Haliburton County and the surrounding area have a lot to offer visitors who are looking for fine dining and unique shopping trips. Around Minden you will find many local cuisines that offer both classic dishes and some more unique dining experiences. There are restaurants that offer delicious foreign menus for those who are looking to be a bit more adventurous with their taste pallet, but for those who know their favourites and show more reserve in their appetite, the restaurants offer staple meals, which will never lose their luster.
Haliburton is also home to many eclectic and unique shops for tourists to visit. Main Streets in both Haliburton and Minden have many different unique shops where visitors can find all sorts of local souvenirs, art and decorations. Minden Hills and Haliburton are famous for the local art community, and many of the artist's creations are for sale at these local shops. If you are looking for something truly one of a kind, the items up for sale from local artists are definitely for you. There are also more traditional shops in both Minden and Haliburton where you can buy seasonal clothing, sporting goods, and general supplies.
There is always something to see and do while on vacation in Haliburton. The Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Centre is home to a number of tourist attractions, like The Wolf Centre, winter dog sledding tours and The Walk in the Forest tree top Canopy Tour. From Buttermilk Falls Resort, you are also only a 45 minute drive from Algonquin Provincial Park, which is one of the most well-known Ontario tourist destinations. The Park offers a wealth of activities for those on an Ontario resort vacation. For more information on what is available in Haliburton, please see our list below.
In addition to the many commercial tourist attractions in Haliburton, there are also many wonderful natural attractions for nature lovers coming here for a vacation getaway. There are many places to explore from our lakeside cottage resort property, including Boshkong Lake by kayak or canoe. We are close to many trails and parks for nature walks, hiking, biking, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. If you're looking for an active and adventurous resort vacation, we have everything you need at the Buttermilk Falls Resort.
Throughout the year, Haliburton plays host to hundreds of events. No matter what the season, you are sure to find something of interest going on in Haliburton. There are long-running annual events like the Haliburton Highland Fall Studio Tour, Colour Fest, the Dog Sled Derby, Art in the Park, Hike Haliburton Festival, the Frost Festival, the Haliburton Film Festival, and the Highland Games, to name just a few. As well, there is always a variety of great entertainment available, including live theatre productions, musical performances, free concerts and so much more.
For those who'd like to dine out, there are a number of great restaurants that are close to our Haliburton cottage resort. The nearby town of Carnarvon boasts 3 dining options including two family-style restaurants that serve traditional home-cooked meals, and a high-end restaurant and brewery that serves trendy gourmet fare and award-winning craft beer. Haliburton Village and the town of Minden offer several restaurants, including coffee shops, pub-style, pizza Chinese and Thai.
Sharply Source for Sports: 705 457 3933
Algonquin Outfitter: 705 286 1492 (Minden); 705 457 3737 (Haliburton)
Blairhampton Golf Course: 705 286 1315
Beaverbrooke Golf Course: 705 286 1378
Lakeside Golf Club: 705 754 2110
Haliburton Highlands Golf Course: 705 457 2233
Foodland: 705 286 1121 (Minden); 705 457 2242 (Haliburton)
Valumart: 705 286 6032
Independent: 705 455 9775
Grill on the Gull
The Grill on the Gull is located right on Main Street Minden on the South side of the bridge. It has been open in Minden for quite a few years and in that time has become a tourist favourite. The food is delicious and the price is fair, making every customer come back for seconds or thirds!
705 286 3886
The Kozy Korner has been a local favourite for years. They offer all of the classic breakfast and lunch meals for a very fair cost. The food is well prepared and always delicious. It is located right on Main Street in Haliburton, and is open for mornings and afternoons.
705 457 2810
For those who are looking to change up their dinner, Mark's offers a delicious Chinese Food menu. Mark's has been in operation in Minden for many years, and continues to do well because of its high standard cuisine with reasonable prices. Mark's is centrally located on HWY 35 in Minden.
705 286 1818
McKeck's The Blue Line
McKeck's restaurant was opened by former NHL superstar Walt McKechnie and has since become one of the most popular restaurants in the Haliburton Highlands. They offer a more classic menu full of all of your favourite burgers, sandwiches, pastas and entrees. It is right on the Main Street in Haliburton, across the street from the local Foodland.
705 457 3443
The Mill Pond
The Mill Pond Restaurant is a casual family restaurant inviting you to experience what great family food is all about - offering homecooked breakfast, lunch and early dinner.
705 489 3353
Peppermill Steak & Pasta House
The Peppermill has constantly been one of the local favourites across Minden Hills. It is located just North of Minden on HWY 35, before Carnarvon. It has delicious fine dining and weekly comedy routines in the summer. It specializes in steaks pastas, but has a wider menu to accommodate all guests.
705 489 1939
The Riverside Pub Restaurant Inn
Just South of Minden on HWY 35 you'll find the small town of Norland. Now Norland doesn't have too much in the way of attractions, but it does offer one the best restaurants in the area. They have terrific portion sizes with fantastic meals. They offer a huge wide variety meals ranging from classic burgers and sandwiches to foreign specialties like sesame beef. This is defiantly a restaurant not be missed.
705 454 1045
The Rhubarb restaurant and Boshkung Brewing Company is located right at the corner of Hwy 35 and 118 right in Carnarvon. They have built a reputation in the area with locals and cottagers for providing visitors with a high standard for fine dining.
705 489 4449
Village Chalet Family Restaurant
The Village Chalet is located right on Main Street Minden and is one of the local's favourites. It is a cosy restaurant that is well known for its plentiful serving sizes, fair prices and good food. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offer delicious home cooked meals.
705 286 2121
Suwan's Thai Cuisine
Suwan's Thai Cuisine is a tourist favourite and for good reason. Authentic Thai and Vietnamese cuisine that is second to none. It is located just off of Main Street Minden on the Gull River. Although the price is on the high end for Haliburton County, the food is well worth the price.
705 286 1532
Win Yeung Chinese Restaurant
Minden has Mark's Chinese food and Haliburton has Win Yeung. Win Yeung's offers delicious Chinese food with large portions at an affordable cost. The menu is for both sit down and take out, and is full of wonderful meals that are prepared with fresh ingredients and quick service. It is just off of Main Street Haliburton down Maple Street.
705 457 9649
LCBO & BEER STORE
LCBO: 705 286 1311 Minden; 705 457 2631 Haliburton
Beer Store: 705 286 1480 Minden; 705 457 2023 Haliburton