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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.