The Forest From Above
In the 1950s William and Peggy Dahl pieced together 500 acres of farmland just south of the Victoria Railway, on Geeza Road, between Kinmount and Gelert. Rather than farming the stony lands like the families that came before them, the Dahls were really interested in the ecology of the property, so they rolled up the old wire fences and started reforesting their property. Planting 110,000 trees they created Dahl Forest Farms, which was for many years a private nature reserve. The seedlings that were planted back the 1950s have now matured into forest. Donated to the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust in 2009, today it is a beautiful place to hike, cross-country ski, and appreciate its unique ecosystem.
A dragonfly, poised to take off.
One of the first fallen leaves of the season lies on exposed rock.
A trail through the Dahl forest.
Through the Pines
A pathway leading through the pines.
Artist’s Conk growing on a fallen log.
The pathway ascends over exposed rock.
Fried Chicken Mushroom
Orange Hawkweed aka Devil’s Paintbrush
Ox Eye Daisy
Picnic Area on the Burnt River
Pink Waxcap Mushroom
Dahl Forest From Above
An aerial photograph showing the Burnt River winding its way past the Dahl Forest, which is located on the left bank.
Yellow Woolly Bear or Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar
A Ski Trail
Doesn’t this pathway through the woods look enchanted?
Red Pine Cone
A red pine cone on a snowy day.
The unique pattern of a rotting tree trunk.
The top of a snowy spruce tree.
What do you think has been eating this tree trunk?
Looking up through the pine trees.
Bird's Eye View
The Dahl Forest from above.
The Burnt River from above—its name is derived from how dark the mineral-rich water is…. in winter it looks yellow.
Looking into the Burnt River
Peering down into the Burnt River, through the chunks of floating ice.