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5 Springy Brunch Recipes to Cook in Your Halls Lake Cottage

This new year, head to Sandy Lane Resort for an egg-cellent springtime! Our Halls Lake cottages will be your home away from home, equipped with all the amenities you need to have a wonderful spring getaway in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands of Ontario. Our cottage homes come packed with satellite televisions, fireplaces (we provide the wood), A/C, kitchens, grills, and so much more. You and yours will be more than satisfied and able to prepare some delicious homecooked meals, all from the comforts of your waterfront abode. Check out our recommendations for five springy brunch recipes to cook in your [...]

Warm Up with a Coffee Shop Tour of the Haliburton Highlands

Words cannot espresso how much we love wintertime here at Sandy Lane Resort! We offer exceptional year-round accommodations situated in the gorgeous Algonquin Highlands in Ontario, Canada. You will be right at home on the lovely shores of Halls Lake, with incredible amenities and recreational activities. When you stay in one of our cottages, you’ll be treated to some of the furnishings of home.  While it is always great fun to brew your cup of coffee in your cottage every morning, you can also warm up during a great coffee shop tour of the Haliburton Highlands. One of the best [...]

Your Guide to Sandy Lane Resort’s Winter Activities

Sandy Lane Resort is your year-round vacation destination in Ontario’s Algonquin Highlands, fall, winter, summer, and spring. We offer deluxe luxury cabin accommodations suited for every family and feature a beautiful view of Halls Lake. The crystal clear shores of the lake welcome you in, whether it’s for a quick dip or another recreational activity. You will be right home at our family-friendly resort, which is conveniently located 40 minutes south of Algonquin Park. The resort is full of many excellent amenities, from a playground to water sports on the lake. We welcome you to enjoy your next vacation at [...]

5 Tasty Fall Recipes to Cook in Your Ontario Cottage

Here at Sandy Lane Resort, we are so excited to host you during the fall season in one of our comfortable cottages. The cottages were purposely designed to be like mini-homes, full of all the typical amenities and fixings. You will find satellite televisions, comfortable beds, dining and kitchen areas, and more- some of our larger cabins have queen beds!. During your stay, you will have time to practice some fall recipes in your Ontario cottage. We have gathered five tasty fall recipes to cook during your time at Sandy Lane Resort.  1) Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup As the [...]

Where to See the Best Waterfalls in the Haliburton Highlands

As the leaves start to change colours and the weather changes, we welcome to explore the beautiful Haliburton Highlands this autumn. The Haliburton Highlands truly comes ablaze during the fall, with rich crimsons, scarlets, bright golds, browns, and so many other lovely fall colours! We truly believe that the most wonderful autumn destination in all of Ontario is right in the heart of Algonquin Highlands, where the lovely lakefront Sandy Lane Resort is located.  Today, we want to introduce you to all the incredible spots where you can see the best waterfalls in the Haliburton Highlands. Keep reading to discover [...]

Plan Your Dream Country Wedding at Sandy Lane Resort

As the world slowly reopens, we know many of you have had to reschedule or rethink your wedding plans. Flexibility is really key nowadays, especially for wedding planning. Luckily, Sandy Lane Resort is here to give you the flexibility to do your wedding, your way! We are the premier wedding destination in the Haliburton Highlands. Let’s explore how you can plan your dream country wedding at Sandy Lane Resort.   Location, Location, Location Celebrate your big day at Sandy Lane Resort, where your guests will be in awe of the natural beauty surrounding our resort grounds. Located in the heart of [...]

Kayaking in Ontario: Exploring the Haliburton Highlands

It is time to have some fun under the fall trees in the Haliburton Highlands! Fall time is all the rage in the Highlands and Sandy Lane Resort has the perfect getaway cottage for you and yours. We’re located in the Haliburton Highlands, specifically Algonquin Highlands, Ontario, Canada. Our lakeside cottages will be your mini home away from home, nestled right on the crystal clear waters of Halls Lake. We have so many amenities to help you have the best time in the Haliburton Highlands! From campfire pits to tubing, the whole family will have a great time. We want [...]

May 14th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Fishing in Ontario: Halls Lake (and Beyond)

The Algonquin Highlands District in Ontario is one of the premier fishing destinations in Canada. The region is known for having numerous inland lakes with an abundance of fish. Fishing Ontario’s popular lakes are great for leisure, and there are plenty of places to stay to make a vacation out of it. Halls Lake is one of the top lakes to go fishing in Ontario this fall. Halls Lake is one of the largest lakes in the Algonquin Highlands District. It covers more than 1,300 acres with a maximum depth of 264 feet. It’s the best place to go fishing [...]

3 Reasons to Say “I Do” at Our Wedding Venue in Ontario

Create the wedding ceremony you have always dreamed of at Sandy Lane Resort, whether you choose to be on the beach or basking in the beauty of the surrounding forest. There are plenty of options to suit every bride and groom's interests.

