Susan Hay Opens Her Studio In Huron County December 6 & 7

Painting by Susan Hay, Canadian Painter

Painting by Susan Hay, Canadian Painter

Susan Hay, Canadian Artist, gets much of her inspiration from the physical environment near her cottage in the Haliburton Highlands. However, she also has a home in Huron County and does some of the painting at that location. If you are in Huron County and find yourself able to drop in, she will be open from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday Dec. 6 and 7 at 80602 Benmiller Line,  just a stone’s throw from the famous Benmiller Inn.  Her display area is above the garage and full to the brim.   Call her at 519-524-8118 or e-mail her  Or, check out her website at  Susan’t paintings can also be purchased online and shipped to your home through the online art gallery The painting beside is my most recent and also a favourite.

Directions:  from Clinton, take Hwy 8 to Benmiller Line and turn right.  Follow Benmiller Line around the sharp turn to the left at the gravel pit and continue along about a km. and watch for my signs at  #80602.  (For those of you who haven’t been here before, the house is along the river so you can’t see it from the road.)
Susan hopes to see you and wish you a happy holiday in person, but if not, I wish you the very best!

Holiday Ornaments by Canadian Potter Susanne James

snowy stars by Canadian potter Susanne James

snowy stars by Canadian potter Susanne James

gingerbread man by Canadian potter Susanne James

gingerbread man by Canadian potter Susanne James

Green Stockings by Canadian Potter Susanne James

Green Stockings by Canadian Potter Susanne James

Gunmetal Stars by Canadian Potter Susanne James

Gunmetal Stars by Canadian Potter Susanne James

Looking for something different to set off your decor this holiday season? These handmade pottery ornaments add just the right flare to your holiday decor. Click here to take a look at these and other handmade items made by Canadian Potter Susanne James – just in time for the holidays!!

New Dates for the “Some Like It Hot” Art Adventure just in time for Christmas Gift Giving

08Fire up the kiln with Terry Craig and Jennifer Wanless-Craig of Artech Studios in Tory Hill for an introduction to the fine art of glassblowing. Inspired by the amazing work of these two talented artists, you will create your own unique pieces of glass art. New dates of Dec 29, Feb 28 and Mar 21 have just been added to the calendar in time for your Christmas shopping!!

Why not purchase a package for the art lover on your holiday list — what better way to commemorate this occasion than to tap into their creative side and have them make a gift they will cherish forever because they know the creativity and sweat that went into it.

Details of the package are below and you can click here to purchase this Art Adventure

Seasons:  Year Round
Dates:  Name Your Desired Date or choose one of the pre-established times of Dec 29, 2014, Feb 28 or Mar 21, 2015
Duration:  6 hrs
Sample Itinerary:  n/a
Itinerary can be customized to meet your needs, interests and budget. This itinerary may change. Yours Outdoors reserves the right to make changes in response to individual and group needs, availability of experience providers, weather, and other factors.
Physical Challenge Rating: 1 (See below for more info)
Rates:  6 hr (9:30 am-4:30 pm) workshop with lunch included – $195 per person based on a group of 5 plus HST. Participants will create several glass pieces for themselves. Please note: glass pieces require 24 hours to cool. Yours Outdoors is happy to arrange pick-up/delivery of glass pieces but is not responsible for any extra costs. Yours Outdoors is committed to providing great experiences. Knowledgeable guides and careful administration ensures packages deliver value above expectations.

Accommodations: For suggestions please click here

If you wish to do this tour on a date that is not showing as available please either email us using the information on the contact us page or book the tour inserting your desired date into the comment field after selecting the “Name Your Date” option at check out. Note that 5 participants are normally required to enable the event to take place but, sometimes it is possible to negotiate changes that will enable a smaller number to participate. 

Physical Challenge Rating

Each YO experience package is given a Physical Challenge Rating, which indicates how much physical activity is required to participate in it. This rating helps you choose a trip that is suitable to your level of fitness and abilities, and one that you will enjoy taking part in. Physical activity on Yours Outdoor experience packages fall into the following categories.

Rating of 1 Getting around on your own, up and down steps, and carrying your own bag.
Rating of 2 Light walking, hiking and cycling that is suitable for most fitness levels.
Rating of 3 May include moderate hiking, cycling, mountain biking, and other recreation and workshop activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.
Rating of 4 May include more challenging hiking, cycling, mountain biking or other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness.
Rating of 5 Long distance hiking, cycling, mountain biking or other activities that require a higher level of fitness and endurance.

Please note: Some Yours Outdoors experience packages include only one element that may increase the rating of the trip to a higher level. For instance, any package maybe given a higher rating, even though the physically active aspect of the package may only be a small part of the overall tour. In many cases, you may choose not to participate in these activities before or during the tour.

