Family Day Weekend!
Some Like it Hot - FRIDAY
February 16th
Put a little sizzle in your life. Warm up to the art in you with a full day introduction to glassblowing by artists inspired by the nature of the Haliburton Highlands. You will create several pieces of glass art. Throw in some spicy cuisine and warm hospitality and you have a very hot arts adventure.  Terry Craig and Jennifer Wanless Craig are well known glassblowers who exhibit and sell across North America.  In 2014 they were invited to the Emmy's to supply the celebrities with funky glassware.
Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival - FRIDAY & SATURDAY
February 16th & 17th
Mark your calendar for February 16 & 17, 2018!
Always the 3rd Saturday in February!
Come and join the fun at the 28th annual Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival! Snowball hosts a bevy of winter activities such as a pancake breakfast, skating, horse-drawn wagon rides, Snow snake games (you have to attend to find out what they are!), hockey shoot-out, kids vs adult hockey game, Hockey Night in Dorset and more! 
Winterstock 2018 - FRIDAY TO MONDAY
February 16th & 19th
Winterstock (Feb 16th-Feb 19th) is Lindystock's chillier, whisky-loving sister-event. Each winter, dancers head north to the borders of historic Algonquin Park near Huntsville, Ontario for dancing, outdoor activities, a variety show and so much more.
The 5th Annual Catch the Cure - SATURDAY
February 17th
This February 17th, we are hosting another incredible Family Day weekend town party to celebrate our kids - our kids, and your kids - and each other. 
Please come to the Minden Arena that day with your family, friends, and/or anyone you can grab along the way - or come solo and meet new friends. Event listing below. 
To make the event accessible to everyone in town, the cost of admission and most events is by donation - give what you can. And please, please, thank everyone you see making it all happen.
Frost Fest - SATURDAY
February 17th
Dress in your most comfortable Haliburton winter attire and come out with family and friends!  Enjoy a full day of outdoor fun and recreation at Head Lake Park in Haliburton Village.  Pancake breakfast at the park, horse drawn wagon rides, dog sleds, polar bear challenge, snowshoes, broomball, BBQ, crafts for kids, ponies, art attack, skating and so much more winter fun to experience for all ages.
Snowmobile Fun Radar Run - Wilberforce Food Bank Fundraiser - SATURDAY
February 17th
Snowmobile Fun Radar Run - Wilberforce Food Bank Fundraiser
Saturday February 17th, 2018  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Snowmobile Entry fee $2 each run or 3 runs for $5.  Fabulous prizes with hot food and beverages for sale and all proceeds going to the Wilberforce Food Bank.  Run Categories - Stock and Modified, Mini (Kids only), Vintage etc.
Haliburton & District Lions Club Polar Bear Challenge - SATURDAY
February 17th
~ All proceeds to the Hospital for Sick Children's Garron Cancer Centre or the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation ~
An event at the Haliburton Frost Festival, Registration at 10:00 am -12:00 pm  &  Event starts at 1:00 pm. Pledge forms available at Cranberry Cottage, Haliburton Foodland, West Guildford Shopping Centre, Todd's Independent or    
Prizes awarded to the top individual pledge dollars and top team pledge dollars and also the best costumes. For more information, contact Lion Jim Frost at 705 457-4031
Haliburton Legion presents Stockdale Central in the Clubroom - SATURDAY
February 17th
Place:  Haliburton Legion, Clubroom
Cost:  $5.00 cover charge for non-members
Time:  4:00 to 7:00 pm
*50/50 draw at 6:00 pm
*Enjoy delicious meal for $6.00 by the Ladies Auxiliary
For Information Contact: Linda at 705 457-2064
February 17th 
Our Annual Culinary Winterlicious Nigh features a night of upscale comforts at the Executive Chefs tables of LANDS850. Choice of Prime Rib or Braised Beef Short Rib, with our fresh starters and gourmet desserts. Reserve your table. $43 Dinner. Enjoy our three-course prix fixe. 
Hearty dishes, rich in flavour.  
The Elements Sound Ceremony - SATURDAY 
February 17th 
A performance piece by Biljana Banchotova with Aztec Drum & Spirit Rattles in conjunction with The Elements - Rails End Gallery's Annual Salon Exhibition.
