HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS OVERNIGHT
Nestled against the south-western corner of Algonquin Provincial Park, the Haliburton Highlands region boasts the same rolling hills and pristine lakes that have made Canada’s oldest provincial park famous.
With a new facility located just outside its namesake, Haliburton Highlands Brewing produces the highest quality craft beer using locally-sourced ingredients and sustainable practices. Rye grain and oats are often procured in the region, as are ingredients for flavour in their specialty beers such as Mosquito Saison and Oatmeal Stout. Alongside their brewing equipment, the new location features a tasting bar with eight taps, a retail outlet and a selection of original art on display. The brewery has an award-winning line-up, with their honey brown ale winning a gold medal at the Ontario Brewing Awards.
Haliburton Highlands Brewing is a key partner in the Abbey Gardens project. Abbey Gardens is a not-for-profit centre that showcases sustainable living and local food production. As well as the brewery, there is a solar and wind power installation where visitors can learn more about sustainable energy creation. Tour the gardens, shop for local products at the Food Hub, enjoy lunch on the new restaurant patio, or participate in one of their many programs throughout the year.
Haliburton Highlands has a vibrant art and culture scene. At its centre, The Haliburton School of Art and Design has been offering summer courses for over 50 years. The campus is located at Glebe Park, which is also the site of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, a unique collection of over 25 sculptures by Canadian and international artists located on a series of trails. There are free guided tours available in the summer each Tuesday at 10:00 am and a “Curator’s Selection” lunch time tour on Wednesdays.
The Arts Council – Haliburton Highlands is a membership arts organization that promotes artists across the region, and their website is a valuable resource when planning any trip to the area. For live theatre fans, The Highlands Summer Festival features a full slate of performances from July 3 to August 11. Folk Music fans should plan on attending one of the many concerts and workshops put on by The Haliburton County Folk Society throughout the year. The society has programmed activities and events throughout the season.