Experience the beauty of nature and stay active by exploring the trails at Abbey Gardens.

With approximately five kilometers of marked trails winding through 140 acres of mature forest, there's ample opportunity for adventure throughout the year. Feel free to roam these diverse terrains at your leisure, free of charge. While visiting the Food Hub during regular hours is welcome, it's not a requirement.During the winter months, embrace the snowy landscapes of the Haliburton Highlands by snowshoeing or fat biking through Abbey Gardens. Our trails are groomed after heavy snowfall, providing ideal conditions for winter exploration. Leashed dogs are welcome, provided their waste is properly disposed of.For those seeking a guided experience, snowshoe hikes are available for groups of 10 or more at a cost of $10 per person. Alternatively, you can embark on a self-guided journey through the snow-covered trails.Don't have snowshoes? Not to worry! Rentals are available for just $10 per person, with options for both adults and children. Step into the winter wonderland of Abbey Gardens and discover the magic of the season on our picturesque trails.



For the little adventurers in your family, we offer the enchanting Enchanted Forest, located towards the rear of our property. This whimsical outdoor play area is open from the Victoria Day long weekend to Thanksgiving and features:A charming theatreMud kitchen for creative culinary adventuresConstruction zone for budding buildersPainting area (please note: painting supplies are currently unavailable during the COVID-19 pandemic, but usually available for a $5 deposit at The Food Hub)And much more!


Experience the magic of the Chickadee Trail, where children can immerse themselves in a delightful story at the trailhead and discover fascinating facts about these charming birds through interpretive signage along the trail. Don't forget to grab some sunflower seeds and a coloring page from The Food Hub for just $2, perfect for hand-feeding these friendly birds! This short and sweet trail culminates in a serene sitting area, ideal for birdwatching.Please note: The Chickadee Trail is a winter activity.


Uncover a thrilling winter adventure with our Winter Scramble activity! Explore Abbey Gardens and follow clues to uncover a secret message hidden throughout the property. Trek to marked locations and discover winter symbols, each containing a letter that contributes to the final message. Decode the message and claim a free hot chocolate from The Food Hub as your reward! This self-guided family activity is available during regular business hours throughout the winter season. Simply pick up your scramble map at The Food Hub and embark on a winter scavenger hunt unlike any other.


Visit Sir Sam's Ski / Ride for family adventures. Ski, bike, hike and visit our Eagle View Observation Tower.

With a stunning view of Eagle Lake, Sir Sam’s Ski / Ride boasts over 23 kilometers of cross-country and downhill trails. These trails wind through open meadows and serene hardwood forests, offering a picturesque setting for outdoor enthusiasts to explore.


The Haliburton Sculpture Forest

Located in Glebe Park near the village of Haliburton, the Haliburton Sculpture Forest stands as a distinctive outdoor gallery showcasing sculptures crafted by Canadian and international artists.

Traverse the trails within the Sculpture Forest, offering delightful walks and bike rides during spring, summer, and fall, while transforming into serene paths for walking, snowshoeing, and skiing during the winter months. Each season brings forth new perspectives of the forest and its captivating sculptures, creating an ever-changing tableau of art and nature.

Perfect for families seeking an engaging outing, outdoor enthusiasts, and those in pursuit of a one-of-a-kind artistic encounter, the Sculpture Forest promises a memorable experience for all who wander its trails.