Haliburton Forest Wildlife Reserve
Although Algonquin Inn resort is located right on the border of the world famous Algonquin Provincial Park you may not be aware that we are also situated just north of the unique 50,000 acre private wildlife reserve known as Haliburton Forest . Haliburton Forest is open year round and is best known for the destination attractions of the Wolf Centre, Walk In The Clouds forest canopy adventure and the underwater Submarine Tour. Haliburton Forest also has many other outdoor adventure opportunities including mountain biking, dog sledding, groomed snowmobile trails, hiking, astronomy & wildlife observation.
Haliburton Forest specializes in outdoor education seminars and workshops including executive and corporate training.
The Forest has over 50 lakes on the extensive sustainably managed wilderness property.
The Wolf Centre is especially interesting and home to a pack of Timber Wolves in a large 15 acre enclosure. One way glass provides visitors with a chance to view the pack close up from the observatory. The centre also features numerous education displays and daily cinema presentations. Most people however spend the bulk of their time studying the habits of the wolves.
The Walk In The Clouds is also a great experience that requires advance booking. The canopy boardwalk takes you on a scenic trek through the tree tops some 20 metres above the forest floor. After a short bus ride to the lake you'll take a Voyageur canoe ride across a wilderness lake to a stand of old growth white pine where you receive instruction and embark on your journey into the tree tops. It is the longest canopy walk in the world at over half a kilometer in distance. Snacks are provided up in the trees on large platforms.
What can top a canopy tour? How about a submarine tour? The world's only fresh water submarine takes you to the bottom of McDonald Lake where you can observe the ancient Haliburton Gold Lake Trout species. The piloted sub offers all the features that you might expect in a submarine including digital periscope, auto hover and underwater communications. Large portholes allow a unique view into the underwater world. The whole program including instruction takes about 2.5 hours and the experience is one you can't repeat anywhere else on earth.