There are several hiking opportunities in Ontario, but none quite as unique as the one offered in the forests of the Haliburton Highlands.
The Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve is a privately-owned forest that spans 32,000 hectares large. It serves as an outdoor adventure paradise, offering exciting activities such as snowmobiling, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, stargazing, wildlife watching, wilderness camping and dog sledding in the winter. It is also committed to the conservation of the area's ecosystem, which includes lakes, winding rivers and expansive wetlands.
One of the coolest features of the reserve is a guided hike through the treetops of the forest. The canopy tour, called Walk In The Clouds, is a 4-hour adventure that starts at a river basin and ends in the high up in the trees.
It begins with a scenic van ride across the private lands of the Haliburton forest, where passengers can take in the beautiful landscapes of the area. A short half-kilometre walk along the Pelaw River leads to a voyageur canoe which passengers will ride to the canopy boardwalk.
The boardwalk, which is a half-kilometre long, is the longest of its kind in the world. Set 10 to 20 metres above the forest floor, the boardwalk takes hikers through the thick of the forest canopy. Several viewing platforms are stationed along the way so that hikers can stop to get a good view of the surrounding area.
Interested participants would have to pay $95 each to do the tour. It is only offered between May and October, so make sure to get your tickets before the season ends! For more information, visit HaliburtonForest.com.