Things to do

Here we would like to give you some informations about specials and tours you can arrange with us.

Weekend Adventure

This wonderful country experience includes: staying in a 150 year-old pioneer log home; learning wilderness and survival skills; experiencing different eco-systems of southern Ontario bush and river sites; learning about the aboriginal people of the area; and creating native crafts. Experiential exposure to pioneer skills, tools, cooking (on a wood stove), as well as enjoying old-fashioned entertainment of fiddle music, step, and square dancing, will provide both a wonderful educational experience as well as an opportunity to discover early Canadian culture in a unique and personal way.

Reservations

Local Attractions and Things to Do

We can arrange extra tours to attractions in the surrounding area for you as well. This is a list of local attractions we currently recommend:

Albion Hills Conservation Area and Campground, Palgrave

Telephone: 1-800-838-9921 or 905-880-4855
Email: ahills@trca.on.ca
Location: 16500 Hwy. 50, Palgrave, L0N 1P0 (G8/H8 on map)

Looking for a jam packed day of recreation or just a nice day at the beach? Then Albion Hills is the place for you. Ontario’s first Conservation Area, Albion Hills is set in the Caledon Hills on the banks of the Humber River. The 446-hectare park is the outdoor enthusiast’s dream! You can do it all at Albion Hills:

* Swim
* Fish
* Mountain Bike
* Cross Country Ski
* Bird Watch
* Hike

Amenities

The park has something for the whole family, including:

* Playgrounds for the kids
* Sandy beach
* Volleyball and badminton courts
* Horseshoe pits
* Snack bar and convenience store
* Boat rentals

Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club, Alliston

Telephone: N/A
Email: duffhiland@hotmail.com
Location: P.O. Box 698, Alliston, L9R 1V9 (F6 to A6 on map)

The Bruce Trail Association is an organization founded, built and supported by volunteers, donors and members. Membership in the Association helps to continue the preservation and protection of the natural heritage of the Niagara Escarpment, and to maintain the Trail throughout southern Ontario.

The Dufferin Hi-Land Section of the Trail runs from Mono Centre in the south, to Lavender in the north, a total distance of 51.4 km. It passes through such areas of natural beauty as the Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, the Boyne Valley Provincial Park and the Pine River Fishing Area. Membership in the Club provides the opportunity to meet new people and be involved in our organized hikes, social gatherings, workshops, trail maintenance and weekend outings.

Earl Rowe, Forks of the Credit and Mono Cliffs Provincial Parks, Alliston

Telephone: 705-435-2498
Email: http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/new_email.html
Location: Earl Rowe Provincial Park, P.O. Box 872, Alliston, L9R 1W1 (D8 on map)

Earl Rowe Provincial Park is located on the Boyne River in a scenic river valley that has been partially flooded to create a reservoir. Visitors can camp, picnic, fish, paddle, sunbathe at two beaches, swim in a pool big enough for 2,000 or hike to lookouts. Earl Rowe has 365 campsites (163 hydro sites) and is open from May to mid October. Canoe and paddleboat rentals are available at the Park Store.

Forks of the Credit Provincial Park is part of the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. Hiking trails run through rolling pastureland and along the Credit River valley and gorge. Many geological features may be seen in this four season park. Fishing may also be enjoyed and toilets are provided in the parking lot. Click on Documents to view a trail map for Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. Parking fees apply.

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is comprised of 750 hectares of significant biological and geographical features. The Bruce Trail, as well as other four season trails provide hiking, cycling and horseback riding opportunities for visitors. Toilets are provided at the park entrance. Click on Documents to view a trail map for Mono Cliffs provincial Park. Parking fees apply.

Glen Haffy Conservation Area, Caledon East

Telephone: 416-667-6299
Email: ghaffy@trca.on.ca
Location: 19305 Airport Road, Caledon East, M3N 1S4 (G7 on map)

Located at the crossroads of the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine you will find Glen Haffy Conservation Area. Dramatic hills and mature forests offer breathtaking views. Nature trails wind through the forest and the Bruce Trail passes along the Escarpment. Glen Haffy is home to our fish-rearing facilty, which raises thousands of rainbow trout each year for stocking the ponds at Albion Hills and Heart Lake Conservation Areas.