New Dates for the “Gone to Pot” Adventure by Yours Ourdoors

Gone to Pot -- Yours Outdoors

Gone to Pot — Yours Outdoors

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at pottery this one day workshop is a must try.  The quoted package rate includes transportation costs, a delicious meal and afternoon tea, a pottery workshop that produces a minimum of 6 pottery items. Please note: pottery pieces will require firing and will be done so on potter’s kiln schedule. Yours Outdoors is happy to arrange pick-up/delivery of pottery pieces but is not responsible for any extra costs.

New dates for this tour have just been released — November 29, December 14, and January 10th. What a great Christmas gift for someone special!

Annette Blady and Al Van Mil Studio Open House — Toronto

Annette Blady and Al Van Mil invite you to their annual Little Italy open studio.

Annette Blady and Al Van Mil Open Studio

Annette and Al would like you to enjoy a selection of their artwork at their studio:
22 1/2 Henderson Avenue, Toronto.
Take Manning one block south of College to the NE corner of Henderson and Clinton

Saturday & Sunday Annette Blady and Al Van Mil Open Studio
October 25 & 26
11 AM to 7 PM

Wine and cheese will be served.
Bring your friends.
Our neighbourhood is full of things to do.



See Studio on Google Maps >>

See Al’s website  »


Susan Hay, Canadian Painter, opens her studio on the Thanksgiving Weekend

Why not join Susan Hay, Canadian Painter in her studio on the Thanksgiving weekend? Details below:

Painting by Susan Hay, Canadian Painter

Painting by Susan Hay, Canadian Painter


1128 Argillite Road (Wenona Lake) Haliburton (15 min. from the Village)

From Haliburton Village take # 118 east to Trapper’s Trail. Turn left and proceed about 2 km, then turn left on Wenona Lake Road, turn left on Argillite to the end of the road.  Watch for signs.

Al Van Mil and Annette Blady are opening their Miskwabi Lake Studio for The 27th Annual Haliburton County Studio Tour

Al Van Mil and Annette Blady are opening their Miskwabi Lake Studio for The 27th Annual Haliburton County Studio Tour. Enjoy the fall colours, and our latest artworks. Please see details in invitation posted below.


Invite you to attend



Annette & Al would like you to come and see
a selection of their artwork in their
Treehouse Studio, 1034 Miskwabi Lake Road,
between the leaves fifteen minutes southeast
of the picturesque town of Haliburton Ontario.

Refreshments will be served
Bring your friends.
The fall colours peak on these two weekends.

Saturday & Sunday
October 4th & 5th
10 AM to 5 PM

Thanksgiving Weekend
Saturday & Sunday
October 11th & 12th
10 AM to 5 PM
See tour brochure & map »

Hike Haliburton Starts Thursday September 18th, 2014

hiking_smallThe fabulous Hike Haliburton event is nearly upon us! There are hikes for every interest and fitness level .. all of them guided to ensure your enjoyment and safety. There are a total of about 70 hikes over 4 days and 4 amazing events to entertain you are held during this period as well. A snapshot of the program is appended below but full details about the Hiking Festival and registration links are available by clicking here. 

Event tickets can be purchased on Buy event tickets separtatley for each event or save by buying an all access pass for a reduced amount. The events are:

Blast Off BBQ: Help us kick start the Hike Haliburton Festival with a tasty barbeque and a concert showcasing talented local musicians – Sheri Hawkins and The Tuba Divers.  This is also an opportunity to register for the guided hikes you wish to participate in, shop for some gear, and tour the Minden Hills Cultural Centre.

James Keeleghan in Concert — A Juno award winning performer — James has carried international acclaim for his songwriting and performances, and has taken main stage at some of the most prestigious festivals in the U.S., England, Australia, Denmark and Hong Kong. At home in Canada, he’s a Juno award-winner (and three-time Juno nominee) who’s grown from a popular coffeehouse act in Calgary to a festival and concert hall favourite. Mr. Keelaghan has an uncanny knack for finding incredible stories and turning them into finely crafted songs. A commanding performer, he develops an intimate rapport with audiences through his stories and sense of humour, and then leaves them spellbound with passionate renditions of songs that touch on universal emotions and relate historical events to the present. 

Betty and the Bobs in Concert: Betty and the Bobs is a collaboration of extraordinary musicians who are returning to Haliburton Highlands for an evening of fun and great performances. Katherine Wheatley, Suzie Vinnick, Wendell Ferguson, Soozi Changer, David Woodhead, David Matheson and Rich Greenspoon will be performing some of their favourite country, blues, R&B, Beatles,  gospel, old jazz tunes, as well as some wacky original songs. You will not be disappointed.