3 Hidden Gems Near Sandy Lane Resort

Put on your adventurer’s hat and explore the best hidden gems in Ontario, Canada, during your stay at Sandy Lane Resort. Nothing makes for better memories than treading off the beaten path for a series of fascinating escapades during your stay at our Algonquin hotel.

Fat Biking Adventures near Halls Lake, Ontario

The winter sport of fat biking continues to rise in popularity across North America, especially in cooler climates, such as Southern Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park and the neighbouring District Municipality of Muskoka. When several inches of snow inevitably cover the earth’s surface, bicyclists and mountain bikers alike are forced to adapt to Mother Nature’s frosty disposition. Thankfully, fat biking in Ontario provides an idyllic balance of modernized exercise and old-world exploration.

Snowshoeing in the Haliburton Highlands, a Serene Experience

By now, you likely know all about Southern Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park, a 1.9-million-acre preserve north of picturesque Haliburton—tailor-made for exploration. And exploration comes in many varieties, including ice climbing, dog sledding, and cross-country skiing. However, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a more wondrous way to survey a new landscape than snowshoeing, especially in the serene Haliburton Highlands.

Romantic Winter Retreats in Ontario: Welcome to Sandy Lane!

Southern Ontario’s Sandy Lane Resort remains a four-season haven for romance-starved couples and adventurous sweethearts alike. There’s never been a more enticing time to escape the Greater Toronto Area en route to the Haliburton Highlands, particularly the northwestern rim of peaceful Halls Lake. As one of the most desirable winter retreats in Ontario, the Sandy Lane team is gearing up for a holiday season unlike any other. Because of the resort’s pleasingly remote location, couples can freely embark on a playful, passionate, and uninhibited romantic getaway, even amid winter’s frostiest moments.

Memorable Winter Getaways in Ontario: Sandy Lane Resort

With autumn drawing to a close here in Ontario’s Algonquin Highlands, it’s officially time to start planning your next wintertime digital detox to peaceful Sandy Lane Resort, a remote haven located along Halls Lake’s northern rim. Sandy Lane Resort remains one of the most underrated winter getaways in Ontario, mainly because it lends itself to countless outdoor adventures and provides an idyllic dose of backland tranquillity, perfect for 2020 (and beyond).

The Top 3 Haliburton Golf Courses

It’s the last call for a golf getaway to the Haliburton Highlands, Southern Ontario’s most beloved autumnal destination. And there’s no better place to start and finish each day of vibrant fall foliage than Sandy Lane Resort along the northern rim of serene Halls Lake. Eighteen holes of classic Haliburton golf is just the tip of the iceberg, as the region also boasts stellar horseback riding, backcountry cycling, and ATV trails.

Hello, Autumn: Leaf-Peeping in Haliburton County

Amid autumn’s vibrant peak, Haliburton County’s sprawling, rolling acreage transforms into a jaw-dropping kaleidoscope of colour, including bright hues of amber, marigold, and kelly green. Haliburton County spans over 4,000 square kilometres, reaching from Lake of Bays all the way through Algonquin Provincial Park’s southern rim. In the heart of all this beauty is Sandy Lane Resort, one of the most desirable four-season cottage resorts in Ontario.

Backcountry Horseback Trail Riding in Ontario

The lush, tranquil Southern Ontario wilderness is calling. And the preferred method of exploration for many Canadians is horseback riding. After all, there’s nothing quite like galloping through dense forestry, swaying wheat fields, and colourful wildflower meadows atop a majestic, well-training horse. Horseback trail riding in Ontario continues to rise in popularity, especially during a period when city folks are rediscovering the allure of outdoor recreation.

Southern Ontario Cycling Expeditions: Discover the Highlands

You won’t find a more suitable destination to wholly regenerate than the azure blue water, emerald woodland, and fine sand found on this restful estate. However, it’s essential to leave room for adventure, primarily because Sandy Lane offers so many complimentary activity rentals, such as bicycles, canoes, and water skis. And some of the most breathtaking Southern Ontario cycling routes can be picked up near the resort.

Complete Seclusion at a Classic Haliburton Cottage Resort

Summer’s arrival is so achingly close that we can practically feel those glorious rays from above, smell the pleasant florescence, and see the Highlands’ many woodland critters reemerge. As millions of Ontarians line up their summer plans, Sandy Lane Resort gleefully continues to prepare for an influx of adventurous travellers looking for nothing but seclusion, tranquillity, and a healthy dose of outdoor exploration. Our four-season cottage resort remains one of the most desirable remote vacation spots in the province, thanks to our widespread cottages, swift access to a seemingly endless wilderness, and, of course, over 1,300 acres of glorious Halls Lake aqua.

