Trail Conditions

Weather and Recreational Trail Conditions


Current Trail Conditions Follow This Notice

Operations Update – As of July 8th, 2020 at 4:25 pm.

As of mid-May most operations have started to open at Haliburton Forest. Here is our current update.

Gas and Propane Services – Open seven days a week 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Trails – Open for hiking, walking, biking, and running. Day passes and season’s passes can be purchased online. No need to come in the office, as long as you have proof via receipt on your phone or a printed copy on hand. You must fill out the appropriate waivers online before accessing the trail network.

Road Access – OPEN for Day Use! Please purchase passes online as well as sign the appropriate waivers online. You will require a key to get through the gates if you wish to drive through the property.  The office will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to hand out keys. A $25.00 refundable deposit is paid at time of pick up per key.  Keys will be thoroughly sanitized and handed out.

Comfort Station – Open

Accommodations – Open for business as usual. For more information about accommodations and to make a booking click here.

Transient Camping – Open Book your campsite.

Wolf Centre – Open but operating very differently. For more information and to book your visit click here.

Canopy Tours – Closed until August 1st for repairs.  Hoping to open sooner. Book your tour.

Summer Camp, Astronomy, Wolf Howls and Natural History Programs – Cancelled for summer 2020.

The Cookhouse Restaurant

Kitchen temporarily closed, due to re-open Friday, July 10th. Chef Stefan injured his back.

Gillian and Chef Stefan at the Cookhouse continue offering an incredible curbside take-out service.  They are serving their regular take out menu, as well as daily specials at $12.00 per person, plus HST along with incredible deserts! Meals can be enjoyed at home or from the comfort of our outdoor patio. They offer take away beer, wine and build your own cocktail kits! They also offer delicious custom cakes, groceries and our very own, made onsite, Maple Syrup. **NEW** Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream! Get it in a cone, milkshake or ice cream sandwich!!

Hours of Operation

  • Monday and Tuesday closed
  • Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Sundays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Click here for their takeaway menu.

For Daily Specials be sure to follow The Cookhouse on Instagram @haliburton_cookhouse or check our our daily stories on the Haliburton Forest Facebook and Instagram pages.

To order call 705-754-1729 or email

We hope that you understand the situation continues to evolve rapidly, and our plans are changing on a regular basis. We will post updates to our Facebook and Instagram pages as well as on the doors of the Main Office if or when these plans change.  We will continue to take our direction from public health authorities and adjust our operations plan as more information becomes available.

The team at Haliburton Forest encourages everyone to be responsible and abide by recommended social distancing practices so that we may successfully navigate this difficult time and get back to enjoying the great outdoors in the near future.

If you have questions, please call 1-800-631-2198 or email

We wish you the best of health!

  • ATV, Quad

Current Trail Conditions

Hiking, Running & Mountain/Gravel Biking Trails – Open

Update Thursday, June 18, 2020

Well trails have been open for a few weeks now, staff have been out in full force and so have our bikers, hikers and runners.  All reports say that trails are in July/August like conditions (this means good shape!). Overall all main trails have been gone through with a leaf blower, chainsaw and a shovel!  As with any forest environment there may still be a tree down here or there after a storm and some wet spots but overall you should have a great experience. Please use extreme caution when using the trails and be sure to inform the front office of any issues that need to be addressed.

Purchasing Day and Seasons Passes

Passes are required to use the Haliburton Forest trail system. Whenever possible, please purchase your pass online versus coming into the office. For online purchases, please make sure to sign the appropriate Online Summer Waiver and have proof of purchase on you at all times. A receipt on our phone or printed copy will suffice.

Trail Maps and Information

For more information about our trails and a downloadable PDF map click here.

Click here for our interactive CarryMap.

Reporting Concerns

Please report concerns to or by phone 800-631-2198 option #1 for the Main Office.  We will do our best to address these concerns as soon as possible but please be patient we have much to catch up on.

Keep Up To Date

We will do our best to update conditions on the website every Thursday by end of day if not more frequently.  Check out our ongoing trail reports and stories on Instagram @haliburton_forest, and Facebook.

Click here for a detailed weather forecast for our area or check out our webcam to see the weather for yourself!

Recreational Snowmobile/ATV Trail Conditions – March 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm – Closed

We had another incredible season and we want to thank everyone who visited us this winter.  Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to hosting you again next winter.

Don’t be disappointed make sure to book your winter getaway!

Insider Tip!  Weekdays are a great time to come. Groomers head out first thing every Monday morning and groom all week (if conditions permit). We don’t see the same volume of day passes and typically have some availability in our accommodations. Have you booked your winter getaway yet?

Having trouble finding accommodations on weekends check out My Haliburton Highlands for other great local B&Bs, resorts, hotels, motels, etc…

Dog Sledding Tours – Closed

It was a fantastic season! Thank you to all who came out. See you when the snow flies next season!

Online booking is available. Have you booked your experience yet?

Reminder: Permits are required before entering Haliburton Forest property. In the winter months Haliburton Forest limits the number of daily riders on its trail system to 100. Therefore, daily visitors, especially on weekends, are required to reserve a space on the trails prior to arrival. This will ensure that visiting snowmobilers and atvers will be provided with the best possible and consistently superior snowmobiling conditions.

  • At time of purchase valid ownership and insurance will be required per snowmobile being booked as well as on the trails. Upon arrival passes MUST be picked up at the Main Office. Driver’s must have a valid driver’s license or the equivalent Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s License.
  • Youth 12 and older can drive with proof of valid Snowmobile License or G1.  Children under 18 are to be accompanied by parent/guardian.
  • Family Season’s Passes must be within the same household. Valid for up to 2 adults with their children 21 years of age and under. 
  • Side by sides are not permitted on the trails.
  • No after market pipes, cans, etc… (nothing that makes your sled(s) louder). 
  • If riding double, adults must have a legal two up.  Children are permitted to ride double with an adult.  All riders are REQUIRED to wear helmets.