Wandering through a forest filled with beautiful sculptures might sound like a scene from Narnia, but this enchanting forest actually exists just outside of Toronto! Located in Glebe Park, Haliburton Forest is under a 3-hour drive from the city, and its definitely worth the drive. Ontario's sculpture forest is an incredible day trip and will make all of your fairytale dreams come true!
You'll stumble upon all sorts of statues as you journey through the woods. Some of them are bright and colourful, others more on the eerie side, like this cracked mirror hanging from a tree. The sculptures are made by both Canadian and international artists. The forest is accessible during all four seasons, so you can enjoy the transforming perspectives of the artwork in different elements.
The forest officially opened in fall 2001. In the beginning, there were only three sculptures, but the numbers quickly grew over the years. The forest is now home to 34 sculptures and 3 unique benches. You can view all of these works of art as you walk, bike, or ski down the trails which border Head Lake.
Some of the most popular sculptures include a rounded stone hut, an enormous red shoe, and a giant blue horse and rider. A free guided tour of the forest is offered on select days, or you can download a tour app that lets you explore the forest at your own pace. There is no admission cost, although donations are always welcome. The forest is dog-friendly, so bring your pup along for the adventure!
Haliburton Sculpture Forest
Address: 297 College Drive, Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0
Why you need to go: This forest is made all the more beautiful with the incredible pieces of art awaiting you at every bend.