Appreciate stunning masterpieces surrounded by nature at Haliburton Sculpture Forest. The sculpture collection includes works by Canadian and international artists, and currently, there are thirty-four sculptures and six unique benches.
WHAT TO SEE & DO HALIBURTON SCULPTURE FOREST
Discover the sculptures and stories of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest through guided tours or self-guided walks along the many trails of the forest.
Each sculpture tells a story, one such example is a granite sculpture, ‘To Cut or Not To Cut’. It describes a conversation between a father and son, over a stump of a tree that has been felled. It implies the conversation that we have amongst ourselves, on whether we should conserve our environment or fulfill our ever-growing needs.
‘Evolution’, is a bench carved out of a large granite boulder, which has been extended by a red metal bench. This sculpture tells a story of how in the beginning people used to carve objects out of stone and now we use metal that has been derived from stone.
‘Flying Debris’ is a beautiful sculpture of the Blue Heron. What makes this sculpture so unique is how it is made of mechanical hardware, re-bar and tools that have been shaped into a bird. Other animal sculptures include: a Beaver made of cement, a Moose made of metal objects and an eye-catching sculpture of a horse and its rider as one.
‘Fire and Ice: A Really Big Shoe’ is exactly what its name is! The sculpture is a 2 metre tall shoe, made of red and white glass beads and steel wires.
Another colourful sculpture is ‘Redwing Frond’, which is a 14 feet high compass needle with gorgeous coloured panels. It looks like a massive colourful feather!
A sculpture titled ‘Visionary’, is a tribute to Sir Sandford Fleming, who made several contributions to the Peterborough community and the rest of the world. One of his many contributions was the establishment of Universal Standard Time. Therefore, this sculpture includes a compass, time, significant dates in his life and the globe.
TRIP PLANNING – Haliburton Sculpture Forest
Why to go:
See thirty-four and counting incredible structures, made of different materials set in fabulous forest. Hike through the trails and enjoy intricate works of art amidst hues of reds and yellows during fall or discover the sculptures enjoying the cool breeze during summer. There are picnic tables in Glebe Park near the entrance to the Sculpture Forest.
When to go:
Haliburton Sculpture Forest is open year-round from dawn to dusk.
In the winter, enjoy nordic skiing on the lit ski trails in the Sculpture Forest. You can also snowshoe in the forest.
Haliburton Sculpture Forest offers guided tours. Your’s Outdoors offers guided tours with pre-registration during throughout the summer and fall. The tour includes a 1.5 hour hike through the beautiful forest, where the sculptures are brought to life through story-telling. The maximum number of people in a group is nine and the cost varies according to the group size. The price per person is $15 and the tour costs half of that price for people between the ages of 3-16 years. The tour is completely free for children who are 2 years old and younger!
How much to go:
This is a great place to visit with your friends and family because the tickets are inexpensive (donation) and you learn to appreciate art and the stories behind each masterpiece.
Admission is by donation during summer and fall and free admission during spring.
Trail passes are required for Nordic skiing in the winter which can be purchased at the trailhead.
How to go:
Address: 297 College Drive, Haliburton//66 Museum Road, Haliburton
Located in the village of Haliburton in Glebe Park, Haliburton Sculpture Forest is approximately 3 hours drive from Toronto, 3.5 hours from Ottawa.
Parking is available at both entrances to Glebe Park.
Glebe Park is home to the Haliburton Highlands Museum, Haliburton Sculpture Forest and Fleming College, Haliburton School of The Arts.