Come Wander
Couple sitting on a rock on a date night

Autumn is pretty synonymous with cozy to us; a season of thick knits, soft scarves, steaming mugs, and warm spices. It’s the perfect time to slow down from a busy summer, spend time with the one you love, and hold hands as you ward off the newly crisp air together.

Whether you’re looking for a day trip, or to escape together and hide out amongst fiery forests; the sparkling lakes, breathtaking views, and vibrant trees across Haliburton County make the perfect backdrop for a romantic road trip.

So throw on your biggest blanket scarf, grab the hand of that special someone, and make the beautiful drive to Haliburton County to experience one of the following together.

Strengthen Your Trust

Trust is an important part of any relationship. Push the limits of gravity, and put your trust in your harness as you travel high above the ground during a High Five! ziplining and high ropes experience with Yours Outdoors. Get your adrenaline pumping and watch the fall colours whiz by as you climb up, and zip down at the Medeba Adventure Learning Centre. Not a fan of heights? Enjoy the view from the ground instead as you cruise the rolling hills of Harburn, stopping at art studios along the way, during a Pedal Your Arts tour. Trust your legs to push you forward, or opt for an e-bike and let the scenery and artistic talent be the only things taking your breath away.

Sustain Your Relationship

Celebrate fall, cozy up in a horse drawn wagon, and pick your perfect pumpkin during the Fall Festival at Abbey Gardens on Saturday, October 20; or work on your communication and problem solving skills together with the help of an adorable pony during their APPLE Date Night on October 26. Prefer to wander on your own? Visit this sustainable site to meet heritage breed ponies and chickens, explore the trails onsite, load up on local food, and pop in for a tasting at Haliburton Highlands Brewing.

Unleash Your Creativity

Watch the sunlight sparkle off the lake as you work together to paddle your way to gorgeous fall scenery during a Paddle, Plein Air and Dine workshop with Deep Roots Adventure. Let a local artist lead you in a plein air art session and watch the beauty that comes from blending warm reds, rich oranges, and vibrant yellows to depict the scene in front of you.

Discover the Right Balance

Relationships require the right balance – of time together and apart; laughter and seriousness; and give and take. Test yours out by balancing atop a stand-up paddle board from Algonquin Outfitters. Rent a SUP and head out on one of Haliburton County’s sparkling lakes, or set out on the Algonquin Highlands Water Trails and take in the incredible fall colours from your board.

Escape the Every Day

There’s no need to fight over who’s turn it is to take out the garbage or wash the dishes when you’re cozied up lakeside at Heather Lodge. Let the rich flavours served up in the lakeside dining room delight your palette while the brilliant fall colours sparkling against Twelve Mile Lake delight your eyes. Snuggle up in front of your in-room fireplace or grab a key from the front desk to take advantage of the exclusive use of the sauna or hot tub with lake views.
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Ontario’s Highlands Insiders

Knowledgeable in uncovering hidden gems, making fresh tracks, embracing new perspectives, and disconnecting from the everyday, this group of experts is happy to share their wisdom with you. With a passion for local stories, a love of delicious food, and a thirst for unrehearsed days, this team is made up of creative minds and wandering souls.

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