a change of date, or a full refund.
  • Cancellations relating to or due to illness resulting from Covid-19 can be cancelled within 15 days of the reservation resulting in an administration fee of $25.00.
  • Haliburton Forest is not responsible for any booking errors, please review your invoice(s) carefully to ensure accuracy and contact us if you require assistance. Reservations will be honoured per the most recent changes to a booking as shown on the accompanying invoice.
  • Haliburton Forest has a zero tolerance policy for impaired operation of vehicles on Haliburton Forest property, lakes, roadways and trails.
  • Consumption of alcohol is restricted to accommodations and campsites. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in all day-use facilities without a valid liquor license. Contact the Group Experiences Team for information on hosting a licensed events and available locations.
  • Consumption of alcohol or smoking tobacco, cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette to vape any substance is not permitted in certain areas of Haliburton Forest, including but not limited to:
    • Main Office;
    • Cookhouse Restaurant
    • Wolf Centre
    • Accommodations;
    • Enclosed public places, including washrooms;
    • Sheltered areas with a roof and more than two walls (shelter cabins)
  • All buildings have an outside area designated for smoking. Each building has a smoking receptable for proper disposal provided.
  • Guests that are impaired can be restricted from taking part in Haliburton Forest activities and may be subject to fines. Depending on the severity of the situation, Haliburton Forest may involve local authorities (example: impaired driving).
  • Please have respect for the concerns of others and the environment.
  • Verbal and physical abuse, aggressive, threatening language or behavior towards Haliburton Forest staff, animals, and/or guests is not tolerated and may result in expulsion from the property, and/or cancellation of reservation without refund.
  • Dispose of your waste properly in the provided onsite facilities.
  • Avoid excessive noise. Generators should only be used from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Honour all posted rules and regulations (speed limits for example).
  • No chainsaw use is permitted.
  • No fireworks are permitted.
  • No firearms are permitted.
  • No side-by-sides, dirt bikes, motorcycles or other similar recreational vehicles are permitted.
  • ATVs are only permitted in the winter on shared snowmobile trails.
  • When in doubt, please inquire with our staff at the Main Office.
  • A mandatory creel survey is in effect for all lakes within Haliburton Forest. Blank forms can be found at the Main Office or you may complete our Online Creel Survey.
  • Although Haliburton Forest is privately owned, provincial Fish and Game Laws do apply and will be enforced. Additional fishing restrictions are in effect on MacDonald, Clear, and Black Lakes.
  • Live bait is prohibited on most of Haliburton Forest lakes. Further (and updated) information on Haliburton Forest and its fishery can be obtained at the Base Camp office.
  • Outdoor motors to a maximum size of 9.9 horsepower is permitted.  No gasoline motors are permitted on Blue, L’Azure, Dutton, Little Black, Black, Baby Loon and Loon lakes.
  • Most areas at Haliburton Forest are pet friendly with a few exceptions:
    • Specified accommodations are designated as pet friendly;
    • Cookhouse Restaurant;
    • Wolf Centre;
  • Accommodations that are pet friendly require a waiver to be completed and a credit card number provided. If any damages or extra cleaning is required, there may be extra charges.
  • Pets are to be on leash while on Haliburton Forest property.

Haliburton Forest is proud to be an accessible facility and welcomes trained and accredited service animals as well as service animals in training, and their owners, to our facilities. In consideration of the health and welfare of Haliburton Forest’s animal population and enjoyment of guests, service dogs are permitted under specified conditions and in most areas, including the Wolf Centre.  Please view our Accessibility page for more details.

  • The accommodation permit holder must be eighteen years of age or older.
  • Parking for vehicles is included with your accommodations. All vehicles must be registered at time of check-in and permits must be visible in each vehicle. They may need to be parked in a separate parking area away from your housekeeping unit.
  • Guests are expected to read and understand the rules, restrictions, amenities, and information on what to bringfor the roofed accommodation you are reserving.
