My winter wouldn’t be complete without an annual trip to Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve , and this January was like every other. I’ve been coming to Haliburton Forest with my family to snowmobile since I was young and more recently with Glasvan Great Dane Trailers for an annual customer appreciation snowmobile weekend called Sledfest with Erb Transport. This year there were about 50 of us, with me being one of only two girls.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Haliburton Forest, it's often referred to as ‘Ontario’s Snowmobiling Wonderland’ and this Ontario’s Highlands highlight was rated as one of the Top Ten Snowmobile Destinations in North America by Snowmobiler.com. Check out this video by Snowmobiler TV:
The forest is the only privately owned snowmobile operation in the world, with over 100,000 acres of woods and lakes, 300 km of smooth, daily groomed trails and on-site snowmobile rentals.
Even amazing snowmobile adventures aside, the wildlife reserve has long had a place in my heart. Petting and seeing the moose, horses, pigs, wolf pack and husky sleddogs always puts a smile on my face. And one of these years, instead of just snowmobiling, I’m going to do a dog sledding tour through the forest, it’s on my bucket list.
Now back to snowmobiling! The snowmobiling highlight of Haliburton Forest is the length of their sledding season, averaging up to 16 weeks. It’s hard to believe that only 6 to 8 inches of snow is needed on the trails to start grooming and sledding.