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The Haliburton Sculpture Forest is a unique outdoor collection of sculptures located in Glebe Park near the village of Haliburton, Ontario, Canada. It is operated by the non-profit organization Haliburton Sculpture Forest et al.

Since its inception in 2001, the forest has amassed over 40 sculptures by Canadian and international artists. The sculptures are arranged along a series of trails in a maple forest on the shores of Haliburton's Head Lake. The Sculpture Forest is located next door to Fleming College's Haliburton School of the Arts. The trails in the Sculpture Forest—for walking and bike riding in spring, summer, and fall and skiing or snowshoeing in the winter—provide changing perspectives of the forest and the sculptures in each of the seasons.

There is no charge for admission and donations are welcome. There are a variety of tours options available. Self-guided tours can be done using brochures available on-site or using the PocketSights Tours app. Guided tours are provided. See website for up-to-date tour information.

The Sculpture Forest is home to a variety of wildlife, including: white tail deer, woodchucks, pileated woodpeckers, eastern milk snakes, and red fox.

Artists

The Sculpture Forest features the work of Mary Anne Barkhouse, Michael Belmore, John Beachli, Darlene Bolahood, Brett Davis, Mary Ellen Farrow, Ian LaBlance, Kevin Lockau, Susan Low-Beer, Bill Lishman, Don Dickson, Amy Doolittle, Jake Mol, Charles O'Neil, Leo Sepa, George Pratt, Marianne Reim, Richard Shanks, John Shaw-Rimmington, Doug Stephens, Phillip Vander Weg, and Peter Wehrspann.

The Sculpture Forest inducts a minimum of one new sculpture into the collection each year.

Community partners

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest works with many community partners to ensure the success of the project. These partners include: Fleming College, Haliburton Campus, the Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Municipality of Dysart et al, Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, Haliburton Highlands Museum, Haliburton Highlands Trails and Tours Network, Haliburton Nordic Trails Association, Head Lake Trail Committee, Glebe Park Committee, the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, and community volunteers.

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