Advance tickets $20, at the door $25 subject to space availability. (HST extra)
Ice Racing in Minden - SATURDAY & SUNDAY
February 17th & 18th
Cars racing on ice! In Minden Ont. at the Kinsmen fairgrounds at the north end of town on Bobcaygeon Rd., Saturday and Sunday.
Check with the CASC offices before you head if it's cancelled due to weather/track conditions.
Want to race? 
Standard First Aid, CPR (C), & AED Certification Course - SATURDAY & SUNDAY
February 17th & 18th
This program teaches how to respond to medical emergencies and render lifesaving care until professional help arrives. We customize the curriculum to meet the client's needs. Our program meets all WSIB Regulation 1101 requirements. Valid for 3 years. Course Content Includes: * The Law * Communicable Diseases * Airway, Breathing, Circulation * CPR & AED Skills * Heart Attack & Stroke * Choking (conscious/unconscious) * Shock * Wounds & Bleeding * Muscular/Skeletal Emergencies. Includes First Aid - Field Reference Manual and Pocket Guide. Minimum 4 people required to run course. Pre-Registration Required. $135 + HST per person. Your instructor is Karin Aschenbrenner. Contact: 705-448-9888 or email:
Pot Your Heart Out Sampler Weekend Workshop - SATURDAY & SUNDAY
February 17th & 18th
This weekend intensive will explore both hand-building and wheel throwing techniques as you create bowl forms, drinking vessels, vases, and small plates or platters. Finishing and surface decoration techniques will be explored.
Sir Sam's Family Day Weekend - SATURDAY to MONDAY
February 17th & 19th
Find your way to the home of winter family fun this Family Day weekend.
From Saturday to Family Day Monday, there's plenty going down at Sir Sam's! Full details of the weekend's events coming soon.
Music Concert, featuring Adam Karch with special guest, River and Sage Christiano - SUNDAY
February 18th
Adam Karch is from Montreal! His music embodies the spirit of Canada, like a scenic ride across the country. 
It will be an even mix of original songs and cover songs, featuring his signature solo acoustic performances. In the fall, he will be part of a two week tour in France to promote his new album. Next, you can expect to see Adam performing across Canada, continuing to wow audiences!
Sir Sam's Ski Challenge - SUNDAY
February 18th
An exciting family-friendly racing event running for 7 Sunday afternoons from January to February, wrapping up with the Ski Challenge Final on Saturday, March 3 where one lucky winner will walk away with $1000!
Note: There is no Ski Challenge on February 18 (Family Day weekend). 
Family Day Sleigh Rides - SUNDAY
February 18th
Join us on Family Day for Horse-drawn sleigh rides through the fields and forests of Abbey Gardens. Drop-in between 1pm-3pm for a ride. No pre-registration required. Cost is $40 per family or $10 per person. Sunday February 18th
Walk into Winter - MONDAY
February 19th
Take a walk on the wild side. Start your day with an introduction to snowshoes - history, types, techniques, and tips. After some practice you will head out on a wilderness walk with a winter travel expert to discover the ecology of winter and the finer points of winter travel and survival. You will also enjoy some good stories, warm hospitality, and a tasty bush lunch prepared over a campfire. Snowshoeing is a great way of exploring the Haliburton Highlands.
Family Day Snowshoe - MONDAY
February 19th
Fun day out with Deep Roots Adventure! Includes guide and snowshoes, hot cocoa and cookies. $25 per person, pre-register.
KIDS! Art! - Deep Roots Adventure Hub - MONDAY
February 19th
This awesome series of Art Classes will be facilitated by local Artist and Art Professor, Cheryl Ellenberger of Red Dog Studio. 
Youth will get wonderful, professional instruction and experience drawing and painting fun people shapes using acrylic paint and ink!
This 2 hour course is $25 and includes supplies.
This Week!
From the Caspian to the Black Seas - WEDNESDAY
February 21st
In February's installation of "Telling Our Stories," we get to hear from Peter Schleifenbaum, and his adventures from the Caspian to the Black Seas.
Paint Party at The Dominion Hotel in Minden - WEDNESDAY
February 21st
Grab some friends and head down to The Dominion Hotel in Minden for a creative night out on February 21,7-9:30.
