Get ready to put on your warmest jacket for this Journey that will immerse you into a snowy winter wonderland! Your hosts of FF Haliburton Highlands will accompany you on a variety of cold-weather activities, from skiing to curling to ice fishing, while also teaching you about their culture, industry, and living in a wintery climate.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Haliburton Highlands.

Live With a Local

  • Winter activities and dinners in several homes provide opportunities to get to know each other to learn how we live in our winter environment.
  • Ambassadors will learn how we grow fish to stock our lakes, how we make maple syrup, and possibly see a live hockey game.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Dog Sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Curling
  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride
  • Ice Fishing
  • Walks along the snowy trails and across the frozen lakes.
  • Optional activities for free days include a visit to our sculpture forest, wolf centre, and Hershey the Moose

Fun in the Snow!

8 Days / 7 Nights Program and Itinerary:

February 6, 2019 – February 13, 2019
Coordinator: Dave Reynolds

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Feb. 6, 2019

Arrive at Fish Hatchery for welcome reception and a light snack

Dinner with hosts

Feb. 7, 2019

Brunch at Wintergreen Maple Syrup Barn

Tour of the Fish Hatchery

Free time

Dinner with “Dinner Hosts”

Feb. 8, 2019

Free time

Horse-drawn sleigh ride at Irvine Hollands Cabin in the woods – hot cocoa and cider available

Feb. 9, 2019

Free day

Ambassadors treat hosts to dinner

Feb. 10, 2019

Lessons in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing followed by a walk/ski on the trail

Lunch at Wanakita Resort

Tobogganing, skiing, or snowshoe hikes

Dinner with “Dinner Hosts”

Feb. 11, 2019

Meet for snowmobile rides across the lake to the ice fishing huts to observe ice fishing

Lunch at FIRA Hall

Winterdance Camp for dog sled training and ride through the woods

Dinner with hosts

Feb. 12, 2019

Learn to curl at Minden Curling Club

Lunch at club

After lunch, time to pack and relax with host.

Farewell banquet at the Pepper Mill Restaurant

Feb. 13, 2019

Guests leave from the Haliburton Curling Club in the morning


$475 USD

Price Includes: Most meals, all activities, and equipment.
Additional $160 fee for transportation from Toronto to Haliburton.


Wait list only


Know before you go

  • Journey number 15004
  • In February, the high is typically around 28°F (-2°C) and the low is 4°F (-15.5°C).
  • Pack layers; bring winter clothes if you have them - boots, especially; some ski jackets will be available for use.
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Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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