  • Reservations can be made online up to 24 hours prior to planned visit or in person/over the phone up to 5:00 pm on date of arrival.
  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am. Day passes are included in your stay and valid until midnight on day of check out.  Late arrivals are expected to check in the following day no later than 11:00 am.
  • Housekeeping accommodation rates are based on two main seasons: Summer (April – October) and winter (November – March).
    • Summer rates are based on a per unit basis.
    • Winter rates are based on per person with a minimum occupancy of adults for each unit.  Upon check in, snowmobilers and ATVers must provide proof of valid ownership and insurance prior to accessing our trail system.  A valid drivers license or Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s License is required to access our trails as a driver.
  • We have designated housekeeping accommodations that are Pet Friendly.
    • Two Bedroom Units:  Camboose#1, Camboose #2, Camboose #3
    • Three Bedroom Units: Bears Den, Beaver House
    • Open Loft Cabins: Sugar Shack, Boiler Room
    • Lakeside Cabins: MacDonald Lake Cabin
  • Haliburton Forest offers a variety of Property Access Permits.
  • Reservations can be made any time online or in person/over the phone up to 5:00 pm on date arrival.
  • Check-in time occurs anytime during regular office hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Permits are to be picked up no earlier than the arrival date.  Consecutive dates can be collected on first consecutive date.
  • Summer Property Access:
    • Property Access fees are per adult (18 years of age and older).  Youth ages seventeen and younger are included.
    • Property Access permits are not limited.  Reservations are not required.
    • All vehicles must be registered at time of check-in and permits must be visible in each vehicle.
    • Two types of permits are available.  Both types are offered as Day Use or Seasonal.  Day Use Permits are valid until 5:00 pm on the last day of consecutive dates.  Seasonal Permits are valid until 5:00 pm on the last day of the season.
      • Full Access – Required for all adults 18 years of age or older entering the property.  This permit allows users to access the property by any vehicle, be it bike, car, truck, canoe or kayak, etc and for hiking.
      • Walking Access – A Walking Permit allows users to access the property for walking/hiking.  A Seasonal Walking Permit is valid for 2 adults of the same household to walk the property.
  • Winter Property Access:
    • Property Access fees are per driver or passenger.
    • Property Access Permits are limited.  Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and holidays.
    • Proof of valid ownership and insurance are required at time of check in and prior to accessing our trail system.
    • A valid Driver’s Licence or Motorized Snow Vehicle  Operator’s Licence is required to access our trails as a driver.
    • All riders must be registered at time of check-in.  Day Use Permits must be worn on each person and Seasonal Permits must be visible on each machine.
    • No aftermarket pipes, cans, etc. (nothing that makes your machine(s) louder).
    • All riders are required to wear DOT approved helmets.  Rental helmets are available at the office.
    • Check-in time occurs anytime during regular office hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Permits are to be picked up no earlier than the arrival date.  Consecutive dates can be collected on first consecutive date
    • Permits are available for drivers and passengers as Day Use and Seasonal.  Day Use Permits are valid until midnight on the last day of consecutive dates.  Seasonal Permits are valid until midnight on the last day of the season.
      • Driver – Youth 12 and older can drive a snowmobile with proof of valid Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s Licence or G1 Driver’s Licence.  Youth 16 and older are permitted to drive an ATV with proof of valid G2 Driver’s Licence.  Children under 18 are to be accompanied by an adult, whether driving their own machine or as a passenger.
      • Passenger – Adult passengers 18 years of age or older are required to purchase a Passenger Permit.  Passengers 17 and younger are free.  If riding double, adults must have a legal 2-up.  Small children are permitted to ride double with an adult.
  • Participation fees vary but are typically per person. Some exceptions may apply.
  • Reservations are typically required as spaces for special events are limited. Some exceptions may apply.
  • Reservations can be made online, in person or over the phone up to 24 hours prior to planned visit. Walk in slots may be available but not guaranteed up to 2 hours prior to start of tour.
  • Check in time is 30 minutes prior to the start of your special event.
