After a wet and cool summer, we are getting a glorious fall, so we decided to take a drive to the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, a four hour drive that will take us through the Ontario Near North, and hopefully we will see some autumn colours.
Our first stop isn’t too far from home, but I need a coffee (I’m fighting a head cold, but want to do this trip. My wife pointed out my wonky hat as a symptom!) There is a new log sculpture near the Tim Horton’s, with a pretty nice squirrel at the top. The animals are nicely proportioned, and benefit from the addition of glass eyes.
Location: 3003 Charleston Sideroad, Caledon Village
We stopped in Minden to get a picture of one of the few Tastee Treat stands in Ontario (I’m aware of three – Minden, London and Windsor) The Minden River Cone has a nice new paint job, but unfortunately was closed, so no treats for me!
Location: 119 Bobcaygeon Rd, Minden
I didn’t get ice cream but this big fella across the street was a bit of a treat! I especially like his mustache, which appears to be made from horse shoes.
Location: on the Minden River Walk, near 126 Bobcaygeon Rd, Minden
We were disappointed that the leaves hadn’t started changing colour, but the Haliburton Sculpture Forest more than made up for it. Situated on park land behind the Fleming College – Haliburton School of Art and Design, a trail winds through the natural growth, revealing vignettes set with unique sculptures from local and international artists. Some fit the criteria for Bigger Than Life, but all are exceptional, even if they aren’t pictured here. Definitely worth a trip, though I suspect fall is the ideal time to escape the wee beasties!
This might be my favourite, with the sun shining through hundreds of glass beads from which the shoe is created.
This frond was an interesting mix of fused and painted materials. The sun refused to cooperate, so I didn’t capture the stained glass effect at its best.
This sculpture represents the surveyors tools, a nod to the namesake of Fleming College (Sir Sanford Fleming, noted surveyor, engineer, railway magnate and, most notably, the inventor of time zones!)
I liked this sculpture, with the amusing juxtaposition of urban and rural. That is one big beaver!
Location: Haliburton Sculpture Forest, 297 College Dr, Haliburton, (though the signs and my GPS took me along Museum Rd, and then you walk through the Glebe Park to the Forest. Not well signed from that direction, but locals were friendly and pointed us in the right direction.)
ALGONQUIN HIGHLANDS, ON
I almost skipped this one, because I couldn’t ‘see’ it on Google Streets – you forget that you are in the barely developed north, and Google stays on the main roads up here. I’m glad we did take the short trip off the highway – this dude and his cross cut saw were definitely worth it!
Location: 1123 North Shore Road, Algonquin Highlands
The rest of the tourists paid their money for the chance to climb the lookout tower and see for hundreds of miles, but not this guy! It was all about the giant binoculars. OK, they have no lenses, so you don’t see anything enlarged, but still! (and I climbed the lookout tower, too!)
Location: 1191 Dorset Scenic Tower Rd, Dorset
That was it for big things today. Still a four hour drive home, and no colours to see, but a nice day out, anyway