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Haliburton Sculpture Forest: Cottage Country Culture.

Haliburton Sculpture Forest is attached to Haliburton School of the Arts at Sandford Fleming College and it's also in one of Ontario’s principal ‘cottage country’ destinations.

Whether you're at your cottage or a resort for the summer or enjoying the resort in a Haliburton winter, the Sculpture Forest is a pleasant way of passing the time.

In summer, or fall (when these photos were taken), it's a pleasant woodland stroll. In winter, it's a ski or snowmobile trail.

The walk takes about an hour, if you're taking the time to look at the sculptures, and it's reasonably firm underfoot. There are some places to sit. Provided you have an average level of physical fitness and mobility, you'll have no trouble with this trail. 

Haliburton Sculpture Forest Exhibits

This sculpture integrates time and the compass to commemorate Sir Sandford Fleming's contribution to modern travel, see our Haliburton Highlands page.

In winter, the Haliburton sculpture forest can still be visited by cross-country skis as the trail is part of the local cross-country (or Nordic) Ski Club trail system.The start and stop point for the trails is right next to the art park so you don't have to go far to enjoy the exhibits.

Head Lake Snowmobile Trail also runs alongside many of the sculptures, ending near this sculpture of a Sleeping Huntress.

Presumably it's Diana, the goddess of the hunt. How even a goddess could sleep through the noise snowmobiles make, I can't imagine.

I said on another page that people often thought of Canada as being like Narnia - 'always winter and never Christmas'.

This next artwork plays on the Narnia theme and a link to Canada -- the beaver. For those of you not familiar with the Narnia Chronicles, Mr Beaver is the first Narnia creature to meet all the children near the lamp post.

I don't know if the author, C. S. Lewis, ever visited Canada or just associated snow with beavers but he can't have met too many beavers in his home town of Oxford, UK.

Another mythical creature, and like Diana, not commonly associated with North American forests is the god, Pan.

Nevertheless, here's Pan, playing his pipes, and taking a well-earned rest from 'pan'-icking nervous travellers. Perhaps Pan too emigrated.

This nice sculpture of a woodcutter and son in conversation near a tree stump is intended to show how the young are changing older people's ways of looking at the world and encouraging conservation.

It seems an unlikely theme to me. Most young people I meet just want to have fun, not save the natural world.

I haven't shown all the sculptures here, otherwise there'd be nothing left for you to discover when you visit:).

I leave you with one of the more colorful statues, standing at the school of art itself. This horse and rider is the beginning and end of the artpark, if you like.

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