  • Haliburton Forest has an admission package for guests with disabilities whereby, if required, an accompanying support worker may receive complimentary admission to these activities.
  • Admission fees are per person or per family.
  • The Wolf Centre is an indoor facility. There is no outside viewing area.  The wolves are only visible from indoor observation area.
  • Reservations are required. The Wolf Centre is currently limiting the number of visitors to 25 per timeslot.  Visiting hours are now limited to 4 timeslots, each one running 1.5 hours.  Please show up for the start of your designated tour time so you can benefit from the full 1.5 hours:
    • 9:00 am
    • 11:00 am
    • 1:00 pm
    • 3:00 pm
  • Reservations can be made online, in person or over the phone up to 24 hours prior to planned visit. Walk in slots may be available but not guaranteed up to 2 hours prior to start of tour.
  • There is no food or beverage permitted inside the Wolf Centre.
  • No running, howling/yelling, knocking on the glass or horse-play is permitted inside the Wolf Centre.
  • No pets permitted in the facility. We ask that you leave your pet at home if possible to avoid leaving them in your vehicle. Service animals wearing their service vests are welcome.
  • This facility is easily accessible with the exception of the washrooms which are located on a lower level with stair access. Guests unable to manage the stairs are welcome to use the washroom facilities at the Base Camp Comfort Station or Cookhouse Restaurant located at 1095 Redkenn Road.  Haliburton Forest has an admission package for guests with disabilities whereby, if required, an accompanying support worker will receive complimentary admission to the Wolf Centre.

  • The campsite permit holder must be eighteen years of age or older.
  • No more than 4 adults can occupy a campsite. We ask that the number of children (17 and younger) be within reason.
  • Parking is included and is not limited to a specific number of vehicles however we ask that everyone be respectful of neighboring campsites and fellow day users. We have additional parking at Base Camp for extra vehicles beyond the site capacity.  No vehicles are to be parked on neighboring empty sites, blocking roads, trails, boat launches, etc.  All vehicles must be registered at time of check-in and permits must be visible in each vehicle.
  • Reservations can be made online up to 24 hours prior to planned visit, or in person/over the phone up to 5:00 pm on date of arrival. Late arrivals are expected to check in the following day no later than 11:00 am.
  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 pm and check-out time is 12:00 pm. Day passes are included in your stay and valid until 5:00 pm on day of check-out.
  • No outside firewood is permitted to prevent the spread of invasive species. Firewood is available onsite to purchase.
  • Guests are expected to inform themselves of fire restrictions and safe campfire practices. Information on current fire restrictions for our area can be found here: Municipality of Dysart et al.
  • Information on bear safety: Bear Wise
  • Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Children must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 2 children per adult).  If guests do not have the required ratio of adults to children please contact Haliburton Forest.
  • Participation fees are per person. Although we do accept single guest bookings, tours will only run with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Advanced reservations for the Canopy Tour are required.
  • We take 13 guests per tour. For larger groups contact us directly via phone or email experiences@haliburtonforest.com.
  • Tours run rain or shine.
  • Participants must wear all safety equipment and use according to the guide’s directions.
  • Horse-play, direct misuse of equipment or failure to follow safety instructions will result in immediate expulsion from the tour without refund.
  • The guide has the ability to cancel a trip due to weather or any other unforeseen factor at any point during the tour. Rain checks may be offered when applicable.
  • Reservations can be made online up to 24 hours prior to planned visit. Walk ins may be available but not guaranteed up to 2 hours prior to start of tour.
  • Check-in time depends on the tour start time:
    • 9:00 am Tour: Please arrive 30 minutes before your tour.  The Wolf Centre may be visited after the tour.
    • 1:30 pm Tour: Please arrive 1.5-2 hours before your tour to take advantage of the complimentary Wolf Centre visit.
    • ***Refer to Canopy Tour booking page for Covid-19 activity features as there are limitations.
