5 things to do in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario this spring

Here at Yours Outdoors we LOVE spring. As the snow melts and native Haliburtonians put away their snowshoes and skis, we welcome the warmth, the new growth, (and yes the mud!) of the spring months. There’s so many things to do both outdoors and indoors that a little rain or black flies shouldn’t hold you back from enjoying all the hidden gems this area has to offer. So jump in your car, put on your rain boots and your bug jackets, and enhance your next weekend road trip adventure with one of our amazing spring experiences .

Sample maple syrup at our local sugar bushes

Best times: Mid March - End of April

What’s more Canadian than Maple Syrup? March and April are prime time to experience this sugary delight. As the snows melt and temperatures rise, sap begins to flow through the sugar maple, starting over the growth process after a long winter. Canadians and indigenous people have been harvesting this sap and boiling it down into what we know as maple syrup for many thousands of years. The process is long and intensive, but the payoff is oh so sweet.

We here in the Haliburton Highlands are lucky to have vast tracts of sugar maple forest and a number of maple syrup operators that make this area unique. The team at Yours Outdoors has put together a new itinerary to make your 2019 sugar bush visit extra sweet! Join us and delve into the art, science, and history of producing maple syrup as you visit a modern and traditional style operations in our The Art and Syrup of Maple adventure. Here you’ll meet the owners of local operations with unique stories to tell and partake in a unique tasting experience to explore the flavour profile or “terroir” of different syrups. 

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edible wilds

Forage for delicious edibles plants

Best times: Mid May - end of June (and beyond)

A classic Yours Outdoors experience, Wild Edibles!,  takes you deep into the forest and field to learn about how to identify and harvest the abundant edible plants available in spring. Possible finds could include wild leeks, fiddleheads, stinging nettle, dandelions, and more! Our good friend and edible wild expert Carolyn Langdon will be your guide on the hike and your chef for a delicious lunch. We are also offering a several special workshops including Woodland Medicinals and Cattails; A Plant of Many Talents.

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 hike around a lake

Take a hike, eh

Best times: April - June (and beyond)

Spring is a great time of year to go for a hike if you’re not too worried about a little mud or bugs! The spring runoff makes the stream and rivers roar, and there are many beautiful spring flowers to be spotted. Spring also reveals the fascinating world of rocks and minerals.  Join our friends at Greenmantle Farm where you will hike the hills in search of wildflowers and incredible crystals and mineral formations on our Gems Beneath Your Boots adventure.

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Try out the art of glassblowing

Best times: May-June (and beyond)

If the bugs are too much for you, why not try something indoors? Another favourite Yours Outdoors experience, join our friends at Terry Craig, and Jennifer Wanless Craig of Artech Studios for a full day glassblowing workshop. Here you’ll get to learn how to glass blow hands on and will get to create several pieces of glass art.

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high ropes course

Get high in the highlands

Best times: May

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. A great team-building exercise for friends, families, or any adventurers interested in pushing the limitations of gravity.

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