More than anything else, what makes the Haliburton Highlands an unforgettable riding experience is its vast natural landscapes. Haliburton's main industry is tourism, and Highlanders are very much aware that it is the area's unique, undisturbed wilderness that brings visitors back year after year.
The County, and the various municipal governments are dedicated to preserving Haliburton's "specialness," and tend to examine very closely, any development or activities which could possibly have a negative impact on the environment.
ATV riders in Haliburton must realize that use of Crown land trails is a privilege, and that it is imperative that they respect the land and the rights of all other users.
1. Don't leave ANY debris (even cigarette butts) ANYWHERE, whether riding, camping, or stopping along the way.
2. Be EXTREMELY courteous to other trail users. When meeting non-motorized trail users, stop engine and allow wide berth. Smile, wave, and take off helmet if conversation ensues. In general, bend over backwards to avoid having a negative impact on their trail experience.
3. Aftermarket (loud) exhausts are intended for racing; trail (and road) users with loud exhausts are one of our worst enemies. Believe it: in the Haliburton area, "loud sucks!" (There are two popular tracks within Haliburton County, and the Burnt River Off-Road facility in Kawartha Lakes. e-mail for more info.)
4. Stay on established trails. Respect "No Trespassing" and "Private Property" signs.
5. If you have a pleasant trail experience in Haliburton County, don't hesitate to contact the County to express your appreciation for the efforts they have put forth to make Haliburton County a pleasant location for your ATV adventure.
By adopting this Code of Conduct, Haliburton ATV tourists will be able to enjoy Haliburton's incredible trail systems for years and years to come.