The Haliburton Highlands is a vibrant arts community. Much of the art is inspired by nature including the white and wonder of winter. Drop by to have a look at works by local artists including Susan Hay, Harvey Walker, Sharon Lynch and Marguerite Easby. Some items will be available for sale
Ever wonder how wild animals cope with these winter conditions of ice and snow. Where do most of the animals go this time of year? Come learn about wildlife in winter by playing some fun and interactive games. Family friendly! Sandra Dabrowski from the Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre will be your guide.
Grab a few friends or family for a game of broomball! A good way to warm up on a cold day.
Groove to the jazzy tunes of guitarist Nick Russell and bassist Dylan White.
Get in from the cold for a while and warm up to some very cool movies and documentaries including There’s Something in the Water, a fascinating story about our local NHL players; and, of course, movies like Ice Age . Sponsored by Hudson Henderson Insurance Brokers
Join us in the Heritage Corner to view a vintage video of cutting lake ice and associated tools. We will also sample some homemade ice cream just like our grandmothers used to make. Sponsored by Hyland Ice and the Haliburton Highlands Museum.
Come and explore the outdoor ice and snow play area created and set up by Brandon Jarvis, the Right Brained Mom. This is a 'parent supervised' area. Suitable for ages 3 and up
There is nothing like a fresh cold brew on a winter’s day. Belly up to the ice bar to sample some beer from Haliburton Highlands Brewing.
Ice fishing is favourite pastime in the Haliburton Highlands. Ever wonder what those people are doing in those huts. You can find out by heading out on the ice to our demonstration ice hut and chat with two avid anglers, Steve and Gerry Moraal, who will be able to answer your questions and show you how to fish.
An exciting new contest from ACM Designs. Send in a picture of your ice hut before January 16 and if chosen you will win a makeover of your ice hut and other fantastic prizes worth $4500. For more information click here. The "new" ice hut will be revealed at the Hardwater Festival .
This 1 hour outdoor on ice session will focus on assessment and “being safe” while working/playing around, or on frozen bodies of water. Topics include safe access and egress to and from ice cover, ice testing, safety equipment use (ice screws and throw bagging), cold water immersion hypothermia, and best practices for surviving and immersion experience. Maximum of 12 people/session. Presented by Wilderness Safety Systems. Sponsored Deborah and Lee Battison
Renowned ice carver and sculptor, Mike Muli of Ice Carving Events Inc will be creating a sculpture to celebrate lakes in winter. Come and see Mike at work as he brings a block of ice to life.
This is an activity you will take in stride! Bring your skates, helmets and warm socks for a skate on the outdoor rink. Helmets are required. Feel free to bring a hockey stick for a game of shinny. It doesn’t get any more Canadian than that.
Climb a man‐made 15 m ice tower at Medeba Outdoor Adventure Learning Centre. With safety equipment and an experienced lead to guide you, challenge yourself to overcome sheer vertical walls of ice! So much fun! There is a $10 fee. You will get to climb the wall at least once. Please sign up in advance. To register click here.
The kicksled or spark is a small sled consisting of a chair mounted on a pair of flexible metal runners which extend backward to about twice the chair's length. The sled is propelled by kicking ("sparke" or "sparka" in the Scandinavian languages) the ground by foot. We will have a couple on hand for you to try. You will get a real kick out of this activity.
With all of the cold weather activity, you will get hungry. Volunteers from the West Guilford Community Centre will be serving up a delicious lunch including hot dogs, chili dogs, vegetarian chili, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Rebel Elixir Coffee Roastery will also be on site to satisfy your caffeine craving. Soups, sandwiches, and tasty desserts are available at Abbey Gardens.
Get high in the Highlands with this hardwater experience. This adventure will have you climbing a frozen natural waterfall on an area lake. All climbing equipment, snacks and hot beverages are provided. Climbing is guided by a certified leader from Basecamp 35. Suitable for beginners and experienced (intermediate) climbers. Half and full day climbs are available. To register contact Basecamp 35 at email@example.com or (705) 935-8822.
The Hardwater Festival is pleased to present a snowshoe race endorsed by Snowshoe Canada, a snowshoe race for all ages. This event is suitable for families and individuals. You can run or walk 1 km, 3 km or 5 Km distances. Prizes will be drawn for 1 and 3 km races and awarded for 5 km. Check-in on race day is at 9:30 am. The registration fee is $5/person and $20/family. After the race join us around a campfire for some treats and friendly fun, and after that be sure to check out the many other festival activities. To register for this race click here
How Is A Winter Lake Like Tupperware? Join ice fanatic John Etches for active discussions and demonstrations that highlight the very special nature of winter lakes. Discover the “5th habitat requirements”, examine lake ice, sample and test lake water, and participate in activities that reveal what lakes and the life within experience before, during and after the winter season. John is a geologist and environmental educator with 30 years of experience and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to his programs.
Snow tagging is a new activity that has become popular with snowshoers over the past few years most notably in Canadian National Parks. It involves translating an image from paper to create a large scale snowshoe‐imprinted work of art in a pristine patch of snow in a field or on a lake – or in a gravel pit at Abbey Gardens. This year Laurie Jones with your help will be tramping out a giant snow labyrinth.
Perhaps you are not quite ready for a snow race. Why not try a snowshoe walk at Medeba Adventure Learning Centre with a guide who will lead you along the trails and give you a tour of this great learning Centre. Bring your own snowshoes or use a pair from Medeba
Fat Bikes are a great way to get around in winter. Algonquin Outfitters will be on hand with a few fat bikes to show you how they work. Feel free to take one for a spin.
Are you thinking about going winter camping? Check out our winter camp sites - one traditional site with a wall tent, and stove (hot camping); the other a modern site with appropriately modern camping gear (cold camping). Which do you prefer? Winter camping guides from Paddlefoot will available to demonstrate techniques and answer your questions.
Corina Mansfield from Deep Roots Adventure share some tips and tricks to help you cope with crisis in the cold. She will cover critical preparation before heading out (whether in a car, on skis, snowmobile, on foot etc.), help you set priorities if you have an incident causing you to stay outdoors in the cold, and she will demonstrate fire lighting, emergency shelter, signalling techniques, hug-a-tree principals for youth and more.
In addition to the fun and discovery at the Hardwater Festival there are other things to do in the Haliburton Highlands on the weekend of January 26 - 28
Saturday, January 27 -| 7:30pm | Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, Haliburton
This annual event is a celebration of local musicians performing folk, rock, jazz, blues and country. This concert will also be a tribute to the wonderfully talented Johnny Burke, CCMA Hall of Famer who passed earlier this year. Presented by the Haliburton County Folk Society. For more information and tickets click here
Jan 26-28 and Feb 2-4 | Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre
One of the largest pond hockey events on the planet with over 300 games are played over the two weekends. Come and watch a Canadian and Haliburton Highlands tradition. For more information click here
January 27 | Abbey Gardens
Brewery, Coffee and Off Grid Living workshops. Enjoy the Hardwater Festival in the morning and sign up for one of these workshops in the afternoon. For more information click here