Spring Activities in the Algonquin Highlands

The Algonquin Highlands is an amazing destination for Spring activities. Explore the vibrant Arts scene, take in some spring fishing, hit the trails, or just take the opportunity to disconnect from the world,  Sit Back, Relax in one of our cozy cottages (perhaps one with a hot tub?) Buttermilk Falls Resort is  one of the most amazing destinations in Ontario. 

Art in the Highlands

Home to Fleming College’s School of Art, the Highlands offers a wide range creative experiences.

Starting in May, with week long courses right through the summer, Fleming’s School of Art and Design has courses for a wide range of media including the traditional water, oil and acrylic painting, but also glass blowing, rug hooking, black smithing, weaving and puppet making to name but a few. Fleming Spring and Summer Courses 

Outside of the college a number of local artists offer classes and workshops. Here are just a few:

  • Blackbird Pottery offers classes, kits and workshops:  More Information
  • A short drive from the resort, Ivy Cottage offers small class workshops in fused glass: More Information
  • The Alginquin Arts Center boasts a gallery along with classes and artist programs: More Information
  • Gordon Jones of White Pine Studio hosts online and in person classes in Watercolour painting: More Information
  • Indigo Dragonfly studio offers private classes in knitting: More Information
  • Harvey Walker at the Boat House provides painting classes by appointment a short drive from the resort. Contact us for more details.

Outdoor Adventures

Use Buttermilk Falls Resort as your base for hitting the trails.


Like to get muddy? HATVA trails are open for some seriously muddy adventures. We’ll give you a place to park your trailers and a power washing station to clean your ATVs, side-by-sides and maybe even you boots after a day on the trails. We have the HATVA trail maps at the resort and can sell you trail access passes for your stay: HATVA Website


There are plenty of places to ride in the highlands. The Haliburton forest has a huge number of trails tailored for a range of skill levels: More Information. Or check out the range of trails in Glebe forest, just outside of Haliburton: More Information. In the spring and summer there are also a range of trails at Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride, and finally, we would be remiss to not mention the Haliburton Rail Trail, a 35 km trail connecting Haliburton to Kinmount where it becomes the Victorian Rail Trail connecting down to Lindsey for another 55 km, and from there a 3rd trail extends all the way down to Peterborough: More Information


If a slower pace of exploration is more your thing, the Haliburton Highlands has a wide range of trails depending on the length and technical challenge you are looking for, check out the hiking section of My Haliburton Highlands for more details:  More Information

Come Play Some Games

Every spring, (and fall) Buttermilk Falls resort hosts a board game convention with lots of people willing to play (and teach) new games. For more information on the latest event, check out our BoshKon Event Page.

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