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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.