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Wildlife, Wolves and Wilderness: A Nature Lover's Dream

Program Number: 11433RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2013 - 7/12/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Haliburton, Ontario
Price starting at: $1,059.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

A truly remarkable place, Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve is an exciting location to learn about wildlife and wilderness habitat. Known internationally as a great ecotourism destination, Haliburton Forest is a nature lover’s dream. Focus on a variety of wildlife most active during the course dates, from wolves and birds to bears and butterflies.




Highlights

• On a field trip to an old-growth white pine stand, walk more than 1,500 feet of suspension bridges up in the trees.
• Howl with the resident wolf pack and take a look at the myths and legends surrounding these magnificent animals.
• A local astronomer leads dark-sky observation.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily over uneven trail, with some hills and some flat terrain.



Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.




Date Specific Information

7-7-2013

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Haliburton

A quaint village on the shores of Lake Head, Haliburton is a gateway to the wilderness of southern Ontario. The nearby Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve encompasses 60,000 acres of privately owned lakes, forests, streams and wetlands, providing habitat for countless wildlife in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands.



Accommodations
Active research facility; two and three bedroom second-floor units with two single beds per room; no elevators. Bathroom and kitchen shared by 2-4 people; surrounded by over 100 miles of forest trails and onsite wolf center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
  Haliburton, ON 5 nights
 Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
Type: Lodge
  Description: Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve features wilderness adventure activities including the Wolf Centre, Walk in the Clouds forest canopy tour, groomed snowmobile trails, mountain biking, dogsledding, hiking, astronomy, wildlife observation, wilderness camping and accommodation. 60,000 acres, privately owned. Home of The Wolf Centre, A Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour and Canada's first freshwater submarine tour. Base Camp has accommodation, restaurant, logging museum and Dark Sky Observatory. 200 miles of roads and trails are available to explore the property. We specialize in outdoor education seminars and workshops. Bordering Algonquin Park to the north, Haliburton Forest is a prime Ontario wilderness getaway destination for outdoor adventure and ecological based activities.
  Contact info: 1095 Redkenn Road
Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0 Canada
phone: 705-754-2198
web: www.haliburtonforest.com
  Room amenities: Twenty-four double occupancy rooms in six different buildings offer participants clean and simple accommodations. There are a limited number of single rooms available on a first registered, first served basis. All linens, towels and face cloths are provided. Your units will have 2 or 3 bedrooms, a lounge and a complete kitchen or kitchenette including coffeemaker, microwave and refrigerator shared among 2 - 5 people. Some with fireplaces. Accommodations are accessed via 4 or 5 steps. Please note that all cabins are shared with other participants.
  Facility amenities: Meals: Nutritious and delicious meals are served in the Cookhouse. Fruit is always available. We can accommodate vegetarians, vegans and anyone with food allergies or special food restrictions. Please inform us of any food restrictions prior to your arrival. This information can be included on the Health & Safety Form in the section dealing with allergies.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call for most current rates. We try to accommodate participants who would like to stay overnight the day before or after a program. This, however is not always possible depending on a number of factors. Please call to confirm availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for most current rates. We try to accommodate participants who would like to stay overnight the day before or after a program. This, however is not always possible depending on a number of factors. Please call to confirm availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to Haliburton, check-in after 3:00 at Haliburton Forest. You will be staying at Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch; independent departures from Haliburton. Check out is 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A signed waiver is required from participants. Passports are required for all air travel to/from the US. On June 1, 2009, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require those traveling to/from the United States by land and sea to also have a passport or other appropriate secure document. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up to date information.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Haliburton, ON
  Nearest city or town:  Haliburton
  Nearest highway: Hwy # 118
  Nearest airport:  Pearson International Airport (Toronto YYZ)
  From End of Program
  Location: Haliburton, ON
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Toronto

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Toronto Airport Express/Can-Ar Coach
phone: 800-387-7097 x9057382290
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $25 for airport shuttle + $55 for coach to Haliburton
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 mins (from airport to bus station) + 3.5 hours (bus to Haliburton) 

   

1. Airport Shuttle departs the airport for the downtown bus station every 20-30 minutes. Terminal 1 - Departs from Posts B and E. Terminal 3 - Bus departs curbside at Area # 25. 2. Can-Ar Coach Service from Toronto to Haliburton: Sunday - Departs Toronto at 7:30pm and arrives in Haliburton at 11:05pm. Bus stop is at the Shell station in Haliburton. Contact Can Ar Coach for schedules and fares. 3. Shuttle from Haliburton to program site-Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve

