Haliburton, Ontario (November 17, 2020) – Choice Hotels Canada is thrilled to announce that the Pinestone Resort, a rustic lodge and conference centre in the Haliburton Highlands, has joined the Ascend Hotel Collection®. The fast-growing Ascend Hotel Collection is a network of upscale resorts, historic properties and boutique hotels that offer guests a uniquely local experience. This architectural gem, with upcoming renovation and design by Chamberlain Architects, was conceived with its natural surroundings in mind, making it casually elegant and welcoming.

We are delighted to have such a beautiful hotel and talented owners, the Aurora Group, join the Ascend Hotel Collection,” says Rob Alldred, Director of Membership Development, Ascend Hotel Collection at Choice Hotels Canada. “It is a truly special experience as a retreat in the heart of cottage country.”

The Aurora Group is a family-owned company with extensive experience in hospitality and management. The company has grown rapidly over the past few years and is actively engaged in new project development in North America. 

This full-service hotel and conference centre offers meeting and event space, a golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a spa. The resort is set on 160 acres of beautiful country landscapes in the Haliburton Highlands. The hotel consists of 102 rooms, suites, and chalets. The owners will be renovating the hotel over the next couple of years. 

Planned renovations are in keeping with the architectural elements and exposing natural features, with a focus on the interior public spaces. The choice of textures such as exposed wood, stone and brick will add character to all the spaces, and the natural colour palate will create an appearance of warmth to the overall aesthetic.

The Haliburton Highlands is a county in Central Ontario, known as a tourist and cottage area. The lakes and rivers in the area dominate, but there is also a thriving arts and cultural scene. In the summer, visitors can hike around the lakes, go fishing, golfing, take an ATV or go riding on horseback around trails in the area. During the winter months, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowmobiling are popular.


Haliburton is about a three hour drive from Ottawa and two hours from Toronto. The Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Park is also a nearby tourist attraction.  There is a thriving local trade in arts, crafts and antiques, and cinema fans will love the annual Haliburton International Film Festival each summer.