Just east of Muskoka is the large territory of Haliburton County, a gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park just over an hour’s drive outside of the Greater Toronto Area. Haliburton County is home to many charming towns and communities that surround its scenic lakes and rivers.

Read on to find out more about three of these beautiful locations.


Situated on the banks of Gull River between Minden Lake and Gull Lake, Minden is a popular summer destination town with a variety of charming small town attractions and conveniences. 

Located in the southwestern portion of Haliburton County, Minden is also the county seat of Minden Hills township, which includes communities like Ingoldsby, Lutterworth, and Lochlin. The town of Minden itself is home to a golf course, boardwalk, and the The Minden Hills Cultural Centre which houses a gallery, the Minden Hills Museum, and the R.D. Lawrence Place learning centre.

Other attractions in Minden include a range of eateries and stores. One of the most popular is Boshkung Brewing, a local brew pub with a deck and outdoor seating right on the Gull River. Make sure to also check out:

  • Rhubarb Restaurant

  • Pepper Mill Steak & Pasta House

  • Molly’s Bistro Bakery

Follow along the river to take in the scenic fields, or venture out of town to explore the beautiful forests, trails, and lakes of this area. If you’re looking for a place to visit or somewhere to pick up a beautiful cottage in southern Ontario or Haliburton County more specifically, then Minden is not to be overlooked. 

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Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake is one of the most popular lakes within Haliburton County. While Eagle Lake is not an officially designated community itself, there is definitely something like a community that has developed on the shores of this natural wonder. From the many lakeside cottages, to the market and bakery near Eagle Lake and Haliburton Lake Roads, this is just about as good a place to buy a home as any Ontario’s Cottage Country.

Attractions around Eagle Lake include:

  • Eagle Lake Beach

  • Sir Sam’s Resort, including a ski park

  • Purple Door Pottery Studio

Large swathes of pristine forest, winding river tributaries, and a beautiful expansive lake are all big draws for people in this area. 

Eagle Lake is also an excellent gateway to surrounding areas like Fort Irwin, Redstone Lake, and Algonquin Provincial Park. 

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With its central placement at the convergence of Routes 118 and 21, and its location on the shores of the beautiful Head Lake, it’s no surprise that the town of Haliburton is so important to life in Haliburton County.

From its stores and businesses, to its many cultural attractions, Haliburton is not only an excellent town to visit, but also one that you could happily live in. Whether you’re looking for a lakeside cottage or a residential home with a more suburban feel, then Haliburton has something for you. 

As mentioned, Haliburton has a wealth of cultural attractions, making it a hub for artists and craftspeople in the area. Look out for the following locations:

  • Haliburton Highlands Museum

  • Haliburton Sculpture Forest

  • Rails End Gallery

  • Ethel Curry Gallery

On top of these there are many well maintained outdoor areas like Skyline Park, Head Lake Beach (including tennis courts, volleyball courts, and picnic facilities), Sam Slick Park, Grass Lake Hiking Trail, and the Haliburton County Rail Trail.

Haliburton County is an area of Ontario’s lake and cottage country that is home to many charming small communities, offering small-town atmospheres, artistic attractions, adventure and recreation, and a wealth of properties to make into an all-year or vacation home. 


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