Welcome to the Haliburton Tourism Association web site!
Haliburton is located in beautiful Ontario cottage country and has wonderful vacation packages to offer all visitors. There are many getaway resorts and lakeside cottage rentals for any type of vacation. Whether you are looking for a family vacation destination or a romantic couples retreat, there are countless different resorts and lodges that are able to meet your needs. There are incredible vacation packages at Haliburton resorts, including golf packages, fishing packages, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling and skiing, among others. For business getaways, there are many different resort packages that include accommodations along with conference facilities and meeting rooms.
Through this website you will find a large selection of Haliburton accommodations, including resorts, lodges, cottage rentals and bed and breakfast accommodation properties. We also list upcoming Haliburton events and festivals, and local news to keep you informed. For your convenience, we provide links to detailed maps of snowmobile trails and atv trails. In addition to these trails, there are many great hiking trails that are available for year round use. Many Haliburton resorts offer last minutes deals on vacation packages through the Haliburton tourism directory. Last minute vacation packages can be found under the button to the left. This is where resorts post any last minute deals as they try to fill up there vacancies. This is a great way to get an amazing deal on a quality Haliburton vacation package for an inexpensive highlands vacation!
Haliburton has some of the most beautiful scenery in Ontario, and offers terrific family vacations. Families looking for Ontario resorts for their vacation need not look any further than here. Haliburton has so much to offer for vacationers, whether they are looking for golfing or fishing packages, or just a resort to relax at for a weekend. Some of the best Ontario resorts are found in Haliburton, and that is why it is one of the top vacation spots in the province.
Haliburton is one of the most popular places in Ontario for people to own cottages. During the summer time, the lakes are warm and beautiful, and there are so many amazing ways to enjoy your summer. This is also why it is a popular place for Ontario resorts. The resorts draw in people who are looking for that cottage vacation setting, but are not looking to purchase property. The resorts and rental cottages give people a place to enjoy Haliburton summer vacations, without the commitment of property ownership.
During the summer time, people flock to Haliburton to enjoy vacations. There are so many resorts and lodges in the Haliburton area that people can always find their perfect holiday accommodation. Ontario resorts are unique though, in that they can offer different types of vacations at different times of the year. A resort in Haliburton County is completely different from summer to winter, and provides vacationers with completely unique experiences. The changes in seasons make Ontario resorts so amazing; they can offer people lakeside activities in the summer, and ice fishing on the same lake in the winter. This is why when people are looking for the best Ontario resorts, they often find themselves in the Haliburton Highlands.
Haliburton Highlands offers visiting tourists beautiful lakefront vistas and unspoiled wilderness hiking and wildlife observation. Algonquin Provincial Park exemplifies the rugged terrain that makes Haliburton a unique destination vacation area for families and couples seeking a more natural setting to relax in. Algonquin Park is steeped with history and it is known worldwide for the diversity of wildlife it supports, including frequent bear and moose sightings. There are a number of rustic and upscale resorts located in and adjacent to the Park. Most park situated resorts also offer fine dining options. For those that want something closer to nature there are many Park maintained campsites along the main road arteries and also campsites accessible by remote canoe access.
Situated just south of Algonquin Park is the well known 70,000 acre Haliburton Forest Wildlife Reserve. Best known for it's Wolf Centre ... Haliburton Forest also offers diverse activities such as the “Walk In The Clouds” treetop canopy tour, wolf howl events,outdoor education venues, outdoor theatre and music concert entertainment, remote lake fishing, winter dog sledding and snowmobiling. Haliburton Forest is a wonderful place to take the family or a group for a day of activities at any time of the year.
Watersports are popular in Haliburton County and there are several water ski and wakeboard schools that offer lessons to both children and adults.Thinking of something more relaxing on the water? Try the sport of stand up paddle boarding which is exploding in popularity ... the boards are even selling out in some of the sporting goods stores. Many resorts do offer complimentary onsite watersports amenities that include canoes, kayaks and sometimes paddle boats. Whatever your pleasure, cooling down on the water at a local resort or lodge is a great way to spend a hot summers day.
