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Winter Fun Conditions


Snowmobile Trails:
   OFSC Interactive Trail Guide
   Haliburton Forest

Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing:
   Haliburton Nordic
   Frost Centre/Algonquin Highlands

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding:
   Sir Sam's


Highlands Summer Festival 2017
Schedule & Auditions


AUDITIONS JANUARY 21 & 22
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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 www.highlandssummerfestival.on.ca.


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.
* $
** Pre-registration 
Visit www.dysartetal.ca/hardwaterfestival 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
February 18 - 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:
Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder.
Slow down 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 apayne@ontario.cancer.ca.


ONTARIO SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Right Here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!

Canopy Tour at Haliburton ForestTwo 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.







Promoting the Haliburton Highlands!


The Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) has completed a pilot series video project. The video above, for the Haliburton region, features the Sculpture Forest, Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve, Sir Sam's Ski & Bike, and Sir Sandford Fleming College. The OHTO will be using these videos on their website to promote the Haliburton Highlands.





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Seniors: Need a Ride?


Community Support Services (previously Community Care Haliburton County) would like to help seniors who live in remote areas of our county to get into town to do their weekly shopping, banking, prescription pick up, etc. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in this service, please contact Judy at 705-457-2941 or jcumming@hhhs.on.ca.

Have you seen
the Eight Wonders of Haliburton County?
  • Ritchie Falls
  • View from Dorset Tower
  • Hawk River Log Chute
  • Sleeping Woman in Sculpture Forest
  • Gull River
  • Autumn Colours
  • Essonville Church
  • Furnace Falls
The winners of the Canoe FM contest were announced on September 1, 2007.

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