Weather and Recreational Trail Conditions
Full COVID-19 UPDATE
Current Trail Conditions
Updated – Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:15 pm
Dog Sledding Tours
Closed (hoping to start tours Thursday, February 11, 2021)
Online booking is available. Have you booked your experience yet?
Open – Hard pack base. Easy to hike or snowshoe (some may even want to bring cross country skis , but trails will not be groomed).
Snowshoers/hikers are welcome to use, free of charge, John’s Trail, Dale’s Trail and the Forestry Walk.
Winter Recreational Snowmobile/ATV Trail Conditions
ATV Trails – OPEN – Poor to Fair
Snowmobile Trails – OPEN – Poor to Fair
Snowmobile trails are open again for ALL seasons pass holders as well as day pass holders. Both types of passes are available for sale online as well as by contacting the Main Office.
We have determined that we are permitted to be open in this manner according to S.16.ii and S.4 of O.Reg. 11/21 and S.4.2.16 of O.Reg. 82/20.
All clients must follow social distancing, personal protective equipment, hand washing, and other health guidelines throughout their visit to Haliburton Forest. Furthermore, clients should always follow the directions of their own public health unit. And if you do come up to visit, you must listen to our staff if they ask you to step back, space out, wear your mask, and so on.
This has been a tough week for many people in Ontario and we appreciate the patience that most of you afforded to us as we developed an understanding of the new regulations.
We will continue adjusting our operations as the regulations change or as we receive guidance from the provincial police or the public health unit. Stay safe and stay healthy, everyone!
Trail maintenance and patrolling will continue as usual.
They promised 5 cms of snow and we received it overnight and still into the afternoon, if not more!
Groomers have been out in full force all week packing, smoothing, clearing, cutting as well as checking ice levels on the lakes. Mixed reviews but overall the main trail system is in poor to fair shape. We could definitely use some more snow, which is in the forecast (cross your fingers). The North Road Bypass is getting down to ice and gravel and as well as some corners on the Main Trails.
The snow we did get was heavy and still covers the trees with puffs of snow creating a Doctor Seuss like winter wonderland.
LOTS of snow the further north you head on the trail system.
If it is rougher, back country riding you are looking for, trails such as Sunday Trail, Sprucetree and Sprucehen offer a stunning technical ride.
Lakes are freezing over but still need a bit more time and cold weather!
Sticking to only the main double track trails we have over 350kms open.
As always, riders should expect icy/wet sections of trail, particularly corners, with the possibility of exposed gravel/rocks, trees down and debris from branches.
- Powderhorn Trail
- All lake crossings
- Havelock Loop/Holtz Road for the remainder of the winter.
Shelter Cabins – Open for emergency purposes only, no socializing. Only one group at a time. Masks must be worn. Sanitization is the responsibility of guests. Haliburton Forest does not take responsibility for cleanliness or sanitization.
Our next update will be posted Thursday, January 21, 2021 by end of day if not sooner.
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.
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…
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.
Trail Maps and Information
For more information about our trails and a downloadable PDF map click here.
Click here for our interactive CarryMap.
Please report concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Spring/Summer Fall Trails – Hiking, Running & Mountain/Gravel Biking Trails – Closed
Update Thursday, October 29, 2020
What an incredible season! Thank you to all those who came out to hike, bike, run, paddle and fish!
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.