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.
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.
Ogopogo offers a variety of Fall, Winter and Spring packages that may include spa services, ice fishing, dog sledding, golfing at one of the five courses in the area, honeymoon getaways and more! Many of Ogopogo`s off-season packages are specifically tailored to appeal to couples and families wanting to spend an exceptional time together. If you don`t see the exact package you are interested in, we would be pleased to customize a combination of activities and accommodation to suit your particular interests.
Speaking of winter, Haliburton Highlands 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 right across the road 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. Ogopogo also has two fully heated 4 man fish huts for our fishing enthusiast guests! 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.
Haliburton Highlands 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
the weekend before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving weekend itself, the Hike Haliburton Festival
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!
The resort is situated on crystal clear Mountain Lake minutes north of Minden in the Haliburton Highlands. Ogopogo is a four-season cottage resort with full amenities, on-site outdoor activities, and many nearby attractions. Ogopogo`s cottages are luxurious and well appointed. Our grounds are lovely at any time of year with many flower gardens, winding pathways, shade trees and lawn.
There are some features that make Ogopogo unique year round. There is a full range of summer-based activities such as our sand beach, complimentary canoes, kayaks and paddleboats, shuffleboard, horseshoes, heated pool and children`s play area. In the winter, skating and ice fishing are popular on the lake. The Twin Lakes Cross Country Ski trails and dogsledding and tobogganing are very accessible in the area. Snowmobile trails are at your doorstep. Ogopogo has five golf courses within 15 minutes driving time and downhill skiing is 20 minutes away.
Mountain Lake is special because it joins with Horseshoe Lake and the Minden White Water Reserve. There are many wonderful places to hike. During the Fall and Spring seasons, Ogopogo is also a `get away retreat` for those wanting the quiet ambiance and comforts to relax and unwind.
Ogopogo`s 6 year round cottages are architecturally designed, new or completely rebuilt. These cottages have covered porches overlooking the lake, or decks in the trees, solid pine floors, gas fireplaces, full kitchen facilities, new 32 inch lcd colour flat screen TV and DVD`s, coordinated décor and furnishings, electrically heated, and built to R-2000 standards. Our drinking water is supplied from an artesian well and is treated to meet the requirements of the new Ontario 2006 Drinking Water Standards. A number of our cottages have two person Jacuzzi baths in the Master bedroom. Accommodations are meticulous. Just bring your food, clothing and beach towels. Everything else is provided.
Ogopogo Resort delivers both the quality and value that will make your vacation getaway special. We welcome pre-inspections and we invite you to compare Ogopogo with other properties before you reserve.
Mountain Lake is known for it’s Haliburton Lake Trout fishing. It is pristine! You can look over the side of the boat and see down 20 feet or more. The resort has direct water access to the Minden Wild Water Preserve, world renowned as Canada`s premier location for kayak racing events. Ogopogo shores are gently sloping and sandy while the view across the lake is mountainous and forest. Mountain Lake affords excellent fishing both summer and winter. Mountain Lake is not heavily developed because of its rugged east shore and is considered by locals to be the “prime” lake and one of the most picturesque in the Haliburton region.