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"In the city, I lose my mind . . . in the Highlands, I find it."

Christmas in the Highlands

Come out and enjoy these Christmas events. See our Events page for details.
November 28 - The Highlands Christmas Shindig
November 29 - Hallelujah! It's Christmas
November 29 - Holiday Art and Craft Show
December 1 - Hallelujah! It's Christmas
December 5 - Abbey Gardens Winter Festival
December 5, 6 - The Nutcracker
December 13 - Christmas Carol Service & Pot Luck Supper
December 24 - Christmas Eve Services

12th Annual Nutcracker
December 5 & 6, 2015

"The entire show is lovely
and will get you into the Christmas spirit!"

On December 5 & 6, 2015, over 80 dancers aged 3 to adult—all wearing beautiful tutus and costumes—will perform in Haliburton's annual performance of The Nutcracker. Every year something new and interesting is added to the show ... this year, two special guest dancers from the Verba Ukrainian Dance Company in Winnipeg will do an opening piece for each show and make a special appearance in "The Land of Sweets." Tickets are $15 and are available at Cranberry Cottage in Haliburton and Pharmasave in Minden. For more information contact Julie Barban, Heritage Ballet, at 457-1990.

Art Heaven

The Rails End Gallery is asking for donations of art and handcrafted items that are no longer on display. The art angels at Rails End will curate donated art items and offer them for sale to new owners at excellent prices. Proceeds will go to support the gallery's community programming. The Grand Opening of the Art Heaven Exhibition and Sale will be held at Rails End Gallery from 3 to 8 pm on Friday, November 20. The pearly gates will remain open until December 19. Rails End Gallery's motto is "bringing ART to life in Haliburton." Art Heaven promises to breathe new life into art, and keep it in circulation for all eternity (no doubt, as the maker intended). For more info, visit, or contact the gallery at 705-457-2330 or

Ready For Winter Driving?

Winter driving conditions are on the way. Are you ready? Is your vehicle ready? Now is a good time to do a maintenance check on your vehicle (tires, windshield wipers) and get a pre-winter tune-up. Make sure your winter survival kit is well stocked and includes a snow brush and ice scraper. Always remember to have a fully charged cell phone with you in case you find yourself stranded, and make sure you let your family know where you are going. The following advice is from the Ministry of Transportation:
STAY ALERT: Weather conditions can change quickly, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. Keep your focus on the road and on other vehicles. Eliminate all distractions and make sure you are well rested.
SLOW DOWN: Always drive according to weather conditions. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid having to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.
STAY IN CONTROL: Make sure you know how to handle your vehicle in all weather conditions.
Before heading out, check the MTO website,, and follow the Twitter feeds of 511 Ontario.

Federal Election Report

October 19, 2015 - Conservative Jamie Schmale won in the riding of Haliburton - Kawartha Lakes - Brock. Schmale replaces MP Barry Devolin, who represented the riding for the Conservatives since 2004 and decided not to seek re-election. Schmale, a former radio journalist, served as Devolin's campaign manager for four elections and as his executive assistant for eleven years.

A Year of Extreme Temperatures

That's what we're in for, according to Jack Burnett, managing editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac. He broke the news in a recent interview on CTV's Canada AM. The abnormal weather conditions of 2016, he says, will start with another cold winter (up to five degrees colder than usual). However, the snowfall will be slightly less than average. That will be followed by a cool, wet spring and a hot, dry summer.

Burnett's advice for Canadians? Buy a few extra scarves.

The Old Farmer's Almanac has been predicting the weather since 1792— with about 80% accuracy.

(Adapted from the CTV article, "Big chill, wet spring, sweaty summer ahead: Old Farmer's Almanac")

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.

And Now the Weather...

The Old Farmers Almanac says...
Long Range Weather Forecast for Southern Ontario

NOVEMBER 2015: temperature 3C (avg.); precipitation 90mm (40mm above avg. east, 30mm below west)
Nov 1-2: Sunny
Nov 3-6: Showers, mild east; snow west
Nov 7-11: Snow showers, cold
Nov 12-20: Rain to snow, then snow showers, cold
Nov 21-27: Showers, mild east; periods of rain and snow elsewhere
Nov 28-30: Snowy, cold

DECEMBER 2015: temperature -5C (1C below avg.); precipitation 20mm (20mm below avg.); Dec 1-3: Rain east, snowstorm central and west
Dec 4-10: Snowy periods; cold east, turning mild west
Dec 11-21: Snowy periods, cold
Dec 22-26: Sunny, cold east; snow showers, mild west
Dec 27-31: Snow showers; mild, then cold

Annual Weather Summary for Southern Ontario
November 2015 to October 2016

Winter will be colder than normal, with near- to slightly below-normal precipitation and below-normal snowfall. The coldest period will be from late December through early February. The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, early December, early and late January, mid-February, and mid-March. April and May will be slightly cooler than normal, with above-normal rainfall. Summer will be warmer and slightly drier than normal, with the hottest temperatures in early to mid- and mid- to late June and early and late August. September and October will be much warmer and somewhat drier than normal.

(adapted from

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 For public safety tips, residents may check out the OPP web-site at

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

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

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

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

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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