 

To Haliburton Forest Base Camp

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Haliburton Forest Shuttle
phone: 705-754-2198
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00 CDN (subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

This shuttle will take you from the town of Haliburton to the base camp at Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve. If you require accommodation in the Village of Haliburton the night before you arrive at Base Camp, contact the Silver Maple Motel to make arrangements. (This motel is 50m from the bus terminal parking lot.) 1 person - $70.00, 2 people - $85.00, 3 people - $100.00, 4 people - $115.00 / night. (subject to change) Phone: 705 457 2607 Fax: 705 457 5155 Email: info@silvermaplemotel.com

 

Toronto

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Can-Ar Coach/Airport Express
phone: 905-738-2290 x8003877097
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $55 for coach to Haliburton + $25 for airport shuttle
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 hours (from Haliburton to Toronto bus station) + 45 mins to airport 

   

1. Can-Ar Coach Service from Haliburton to Toronto bus station: Monday to Saturday - Departs Haliburton 8:00 a.m. and arrives Toronto bus terminal at 12:30 p.m. Sundays - Departs Haliburton at 2:30 p.m. and arrives Toronto bus terminal at 7:50 p.m. Bus stop is at Shell station in Haliburton. 2. Airport Shuttle departs from downtown Toronto bus station for Toronto airport every 20-30 minutes.

 

From Haliburton Forest Base Camp

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Haliburton Forest Shuttle
phone: 705-754-2198
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00 CDN
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

This shuttle will take you from the program site at Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve to the bus stop in Haliburton to catch the bus to Toronto.

 
Driving Directions
  By Bus Once arriving at Toronto Airport, you will need to go to the Arrivals Level at Ground Transportation to catch the airport shuttle to the bus station in downtown Toronto. From there you need to catch the Can Air Coach to Haliburton. You can purchase the ticket prior to boarding. Can Air Coach 1-800-387-7097 for rates and schedules as these could change. Pick up from the bus depot in Haliburton can be arranged. We recommend that participants arrive the day before and stay at the Silver Maple Motel (about 100 yards from the bus depot). This hotel is available before and after the program - contact the motel directly at 1-705-457-2600 for reservations and rates.
  Toronto Drive north on HWY 400 to Hwy 11. At Bracebridge travel east on 118 past hwy 35 to West Guilford. Turn left (north) on County Road #7 and travel 19 kilometers, 12 miles and make a right at Redkenn Drive. Haliburton Forest Base Camp is straight ahead, one half kilometer.
Equipment Requirements: Optional to bring personal binoculars for birding.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation
(Sunday, July 7)
   
 Arrive To: LODGE CHECK-IN: Check in to accommodations after 3:00 p.m. Registration will take place at the main office where your welcome packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information. Please be aware that various circumstances may require adjusting programming. ORIENTATION: Participants will meet at the Seminar Building for a walking tour of Base Camp. A wine and cheese social is to follow.
 Dinner: Following our wine and cheese social dinner will be served at the Cookhouse Restaurant, a 60 seat restaurant overlooking the picturesque Kennisis Lake. Cash bar, beer and coolers available. MEALS NOTE: Low Fat, Vegetarian, Low Salt, Gluten Free, Peanut Free. We can accommodate most food allergies/preferences.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Haliburton Forest. Slide show highlighting the philosophy behind the management of this privately owned 60,000 acre reserve. Topics include forestry, wildlife, ecotourism and education.
   
Accommodations: Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Wolves/Wolf Centre/Astronomy
(Monday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Introduction to Wolves. A general presentation on wolves including topic areas such as territory, social structure, life cycle as well as comparisons to dogs and coyotes will be provided by David Bishop, General Manager. EXCURSION: Resident Wolf Pack. Short hike to elevated observation deck affords a possible viewing of our resident pack.
 Lunch: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Wolf Centre. Meet the Wolf Centre's resident pack of wolves with our onsite wildlife biologist. You will have a more in depth look at the wolf including myths and legends, wolves and media. View an interpreted feeding through one way glass. The centre has a theatre, displays, games, viewing area and gift shop.
 Dinner: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size. Cash bar, beer and coolers available.
 Evening: EXCURSION/PRESENTATION: Astronomy. Led by a local astronomer, participants are guided through a short solar system walk, then given a presentation in our planetarium followed by some open, dark skies observation looking through 3 high-powered telescopes.
   
