Get Geared up for Hiking


Nestled within the rugged terrain of the Canadian Shield, the Haliburton Highlands beckon adventurers with their unspoiled beauty. From the southern stretches of Algonquin Provincial Park to the tranquil Silent Lake Provincial Park and the expansive Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park, this region offers a tapestry of mixed forests, wetlands, and waterways, providing a playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.

For those seeking to truly immerse themselves in the majesty of the Haliburton Highlands, hiking our trails is the ultimate way to experience its wonders.

What to Bring Hiking?

While trekking through the Haliburton Highlands may not be as daunting as scaling the Alps, it’s essential to approach your hike with preparation and foresight. Before embarking on any outdoor excursion, it’s wise to heed the Boy Scout motto: be prepared.


Whether you’re planning a leisurely hour-long stroll or an overnight adventure, it’s crucial to pack accordingly. A basic first aid kit is essential for short hikes, while longer excursions may require more comprehensive supplies. Algonquin Outfitters, with locations in Minden, Haliburton, and Oxtongue, offers a range of kits tailored to different durations. Additionally, always inform someone of your hiking plans, even for short outings.

General Geographic Knowledge

While many trails feature signage to guide hikers, it’s easy to become disoriented amidst the beauty of nature. Pay attention to trail markers and carry a compass for added assurance, especially in areas with limited cellphone reception. Consider bringing a map or utilizing GPS navigation apps to ensure you stay on course.

Food and Water

Pack lightweight snacks and plenty of water, even for short hikes. Opt for compact, nutritious options like trail mix, granola bars, and fruit. For longer journeys, consider meals that are both nourishing and portable. Remember to pack emergency rations in case of unexpected delays or emergencies.

Adhere to Leave No Trace principles by disposing of waste properly, staying on designated trails, and respecting wildlife and vegetation. Minimize your environmental impact to preserve the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands for future generations.

Appropriate Clothing and Protection

Dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions, regardless of the season. In winter, prioritize warmth and waterproof attire, while lighter layers suffice for spring, summer, and fall. Don’t forget essential gear like sunscreen, insect repellent, and sturdy hiking footwear. Consider bringing additional protective gear such as a whistle, flashlight, and emergency blanket for added safety.

Stay informed about weather forecasts and be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions. Pack rain gear, extra layers, and protective gear to stay comfortable and safe in unpredictable weather.

Terrain and Difficulty

Before selecting a trail, research its terrain and difficulty level to ensure it aligns with your fitness level and hiking experience. Some trails may feature steep inclines, rocky paths, or uneven terrain, requiring proper preparation and footwear.

Consider hiking with a companion or in a group, especially on longer or more remote trails. Share responsibilities and communicate effectively to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

Guided Hikes Experiences

For those seeking expert guidance and a stress-free hiking experience, numerous experienced providers in the Haliburton Highlands offer guided hikes. Companies like Yours Outdoors, Deep Roots Adventure, and Algonquin Yeti Paddling (AYP) can take the worry out of planning and navigating trails. With knowledgeable guides leading the way, you can relax and fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings.

Guided hikes are ideal for both beginners and seasoned hikers, offering insights into local history, ecology, and hidden gems along the trails. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, consider booking a guided hike for an unforgettable adventure in the Haliburton Highlands.

Recharge & Refresh

And remember to recharge after a day out in the woods in one of the many eateries in the area and then maybe decide to to stay overnight so that you can do it all over again the next day.