Winter Fun Conditions
Highlands Summer Festival 2017
Schedule & Auditions
The 18th season of the Highlands Summer Festival has entertainment written all over it, according to Artistic Director Scot Denton. The line-up of productions for the next season was announced at a Volunteer Appreciation and Season Unveiling event last November at McKeck's Tap and Grill.
The afternoon reception paid tribute to the many individuals who help make the six weeks of live theatre
happen each summer
at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion. But it also provided an opportunity to reveal what is ahead for the 2017 season, which includes A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum, Proof, Jake's Gift, Hilda's Yard and Three Men in a Boat. For more details, please visit
Hardwater Festival - January 28
This inaugural winter celebration on January 28, 2017
is presented by Explore our Lakes, a project of the Municipality of Dysart et al. Join us for a "very cool" fun-filled family event! Activities will take place at and around the West Guilford Community Centre throughout the day including:
• Ice Safety Information sessions
• Working & Playing On Ice** - safety course offered by Highlands Wilderness Training Institute
• Ice Climbing** – get high at Medeba Adventure Learning Centre
• Ice fishing – it's catching on!
• Skating – on the outdoor rink
• Ice sculpture demonstration
• Hot lunch* – chili (vegetarian option), chili dogs, hotdogs, hot chocolate
• Ecology of ice/lakes in winter - Abbey Gardens
• Ice crafts and play for kids
• Ice Movies - There is Something in the Water, Frozen and more
• Broomball on the outdoor rink – BYOT (bring your own team!)
• Snow tagging – the latest snowshoe craze in Canadian National Parks - Abbey Gardens
Registration is not required but it is encouraged so that organizers can plan accordingly and update you as the program develops.
for more information and to register.
Minden Named Friendliest Community by Expedia.ca
Have you heard? It's true! The popular travel site, expedia.ca, recently ranked the most friendly towns, cities, and communities in Canada based on their user reviews - and Minden, Ontario made the cut. Read the full article here
and find out what other cities and towns made the list.
Annual Plant Sale - Now Open
New this year: Gift Certificates. For details, please visit the website
Upcoming Events in Haliburton County
Art, sports, music, nature, adventure ... whatever you're into, you'll find something to do here. Visit our Events page
for details about these and other great events:
January 24-February 1 - Sleddog Sports Winter World Championship
January 27-29 - Canadian Pond Hockey Championships
January 28 - Hardwater Festival
January 28 - Winter Workshop Series: Snowshoe & Lunch
January 28 - Winter Workshop Series: Beer Brewing
January 28 - Working & Playing On Ice (safety course)
February 3-5 - Canadian Pond Hockey Championships
- Catch the Cure (for Angelman Syndrome)
February 25 - Winter Workshop Series: Beer Brewing Workshop
February 25 - Winter Workshop Series: Coffee Roasting
March 18 - Reptile Road Show
March 25 - Winter Workshop Series: Bread Baking
Various Dates - Experience Haliburton
- Embrace the wonders of the Haliburton Highlands with unique, fun and active experiences. For details, see www.yoursoutdoors.ca
Windshield Wipers - To Raise or Not to Raise?
A common belief is that leaving your wiper arms raised off the windshield to prevent freezing is a good idea. However, on a windy day this is actually dangerous because the arm can snap down with a force strong enough to crack your windshield. Driving.ca
says don't leave your wipers raised. Instead, they suggest that you "sheath the wiper blades with a plastic bag and leave them in their normal position."
Head Lake, Haliburton
Living with Cancer Support Group
The Living with Cancer Support Group is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with or has survived cancer. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month
in the Ruth Parkes Room at the Haliburton Hospital from 1-3pm. Please contact Lynn Higgs Thompson at 705-457-2941 for more information.
Wildlife Collisions - Reduce Your Risk
On average, there is a motor vehicle/wild animal collision every 38 minutes in Ontario. Almost 90% occur on two-lane roads outside of urban areas, and in good weather. The risk of a collision is highest during May and June, and from October to January.
Tips to Reduce Risk of Collision:
the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder.
in areas marked with yellow wildlife warning signs.
Use high beams
at night when possible and watch for glowing eyes.
Wildlife beside the road:
slow down and pass carefully as they may suddenly bolt onto the road.
Wildlife on the road:
Brake firmly. Never assume the animal will move out of your way. Never swerve suddenly; you could lose control or head into oncoming traffic.
If you see one deer, there are likely more nearby.
If possible, avoid driving during dusk or dawn
when most wildlife collisions occur.
Don't feed deer
if you live near a highway.
For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Transportation website at www.mto.gov.on.ca
For public safety tips, residents may check out the OPP web-site at www.opp.ca
Who You Gonna Call?
Call 2-1-1 for information about the social, municipal and health services available in your community including housing, employment, mental health and addiction agencies.
211 is answered live, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, by trained specialists who know your community services and can refer callers to local support. Calling 211 is free and confidential.
For more information, please go to www.211ontario.ca.
Call 211 for Information
Call 511 for Road Reports
Call 911 for Emergencies
Knowing the right number to call will help residents find the right services for their situation and reduce inappropriate calls to 911.
Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer Drivers Needed
Did you know that the simple act of driving your car can help cancer patients in your community? For one in five cancer patients in Ontario, transportation to treatment is just one of the many challenges they face on their road to recovery. You can help provide rides to life-saving appointments by becoming a volunteer driver. All drivers must have a smoke free vehicle. Reimbursement and training are provided. For more information please contact Alison Payne at 1-800-463-0432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ONTARIO SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Right Here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!
Two local experiences have been designated as Ontario Signature Experiences (OSE), which showcase the best and most unique tourism experiences in the province carefully selected to motivate visits to Ontario from global markets. The Canopy Tour at Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
(right), and the 'Haliburton Rocks!' package offered by Yours Outdoors
were included, along with Madawaska Kanu Centre in Barry's Bay and Ottawa River rafting offered by OWL Rafting, Wilderness Tours, and RiverRun Rafting.
In addition to the associated prestige that comes with being named an OSE, recipients receive marketplace credibility, worldwide recognition as part of the OSE collection, increased marketing through OTMPC partnership, increased packaging and cross-promotional opportunities with other OSE members, and strengthened business relationships with travel trade. For more information on OHTO membership, initiatives, or becoming an Ontario Signature Experience, visit www.ohto.ca