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Haliburton Highlands

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Haliburton Highlands

Mountain biking at Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike, Photo Credit: Haliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition

Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Haliburton Highlands through a network of on and off-road cycling routes. With over 600 lakes, numerous rivers, and the rolling hills of the Canadian Shield, there is ample topography and scenery to enjoy. Cyclists can also explore the area’s flourishing artist studios and charming villages.

Bordered at the north by Algonquin Park, the Highlands features extensive mountain biking trails and a network of quiet roads. Lucky bikers may catch a glimpse of the Highland Wheeler, a phantom cyclist who roams the roads of the Haliburton Highlands.


Haliburton Roads 100The  opens in a new windowHaliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition mapped and published 14 popular road routes across the County, ranging from 6 to 100 km. The Bike Haliburton County map features difficulty ratings, information on traffic levels, road surfaces and facilities en route, with options for all levels of cyclists. Paved shoulders are intermittent. Cyclists should expect to share the road with motor vehicles on all routes, and follow the rules of the road accordingly. For more information on routes below, consult the  opens in a new windowCycle The Haliburton Highlands cycling map.

Easier Routes: Minden Village Loop – 2.5 km; Haliburton Head Lake Trail – 6 km loop; Stanhope Heritage Cycling Tour – 10km loop; Stanhope Green Lake West Guilford Eagle Lake – 44 km.

More Difficult Routes: West Guilford Eagle Lake Loop – 23km; Haliburton Donald Lochlin Ingoldsby Haliburton – 39km; Minden Norland Kinmount Minden – 65km.

Most Difficult Routes: Haliburton Tory Hill Wilberforce Haliburton – 65km loop; Haliburton Tory Hill Gooderham Irondale Kinmount Gelert Lochlin Haliburton – 109km loop; The Loop Road: Tory Hill Wilberforce Harcourt Highland Grove Tory Hill – 53km; Haliburton West Guilford Carnarvon Minden Haliburton – 66km loop; Minden-Bobcaygeon Rd* to 118 Carnarvon Minden – 35km loop; Haliburton Harburn Rd Fort Irwin Eagle Lake Haliburton – 50km loop.

opens in a new windowHaliburton Highlands – Two Day Itineraryopens PDF file  – Known for its rolling hills, highland views, plus endless lakes and rivers, Haliburton Highlands is a top spot for several days of riding. Enjoy over 200km of smoothly paved roads and easy to navigate loops along with a variety of accommodations suited for smaller or larger groups make the Highlands a cottage country ride destination. Not to be missed.

The following two looped routes in Highlands East are on a mix of quiet side roads and off road trails. They are multi-use routes so users may encounter motorized recreational vehicles and horses. The area is well know for geocaching, which could make a fun addition a bike ride.

  • opens in a new windowHaliburton Forest Map opens in a new windowSir Sam’s Ski & Bike – Located on the hill overlooking Eagle Lake, north of the town of Haliburton, Sir Sam’s has 13 km of cross country trails plus 9 km of downhill trails. Ride up and down, or purchase a lift pass along with the trail pass that is required to access trails suited to all levels of riders.
  • opens in a new windowHaliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve – Mountain biking trails and many other outdoor adventure experiences are available on 70,000 acres of privately owned and sustainably managed forest. There are over 300 km of forest access roads and multi-use trails with detailed trail maps to assist with route selection. Trail passes are required and available at Kennisis Lake Base Camp.
  • opens in a new windowGlebe Parkopens PDF file  – The Haliburton Highlands Mountain Bike Club has developed a network of single track trails that, combined with existing double track trails, offer over 10 km of riding. Trails start at Glebe Park Haliburton Sculpture Forest and are open for members or day users with purchase of trail pass.
  • opens in a new windowSilent Lake Provincial Park – Located in the southeastern corner of Haliburton County, this provincial park has a cross-country trail network with two loops; 13 and 19 km in length. The 13 km loop is moderately difficult, while the 19 km loop is considered difficult.
  • opens in a new windowByers Lake – Located in the south end of Algonquin Park, this 7 km mountain biking trail is easy for the first 4 km with hills and some wet areas for the rest. The journey takes about an hour to cycle and is open from June to Thanksgiving. The side trail to the Gut Rapids Canyon on the York River is a must see.
  • opens in a new windowWilberforce Harcourt Loop – This 20 km mountain biking loop is appropriate for beginners and intermediate riders with a mix of trail riding and unpaved roads.
  • RailTrailCover Haliburton opens in a new windowHaliburton County Rail Trail – The 35 km multi-use rail trail takes cyclists through forests, past rivers, waterfalls, bogs and heritage bridges between the communities of Haliburton and Kinmount. In Kinmount, connect to the Victoria Rail Trail, which continues another 55 km to Lindsay, and on to Peterborough. Trail surfaces are mixed and rough so a mountain or hybrid bike is essential. The trail is open exclusively to non-motorized use from the beginning of April to mid-May. The trail is shared with motorized users from mid-May to November 30th.
  • opens in a new windowIB & O Rail Trail opens PDF file – This flat and easy rail trail near Tory Hill travels 14 km through forest with rocky outcrops in the north and lakes and wetlands to the south. This multi-use trail, shared with hikers and motorized vehicles, is suitable for mountain bikes.
  • opens in a new windowCOLT opens in a new windowCentral Ontario Loop Trail (COLT) – This 450km loop is a popular multi-day bike packing route that incorporates the Victoria Rail Trail, The Ganaraska Trail, The Hastings Heritage Trail, The IB & O Rail Trail, and cuts through the Ganaraska Forest. Trail surfaces vary, a mountain or cross bike is recommended. With a variety of scenic landscapes the route passes through a number of smaller communities with services and accommodation or camping options. Link provided is directed to blog article, currently best source for information.
  • opens in a new windowVictoria Rail Trail – This 85 km links Bethany and Haliburton. The mixed surface path requires a mountain or hybrid bike and is shared with other non-motorized and ATV users. The South Corridor connects Bethany to Lindsay along a surface of railway ballast materials consisting of large stones. The North Corridor runs from Lindsay to Haliburton on various surfaces including stone dust, gravel, and potholes filled with sand. The trail connects to the Haliburton County Rail Trail.

* Please note there may be additional map guides for the region that cyclists may find interesting or useful. New maps and guides are produced yearly, and the information listed here may change.

For more information on accommodation, attractions and activities within Haliburton Highlands visit  opens in a new windowHaliburton Tourism

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