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Looking to book a vacation in the Haliburton area? Read contributor Charlie Wagner-Chazalon’s list of the top Haliburton hotels and resorts
From skiing and snowmobiling in the winter to boating and swimming in the summer, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities in the Haliburton Highlands. But just as important as your time outside are the accommodations you come back to. And we’ve curated a list of top Haliburton hotels that will have you coming back again and again.
Located just a few hours’ drive from Toronto and Ottawa, Haliburton Highlands has a little something for everyone. Its picturesque lakes and rolling hills, historic towns and excellent restaurants, and a vibrant community of local artists make it an ideal and versatile vacation destination.
Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a family looking for some holiday fun, there’s a hotel that’s perfect for you.
The Top Haliburton Hotels and Resorts
Sir Sam's Inn & Spa
No matter what time of year you visit, there’s never a shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy when you’re staying at Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa. In the summer, the inn takes advantage of its location on the shores of Eagle Lake to offer an array of water sports for its guests to enjoy.
In winter, they partner with local companies to offer snowmobiling and dogsledding packages. The hotel is also right next to Sir Sam’s ski hill (Sir Sam’s Ski / Ride) and a sprawling array of hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country trails. After enjoying all the outdoor amenities , guests can relax in the inn’s WaterSpa, or in the soaking tubs featured in most of the rooms.
Sir Sam’s started over 100 years ago with just the main inn, but has since expanded to offer a range of accommodations from cozy rustic rooms in the inn – perfect for a couples getaway – to private cottages with multiple bedrooms and full kitchens. The resort is adults only, so it’s ideal for couples and friend groups looking for a rustic getaway.
To learn more about what is widely regarded as one of the best Haliburton hotels, check out their website https://sirsamsinn.com/.
Vacation-goers wanting to experience the beautiful views of the Haliburton Highlands should search no further than Pinestone Resort. With over 160 acres of land to explore, the resort offers a variety of seasonal activities to get their guests into nature, including snowshoeing and Nordic skiing in the winter and an 18-hole golf course in the summer.
Pinestone was originally built to host NHL players who were teaching at a nearby hockey camp in Minden Ontario. It has been visited by Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, and many others, which speaks to its luxurious amenities. The resort offers rooms as well as villas and chalets which overlook the scenic golf course, so it’s great for small family getaways as well as larger groups.
Learn more at their website: https://pinestone-resort.com/.
Heather Lodge offers a uniquely intimate experience among Haliburton hotels, making it ideal for a couples getaway. With just 12 rooms on the property, guests can relax away from the noise on the tranquil shores of Twelve Mile Lake, take advantage of the in-house massage therapist, and indulge in locally sourced ingredients in the dining room.
The lodge offers a variety of water sports, a swimming area, and everything guests need to lounge on the docks. Twelve Mile Lake is also known for its fishing, and is part of a three-lake-chain which guests can explore by boat.
Find out more at their website: www.heatherlodge.com/.
Bonnie View Inn
Bonnie View Inn offers a great kid-friendly Ontario vacation with a wide assortment of seasonal activities. In the summer, the resort features water trampolines, beach volleyball, mountain biking and an on-site school teaching water skiing, jet skiing and flyboarding. In the winter, Bonnie View has tobogganing hills, skating on the lake, and discounted tickets to Sir Sam’s ski hill. All in all, a huge variety of activities to keep the little ones entertained.
And when you need a break from all this activity, Bonnie View Inn offers a dockside patio and stunning views of Lake Kashagawigamog. Each of the property’s 26 rooms has a view of the lake, and the Honeymoon Chalet is actually on the beach, just steps from the water.
See more at their website: www.bonnieviewinn.com/.
Ogopogo Resort is a cozy family-owned resort perfect for vacationers looking to explore the beautiful lakes in the Haliburton Highlands. It’s located on crystal-clear Mountain Lake, which is connected to the Minden White Water Preserve. It’s also near the Frost Centre, a stunning region of lakes and forests which contains nearly 40 kms of hiking trails, and 22 kms of groomed cross-country ski trails in winter.
Ogopogo offers fishing boat rentals in the summer and ice fishing in the winter, among many other exciting outdoor amenities. The resort has six cottages, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, with rustic exteriors and modern interiors for guests’ comfort.
Find out more from their website at www.ogopogoresort.com/.
The Highlands Motel & Lodge
The Highlands Motel & Lodge offers comfortable and rustic accommodations in the Minden area. The newly-constructed Moose Loft is their largest room, sleeping four adults and two kids – great for families looking for a weekend getaway. The Loft is located over the Clubhouse, which is decked out with games like pool and darts, as well as a full kitchen for guests to use.
The Highlands has direct access to Trail 8, a popular ATV and snowmobiling route. The hotel is also next to a public beach and near a public boat launch, which makes it a great home base for those looking to explore the area.
Check them out at www.thehighlandsmotel.com/.
Getaways At Haliburton Heights
Getaways at Haliburton Heights offers spacious suites and beautiful views, and is great for families or couples looking to explore the area. The resort is right across from Lake Kashagawigamog, which is great for swimming in the summer and strolling across in the winter.
Located just outside of Haliburton, this hotel is ideal for those who want to explore what the town has to offer from local art and events to skiing and hiking. It offers spacious rooms complete with dining areas and kitchenettes, which makes it perfect for groups and families who want to spread out in their home away from home.
Find out more at http://www.geoholiday.com/node/1524.
Little Hawk Resort & Marina
Little Hawk Resort & Marina offers up the works in terms of outdoor activities year-round. From boat rentals for summer fishing to heated ice-fishing huts in the winter, the resort makes the most of its prime location on Little Hawk Lake. They also offer free canoe rentals and boat docking for their guests.
Little Hawk features fully furnished cottages and suites, many with private decks, barbeques, and jacuzzi tubs. The variety in its accommodations makes it suitable for couples, families and groups who are looking to experience the outdoors.
Check out what they offer at https://littlehawk-ontario-resort.com/.
The Dominion Hotel in Minden Ontario is a unique vacation destination because of its historic feel. It opened in 1862 (before Canada was even a country) and has the Minden main street on one side and the Gull River on the other. The building has been recently renovated to feature modern amenities while maintaining the historic ambiance.
The Dominion is deeply immersed in the town’s culture, with rooms on the second floor and a pub on the ground floor where locals host events and concerts. The pub serves local beers from the area, and has a rooftop patio which overlooks the river.
See their rooms and events here: https://dominionhotelpub.ca/Dominion/.
Contributor Charlie Wagner-Chazalon is a travel enthusiast who splits his time between Muskoka and Toronto Ontario.