- Kinmount Movie Theatre – This movie theatre is truly astounding. When we started going, it was small and unknown – not any longer. The owner has been collecting antique movie theatre paraphernalia for years and has a small museum within the theatre.
- Petroglyphs Provincial Park – “Deep within a forest northeast of Peterborough is the largest known concentration of aboriginal rock carvings in Canada. Carved into the white marble rock face hundreds of years ago, the 900 petroglyphs depict turtles, snakes, birds, humans and other images. Hiking trails meander through surrounding forests, wetlands and rocky ridges.”
- Wildfire Golf Course – “A world-class golf course near the shores of Stoney Lake, with a course masterfully designed for all skill levels by Thomas McBroom, Canada’s premiere golf course architect. Open to the public.”
- Haliburton Forest – Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve Ltd. is a privately owned forest in Central Ontario’s Haliburton Highlands. Comprising over 50,000 acres of rolling hardwood forests, pristine lakes, meandering rivers and extensive wetlands, make it a nature enthusiasts dream. They also have a wonderful late-evening “star gazing” seminar. It is conducted by a very knowledgeable amateur astronomer, and you get to look through some high-quality telescopes.
- Haliburton Highlands Museum – The museum is situated in Glebe Park on the north shore of Head Lake overlooking Haliburton Village. It was started by a local committee as a Canadian Centennial project to commemorate the early pioneers of the area.
- Town of Bancroft – Once the “Mineral Capital of Canada”, Bancroft has many old mineral mines. It is still possible to get a tour of some of the mineral quarries and go prospecting for minerals.
- Peterborough Lift Locks National Historic Site – A set of locks on the Trent Severn waterway which go up and down via massive hydrolic lifts. There’s even a song about these – the “Lift-Lock Bop” – we leave the rest to your imagination…
I’ll stop there with the links, there is so much to do if your the type to explore off the property you will run out of days before things to do. Kinmount is 15 minutes from the cottage and has many neat things to do, Fenelon Falls is 15 minutes from Kinmount (you’ll pass through on the way to the cottage) and has neat restaurants and the town is based around one of the locks of the Trent Severn. Five minutes from the lake is a set of falls dumping out from Salerno Lake which is safe for kids (with life jackets) to hop in on the action with picnic area and BBQ and is rarely busy. Two minutes from the lake is the Irondale General Store, the closest spot for fuel and basic supplies. Also home to Geraldines’s Mobile Snack Shack, with awesome burgers and fries, as well as homemade desserts in family size for back at the cottage instead of slaving over the stove. People drive from many areas for her food and it’s maybe 2 miles from the cottage. Ask her about her bear encounter and being chased out of her trailer as she was cooking last year–good times!