There is adventure in November. Sure, it might be quite cool and a snow flurry is possible. And the days are shorter, the breezes may blow and there are 50 shades of gray but the sun does shine. There is nothing sweeter than a sunny day in November. The weather is unpredictable but with a little wardrobe planning you will be prepared for what Mother Nature delivers. Don’t forget that old adage that “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. And, of course, there are inside adventures. Inside or out there is a lot to do in the Haliburton Highlands. Here are my top five:



1. Getting High in the Highlands
I know what you are thinking with the October 17 deadline behind us; we are not there yet. This is a different kind of high. It will be high fives all around after you experience zip lining and conquer several elements of the high ropes course at the Medeba Adventure Learning Centre. This is a great adventure for friends and families who want to push the limits in a fun and safe setting. More information here.

Beer samples at Haliburton Highlands Brewing


2. Sip, Swill and Savour
Beer tastes good any time of the year but it tastes the best in November. That is my story and I am sticking to it. Tingle your taste buds on this guided tour of the craft breweries and eateries located along Highway 118 between Haliburton and Carnarvon. An entertaining guide will be your designated driver as you step behind the scenes to experience the beer, food, and personalities of the Haliburton Highlands. King Kung, Campfire Rye, Black Rock, North Country, Abbey Ale, Honey Brown, and Coffee Porter await your consumption. You will enjoy great tastes, stories, and some special surprises. More information here.

Hiking boots


3. Steppin’ Out
Take a hike, eh? We hike a lot here in the Highlands. We are, after all, the site for the Hike Haliburton Festival which happens in September and offers over a hundred guided hikes led by very knowledgeable, engaging and fun guides. Some of those guides would like to show you the November landscapes and moods. It’s no walk in the park although that can be arranged too. That said, we have guided hikes for all ages and abilities. More information here.

Dogs at Haliburton Forest


4. Canine Capers
Haliburton Forest is a dog destination. When the weather cools down in November, their 110 Siberian Huskies get itchy feet. In November and December Haliburton Forest guides begin to condition the dogs in anticipation of the upcoming sled season and they could use your help. Become a musher and get behind the scene to spend time with huskies on and out of the kennels and help train them for the winter dog sledding season. And then there is the Wolf Centre with its exhibits, a cinema and classroom, a retail space, a large indoor observatory where you will very likely get to see the pack of wolves in their natural habitat.

Stages of Glass Fusion


5. Fun with Fusion
The Haliburton Highlands is alive with art including several glass artist who blow , stain and fuse glass . Enjoy a glass fusing class with artist Joyce Pruysers-Emmink of Ivy Cottage Fusion Arts. Your will begin with a lesson in glass cutting that will prepare you for a day of creating and fusing ! You can make jewellery, scarf pendants, coral bows and a variety of other creations. More information here.

For more autumn and winter adventures visit or call Barrie at 705-457-7557