Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower
Hiking: Circuit of Five Viewpoints
Circuit of Five Viewpoints is a 5 km loop hike. A succession of short climbs and descents through a very wooded area and different viewpoints. In autumn it was beautiful and some views over forest and valleys were dazzling. The only drawback: some views were partially or completely overgrown, so you could not really speak of it as a viewpoint. A bit disappointing, however it was a nice refreshing autumn hike through the forest. After looking at the photos again, I can say that my little disappointment was not entirely legitimate: look at these beautiful views full of autumn colors!
Haliburton Forest: Wolf Centre and Canopy Tour
I can highly recommend visiting the Wolf Centre. Wolves live in partial captivity here. The animals have a large demarcated area (15 acres) at their disposal and the guards hide food on daily basis. This way, wolves must always look for their own food. In addition, the guards have no social contact with the animals. This way the natural behavior of the wolves is maintained. The Wolf Centre gives the opportunity to observe the wolves behind a tinted window, so they do not see the visitors but you notice that they still feel your presence. The guards are ready to answer questions and tell anecdotes. There is also a small museum about the life of the wolves. In addition to interesting information, various animals (stuffed) that live in this area are exposed, including wolves. It’s great to see which animals live here and to see the size of each animal. In addition, the wolf centre is located in a very green area. Here you can go on an adventure tour, the Canopy Tour: a guided tour including a short walk, canoeing and a walk between treetops (fee).
Haliburton Sculpture Forest
For nature and art lovers, this is the place to be. Haliburton Forest offers a beautiful short walk along art objects, made by Canadian and international artists. Access is free.
This waterfall flows down with enormous force from Halls Lake to Boshung Lake, 18 meters below. We only saw the top of this waterfall, which crosses a sluiceway, because the bottom of the waterfall seemed to be private property.
Queen Elizabeth 2 Wildlands Provincial Park
Queen Elizabeth 2 Wildlands Provincial Park is a rugged nature park. If you want to discover it, it’s at your own risk and you should be an experienced hiker, according to the tourist office. We planned to go hiking here, but given the weather and rainfall of the previous days, the tourist office didn’t recommend going there. The soil would be very wet and muddy. In addition, rescue teams have to save people every year because they get lost, even experienced hikers. Because it’s a non-maintained park that is partly private, everyone has made their own hiking trails, we were told. So it’s very easy to deviate from the right trail without realizing it. And on the last day of our trip, we didn’t want to take any risks. Nevertheless, this park predominated by preserved nature must be magnificent. The Wilderness Section, part of long distance Ganaraska Trail (500 km), passes through this park. Unfortunately we were not able to hike here, but we still went to the starting point of the trail at Devil’s Lake. It goes without saying that this region is worth the detour, right?
Minden Wild Water Preserve (Harrington Park)
As the name suggests, these are rapids. With a little luck, you can see kayakers going down the river. We weren’t that lucky, but we did a short walk along the river. Although I like to observe the rapid flow of a river, I didn’t find this place very special.