Backcountry Haliburton ATV Trails near Halls Lake

For those who are aching to escape the grips of the Greater Toronto Area this summer, there may not be a more enticing backcountry destination than the Haliburton Highlands, most notably Halls Lake’s Sandy Lane Resort. Sandy Lane provides the perfect combination of solitude, outdoor excitement, and true rejuvenation amid towering sugar maples and cottonwoods. Some of the most common mid-summer activities here in the Highlands include fishing, bicycling, boating, and, of course, ATVing. In fact, there are kilometres upon kilometres of prime Haliburton ATV trails at arm’s length when you choose our peaceful lakeside respite.

Outdoorsy Corporate Retreat Venues: Sandy Lane Resort

We’re on the heels of the most popular season for an off-site corporate retreat: spring. After a lengthy, frosty winter, many corporations choose to take a well-deserved, albeit brief, break from the office. Many of the most desirable corporate retreat venues near Toronto lie in the Haliburton Highlands, straight east of Muskoka and south of Algonquin Provincial Park. This serene, secluded region is close enough to the office parks in and near Toronto but also far enough off the beaten to provide relief from busy schedules, log-jammed traffic, and high-stress situations. Here at Sandy Lane Resort, we specialize in off-site meetings, retreats, and corporate team-building.

Ice Climbing in Ontario: An Uplifting Experience

We have a spectacular relationship with Lorne Foisy, the owner and operator of Elements Guiding (formerly known as Base Camp 35). Elements Guiding provides the very best ice climbing in Ontario, perhaps North America. Foisy and his team lead a variety of ice climbing trips during the frostiest of seasons, as well as rock climbing in the summertime. As of mid-January, the Greater Toronto Area remains green, while Haliburton County is pleasingly covered in fresh snow. Despite being just a two-hour drive from the city center, it’s a totally different experience here at Sandy Lane!

Dog Sledding in Ontario, A Haliburton Rite of Passage

While our sandy beach is smothered by sugar-white snow from December through March, guests never lose the satisfying feeling of escapism at our invigorating and utterly secluded respite. Typically, families choose Sandy Lane Resort for its nearby backcountry snowmobiling, Nordic ski trails, outdoor hot tubs, and, of course, those cozy wood-burning fireplaces (the only ones in Haliburton). But don’t forget that both Algonquin Park and the Haliburton Highlands are home to some of the premier dog sledding in Ontario.

Cross-Country Skiing in Ontario: A Rejuvenating Experience

There’s truly something magical about a wintertime escape to Sandy Lane Resort amid falling snow, ceaseless snow-covered forestry, and curious wildlife. Families, couples, and groups choose our peaceful respite time and time again, primarily because of our countless on-site activities, wood-burning fireplaces, and unmatched hospitality. Most folks trek to our serene Halls Lake resort to partake in some of the premier snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing in Ontario. Luckily for you and your family, each of our secluded cottages is just steps from hundreds of kilometres of backcountry trails and wilderness.

Haliburton Highlands Brewery Guide

Over the past decade, many beer drinkers have replaced timeless domestic lagers with hazy, dark, or sour ales. Craft brew palettes, even for self-proclaimed beer aficionados, continuously evolve—that’s what makes the “hunt” for the tastiest ales so uniquely intoxicating (in more ways than one). Luckily for you and your group, Sandy Lane Resort is just a short drive from three spectacular breweries. Each Haliburton Highlands brewery has a diverse, always-changing tap list, distinctive decor, and a team of highly-skilled brewers.

Visit Central Ontario in the Fall

With summer officially in the rearview mirror, we’ve eagerly turned our attention to autumn’s peak here in the lush Haliburton Highlands. Sandy Lane Resort is one of the only year-round Haliburton resorts on Halls Lake, and autumn is among our most popular seasons, thanks to the surrounding forestry’s transformation from hunter green to crimson, amber, marigold, and emerald. A visit to Central Ontario in the fall is a wise choice, especially for couples, “leaf-peepers,” and nature enthusiasts.

5 Rainy Day Date Ideas at Sandy Lane Resort

Algonquin Park was recently named the second-best place to spot fall colours in Canada by TripSavvy as travellers from all corners of North America begin to comprehend the beauty of this colourful region. Sandy Lane Resort is a magnet for couples aiming to stroll underneath vibrant, falling leaves near serene Halls Lake. Regardless of where you’re planning to travel this fall, there’s always the possibility of rain – which is why we’ve compiled five rainy day date ideas. Don’t let a little rain ruin your well-deserved, long-overdue romantic getaway.

The Best Ski Hills in Ontario | A Snowy Haliburton Adventure

There’s still ample time to plan a snowy, late-winter expedition into the heart of the Haliburton Highlands. This particularly serene slice of Ontario is celebrated for its ice fishing, ice climbing, dog sledding, Nordic skiing, and backcountry snowmobiling. However, you’ll also be pleasantly surprised to discover that this peaceful, picturesque land is home to not one but two of the most beloved ski hills in Ontario. In fact, Sandy Lane Resort, home to the coziest Haliburton cottage rentals, is just a short drive from both Sir Sam’s and Hidden Valley Highlands.

