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Winter Activities in Ontario

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.

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.

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.

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.

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