Haliburton Tourism Shows Increased Traffic
Haliburton, Ontario - The Haliburton Tourism Directory of Ontario resorts, lodges, B&B's has shown remarkable increases in unique visitors this summer season. "Our hits are up 50% July 2011 comparison to July 2012, and we believe that the hot weather this season is driving part of this" reports Mark Coles, owner of Haliburton Tourism and search engine marketing company First Page SEO . "Most of our resort clients are reporting that are sales up over last year in the 10% to 20% increase range. This is especially true of the cottage resorts which seem to be favored right now over the full service American plan suite resorts. However, even with these optimistic increases, we are not out of the woods yet. Most resorts do not run 100% full summer occupancy as they did prerecession. Many accommodation properties have resorted to renting part weeks of the summer instead of full weeks, as in previous years, to partially fill surplus inventory" , reports Coles.
The Haliburton Tourism Directory has steadily risen in popularity over the years, and the accommodation and event directory now is currently second page on Google for “Ontario resorts”. “Our site placement is also a contributing factor in the unique visitor onsite traffic increase ... and, without a doubt, the website is pulling more visitors in the central Ontario Haliburton Highlands tourist district. We have always been the top placing web based resource for Haliburton resorts and accommodations but now we are also leveraging the wider Ontario vacation market,” says Coles.
“Things are also looking up provincially for many resort properties, but the industry could certainly benefit from increased Provincial promotion of the Ontario brand and Federal promotion of the visit Canada destination marketing. Recently, Ontario government spending has been cut back and, in some cases, marketing has been pushed to non- government ad hock agencies that simply don't have the budgets to be effective with destination advertising. Tourism is a clean industry and provides revenue dispersal through all levels of the economy. We have the product, but we need the means for increased destination marketing,” claims Coles.
Over the last ten years the internet has been the principle means of attracting tourists to book at Ontario vacation properties with over 80% of all stays resulting from searches on the web.
Haliburton Tourism Participates in Ontario Sensational Vacations Program
Haliburton, Ontario - Haliburton Tourism , the leading directory for hospitality accommodations in the Haliburton County, has recently announced that they will be participating in the Sensational Ontario Vacations promotion offered by award winning web marketer First Page SEO (www.first-page-seo.com).
The Sensational Ontario Vacations promotion is a one-time campaign run by First Page SEO. The promotion consists of a web blast email going out to almost 90,000 unique recipients across Ontario and a permanent webpage set up with links to participating resort websites. The permanent page is being promoted through a Google Adwords campaign, and as well the campaign has the support from Haliburton Tourism. The campaign is aimed at driving vacation traffic to Ontario hospitality accommodators by showing vacationers the amazing locations and getaways that are available in their own back yards that are offering great vacation values.
Haliburton Tourism's participation in the campaign is not limited to just the mail out and webpage listing, but will also include hosting a subpage for the promotion. “As the leading hospitality directory in Haliburton, it made sense for First Page SEO to partner with Haliburton Tourism for this promotion,” said Mark Coles, senior partner of First Page SEO and manager of the Haliburton Tourism website. Haliburton Tourism will be opening up a new subpage that will be entitled “Sensational Ontario Vacations” which will provide another medium for vacationers to find amazing best value local accommodation packages. The new subpage will have a listing of all of the participating Haliburton County resorts, inns, lodges and bed & breakfast properties, directing Haliburton Tourism visitors to their websites. With the high volume of traffic that goes through the Haliburton Tourism website, this will further increase the traffic to participating websites.
As for the mail out and permanent web address, Haliburton Tourism will have the same links as all other Ontario directories, and participating hospitality properties across Ontario. The only difference is that Haliburton Tourism will host an additional subpage directing people to other Haliburton County accommodations that are participating in the promotion.