The Forest Festival Returns for 2017 Season


Seven months after the cancellation of the 2016 Forest Festival, Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve is pleased to announce that the Forest Festival will return in 2017. Specifically, the Forest Festival’s tenth season will be presented during the 16th to 20th of August, 2017.

Many people are aware that the 2016 Forest Festival was cancelled as a result of the unavailability of the Logging Museum, following a court case with the Municipality of Dysart et al. Since then, Haliburton Forest’s staff as well as contracted architects and engineers have worked with officials from the Municipality to bring the buildings into compliance with the Ontario Building Code. In fact, in August 2016, Haliburton Forest signed a mutually supported agreement with the Municipality, which allows Haliburton Forest to make the necessary modifications to the buildings in question – including the Logging Museum, a key part of the Forest Festival!

Thanks to this progress, and the work that is still to be done, the Forest Festival will go ahead in 2017. This is great news for the Forest Festival’s many fans and supporters. It seems fitting that a music festival that offers such a wealth of Canadian talent returns just in time for Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The Forest Festival is staged in August of each year and features five days of outstanding, all-Canadian performances set against the stunning wilderness backdrop of Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve.


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