The Last Lunch: Join us for a lunch that celebrates local food, awards contest winners, and presents more live music with singer/songwriter David Archibald, and officially closes the Festival. You can also tour the Fish Hatchery and surrounding property.  You will see how the Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association raises fish to help sustain local fisheries populations. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association.

Hope to see you here!

Hike Haliburton Festival

September 18, 19, 20, 21st , 2014
Program at a Glance
Hike Haliburton Festival is offering over 70 guided themed hikes and festival events for all ages, interests
and abilities. Bring your friends and family for a weekend of adventure and fun. All hikes are free
unless otherwise indicated. Donations are welcome. Please register on-line at
or by calling 705-286-1777. Here is an outline of the program (events are in bold):
Thursday, September 18
4:30pm – 7:30pm Blastoff BBQ and Registration (75) Minden Hills Cultural Centre
4:30 – 7:30 pm Register for hikes. Explore Minden Hills Cultural Centre
5:30 — 7:30 pm BBQ
5:30 – 7:30 pm Concert with Sheri Hawkins and The Tuba Divers
Friday, September 19
7:30 – 10:30 83. Fish By Foot 1 km Easy
8:30 – 2:30 29. Up Green’s Mountain 4 km Challenging
9:30 – 11:00 73. Hidden Minden 3 km Moderate
9:30 – 12:00 59. If A Tree Falls… 4-5 km Moderate
9:30 – 3:30 76. The Devil Made Me Do It 19 km Challenging
10:00 – 12:00 6. To Dye For 3 km Moderate
10:00 – 12:00 35. Way Back in Wilberforce – Part 1 2 km Easy
11:00 – 2:00 15. Hiker’s Lunch at Abbey Gardens West Guilford
1:00 – 3:30 56. Barefoot Hike 2-3 Km Easy
1:30 – 4:30 9. The Taste Trail 2.5 km Easy
1:30 – 4:00 55. Stouffer Mill Strut 4.5 km Moderate
2:00 – 4:00 36.Way Back in Wilberforce – Part 2 1.5 km Easy
2:00 – 4:00 16. Abbey Gardens Amble 2 km Easy
2:00 – 4:00 81. Little Ireland: Not So Little and Not So Irish 3km Easy
2:00 – 4:30 60. Hike the Hills 6km Challenging
6:30 – 8:00 34. Hike and Go Seek Wilberforce
7:30 – 10:00 1. James Keelaghan in Concert Haliburton
Saturday, September 20
9:00 – 12:00 37. Path of the Prospector 8.5km km Moderate
9:00 – 1:00 22. Walk in the Clouds 1 km Easy – heights!
9:00 – 2:00 21. In Search of Old Growth 8 km Challenging
9:30 – 11:30 13. Finding Harburn Wells 2 km Moderate
9:30 – 12:00 43. Hidden Gems in the Highlands Pt. 1 2km Easy
9:30 – 2:30 82. Milburn to Miserable 13km Challenging
10:00 – 12:30 84. Irondale – A Ghost Town. Really? 3km Easy2
10:00 – 2:00 28. Off the Beaten Track 5km Challenging
10:00 – 4:00 61. Paddle and Hike 12 km Challenging (hike/canoe)
10:00 – 12:00 14. Sir Sam’s Hike & Bike 2-6 km Moderate
10:00 -2:00 42. The Grand View 12.5km Challenging
10:00 -12:30 57. Crests of Kennisis 5 km Challenging
10:30 – 12:00 78. Walk with Wunker 1.6 km Moderate
10:30 – 2:30 77. Backpacking with the Happy Camper10 km Challenging
11:00- 4:00 66. Unveiling of the Group of Seven and Tom Tomson Outdoor Exhibit
11:00 – 2:00 17. Hiker’s Lunch at Abbey Gardens West Guilford
12:00 – 2:00 10. The Purina Walk for Dog Guides Haliburton
1:00 – 2:00 38. Into Sucker Lake 2km Easy
1:00 – 4:00 20. Gettin’ Wild with Wayne 5 km Challenging
1:00 – 4:00 52. In Search of Sumac…… 2.0 km Easy
1:00 – 3:30 54. Hike for Hops 4km Moderate
1:30 – 4:30 31. Old Oaks 3 km Moderate
1:30 – 4:30 44. Hidden Gems in the Highlands Pt. 2 2km Easy
1:30 – 3:30 53. No Child Left Inside 2 km Easy
2:00 – 4:00 68. Through the Eyes of A.J. 4 km Easy
2:00 – 4:30 62. The Fault Line 3.5 km Moderate
2:00 – 4:30 18. Earthwalk .5km Easy
2:00 – 4:00 80. Into Marathon Forest 5km Moderate
2:30 – 4:00 12. Ghost Walk (Haliburton) 1.5 km Easy
3:00 – 4:30 79. Three Lakes Trek 2.4 km Moderate
3:00 – 5:00 39. Earth Mysteries Walk 1km Easy
3:00 – 4:30 65. Nature at the Nordic 3 km Moderate
5:30 40. Fall Equinox Sacred Fire
7:30 2. Concert: Betty and the Bobs are Back! Northern Lights Pavilion- Haliburton
Sunday, Sept. 21
7:30 – 9:30 72. Focus on Fall 2 km Easy
9:00 – 1:00 23. Walk in the Clouds 1 km Easy – heights!
9:00 – 11:00 58. Circuit of Five Viewpoints 5 km Challenging
9:00 – 11:00 11. Plein Air Painting Workshop Haliburton
9:00 – 11:00 3. Steppin’ Out in Glebe Park 4 km Moderate
9:30-12:30 33. Can You Dig it? 2km Easy
10:00 – 4:00 47. Lakeshore Trek 15 km Challenging
10:00 – 12:00 46. On Magnificent Hill 1 km Easy
10:00 – 11:00 4. Sunday Morning Coffee Run 3-5 km Moderate
10:00 – 12:00 41. High Falls Hike and Ride 6 km Easy
10:00 – 12:00 63. Trail Troubadour 2 km Easy
10:00 – 12:00 45. Geocaching Treasure Hunting/GPS 2 km Easy 3
10:00 – 12:00 64. Into the Past 1.5 km Easy
10:00 – 12:30 30. On Growing Old 4.5 km Moderate
11:30 – 2:00 7. Last Step Lunch Fish Hatchery
1:30 – 4:30 32. Gems Beneath Your Boots 3 km Moderate
1:30 – 3:30 19. Walking a Thin Line 1-2 km Easy –heights!
2:30 – 4:00 74. Ghost walk (Minden) 1.5 km Easy
2:30 – 4:00 5. The Forest Where it’s Art 1.0 km Easy
2:30 – 4:30 67. Into Beetle Lake 5 km Challenging
2:30 -4:00 8. Leave it to Beave


