Welcome to the Canadian Shield

Please note that some of Crank The Shield's course goes through private property with permission granted only for the event.  Please ride responsibly and do not trespass.

Haliburton County – home of Crank the Shield

As one of Ontario’s most beautiful regions, the Haliburton Highlands abounds with things to do and places to see.  The larger centres within Haliburton County include Minden and Haliburton, unique and picturesque towns with many great restaurants, shops and attractions.  Haliburton supports a huge arts community, and every fall people from all over Canada come to take in the studio tour.  For outdoor enthusiasts, the region abounds with great hiking and motorsports trails.  As a great bonus, Haliburton is bordered by many unique environments.  With the Kawarthas to the South, Algonquin Highlands to the North,  Bancroft region to the east, and the regal Muskokas to the West. Ontario’s shield country is an outdoors-person’s paradise!

Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Preserve Ltd.

As the start and finish for Crank the Shield, Haliburton Forest is unique in that it is a massive parcel of land with one landowner.  With over 270km of trails and roadways, various shelters and over 200 leased, lake-side cottaging sites, Haliburton Forest is it’s own unique community.  Add to this an exciting Wolf Center, High-Ropes course and a variety of summer and winter programs, and Haliburton Forest is your first, and last stop for experiencing Haliburton County.

Minden Township

Minden provides a variety of amenities to both tourists and passersby. With the beautiful Gull River flowing through the center of town, Minden is well known to paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. For more information on this destination, visit www.mindenhills.ca and find out why Minden is in season, every season.


Haliburton is very close to your  accommodations at Camp White Pine. Haliburton offers a picturesque downtown with a variety of shopping options, and several restaurants and hotels. For more information on Haliburton, visit www.haliburtonholidays.ca

Algonquin Highlands

The northernmost region of Crank the Shield enters Algonquin country, known for it’s massive provincial park and the inspiration for many of our countries’ greatest artists.  

Kawartha Lakes

To the south lies the Kawartha lakes country, much flatter than Haliburton County and home to the lakes comprising the Trent-Severn waterway.  Communities such as Kinmount, Bobcaygeon and Lindsay lie in this region and are a short drive from Crank the Shield country.

Region of Muskoka

For out-of-towners looking to experience Ontario’s near north, Muskoka is home to beautiful lakes, and a ton of interesting shops and boutiques.  While Gravenhurst and Bracebridge are the larger towns in the Muskokas, smaller towns dotting the Muskokas including Bala and Port Carling - both are great places to visit.



  • Commit early to the 2014 Crank and save!! Only $569 + HST if you register before December 1 2013!!

    Early Bird Pricing!!
  • We're excited to share the latest and greatest updated Crank The Shield logo! Wait until you see how this is going to look on the 2014 Crank jerseys!!

    Crank The Shield Gets A Makeover!
  • Crank The Shield 2012 was a huge success and we have YOU to thank for it! Check out these highlights if you missed it! 

    Crank The Shield 2012 A Huge Success!
  • "Everything was absolutely perfect and spot on from the rider's perspective!  From the bags and drop bags to the cabins, food, course markings, volunteers, course, etc - well it was one of the best ever."

    Laurie Woodbury - Participant
  • "Thanks for a great experience. All the effort you all put in showed in the fact that everything ran so smooth. The bar has been set pretty high for other Mtb Stage Races. I am sure as word gets out there will be line ups to sign on for next year."

    Jim Brogden - Participant

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