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Algonquin Highlands Trails have been impacted by COVID-19
Details available HERE

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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

Get out and explore! 

Self-guided hikes are accompanied by a guide book which corresponds to numbered posts along the trail where a hiker stops, reads the guide book and gains knowledge and insight into the natural environment and the processes taking place right in front of them.

Self-guided hikes begin at the Algonquin Highlands Trails Office where guide books can be obtained.

Self-guided Hikes


Brochure:  Geomorphology Hike Brochure
Length:  3.5 km
Difficulty:  Moderate
Trailhead Address:  20130 Highway 35 North - 12km south of the village of Dorset

GPS Location:  UTM Zone 17. 0669383E 5002819N

Description:   The geomorphology hike is a 3.5 km loop within the Frost Centre Hiking Trails and loops through the scenic lake and upland country of the Haliburton Highlands. Geomorphology is the study of the landscape and the forces that give rise to the different terrains we see around the globe. This hike introduces the hiker to geomorphologic features typical of this part of Ontario and the forces that shaped them.

Forest Management Trail

Brochure:  Forest Management Trail
Length:  1.5 km
Difficulty:  Easy
Trailhead Address:  20130 Highway 35 North - 12km south of the village of Dorset, just across the road from the Algonquin Highlands Trails Office and adjacent to the ski trail access point.

GPS Location:  UTM Zone 17. 0669383E 5002819N

Description:   This is a 1.5 km self-guided loop through a tract of Ontario’s Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Biome. Follow it and discover some of the members of this forest community, from the obvious to the obscure. You’ll also learn how humans participate in this diverse and complex ecosystem. 


Visit the Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site for information on geocache locations in Algonquin Highlands.


Forest Management Trail Brochure
Geomorphology Hike Brochure