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By: Robert Janis

Haliburton Trails

Haliburton Trails Lure ATV’ers To Ontario, Canada

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The Beach
The Beach

Hawk Lake Log Chute
Hawk Lake Log Chute

Resort during the fall.
Resort during the fall.

Sandy & Santana Walking in the clouds
Sandy & Santana Walking in the clouds

American ATV’ers who are adventurous may want to cross our northern borders to experience the trails that Canada has to offer. One set of trails you may want to investigate are the Haliburton trails in Ontario. Administered by the Haliburton ATV Association, the trails are located in the Haliburton, Muskoka, Kawartha, Peterborough, and Madawaska regions of Ontario. Trail difficulty runs from forest access roads to extreme deep wood paths. These paths can be fairly difficult and so the Haliburton ATV Association suggests that you seek a member to serve as a guide to safely tour the area.

There are as many as 40 trails in the system. They are mostly deep woods trails and include the Anson Mountain and a number of lakes. Some also skirt around swampy areas or hard bottom water crossings as well as crossing creeks via bridge. The system also includes some Rail-to-trail routes.

There are a number of resorts and lodges in the area. One that allows easy access to the trails is the Loralea Country Inn Resort in Minden Ontario, Canada. The area of the lodge was logging country during the late 1800s, explained Bill Rowe, the current owner of Loralea. He added that the lodge itself was first constructed in the 1950s on Halls Lake and was about twice the size it is today. About 30 or so years ago the area was subdivided and now Loralea is a small cottage resort with seven rental units.

Rowe explained that there are two ways to access the trails. One is by highway and takes about 15 minutes. The other is by trailer to Pines Springs where you can unload your ATV and get on to the trails.

Although guests cannot rent ATVs from Loralea, Rowe will connect you with the Haliburton ATV Association who can suggest a number of places where you can rent a machine. Rowe added that the Haliburton Association is “very friendly to new ATVers and willing to help in any way they can.” He volunteered that the Association invites tourists to participate in their rides and provides a guide. “It’s always best to have an experienced rider with you when hitting trails for the first time,” he said.

Since the resort is on Hall Lake, guests can get involved in other activities besides ATVing. For example, there is swimming, boating, and fishing. It is said that the lake is a good source of trout and smallmouth bass. In addition, there are such activities as badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, and shuffleboard on the resort grounds.

The resort is open all year ‘round.  Visitors can take advantage of the seasons. In the winter many of the trails are open to snowmobiling as well as cross country skiing, dog sledding, and downhill skiing. In the spring and summer guests take advantage of the numerous golf courses in the area.

There are also a number of sites to visit including Santa’s Village, Algonquin Park, the Haliburton Forest Wildlife Preserve, Dorset Heritage Museum, Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower, the Haliburton Forest “A Walk In The Clouds,” and Kartways Amusement Center.

Accommodations include large cottages for up to eight guests and studio cabins for couples. Most cabins feature wood-burning fireplaces, televisions, VCRs, outside furniture so that you can enjoy the scenic views, and outside firepits. The large cottages, which feature four bedrooms, has a weekend rate of $520. The weekend rate for the studio cabins is $240. The resort is kid friendly and also allows you to bring your pet.

Loralea Country Inn Resort does not include a restaurant. However, there are five restaurants within a 10 minute drive, said Rowe.

For more information about Loralea Country Inn Resort visit the website at: www.loraleacountryinnresort.com or call (800) 461-6557 or (705) 489-2048.

For more information on the Haliburton Trails and the Haliburton ATV Association visit their websites: www.haliburtonatv.com, www.atvhaliburton.com/trails.html


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