About Ogopogo Resort

Situated within an easy driving distance from Ottawa, Kingston, Belleville, Barrie and Metropolitan Toronto, the Haliburton Highlands is a well-known Ontario vacation resort area of unparallel natural beauty. Ogopogo`s location in the Haliburton Highlands makes it a truly special destination among Ontario resorts. Mountain Lake joins with scenic Horseshoe Lake and the Minden White Water Preserve, the latter being the home of professional kayaking competitions. Ogopogo has the convenience of being located near the towns of Minden and Haliburton and is close to the Leslie Frost Centre, Haliburton Forest and Algonquin Park. The area provides the natural environment for biking, hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, snowmobiling, and more. Last but not least is Ogopogo`s proximity to the studios of many well established Haliburton Highland artists and artisans whose specialties range from pottery making to water-colour painting and stained glass.

The property of Ogopogo Resort has lovely gardens and pathways that lead to shaded wooded areas and to the sandy beach for swimming, sun bathing and castle building. There is also an in-ground heated pool, a children`s sand and climb area and waterfront docks with seating to enjoy sunsets. Ogopogo`s cottages are situated close to the lake or higher up in the woods of the five-acre property. Whether plans are for a two-week Ontario Resort Vacation or a two-night Getaway, all guest cottages provide fully equipped kitchen/living area, DVD player, satellite television with movie channels, unlimited wifi in every cottage, deck or spacious porch and  four burner stainless steel BBQ at every cottage. Access to a charcoal BBQ (please bring your own charcoal) is also available to cook a freshly caught lake trout or bass! Many cottages have two person Jacuzzis and all cottages feature a gas fired fireplace. All cottages are immaculately maintained and very tastefully decorated.

Paddleboats, canoes and kayaks and stand up paddle baords are complementary at Ogopogo. Fishing boats, ice fishing equipment  can be rented at reasonable cost on the resort. 

Summer is a special time at Ogopogo. From June through September, swimming in Mountain Lake is excellent and returning guests will find a new swim raft off our docks. We have a screened gazebo by the lake for early season lakeside dining.

A growing trend in our society is Grandparents taking their grandchildren on a holiday. At Ogopogo we understand that grandparents in particular are looking for a safe fun filled place to create memories. Whether it is catching rock bass off the dock or roasting marshmallows around the evening campfire, Ogopogo is a special place for the young and young at heart.

Haliburton County is a winter playground and Ogopogo is at its heart. Cross country enthusiasts will find groomed and trackset trails called the Twin Lakes Ski Trails directly accessible from the Resort. Try skating under the stars on our flood-lit rink or snowshoe some of the beautiful backwoods trails of the County. The Resort has the equipment needed to try any one of these pursuits. For some added excitement, dogsledding is about as much fun as you can have on snow. There is very little to match the thrill of mushing a team of dogs through the woods or across the stillness of a winter lake. Ogopogo packages dogsled tours with two providers - Haliburton Forest and Winterdance. After a day of winter fun, return to relax by the fire or in your Jacuzzi bath.

Winter also brings the ice-racing series at the Minden Fairgrounds, weekends starting in late January. These races are fully sanctioned by the CASC and are in specially prepared cars.

Christmas and New Year`s can be particularly magical at Ogopogo. Winter activities are usually in full swing with ice-skating by moonlight or pond hockey games during the day. Weather permitting a bonfire by the lake on New Year`s eve is always lots of fun.

Fall and Spring are wonderful times for a group of friends to getaway from the city and enjoy the tranquility of the Highlands and Mountain Lake. Our "Ladies Getaway Retreat" package includes accommodation in a spacious three-bedroom with dinner on one evening and spa treatments for all! It really is a wonderful way to reconnect and relax.

Haliburton County is also at the heart of some of the rich Ontario heritage of the logging industry. Evidence of the pioneer settlements can be found in many places as well as our own Stanhope Heritage Discovery Museum and other area museums. Of particular interest is the newly restored Hawk Lake Log Chute, the only one of it`s kind in Ontario and representative of our logging heritage.

The Haliburton Highlands are also home to numerous special events happening throughout the year. Sporting activities like the Highland Summer Games in July and the Dogsled Derby in January. Late summer and fall are particularly active. In late August and early September a Murray Schafer production is performed. Hailed as `the most significant, remarkable and unique music theatre creation in Canadian history, the productions are staged in Haliburton Forest. October is very active with the Art Studio Tour (www.haliburtonstudiotour.on.ca) the weekend before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving weekend itself, the Hike Haliburton Festival (www.trailsandtours.com) the weekend following Thanksgiving and the Haliburton Highlands International Film Festival the weekend after that. Register on our Packages page for a newsletter offering packages around all of these events.

The nearby town of Minden offers vacationers and visitors to the area a number of interesting attractions and venues. The picturesque Gull River is located in the heart of the town. It is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon boating or strolling along it` scenic walkways. Close by is the Minden Cultural Centre which is home to the town`s library, Pioneer Village and Museum and the Agnes Jamieson Gallery. The Agnes Jamieson Gallery houses the largest collection of Andre Lepine paintings in the world and hosts numerous art exhibitions through out the year. New in 2008, is the R.D. Lawrence Place, a sustainable straw bale constructed dwelling that houses the memorabilia of the internationally acclaimed wilderness writer and environmentalist R.D. Lawrence. Along with a number of interesting shops, Minden offers visitors several unique dining options, including fine dining, Thai cuisine and eclectic coffee houses. The Village of Haliburton is only a 20-minute scenic drive from Ogopogo Resort. In the village, you will find many fine restaurants; coffee shops and roadhouse style restaurants as well as interesting shops, boutiques and galleries. Situated on the shore of Head Lake, there is always something going on in Haliburton Village. The village of Haliburton is home to the Rails End Gallery and the Ethel Curry Gallery. The Northern Lights Theatre for the Performing Arts offers a wide variety of live theatre performances and productions throughout the year. With more than 50 years in business, Haliburton`s famous Molou movie theatre is the oldest independent movie theatre in Canada that`s still in business.

Ogopogo Resort is part of the storied history of Haliburton and the Haliburton Highlands. The original resort was established in 1951 on the shores of Mountain Lake on what, at the turn of the century, was a sawmill. Logs cut during the winter would be floated down the lake system in the spring to the mills then cut into lumber and sent to Toronto. Originally Ogopogo Lodge, the resort operated for many years as a traditional Ontario lodge with cabins and a central dining room where everyone would come for their meals. It became the place to be in the 1960`s catering particularly to the Toronto literary crowd. Pierre Berton and family came for a number of years with cronies like Fred Davis. The character of the resort was changed in the mid-90`s by the Coles family who removed the old cottages and replaced them with the modern, efficient and attractive housekeeping cottages we have today.

Ogopogo Resort is a member of Resorts Ontario and the Ontario Accommodation Association. Your hosts, offer true hospitality through their genuine care for guests and recognition of the importance of customized service. We hope that Ogopogo Resort and Cottage Rentals becomes your ideal vacation destination!

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The Best Resort Ever in Canada I had a wonderful time at Ogopogo Resort. I stayed a few times with my son. The cottages are very clean and cozy. You have everything you need. I stayed during summer and winter times. Dog sledding was fun too. My son can’t wait for the marshmallows by the fire pit again. We will definitely be back!!!!

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