Activities
* Fish in two the two trout ponds that are regularly stocked throughout the season. Fishing equipment is available for rent and bait can be purchased at the park.
* Have a family or company picnic by reserving one of Glen Haffy’s seven picnic sites.
* Hike along some of the most scenic trails in Ontario
* Enjoy some of the best bird watching in Southern Ontario

Private Rental of Headwaters Trout Ponds
The Headwaters Trout Ponds are available for groups who wish to reserve them for a special outing. These two private ponds are not open to the public and are available with rowboats. Please visit our website at http://www.trcaparks.ca/ for fees and reservation information.

Fly Fishing Club
Glen Haffy operates a fly fishing club that offers limited memberships to ensure great fishing. Members have access to the private Headwaters Trout Ponds six days per week from early April to mid-November; that’s more than a hundred days of fishing! Club members have access to rowboats, a log cabin and a barbeque and can access the facility from sunrise to sunset. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.trcaparks.ca/.

Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville

Telephone: (519) 941-6329, 1-800-367-0890
Email: cvc@creditvalleycons.com
Location: 673067 Hurontario Street, Orangeville, (G6/C9 on map)

Picturesque Island Lake Conservation Area is located in the rolling hills of Dufferin County in the Towns of Orangeville and Mono, and provides four seasons of recreation. It’s 332 hectares of lake, wetland, forest and meadows play an important ecological role in protecting the headwaters of the Credit and Nottawasaga Rivers . Part of a six kilometer long series of vibrant wetlands and a source of upwellings of water from underground, this area feeds cool, clean, naturally-filtered water to these regionally important river systems.

Island Lake ‘s varied landscapes lend themselves to interesting and educational hikes and outings. The lake is rich in life with healthy fish and wildlife populations, and abundant underwater plants. On shore, deer, red fox, raccoon, porcupines and even flying squirrels make their homes. Osprey, great blue herons, mallards and many other bird species are seen at Island Lake throughout the summer, as are painted turtles and leopard frogs. In spring and fall, migratory birds pause briefly, taking advantage of the diverse habitats and provide an opportunity for birdwatchers to enjoy.

Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area, Grand Valley

Telephone: 519-928-2832
Email: rbell@grandriver.ca
Location: RR2 Grand Valley, Grand Valley, L0N 1G0 (E2/F2 on map)

Luther Marsh Wildlife Management area is a biological treasure tucked away in the headwaters of the Grand River. There are 5,200 hectares of forests, fields, wetlands and lakes in one of the largest natural areas in southwestern Ontario.

Hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, nature observation, birding, canoeing, picnicking and photography are some of the many activities available at Luther Marsh. In the fall there is a controlled hunt. There is a meeting facility which can be rented by groups by reservation only.

Nicolston Dam Campground & RV Park, Alliston

Telephone: 705-435-7946
Email: nicolston-dam@sympatico.ca
Location: #5140 Line 5 Essa, Alliston, L9R 1V2 (D8 on map)

Camping has changed since the camp opened in 1960! Yes we still have unserviced sites at a great price! Since then a heated pool, hot tub, mini golf, cabins, a quaint cottages, large long pull-through sites, treed-in sites, river sites, controlled access entrance, laundry facilites, shower houses, horseshoes, basketball, soccer pitch, camp store and loads of family attractions within 30 mins. Come and visit us for a day or for a week.

For the enthusiast, combine your stay with one of our canoe rental trips. Again, we have a trip for everyone – overnight trips down the beautiful Nottawasaga River or just paddle the mill pond on our grounds. Canoe rentals and lessons are available for our guests’ convenience. Don’t miss staying with us this season – but call ahead as reservations are recommended.

Nicolston Fish Ladder has been opened for viewing to the guests of the camp. See the educational kiosk and view how the fish get up the ladder. With no restriction to them, the fish are able to bypass the dam 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. When Spring comes so do the Rainbow Trout. Sturgeon spawn in May and the Salmon will show anytime between the end of August to the end of September.