There is nothing else like it! Hiking in a hushed, snow-covered forest under the light of a full moon is pure magic. The moon has always held special symbolism representing feminine energy, meditative states and immortality. For you, it might just be a special way of communing with nature. The trail is winding with some sections of moderately steep inclines. Hike will be done at a moderate pace so participants should be in good physical condition.

Hiking poles (ski poles) are highly recommended. Dress for the cold by layering up. Bring water. If it’s a very cold night, bring hot water/tea in a thermos or hot water/tea in a water bottle inside a thermal sock to prevent freezing)

Hike is subject to cancellation if the weather is not conducive to a night hike


DATE: Saturday, February 4

START TIME: 7:00  pm

DURATION: 2-3 hours, 5 km

LOCATION:  Barnum Creek Nature Preserve – Gould Crossing Road. Park along the road before it crosses the rail trail

RATING:  Moderate (some steep climbs and descents on a rough trail)


AMENITIES:  Washrooms (outhouse)

LEADER: Cara Oleksuik


DIRECTIONS: From Haliburton, take Gelert Rd. (County Rd #1) to Gould Crossing Rd.  It is 5 km southwest of Haliburton Village.  From Minden take South Lake Rd (County Rd #16) to Gelert Rd and follow to Gould Crossing Rd. It is approximately 24 km from Minden.  A note of caution. If you are using Google Maps to navigate, it mistakenly calls Gould Crossing Rd,  Cowan Road.  There is a sign on Gelert Rd. that says Gould Crossing Road.  When on the Gould Crossing Rd. park along the road before it crosses the rail trail.

  • Moonlight on Snow
    Saturday, February 4, 2023
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Venue:   Barnum Creek Nature Preserve

#1118 Gould Crossing Road, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada


Winter Access: The parking lot is now closed due to snowy conditions. Please park on Gould Crossing Road in the designated area near the base of the hill and walk up to access the trails.

Location: #1118 Gould Crossing Road (Google Maps mistakenly calls Gould Crossing Road, Cowan Road.  There are two signs together on Gelert Road. One says Gould Crossing Road, the other Barnum Creek Nature Reserve.)

Donor: Leopoldina and Margaret Dobrzensky
Trail Map: Please click on this Link
Property Size: 600 acres (243 hectares)
Acquisition Date: 2018
Features: Three hiking trails (total of 7km), forests, open fields, wetlands, Barnum Creek
Activities: hiking, cycling (restricted to Heritage Hike trail), snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, plein air painting, photography, bird watching
Not Allowed: hunting, motorized vehicles (including snowmobiles and ATVs), fires, overnight camping, harvesting and/or disturbing flora and fauna
Trail Safety & Etiquette: Please take only memories and leave only footprints! Dogs must be on a leash, so they don’t disturb sensitive flora and fauna habitats. Please clean up after them, do not leave anything on the trails, and take dog waste bags home for disposal. For more information on trail etiquette, please click here.

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