Sir Sam's FIS Ski Cross Race - WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY
February 21st & 22nd
Sir Sam's and Fenninger Racing welcome the return of FIS Ski Cross Racing to the Haliburton Highlands. This fast-paced, action-packed competition pits four skiers racing head-to-head on a track with jumps, rollers and a variety of exciting features and challenges!
Athletes from the National Development Ski Cross Team will be racing with other skiers coming from locations as far away as Japan. The fast pace and high skill level of the racers makes this an ideal event for spectators. In addition, there will be a second race open to U14, U16 and U18/open athletes. These racers will get to train with National Team athletes, which offers a huge opportunity to learn and gain new skills.
February Must Do's!
Bluegrass in The Highlands Winter Festival - FRIDAY
February 23rd
Country , Bluegrass , Celtic and Downeast music Feb 23 & 24. Pinestone resort Haliburton Ontario. Tickets available at the door. Come on out and have a really good time!!!!
Art Lovers' Staycation - FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
February 23rd to 25th
Three days of inspiring activities and workshops for the Artlover in you! Sign up for one session, a few or all of them! this affordable, engaging and informative series is presented by Rail End Gallery and Arts Council Haliburton Highlands.
GHTA-Wilderness Winter Hike: Devil's Lake to Highest Point - SATURDAY
February 24th
For intermediate and advanced hikers / snowshoers only.
MUST pre-register: Space is limited.
At 9am meet at Devil's Lake parking lot. We will hike/snowshoe to the Highest point in park & back (13.5km) (GHTA map 12) See a small section of Explore magazine's #23 best hikes in Ontario. Route is strenuous and challenging over rugged terrain & depending upon conditions we may not make the destination, but will be out for approx. 6 hrs. Hiking boots required. Icers & snowshoes maybe required depending upon conditions. Bring lunch, snack, water. No Dogs. No drop out. Bring lunch, snack, water.
February 24th 
Our Annual Culinary Winterlicious Nigh features a night of upscale comforts at the Executive Chefs tables of LANDS850. Choice of Prime Rib or Braised Beef Short Rib, with our fresh starters and gourmet desserts. Reserve your table. $43 Dinner. Enjoy our three-course prix fixe. 
Hearty dishes, rich in flavour.  
Polynesian Style Dinner - SATURDAY 
February 24th 
Beat the Winter Blues,  celebrate the month of  LOVE, enjoy a dinner out! Puaa  (Pork)  , Ka Moa (Chicken), Ai Kala  (Meatballs)  served with Rice, Corn, Carrots,  Roasted Potatoes, Pineapple, Coconut, Nuts & Citrus Fruits. Dessert is Tropical Hua Me Ka Pudding.        Complimentary Polynesian Punch & Leis 
 Proceeds support the efforts of B.L.C.D. 
Sleigh Bells Ring - SATURDAY
February 24th
This adventure will have you dashing through the snow on a two horse open sleigh ride. Local character Irvin Holland and his horses will take you through forest and field and a maple sugar bush. You will also meet Jack and Ginnie and their son Oliver - the resident donkey family who always love treats and attention.
Sir Sam's Crosstrack/ Slopestyle Jam - SATURDAY
February 24th
Be part of this action-packed double-header of speed and style, with over $2000 in cash prizes. Sponsored by Algonquin Outfitters and REM Equipment, this competition will draw athletes from across the region and is as thrilling to watch as it is to compete.
The event kicks off with Ski and Snowboard Cross, in a test to see who's the fastest on Sir Sam's dedicated cross track. The afternoon will be all about flair as competitors shred the Terrain Park on two judged runs. Between events, enjoy a BBQ, hot (or cold) drink, and soak up some rays on Sir Sam's famous sundeck. Prizes for both events will be held starting at 4:00pm in the chalet.
Wilderness Photography Workshop - SATURDAY
February 24th
Grab your camera! This fun and educational adventure includes a leisurely hike through the forest while learning to take better photos. An awesome wilderness dining experience is included. This workshop is intended to provide guidance and inspiration to take better photos in wilderness settings through the photographic elements such as composition and lighting. Given the short time frame of this hike, learning the functions of your camera (such as adjusting exposure) will only be covered if time and group interest allows. (Full day workshops that explore functions more thoroughly are available.) Any camera is welcome, from phones to fancy DSLRs!
