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Paddle the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails

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Paddle the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails this summer and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Ontario backcountry. The Haliburton Highlands Water Trails offer 28,000 hectares of canoe routes past rugged forests and pristine lakes. Whether you are looking for an afternoon paddle or a multi-day camping adventure, our water trails offer an unforgettable summer escape. End your journey at Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa and rejuvenate after your paddling adventure at our on-site spa!

Haliburton Highlands Water Trails

The Haliburton Highlands Water Trails is a backcountry canoe route system municipally managed by the Township of Algonquin Highlands. Choose from two areas to launch your kayak: the Frost Centre or Poker Lakes. Whether you are looking for pampering before or after your trip, Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa offers the perfect basecamp for your paddling adventures. Book your backcountry campsite with Algonquin Highlands Trails!

Frost Centre Area

The Frost Centre Area encompasses 26,500 hectares of canoe routes on more than 60 lakes with eleven public access points! Most access points are available off Highway 35 North. Reserve your canoe rentals at the Frost Centre by calling 705-766-9033. Discover the best canoe routes for your group and launch at one of these scenic lakes:

  • St. Nora Lake
  • Sherborne Lake
  • Big Hawk Lake
  • Little Hawk Lake
  • Margaret Lake
  • Herb Lake

Poker Lakes Area

The Poker Lakes Area features 1,800 hectares of backcountry with access to twelve lakes. Access points are available at 5128 Highway 118 and on the Cinder Lake access road, off Black River Road. The Poker Lakes area offers smaller lakes and ponds, ideal for novice paddlers. One of the most popular options is Big East Lake, a large lake with abundant bays and islands to discover!

Guided Trips & Resources

Algonquin Outfitters offers everything you need to plan your trip on the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails. Check out their canoe trip planning guide, including information on what to pack and how to choose the best route for your group!

If you are looking for guided canoe trips, we recommend signing up for a trip with Yours Outdoors, including the introductory Canoe Like a Canadian experience!

Book Your Haliburton Highlands Summer Getaway!

Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa offers the perfect basecamp for summer adventures on the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails. Or opt for adventure steps away from your hotel room with our watercraft included with your daily Resort Fee on Eagle Lake. Our adults-only resort is the perfect place to enjoy exceptional dining, revitalizing spa treatments, and exhilarating outdoor activities. Browse our Haliburton hotel rooms and seasonal packages, and book your Ontario getaway today!