Our History

Guardians of the Forest

Culture in Haliburton

The official opening of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest took place in the fall of 2001 with the installation of three sculptures in Glebe Park. 


Over the years a remarkable outdoor gallery has been created with sculptures nestled along the trails. The collection now includes thirty-four sculptures and six one-of-a-kind benches, by Canadian and International artists.


The Haliburton Sculpture Forest began as a project of the Arts Committee of the Haliburton County Development Corporation which was focused on local economic development through the arts. The objective was to create a destination for residents, visitors and tourists which highlighted the visual arts in Haliburton County.


In 2004, a new campus for Fleming College, Haliburton School of Art + Design was created in Glebe Park. The Sculpture Forest surrounds the College and serves as a teaching site for many of the programs in addition to being a great place for local residents and visitors to go for a walk and enjoy the sculptures in different seasons. 


Today, the Sculpture Forest is an ongoing initiative of Haliburton Sculpture Forest et al, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to increase understanding and appreciation of the arts through the development of public art and the engagement of artists with the community.


Partners include Fleming College, Haliburton Campus, the Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Municipality of Dysart et al, Haliburton Highlands Museum, Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trails Association, Glebe Park Committee, and community volunteers.

Glebe Park

Our Board of Directors




Jim Blake

Outreach Coordinator

Noelle Dupret Smith

Our Supporters

Celebration Contributors

The following sculptures were gifts to the Haliburton Sculpture Forest. Our thanks for the generous support of Celebration Contributors:

  • The Homesteaders – gift from the artist, Jake Mol-

  • Current – gift from friends and family in loving memory of Sabrina Ford

  • Terminus – gift from Dr. Marion Hare and Dr. William Hare

  • To Cut or Not to Cut – gift from the artist, John Beachli

  • Shelter Shift – This installation was a gift from the artist, Phillip Vander Weg with support from Minden Home Hardware, Haliburton TIMBR-Mart and community -volunteers

  • Kennisis: Horse and Rider - Janis Parker, on permanent loan from Fleming College (named after a champion horse of the Finn/Vasey stable)

  • Shadow Caster - Barb Bolin, on permanent loan from Fleming College

  • Fire and Ice: A Really Big Shoe - individual donors in honour of Barb Bolin's 35 years of service to Fleming College

  • Gelert - Diana Ferguson in loving memory of Al Ferguson (with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation).

  • A Conspiracy of Ravens - Noreen Blake

  • Spirit of the Wild - Carole Finn in honour of Don Finn

  • Atmo-Sphere - Chere and Scott Campbell

  • Musical Inspiration - John and Thea Patterson

  • Together we explore the wild... - The Hagerman family in loving memory of loving memory of Shawn Hagerman

  • Flying Debris - Nancy Jackson and terry Anderson

  • Carved on the Canadian Shield - Carol Moffatt and Tony Aymong, Estate of Bob Blake, Barb Bolin, Rotary Club of Haliburton, Ontario 150, Anonymous Donor

  • Mother Earth and Mother Earth's Living Room - Wendy Wilkins

  • Lissome #5 - In celebration of the community spirit & generosity of Noreen & Bob Blake


The Haliburton Sculpture Forest welcomes any inquiry about being a Celebration Contributor for the commissioning and installation of new sculptures.


Funders and Partners

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest has been made possible through the support of government funding, corporate sponsorship, individual donors, community partners and land use agreements with Fleming College and the Municipality of Dysart et al.

A special thanks to the our funders, donors and for 2020. 



Haliburton County Development Corporation, Government of Canada's Young Canada Works program,



Emmerson Lumber



Wendy Wilkins, Jenny Rieger, Barb Bolin, Deb Shackell and the "I See a Wish" campaign, Jim Blake, anonymous donor.


Partners  include Fleming College - Haliburton Campus, the Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Municipality of Dysart et al, Haliburton Highlands Museum, Innisdale Secondary School Integrated Arts Program, Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trail Association, Glebe Park and Museum Committee, and community volunteers.

297 College Drive
Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0
Tel: (705) 457-3555


© 2016 Haliburton Sculpture Forest. All images © 2016 Kristy L. Bourgeois, Youkie Stagg, Angus Sullivan, Noelle Dupret Smith