Abbey Gardens Winter Workshop Series:  SATURDAY
February 24th
Snowshoe & Lunch
Explore the beauty of the Highlands winter landscape with a guided snowshoe, then come back to the Food Hub for a hearty, homemade lunch. $25 per person. Choose from a selection of afternoon winter workshops to create a full-day outing.
Sourdough Bread Baking
Join Into the Blue Bakery to create amazing no-knead sourdough bread. Leave with a good understanding and the confidence to continue baking at home. $25 per person. Start your day with another winter workshop offering to create a full-day outing.
DIY Solar
DIY Solar can easily be done with careful research and reliable equipment. Join Haliburton Solar + Wind to learn how to measure and size up your system, how to complete a load analysis, how and what equipment you should chose to accommodate your load needs, and basic installation tips. $25 per person. Start your day with another winter workshop to create a full-day outing.
Exploring Beer Styles Beyond Lager and Pale Ale
Learn the story behind where and how various styles of beer were created. Taste different styles and discover the source of their unique flavours. You just might find a new favourite! Must be 19+ to participate. $25 per person. Start your day with another winter workshop offering to create a full-day outing.
Beekeeping Workshop - SUNDAY
February 25th
Back by popular demand! Join local beekeeping expert Ron Lofthouse for a day long workshop to learn the basics of this super sweet hobby! Whether you're serious about keeping bees or just curious to learn more about them, this workshop is for you! The morning portion will take place at the museum with the afternoon being an off-site trip to check out real live hives! 
Razzamataz Kids Show Presents "Brick Bros. Circus" - SUNDAY
February 25th
This inventive play delights audiences of all ages, bringing the world of play, creativity and performance to life, brick by brick by brick. Guaranteed to stimulate imaginations and spark creative thinking, the Brick Bros. Circus is a complete, miniature one-ring circus, performed by highly trained building bricks in itty bitty
Razzamataz Kids' Shows! are made possible in part by grants from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council.
Minden Animal Hospital Annual Cupcake Day As part of National Cupcake Day - MONDAY
February 26th
In support of the OSPCA Monday, February 26th from 9a.m. to 5p.m. All Proceeds will go towards helping Haliburton County's OSPCA Cost per fabulous homemade cupcake is $1.50 Why not buy a box of 6 for $8! Please Pre-order if you can (call 705-286-2919) A variety of flavours available. Minden Animal Hospital is on the Main Street of Minden at 9 Bobcaygeon Road OSPCA Facts 
Our local OSPCA investigates animal cruelty; shelters lost & found pets, cares for orphaned animals, & eventually finds them homes. It is located in Bracebridge OSPCA = Ontario Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals 
Winter Trail Conditions 
Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trails
Great skiing on all systems!
Lots of new snow, and lot of grooming = great skiing.
Twin Lakes:  Feb 12: 5 Kms groomed for skate and classic: excellent conditions on packed, granular snow.
Glebe Park:  Feb 12: All trails groomed for skate and classic: excellent conditions on packed, granular snow.
Moosewoods: Feb 14: skate lane regroomed this morning. Excellent conditions on all trails for skate and classic on fast, granular snow
Wanakita: Feb 9: 20 Kms groomed for classic skiing: excellent conditions on freshly packed powder. Please make sure that you check in, and follow the instructions on signs posted in the parking lot.
Ski the Frost  
DATE LAST GROOMED:  Saturday Feb 13
MOOSE TRAIL SKI TRAIL CLOSED FOR THE 2017/2018 SKI SEASON - Beech bark disease has severely affected trees throughout the entire Moose Trail cross country ski loop. For the past several seasons we have worked diligently to keep fallen trees off of the trail and remove dead standing trees to ensure the safety of our trail users. Unfortunately the rate of infected beech trees has reached a critical point and there are hundreds of dead standing beech trees surrounding the moose trail, all of which are rotting and falling at an alarming rate. These trees are susceptible to 'beech snap' which is when large limbs break off without warning. This creates a major safety concern to trail users and for that reason the Moose Trail will not be open at all during any point of the 2017/2018 ski season. For more information about the Beech Bark disease infecting our forests visit 
NOTES: SEND US YOUR SKIING PHOTOS! We would like to feature your photos in print ads and on social media! Send photos to Please obey all signs and stay on groomed trails. 