Accommodations: Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Canoeing on Lake MacDonald/Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour/Natural History Presentation
(Tuesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Morning: EXCURSION: Canoeing on Lake MacDonald. Outdoor pursuits afternoon. Education staff available to teach/supervise canoeing on beautiful MacDonald Lake. Great swim spot also with outhouse facilities. Option to go on self-guided hike on trails near accommodation.
 Lunch: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour. This guided experience includes a 10 minute hike along the Pelaw River, a 15 minute paddle in a voyageur-style canoe to get to the undeveloped site where we have built 500 meters (520 yards) of suspension bridges in an old growth White Pine forest. Snack and drink of a platform suspended 23 meters (70 feet) above the forest floor. Shorter boardwalk route available or participants can opt out of boardwalk hike and just enjoy the site. See web page www.haliburtonforest.com for more details. More information given in information package and in orientation video.
 Dinner: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size. Cash bar, beer and coolers available.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Natural History. During the summer months Haliburton Forest hosts Tuesday evening Natural History Presentations. Each week is a unique and exciting topic. Most presentations are made by students conducting research within the Forest. On occasion special guests are called in from the local community.
   
Accommodations: Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Wild Woods Walk/Sawmill/Introduction to Birding
(Wednesday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Wild Woods Walk. Guided nature interpretation hike on the Wild Woods Walk trail with our outdoor education staff. Hike focuses on the forest ecology of the area as well as wildlife signs and sightings. Hike length and pace is modified to meet the range of physical abilities in the group.
 Lunch: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Sawmill. Haliburton Forest is a truly integrated forestry company, controlling its forest products from seedling to stump, to final retail wood product, even beyond the sawmill. Participants will have an opportunity to tour our modern sawmill and learn about our sustainable forest management practices, being Canada's first recipient of the FSC certificate.
 Dinner: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self serve-buffet or platter service to table depending on group size. Cash bar, beer and coolers available.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Introduction to Birdwatching. Birding is a rewarding, and fun past time that is enjoyed throughout the world. Birding brings people outdoors, builds interest ranging from photography and illustration to species identification. Birds are beautiful and delights to watch as they socialize, nest, and simply enjoy their surroundings. It is very easy to become hooked on birding once initial steps are taken. Enjoy this Introduction to Bird Watching and you may become hooked as well.
   
Accommodations: Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Bird Hike/Bird Banding/Village of Haliburton/Wolf Howl
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Birding Hike. Join our staff for an early morning birding hike. If scheduling permits we will arrange for a bird banding session with an ornithologist. The evening before mist nets will be set-up. In the morning you will have the opportunity to watch as Bruce bands the birds that have been captured and possibly assist him.
 Lunch: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Village of Haliburton. Your host will take you on a guided tour of the Village of Haliburton to check out some of the hot spots in town. Enjoy a coffee and see the sites!
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the Cookhouse.
 Evening: FIELD TRIP: Wolf Howl. Short introduction to the wolf howl, reasons and characteristics. Group walks about 500 meters to howling site to see if we can get our resident pack to respond. Participants will sometimes be asked to join in a chorus howl.
   
Accommodations: Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Farewell/Meet with Management of the Haliburton Forest/Departures
(Friday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self-serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Morning: EXCURSION: Siberian Huskies. After a short walk to the kennels you will have the opportunity to meet our friendly Siberian Huskies! Evaluations and wrap up.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: History and Future of Haliburton Forest. Visit with management and hear about Haliburton Forest’s history and future plans with the 77,000 acre multi-use reserve.
 Lunch: Served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size. Program ends after lunch. Bagged lunch available for those who would like to depart early.
 Afternoon: DEPARTURES: Independent departures after lunch. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Dragonflies Through Binoculars


Author: Sidney W. Dunkle


Description: This is an advanced field guide to Dragonflies of North America. Best used in conjunction with a net and hands lens.



Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East


Author: Jeffrey Glassberg


Description: This is an advanced field guide for identification of butterflies. Best used in conjunction with a butterfly net and hand lens for identification.



Exploring the Night Sky : The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners


Author: Terence Dickinson, Illustrations by John Bianchi


Description: “ A new guide to the stars aimed at novice stargazers anxious to expand their astronomical repertoires beyond the Big Dipper….offers a series of realistic night-sky illustrations to locate the major constellations.” ISBN: 0-920656-66-8



Of Wolves and Men


Author: Barry Lopez


Description: PAPER, 302 PAGES, $18.00 An eloquent, powerful book that is an outstanding overview of the wolf, as well as a survey of wolf mythology and the relationship between wolves and human society. (Item no. BST31)



Ontario Wildlife


Author: James Kavanagh


Description: A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered wildlife in Ontario. (CND284, $8.95)





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