Hike Haliburton picked up a gong at the IMAGINE 2024 Festivals & Events Ontario conference (FEO) awards gala Feb. 28.

The provincial organization named Hike Haliburton as one of the top 100 festivals in Ontario at the ceremony in Niagara Falls.

Submissions from FEO members were received in the fall of 2023, and judged by an independent panel.

Hike Haliburton is a free, bi-annual event held in winter and fall across the Highlands. The fall edition was established 20 years ago, as a way to promote the vast network of hiking trails across the County. The event is organized by the County’s tourism department, and hikes are guided by local volunteers. The multi-day event attracts visitors from across Ontario, as well as local residents, who can participate in various levels of hikes, either on foot or snowshoes. Last year’s festivals had 910 participants.

Warden Liz Danielsen was pleased, and acknowledged the work and effort behind the scenes.

“We are fortunate to have breathtaking scenery and trails in Haliburton County and Hike Haliburton is a chance to explore our backyard and natural surroundings,” Danielsen said. “I am pleased the County was recognized for executing a wellorganized event that draws visitors to our area to enjoy all that we have to offer. I wish to thank the staff and all the volunteers who contribute to making the festivals a success.”