"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
Upcoming Events in Haliburton County
Art, sports, music, nature, adventure ... whatever you're into, you'll find something to do in Haliburton County! Visit our Events page
for details about these and other great events:
Tuesdays - Farmers' Market, Head Lake Haliburton, noon till 4pm
Fridays - Farmers' Market, Carnarvon, noon till 4pm
Saturdays - Farmers' Market, Minden, 10am till 2pm
August 25 - Environment Haliburton! presents Elizabeth May
August 28 - 9th Annual Garlic Festival
14th Annual Hike Haliburton Festival
Logging History in Haliburton County
Various Dates - Experience Haliburton
- Embrace the wonders of the Haliburton Highlands with unique, fun and active outdoor experiences. For details, see www.yoursoutdoors.ca
14th Annual Hike Haliburton Festival
September 22-25, 2016
Over 1,500 people are expected to take part in over 80 guided hikes throughout the beautiful Haliburton Highlands during the Hike Haliburton Festival this year. From September 22nd until the 25th, hikers of all ages and abilities will come from all over Ontario—and beyond—to take in the wonder of the Haliburton Highlands. The festival goes beyond 'traditional hiking,' heavily integrating the arts, culture, heritage and foodie experiences to truly showcase the area. There are lots of great events happening throughout the festival as well, which anyone can attend. The closing ceremony on the September 25 will take place during the Haliburton Highlands Biggest Picnic Ever in Head Lake Park in the village of Haliburton and features local food vendors, craft beers, live entertainment, contests and more.
For more info or to register, please visit www.hikehaliburton.com
Changes to Canada's Sun Safety Guidelines
The Canadian Cancer Society, along with 27 other organizations including Cancer Care Ontario and the Canadian Dermatology Association, have collaborated to come up with updates to Canada's sun safety guidelines - the first update in 20 years (see Global News article
). These guidelines are specifically for Canada.
Canadians need to be extra careful to protect their skin between 11 am and 3 pm
. The previously recommended time frame was 11-4.
Sunscreen vs clothing:
Clothes usually provide better protection than sunscreen. Use a hat and wear long sleeves and pants when possible.
Use a minimum of SPF 30
(previously SPF 15). The sunscreen should also be labelled as broad-spectrum and water resistant.
Good to know:
- Your car's side windows
aren't protecting you from UV rays.
- If you've had skin cancer or you have a strong family history
of the disease, you are at higher risk.
Guidelines that have remained the same:
- Seek shade
, like a tree or an awning, or bring your own, such as an umbrella, when you're in the sun for long periods of time
- Wear a hat
with a wide brim to protect your head, face, ears, neck and eyes
- Wear close-fitting sunglasses
in a wraparound style with full UVA/UVB protection
- Never use indoor tanning
Highlands Summer Festival 2016 Lineup
It's not too late to plan to be entertained by the Highlands Summer Festival. Performances include comedies Old Love
by Norm Foster and Fallen Angel
s by Noel Coward; an intriguing cabaret production featuring CBC Radio Two personality Tom Allen called The Judgment of Paris
; and the one woman show Miss Caledonia
For dates and tickets, visit highlandssummerfestival.on.ca
or call the box office at 705-457-9933 or toll free at 855-457-9933.
Get the Bug Report!!
Weather Network Bug Report for Haliburton
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 email@example.com
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