3 Unique Ways to Explore the Haliburton Highlands

Summer is officially here to stay in the peaceful Haliburton Highlands, a particularly beautiful slice of Central Ontario located less than 200 kilometres from Toronto. There’s a seemingly endless pristine wilderness that fully encircles Sandy Lane Resort, one of the top-rated Central Ontario resorts. Guests escape Toronto several times a year to visit our four-season getaway to unplug, unwind, and rejuvenate in the Haliburton Highlands’ serene natural beauty.

10 Ways to Enjoy Halls Lake This Summer

As spring subtly transforms into summer and the temperatures gradually rise, hundreds of families flock into the serene Haliburton Highlands for seemingly endless water excitement. Luckily for guests here at Sandy Lane Resort, our deluxe, cabin-style Haliburton cottages are steps away from refreshing Halls Lake, a true Canadian hidden gem. We provide guests with some of the most affordable, charming, and conveniently-located cottage rentals in Ontario to go along with complimentary access to a wide variety of watercrafts such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats.

Algonquin Highlands Dining Guide

There’s no better time than right now to book a four-day stay at Sandy Lane Resort for the much-anticipated Victoria Day Weekend! Sandy Lane Resort also wasn't affected by the recent flooding because we sit at a higher elevation in comparison to other surrounding regions. While you’re not always going to be in the mood to drive down Highway 35 for a juicy steak or fresh-caught fish, we thought it would be beneficial to our guests if we listed three popular Carnarvon Ontario restaurants. Enjoy!

Top 3 Springtime Things to Do in Ontario

Sandy Lane Resort rests on peaceful Halls Lake in the beautiful, secluded Algonquin Highlands. Families, couples, and groups choose us because of our tranquil wilderness locale, our seemingly endless array of adventure possibilities, and, of course, our five-star service. Regardless of what kind of springtime getaway you’re looking for, you’ll discover an undeniably beautiful, serene, and adventurous slice of Central Ontario here at Sandy Lane Resort. We hope that you enjoy these three hand-selected things to do in Ontario during your springtime vacation.

Ontario Snowmobiling Adventures in the Haliburton Highlands

There’s still plenty of time to plan a late-winter Ontario snowmobiling adventure here at Sandy Lane Resort in the Haliburton Highlands. We’ve enjoyed a near record-breaking snowfall this winter, creating a pearly-white powder-filled winter wonderland in our secluded neck of Ontario. Blaze through our pristine backcountry wilderness with family and friends on your favorite snowmobile, or rent a sled and join a guided tour to the area’s best-kept secrets.

Top 5 Wintertime Ontario Cottages at Sandy Lane

Our tranquil snow-covered paradise allures couples looking for a quiet getaway from noisy traffic, stressful workspaces, and hectic schedules. Haliburton, Ontario, is also an outdoor enthusiast’s playground for those aching for ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, or ice skating adventures. Unlike much of Southern Ontario, Sandy Lane Resort is in the middle of winter’s grip, which means that we have an exuberant amount of snow on the ground at all times. There is very little snow on the ground just 40 miles south of here, making us a snowmobiler’s paradise! After each full day of adventure, retreat to one of these five affordable, cozy Ontario cottages.

Ice Fishing on Halls Lake, Ontario

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the highly-anticipated ice fishing season here in the Haliburton Highlands. Families from Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Kitchener, and far beyond have already started planning wintertime adventures to Sandy Lane Resort, one of the premier Ontario resorts. Our peaceful four-season resort is steps away from superb snowmobiling, ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing, and, of course, ice fishing on tranquil Halls Lake.

3 Unique Winter Activities in Ontario

Sandy Lane Resort earned its name because of Halls Lake’s beautiful shorelines, but locals and tourists alike have quickly packed away their swimsuits for snow pants. Ontarians embrace the snow and cold by venturing into the breathtaking Haliburton Highlands wilderness every winter. There are dozens of winter activities in Ontario that every visitor should try this winter. While Haliburton is known for its snowmobile trails, ski resorts, and ice fishing, there are several unique (and somewhat obscure) activities worth attempting.

Sandy Lane Resort: A Beautiful Ontario Wedding Venue

It’s never too early to start planning a dream wedding in Ontario’s Algonquin Highlands. Sandy Lane Resort has helped plan beautiful lakeside weddings during all four seasons, making us a premier Central Ontario wedding venue. We give you the flexibility to create a destination wedding that every friend and family member will cherish. Say “I do” on the serene shores of Halls Lake, pose for wedding photos on our rustic, lengthy boat dock, and celebrate with family and friends in our large Banquet Hall.

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