  • Guests should be able to walk at a relaxed pace under their own power for a minimum of 3 hours as well as being capable of embarking and disembarking a large voyageur style canoe from a dock.
  • Pregnant women are advised to contact their doctor for medical advice before booking. The harness must fit snuggly over the hips/around the waist for you and your child’s safety.
  • It is recommenced that guests with hearing or vision impairments have a friend, family member or support person join them on the tour.  Haliburton Forest has an admission package for guests with disabilities whereby, if required, an accompanying support worker will receive complimentary admission to the Wolf Centre.
  • Participation fees are per person.
  • Reservations are required as spaces for tours are limited.
  • Reservations can be made online up to 24 hours prior to planned visit, or in person/over the phone up to 5:00 pm date prior to activity. Walk in slots may be available but not guaranteed up to 2 hours prior to start of tour.
    • Sawmill Tours must be booked 5 days in advance.
  • Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to the start of your tour.
  • Each tour will go over their individual safety instructions but general rules of conduct are expected.
  • It is recommended that guests with hearing impairments have a friend, family member or support person join them on the tour. Haliburton Forest has an admission package for guests with disabilities whereby, if required, an accompanying support worker may receive complimentary admission for these activities.
  • Astronomy tour
    • Meet at the stone pillars next to the Main Office.
    • Approximately 15 minute easy walk to Astronomy area.
  • Kennel Tour
    • Check-in at the Main Office.  Staff will direct you to the meeting location.
  • Sawmill Tour
    • Check-in at the Main Office.  Staff will direct you to the meeting location.
  • Renters must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Reservations are not required but recommended as canoes are limited.
  • All gear is provided, including the required safety kit, pfds and paddles.
  • It is up to the renters/guests to transport to the site or lake(s) they are heading to. Haliburton Forest provides the ropes and bumpers for transport.
  • Impaired use is not tolerated.  Renters caught boating impaired can be charged, and/or banned from future rental of our canoes as well as from the property.  Haliburton Forest reserves the right to cancel rentals at the counter/upon arrival without refund if staff suspect the renter may be impaired.
  • Haliburton Forest offers a variety of Property Access Permits.
  • Reservations can be made any time online or in person/over the phone up to 5:00 pm on date arrival.
  • Check-in time occurs anytime during regular office hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Permits are to be picked up no earlier than the arrival date.  Consecutive dates can be collected on first consecutive date.
  • Summer Property Access:
    • Property Access fees are per adult (18 years of age and older).  Youth ages seventeen and younger are included.
    • Property Access permits are not limited.  Reservations are not required.
    • All vehicles must be registered at time of check-in and permits must be visible in each vehicle.
    • Two types of permits are available.  Both types are offered as Day Use or Seasonal.  Day Use Permits are valid until 5:00 pm on the last day of consecutive dates.  Seasonal Permits are valid until 5:00 pm on the last day of the season.
      • Full Access – Required for all adults 18 years of age or older entering the property.  This permit allows users to access the property by any vehicle, be it bike, car, truck, canoe or kayak, etc and for hiking.
      • Walking Access – A Walking Permit allows users to access the property for walking/hiking.  A Seasonal Walking Permit is valid for 2 adults of the same household to walk the property.

  • Participants must be 6 years of age or older. Children must be accompanied with an adult (maximum 1 child per adult).  If guests do not have the required ratio of adults to children, please contact Haliburton Forest.
  • Participation fees are per person. Although we do accept single guest bookings, tours will only run with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Reservations for Dog Sledding are required.
  • Tours run rain, shine or snow. Tours may be cancelled due to unsafe trail conditions as determined by Haliburton Forest, and abnormally high or low temperatures.
  • Horse-play, direct misuse of equipment, or failure to follow safety instructions will result in immediate expulsion from the tour without refund.
  • Reservations can be made online up to 48 hours prior to planned visit, or in person/over the phone up to 5:00 pm on date prior to desired tour date. Walk-ins are very rarely accommodated.
  • Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to the start of your tour.
