COVID-19 Information:

Due to provincial Covid-19 regulations, backcountry campsites in the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails are closed until further notice. All existing campsite reservations up to and including May 20th, 2021, will be cancelled. A call centre representative will contact all reservation holders to process this cancellation. All fees except the $10 non-refundable reservation fee will be refunded. No new campsite reservations will be taken for any time frame until provincial restrictions allow backcountry camping to continue. 

The Township continues to prepare for the opening and operation of municipal facilities and programs however, the changing Provincial Orders have resulted in disruptions in usual preparations such as the hiring and training of seasonal staff which, in turn, can affect the implementation of annually scheduled work. In order to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for the public, Algonquin Highlands will open and operate its facilities and programs as soon as it’s safe to do so for both the public and staff, not necessarily immediately upon a change in Provincial Orders. For information on this and other related Township amenities please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page at

Forest Access Road Conditions:

Forest Access Roads - Many forest access roads become groomed snowmobile trails in the winter and are not maintained in any way for vehicle access. 

Forest Access roads are the responsibility of MNRF (705-286-1521).  Roads are to be used at own risk and are not inspected daily. Tow truck operators will often refuse to enter such roads to provide assistance. It is the tripper’s responsibility to check on road conditions when planning their trip, we recommend a 4wd vehicle for all forest access roads.

Sherborne Lake Forest Access Road: Closed and gated for spring thaw, typically the road will open the week prior to the May long weekend, based on the discretion of the MNRF, who can be contacted for information at 705-286-1521.

Cinder Lake Forest Access Road: There is a washout reported at the second water crossing where the beaver dam has let go, the road has been reported to be impassable at this location.

Margaret and Dan Lake Forest Access Roads: Soft spring conditions, please avoid soft muddy areas as much as possible to limit damage to the roads as they dry out.


Hiking/Snowshoe Trail Conditions:

Dorset Tower Trail - Closed due to COVID 19

All other hiking/snowshoe trails are open and accessed by donation at the trailhead. 

Ski Trail Conditions:

Frost Centre Ski Trails are Closed. Conditions are updated regularly at:

Mailing Address:

Township of Algonquin Highlands
1123 North Shore Road, Algonquin Highlands, ON K0M 1J1

Hours of Operation

End of March Break to Victoria Day Weekend - Monday - Friday 10am-3pm

ictoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend - Open 7 days a week 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After Thanksgiving to Dec 31 - Monday - Friday 10am-3pm

January 1st to end of March Break - 7 days a week 10am - 3pm

Contact Information

Trails Office (Haliburton Highlands Water Trails)
20130 Highway # 35 North
Phone: 705-766-9033
Fax: 705-766-2402