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 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.