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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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