Dahl Forest and Barnum Creek Hiking

When accessing Barnum Creek Nature Reserve, be aware that Gould’s Crossing Road past the rail trail should not be used in the winter.  The steep hill and beyond is not maintained in winter and is slippery and dangerous for vehicles.

THERE IS NO POOP FAIRY – With increased traffic we are noticing an unpleasant fact that there is more dog poop on our lovely trails. If you bring your dog, please clean up after it and take the waste bag home with you.  Do not leave the bag at the kiosk. This will help keep the trails enjoyable for everyone.

It is a wonderful time to get out in the crisp air and take in the wonderful winter sights here in Haliburton County!



Barnum Creek Puzzle – Order Today!


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Guided Tours of Dahl Forest and Barnum Creek Nature Reserve

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Walkers on the Heritage Hike trail in spring

Dahl Forest puzzle, “Autumn on the Burnt River” Sold out! We may offer another run of this popular puzzle at a later date. Thanks for your interest!


THANKS to all who participated in our recent fundraising auction! Your support is appreciated! Those with the highest bids will be notified.


Thank You Haliburton County Development Corporation!

The Haliburton County Development Corporation has recently awarded a grant to HHLT which will be used to support management and stewardship activities at Dahl Forest and more trail development support for Barnum Creek Nature Reserve. Their continued support is very much appreciated!

Land Trust Discovery Days Online! Bird Box Video and Patterns!

We are excited to have completed a video teaching about installing a bird box.  Thanks to Thom Lambert for sharing his knowledge and expertise.  Thanks also to Stick and Stones Productions and Midori Nagai for volunteering to film the installation and produce the video.

CLICK HERE to go to the  VIDEOS page.  You will find this and many other interesting videos made over the years by HHLT.

Try the links below which will take you to sites you may find useful when building your own bird box! Watch for our video of Thom Lambert demonstrating the installation of a bird box later in May!

Ontario Eastern Bluebird Society

Audubon – How to Build a Bluebird Nest Box

PDF plans from our HHLT February workshop – birdbox fact sheet

HHLT Trails Update – Dahl Forest Re-Opened, Barnum Creek Nature Reserve Work Continues Towards Opening


Dahl Forest trails are open for walking only. No picnics or gatherings. Please use caution if walking on our trails.

Please follow the Public Health directives about physical distancing and the following protocols.

  1. If you come by car, please park a few metres away from other cars so you can maintain a physical distance.
  2. Keep a two metre distance between yourself and any other visitors.
  3. Please do not come in a group (except for people with whom you are living). Please model physical distancing with these people as well.
  4. Keep your dog on a leash so your dog does not have contact with other visitors.
  5. Don’t touch your face and wash your hands when you get home.

Barnum Creek Nature Reserve is not yet open to the public.  HHLT is still working on trails and mapping……….  Check back for updates.

Please contact us at admin@haliburtonlandtrust.ca if you have any questions.

We hope you can find a way to get outdoors and enjoy nature, fill your spirit with wonder, and enjoy the beautiful signs of spring.


The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust wishes good health and safe keeping to everyone in this time of uncertainty.

Young Trout Lily leaves

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust continues our campaign to raise funds for our Stewardship Fund.  Please CLICK HERE to find out more and make your donation today!

Help protect the Land You Love for Future Generations!


Land Trust Discovery Days


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Next Event:  Bird Box Building    

Saturday February 15, 2020

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Haliburton Fish Hatchery

Join Norm Rondeau to construct bird boxes suitable for field birds such as bluebirds, chickadees, swallows and wrens.  Kits will be provided.  Extra boxes will be made for the Land Trust to be installed at Dahl Forest and Barnum Creek Nature Reserve later in the year at a separate workshop. Limited kits. One kit per family. Registration required. CLICK HERE to register now.

Upcoming Events:

Up Close with Ontario Wildlife

Saturday March 14, 2020

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Haliburton Fish Hatchery

Join interpreters from Speaking of Wildlife as they give you a chance to see, touch, and learn about some interesting Ontario wildlife species. A family friendly event – great for the March Break! Please purchase tickets in advance at www.haliburtonlandtrust.ca  Admission: Adult $15, Child $10, Family $35

For the Love of our Land – Stories of Conservation

Wednesday March 11, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Haliburton Fish Hatchery

Hear conservation stories from Peter Dahl, Leopoldina Dobrzensky, the Bathe family, and Wayne Krangle. All have provided excellent stewardship of their land and two families have donated their properties to the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust. A partnership with Yours Outdoors Speaker Series.

To register, please visit Yours Outdoors

Adopt an Acre of Dahl Forest

Help us protect it for future generations