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3 Experiences to Create Handmade Gifts You Just Might Want to Keep Yourself

If you're like us, you can feel Christmas coming on. The heady excitement of the holidays is building. The joy of timeworn traditions -- trimming the tree, a warm crackling fire, and festive cheer with friends and family. 

It's a wonderful time of gathering and giving. Still, the hustle and bustle of the season can be a little overwhelming, with its seemingly endless list of things to do.

Like figuring out what to get that someone special.

Psst...5 Pretty Cool Things to do in the Haliburton Highlands this Winter

We get a little giddy here at Yours Outdoors when the first snow flies. Sure, we might be biased, but we think you'll find there's no better place to have a ball this winter.

Winter in the Highlands is jam-packed with amazing and unusual experiences (can you say Snowga?!) Get your true Canadian on -- gather your warm and woollies, bundle up and embrace the chill! Get up, get out and fall in love with winter.

Whether you’re a little laid back or all-in active, wild and wonderful snow-filled experiences abound.

We're just itching to share a few with you... 

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 .

Top 5 November Adventures in the Haliburton Highlands

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.

'Tis the Season for Tradition

Tradition. One simple little word we all know that carries some warming connotations this time of year. The music, the tree, the smells of pine needles and cookies in the oven. Whatever our traditions may be, the one thing they all have in common is that they seem to stick. Have you ever taken a step back to think about where these traditions came from? Traditions can begin at any time.

Another award!

Yours Outdoors is very honoured to take home the Sustainable Tourism Award presented at the 2017 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence in Niagara Falls. Thanks to Abbey Gardens for nominating us . Here is a portion of the information that was submitted with the nomination:  

Yours Outdoors also strives to “live” the principles and practices of sustainable and green tourism.  In particular, Yours Outdoors is committed to:

Fall-ing in Love with Fall

It’s official - those lazy hazy days of summer have melted into memories and we are facing forwards into fall. As an adventure company, there’s always a bit of a shift between seasons. It is a common misconception that our adventures peak within the summer months. Of course, with the longer days and warmer weather, there is no shortage of opportunities to get outside and soak up that sunshine.

Happy Camper’s Best Routes for Canoeing and Kayaking in the Haliburton Highlands

Yours Outdoors has had the pleasure of working with The Happy Camper, Kevin Callan on several occasions. He was featured presenter at our Speakers Series and has led several hikes and backpacking trips for the Hike Haliburton Festival. We sponsored a recent kayaking trip he did with Camper Christina. Here are some thoughts from Kevin on paddling in the Haliburton Highlands:

Following the Path of the Paddle

In this day and age, we are moving fast. Too fast? Maybe. That's up to individual interpretation. Either way, there are no real signs of slowing down, so we, as humans, need to create those moments of recollection for ourselves in order to maintain sanity in this ever-changing world. 

We can all agree that taking a step away from the whirring of our everyday lives and into the wilderness answers problems we didn't even know existed. My personal preference to attain clarity takes this escape one step further: to the water, to follow the path of the paddle. 

It was a grand night, indeed

On November 22, I walked onto the stage at the Westin in Ottawa in front of 450 people - the who's who in tourism in Ontario attending the Ontario Tourism Summit Gala. Master of Ceremonies and CBC TV celebrity, Heather Hiscox, announced that I had won the Tourism Champion of the Year from the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario.  The crowd went wild ...well, at least the people at my table. I had the pleasure of being in the company of my beautiful wife Pat and the wonderful staff of Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization.

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