What’s Happening at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden Hills Ontario

Minden Hills is spilling over with cultural activities and opportunities .. here is a brief look at what is coming in the near future to the Agnes Jamieson Gallery — the heart of cultural activity in Minden Hills.

Presently Exhibiting:

Agnes Jamieson Gallery
August 26-October 11 Tomato/Tomato John Lennard and David Foyn   
Minden Hills Museum: Fires, Floods and Minden
Nature’s Place: Fahrenheit 1500 The Nature of Forest Fires
Curator Talk: The influences of Lapine

Saturday, September 20 at 2pm

The Grand Salon at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery features the largest selection, from the permanent collection, of Lapine paintings with horses. What caused Lapine to continually compose his work with horses? Curator Laurie Carmount explores the influences in his life and the driving forces that made Lapine the best illustrator of horses in North America.

National Film Board Docs
Every Thursday at 2pm to 3pm
in the Common Room

Next showing September 11

Food, Weapon of Conquest (1941) 22mins This newsreel shows food shortage in Nazi-occupied and how important the advancement of food development will concur;Island Green (2014) 25mins This short documentary takes a look at the changing face of PEI’s agriculture industry. Once famous for its spuds and red mud, this tiny island province now has higher than average cancer and respiratory illness rates. Is there a link to industrialized farming? Rather than dwelling on PEI’s worrisome monocropping practices, Island Green dares to ask: What is PEI went entirely organic? Big Trees (2013) 12mins This short semi-animated film tells the story of a woman’s spectacular ocean view from her apartment in Vancouver’s West End. How far will she go when leaves start to obscure her panorama, her light and her happiness? A brilliant blend of stop-motion, projections and models, drawings and altered live-action transports us into a meditation on the tension between urban life and the natural environment. Like Don Giovanni, will our ambitious protagonist stop at nothing to get her way?

September 18: From Ashes to Forest (1984 52mins)

Still room available!
Saturday, September 13 (Rain date September 20)
9am to 6pm
Eat, drink, paddle – for today we do art!
Enjoy a Saturday of paddling St. Nora and Sherbourne Lake with the curator of the Agnes Jamieson Gallery and the Community Development Coordinator. This is an opportunity to socialize with other nature and art nuts who love to paddle and enjoy the fall colours. This requires you to bring your canoe gear, art supplies – remember photography is an option, and a lunch. After lunch a dinner cooked on a campfire is served: cheese, crackers, garlic bread, lasagna (meat & vegetarian), sparkling cider, whipped cream and apple crisp. Pre-registration required by calling the Agnes Jamieson Gallery 705-286-3763 or Elisha Weiss at 705-286-2298. Registration forms available on the township and Minden Hills Cultural Centre website. $10 per person. (If you are not able to supply a canoe we may be able to match you with someone who has room.)