The County of Haliburton has much to celebrate, as they were recently named the recipient of an award for Hike Haliburton by Festivals and Events Ontario.

The provincial organization named Hike Haliburton as one of the top 100 Festivals in Ontario at an awards gala held on February 28, 2024. Hike Haliburton was included in a list of outstanding events that excel within the industry.

“Submissions from FEO members were received for consideration in the fall of 2023 and were judged by an independent panel of judges. Festivals and events of all kinds from every corner of Ontario were represented in the submissions – from community festivals to internationally recognized events,” read a press release issued by Festival and Events Ontario.

Hike Haliburton is a free, bi-annual event held in Winter and Fall, across Haliburton County. The fall edition was established 20 years ago, as a way to promote the vast network of hiking trails across the county. The event is organized by the County’s Tourism department, and hikes are guided by local volunteers. The multi-day event attracts visitors from across Ontario, as well as local residents, who can participate in various levels of hikes, either on foot or snowshoes. Last year’s festivals had a total of 910 participants combined.

Haliburton County Warden Liz Danielsen was pleased by the award bestowed upon Hike Haliburton by FEO and acknowledged the work and efforts that take place behind the scenes to execute such an event.

“We are fortunate to have breathtaking scenery and trails in Haliburton County and Hike Haliburton is a chance to explore our backyard and natural surroundings,” said the Warden. “I am pleased the County was recognized for executing a well-organized event that draws visitors to our area to enjoy all that we have to offer. I wish to thank the staff and all the volunteers who contribute to making the festivals a success.”

The award was presented to the County of Haliburton at the IMAGINE 2024 Festivals & Events Ontario Conference, held in Niagara Falls. Tourism Assistant Eric Casper was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the County.


For more information please contact:
Liz Danielsen
Warden, County of Haliburton