The Haliburton Sculpture Forest

Where art intersects nature and the importance of word of mouth – The Haliburton Sculpture Forest


Guardians of the Forest by Brett Davis

Guardians of the Forest by Brett Davis

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a couple outdoor sculpture museums in the recent past. As with many good travel tips, I learnt about most of them through word of mouth. Most recently, I was doing some work just outside of Haliburton (Ontario, Canada), and was told there was a lovely sculpture forest in town so I went for an impromptu visit on my way home.

The Haliburon Sculpture Forest is located in Glebe Park and while it may not be on your GPS, it’s easy to find on Google Maps. There is no admission fee (unless you go in the Winter, when trail passes are required for Nordic skiing), but donations are welcome. Maps of the trails and sculptures are available at the entrance. I had a limited amount of time to explore the sculpture forest and Glebe Park but 45 minutes was enough to make it to all the exhibits.

What I loved most about the sculpture forest and other outdoor exhibits is that human created art intersects with the beauty of our natural surroundings. It is a reminder that, if we so choose, we can carve out a space that is uniquely human while complementing nature and protecting the habitat of our fellow creatures on earth.

Word of mouth: Is there an outdoor sculpture museum/park/forest that you also love? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!


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