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How I spent my summer vacation

Eight days in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, revisiting some of my favourite spots:

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest near Haliburton Village is an outdoor collection of 35 sculptures by Canadian and international artists. My favourite is A Conspiracy of Ravens (bronze and steel, 2012) by Canada’s John McKinnon:

Road Sign for the “real” Raven Lake on Highway 35, south of Dorset. Setting inspired my 2016 mystery by the same name:

Abbey Gardens, on Highway 118 between Carnarvon and Haliburton Village, is a community-based effort to promote sustainable agriculture. A spent aggregate pit has been transformed into a viable 300-acre green space:

Checking out the “pond” at Abbey Gardens:

Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, 100 years after the death of artist Tom Thomson:

Tom Thomson memorial in Algonquin Park:

My guy Ed, “Captain For Life,” at the SS Bigwin on Lake of Bays in Dorset. The steamship ferried guests to Bigwin Island Resort for 45 years starting in 1925. It sat, partially submerged on the bottom of the lake, for years until its restoration that began in 2002. It was relaunched in 2013:

View from friends Linda Cahill and Gordon Barthos’s screened porch on Raglan White Lake in eastern Haliburton County:

This summer vacation really rocked!

(Photos by Ed Piwowarczyk)

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