  • All guests must stand on the sleds, excluding children under 54 inches/137 centimeters tall. Special accommodations can be made at the discretion of Haliburton Forest.  Any guests (other than children under required height) requiring to sit on the sled should contact Haliburton Forest.  While controlling the sled, guests must maintain one foot on a runner, while the other controls the brake for the sled.  Guests are asked to assist the dogs going up certain hills.  This may require walking or jogging beside the sled while guiding the sled uphill.
  • We do not recommend pregnant women, or guests with existing or persistent injuries participate.
  • It is recommenced that guests with hearing or vision impairments have a friend, family member or support person join them on the tour. Haliburton Forest has an admission package for guests with disabilities whereby, if required, an accompanying support worker may receive complimentary admission on the Dog Sled Tour.
  • Haliburton Forest offers a variety of Property Access Permits.
  • Reservations can be made any time online or in person/over the phone up to 5:00 pm on date arrival.
  • Check-in time occurs anytime during regular office hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Permits are to be picked up no earlier than the arrival date.  Consecutive dates can be collected on first consecutive date.
  • Winter Property Access:
    • Property Access fees are per driver or passenger.
    • Property Access Permits are limited.  Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and holidays.
    • Proof of valid ownership and insurance are required at time of check in and prior to accessing our trail system.
    • A valid Driver’s Licence or Motorized Snow Vehicle  Operator’s Licence is required to access our trails as a driver.
    • All riders must be registered at time of check-in.  Day Use Permits must be worn on each person and Seasonal Permits must be visible on each machine.
    • No aftermarket pipes, cans, etc. (nothing that makes your machine(s) louder).
    • All riders are required to wear DOT approved helmets.  Rental helmets are available at the office.
    • Check-in time occurs anytime during regular office hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Permits are to be picked up no earlier than the arrival date.  Consecutive dates can be collected on first consecutive date
    • Permits are available for drivers and passengers as Day Use and Seasonal.  Day Use Permits are valid until midnight on the last day of consecutive dates.  Seasonal Permits are valid until midnight on the last day of the season.
      • Driver – Youth 12 and older can drive a snowmobile with proof of valid Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s Licence or G1 Driver’s Licence.  Youth 16 and older are permitted to drive an ATV with proof of valid G2 Driver’s Licence.  Children under 18 are to be accompanied by an adult, whether driving their own machine or as a passenger.
      • Passenger – Adult passengers 18 years of age or older are required to purchase a Passenger Permit.  Passengers 17 and younger are free.  If riding double, adults must have a legal 2-up.  Small children are permitted to ride double with an adult.
  • Renters must be 18 years of age or older with a valid full G driver’s license.
  • A pre-authorized security deposit of $3,500.00 per machine is required at time of pick-up (Visa, Mastercard or American Express only).
  • Rentals carry third party liability insurance, not collision. Collision insurance for amounts over the first $2,500.00 can be purchased at 10% of the total rental fee.
  • If any or all machines are stolen during the rental time, the Renter will be responsible for the total replacement cost.
  • The Renter is subject to an automatic 25% Repair Service Charge as a result of any damages.
  • The Renter is subject to a Late Fee of $100.00 per half hour the rental is returned after the designated return time.
  • Rentals are to remain on Haliburton Forest property and our private trail system. If they are taken off property at any time the Renter can be charged additional fees or charged with theft.  If any damages were to occur, any and all purchased insurance will be void, and the Renter will be responsible for all associated cost.
  • Impaired driving is not tolerated. Renters caught driving impaired can be charged, and/or banned from future rental of our snowmobiles as well as from the property.  Any and all purchased insurance will be void, and the Renter will be responsible for all associated cost.  Haliburton Forest reserves the right to cancel rentals at the counter/upon arrival without refund if staff suspect the renter may be impaired.
  • DOT approved helmets are required. Rental helmets are available at the office.
  • Riding double on a 1 UP machine is not permitted.
  • Posted speed limits must be respected and obeyed.