Sir Sam's Ski and Ride
Bundle up and join us on the hill! Fresh powder, challenging elevations, breathtaking views and friendly staff are waiting for you at Sir Sam's. Spend your day easily moving from hill to hill on our 1100 foot covered surface lift or your choice of 4 chair lifts (2 quads, 2 doubles). Our goal is to maximize your time by getting you to the top of the hill as quickly and efficiently as possible, allowing you to get in as many runs as possible during your day.
DATE:  02. 14. 18
# RUNS OPEN:  14 OF 14   

Haliburton County Snowmobile Club
We invite you to enjoy the HCSA'S 370 kilometers of groomed, signed trails with some pretty spectacular scenery along the way. You'll ride everything from an abandoned rail line, to dense bush, to hydro corridors and the only trail through Algonquin Park. We are a partner in the world famous RAP (Round Algonquin Park) Tour, Snow Country Snowmobile Region, and a member of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs
Haliburton Forest Snowmobile/ATV Trails & Dogsledding
Snowmobile/ATV Trails as of February 13th, 2018
You would never know we had over 400 sleds on the trails this past Saturday for our Annual Poker Run! Trails are in good to excellent (heavily leaning towards excellent) condition.  We have over 300 kms of trails open to ride. Come check out the **NEW TRAIL** around Havelock Lake.
Lakes are all staked, including the main route from MacDonald-Clear-Little Black-Black as well as Snap, Marsh and Havelock. Lake crossings are snow covered.
Make the most of your visit! Bring your fishing gear and enjoy the incredible ice conditions!
Don't believe us check out our  webcam!
Note: Permits are required before entering Haliburton Forest property. Haliburton Forest limits the number of daily users 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 will be provided with the best possible and consistently superior snowmobiling conditions.
Dog Sled Tours as of February 6th, 2018
Dog Sledding conditions are ideal!  Book your  dog sled tour with us today!
 Click here for a detailed weather forecast for our area!
Winterdance Dog Sled Tours
Winterdance is an Ontario dogsledding tour company that operates out of the Haliburton Highlands, Canada, alongside Algonquin park, and is owned and operated by husband and wife team Hank DeBruin and Tanya McCready-DeBruin, with "help" from their 4 young dogsledding children, Logan, Dustyn, Michaela and Jessica. Discover the thrill of dogsledding by learning to drive a dogteam! Explore Haliburton's breathtaking wilderness dog sledding in magical silence for a 2 hour, 1/2 day, full day, moonlite or multi-day dog sledding trip.
Ice Skating
Dysart et al Outdoor Skating Rink
Where: Located at Head Lake Park Haliburton
When: Daily throughout the winter months weather permitting.
Enjoy the fresh air and health benefits of skating outdoors on our traditional old fashion rink. 
Contact: Andrew Wilbee at 705-457-2083 or
AJ LaRue Public Skate Schedule 
Stanhope Outdoor Ice Rink
Where: North Shore Road behind the Stanhope Firefighter Community Hall 
When: Weather permitting - December to March
An old fashioned outdoor rink that is first come first serve and open. Lights are activated by users. Free use.
Contact or call 705-766-9968 or visit
Dorset Outdoor Ice Rink
Where: Main Street behind the Fire Hall
When: Weather Permitting - December to March
An old fashioned outdoor rink that is first come first serve and open. Lights on till 12 midnight. Free
Contact or call 705-766-9968 or visit


Township of Minden Hills Public Skating
Where: SG Nesbitt Arena
When: Every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from 12:00 to 2:00pm
Cost: $2 Please call to confirm Sunday dates especially in December.
Outdoor Rink: 
In Minden Hills, the Dawson Hamilton Outdoor Memorial Rink is now open.  The rink is located in the Baseball Diamond east of S.G. Nesbitt Arena at 55 Parkside St, Minden. 
The Outdoor Rink will be open, weather dependant, daily from 10 am to 10 pm and there will be lights on from dusk till 10 pm on most night. 
Come and enjoy some old fashion outdoor skating for as long as the weather permits the rink to remain open this season.

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