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The Great Outdoor Safari: Wolves, Wildlife and Wilderness

Program Number: 12413RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/18/2013 - 8/23/2013; 7/20/2014 - 7/25/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Haliburton, Ontario
Price starting at: $895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

This special week is designed for grandparents and grandchildren to spend quality time together and create lasting memories. Known internationally as a great eco tourism destination, Haliburton Forest is a nature lover's dream. Discover what lurks beneath the water on a wetlands exploration and learn about the wildlife with a visit to the Wolf Centre to view a wolf feeding.On a field trip to an old-growth White Pine stand, take a "Walk in the Clouds," where the 500 meters of suspension bridges and two platforms are ideal for wildlife viewing. Learn survival skills and embark on a butterfly safari to identify different species. Evening activities include sky-gazing at our Dark Sky Observatory, woodland walks, a campfire sing-along and a wolf howl.




Highlights

• Walk the clouds along 1,500 feet of suspension bridges over pristine, old-growth white pine forests, a great vantage point for wildlife viewing.
• Identify butterflies, birds and pond creatures on various field trips.
• See wolf behavior up close at the Wolf Center and see how they are adapted to the woodlands.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to five miles over uneven ground; physical activity up to three hours.




Date Specific Information

8-18-2013, 7-20-2014

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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
Stay at Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Ltd., a popular recreation destination, active research facility and above all a sustainable forestry operation in the heart of Haliburton County. Clean, rustic facilities with two & three bedroom, single-bed accommodations with two per room, shared kitchen, washrooms with showers.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Cameron Ferguson

Cameron Ferguson has been the senior outdoor experiences leader at Haliburton Forest since 2008. Originally from Scotland, he worked as an arborist and outdoor educator in the UK, Netherlands and Canada. He taught at college level in northern England and Ontario. Cameron believes the outdoors to be the world's greatest classroom where we are never too young or old to learn the valuable lessons it has to teach us. Cameron has a passion for trees, forests and the intricate relationships between the organisms, which inhabit these ecosystems; from tiny microbes in the soil to large mammals like moose and wolves. As an outdoor educator at Haliburton Forest, Cameron seeks to ensure that every visitor experiences to the fullest those lessons the great outdoors has to offer: confronting our fears, developing relationships and realizing our full potential.
 
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. 80,000 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 four 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. PASSPORTS Passport required for all travellers crossing the border. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info. WAIVER A signed waiver is required.
  Parking availability:
Plenty of spots. No charge.
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. Aiport 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

 

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. Aiport Shuttle departs from downtown Toronto bus station for Toronto airport every 20-30 minutes.

 

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
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

 

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
  Ottawa From Ottawa travel west on 417W/Trans-Canada Hwy toward Renfrew. Turn left onto O'Brien Rd/ON-60 W (signs for ON-132/O'Brien Road/Renfrew). Continue to follow ON-60 W.-Turn left onto Munroe Ave W/ON-132 W (signs for ON-41). Take the 2nd right onto Lochiel St N/ON-132 W Take the 1st left onto Lisgar Ave/ON-132 W. Continue to follow ON-132 W Continue onto ON-41 S (signs for Napanee). Slight right onto ON-28 W (signs for Denbigh/Bancroft). Turn left to stay on ON-28 W. Slight right onto Sherbourne St N. Continue onto Monck St Continue onto ON-28 S. Turn right onto ON-118 W (signs for Cardiff/Haliburton). Turn left to stay on ON-118 W. Turn right to stay on ON-118 W. Turn right onto Maple Ave/ON-118 W. Continue onto ON-118 W to West Guilford. Turn right onto Kennissis Lake Road/County Rd 7 (signs for County Road 7/Kennisis Lake Road) then stay left at the fork (signs for Haliburton Forest and Wolf Centre). Continue to follow County Rd 7 for approximately 17 kilometres. Turn right on to Redkenn Rd - destination will be straight ahead at 1095 Redkenn Road. Check in at the Main Office where it says Register Here.
  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 approximately 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) and turn right at Redkenn Road. Haliburton Forest Base Camp is straight ahead at 1095 Redkenn Road. Check in at the Main Office where it says Register Here.
Equipment Requirements: Optional to bring personal binoculars, musical instruments and games.
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, August 18)
   
 Arrive To: LODGE CHECK-IN: Check in to accommodations after 3:00 p.m. Registration will take place at the main office where you will find 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 (adult) and our signature scavenger hunt (children) 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 with advance notice and by noting on your Participant Information Form.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Adults will attend a Slide show highlighting the philosophy behind the management of this privately owned 80,000 acre reserve. Topics include forestry, wildlife, ecotourism and education. EXCURSION: Youth will join our Outdoor Education staff on the Low Ropes Course.
   
Accommodations: Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Wolves/Wolf Centre/Astronomy
(Monday, August 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is 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, general presentation on wolves including topic areas such as territory, social structure, life cycle as well as comparisons to dogs and coyotes. By David Bishop, General Manager. FIELD TRIP: Short hike to elevated observation deck affords a possible viewing of our resident pack.
 Lunch: Lunch is served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Meet the Wolf Centre's resident pack of wolves with our onsite wildlife biologist, Ray Martin. 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. Free time after field trip.
 Dinner: Dinner is 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 program. Led by a local astronomer, Brian Mould, 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: Life in a Pond/Canoeing on MacDonald Lake/Natural History Presentation
(Tuesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Learn from our outdoor education staff about the fascinating life in a pond. We are searching for nymphs, larvae, beetles and minnows that we can capture, identify and release back into their valuable habitat. You will also learn about the importance of DOM (dead organic matter)!
 Lunch: Lunch is served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: 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 nearby trails.
 Dinner: Dinner is 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: 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: Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour/Free Afternoon/Introduction to Birding
(Wednesday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Morning: 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 600 meters (520 yards) of suspension bridges in an old growth White Pine forest. The platform is suspended 13 meters (42 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 Pre-Arrival package and orientation video.
 Lunch: Lunch is served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Afternoon: FREE TIME: Free time in the afternoon to explore on your own, go swimming or canoeing, play games or just relax.
 Dinner: Cookhouse Restaurant.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: 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: Birding Hike/Butterflies/Wolf Howl
(Thursday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Join our staff for an early morning birding hike. On occasion if scheduling permits we are lucky enough to arrange for a bird banding session with ornithologist Bruce Murphy. 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: Lunch is served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Join David Bishop, our local butterfly expert and learn to identify some of the common species found in our region. We will go on into a variety of habitats to capture (by net), identify and release a variety of specimens.
 Dinner: Dinner is 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: 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: History and Future Plans for Haliburton Forest/Meet the Siberian Huskies/Wrap-Up and Departures
(Friday, August 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Cookhouse usually a hot table, self serve buffet or platter service to table depending on group size.
 Morning: Move out of accommodations. PRESENTATION: Visit with management and hear about Haliburton Forest’s history and future plans with the 80,000 acre multi-use reserve. EXCURSION: After a short walk to the dog sled kennels you will have the opportunity to meet our friendly Siberian Huskies. Wrap-up and goodbyes.
 Lunch: Lunch is 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

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Haliburton, ON Outdoor Activities
Some time is provided to pursue your own interests. Hiking, biking, canoeing and swimming are popular free time activities. We have equipment available but feel free to bring your own equipment if you prefer. For additional information, visit www.haliburtonforest.com
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


Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East


Author: Jeffrey Glassberg


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



Dragonflies Through Binoculars


Author: Sidney W. Dunkle


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



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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