Beware the Domain Registry of Canada
The Domain Registry of Canada (DROC) is not as official as it sounds. If you own a web domain (e.g. fyihaliburton.com), then you may have received an "expiration notice" from DROC. Please check with your webmaster or domain registrar (the company you registered your domain with) before sending these people any money. That "expiration notice" that looks like an official invoice (threatening that you will lose your website if you don't respond) may in fact be a ploy to get you to transfer your domain to them at a higher cost.
"In the city, I lose my mind . . . in the Highlands, I find it."
This is the new hashtag created by Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO). The #RememberWinter campaign hopes to draw visitors from Toronto, Ottawa and surrounding areas by capturing what locals between Haliburton County and the Ottawa Valley already know: that even though you eventually grow up, every day can feel like a snow day! Remember when you embraced winter with authentic wonder and couldn't wait to come out and play? OHTO is asking visitors and locals alike to share photos that show them embodying winter fun for a chance to win weekly prizes and a grand prize of a Canada Goose jacket. Entries can be submitted at ontarioshighlands.ca or facebook.com/ontarioshighlands.
Help Haliburton Become the Next Kraft Hockeyville
Haliburton is ready.
We want to be the next Kraft Hockeyville!
Our community could host an NHL pre-season game and receive $100,000 in arena upgrades.
Slushy, salty commutes to and from the office. Dirty brown 'snow.' Treacherous driving conditions. No wonder you think you don't like winter. Come and see this beautiful season from a different perspective!
Not into motorized fun?
Try downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or dog sledding!
We have it all in Haliburton County.
FYI Haliburton will have a new look in 2015! The new website will be launched soon and when it does, you'll be able to easily manage your own events and business listings. We have received several event submissions for later in the year but are holding off on posting many of them. Please be patient ... if they haven't been posted yet, they will
be part of the new website.
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Conditions: Sir Sam's
What's Blowing Our Way?
The Farmers Almanac Says...
Long Range Weather Forecast for Southern Ontario JANUARY 2015: temperature -11°C (2°C below avg.); precipitation 35mm (20mm below avg. east, 10mm above west); Jan 1-10: Flurries; cold, then mild; Jan 11-17: Snow showers, very cold; Jan 18-21: Rain and snow showers, mild; Jan 22-26: Rain east, snow west, then sunny, mild; Jan 27-31: Snow showers; cold, then mild. FEBRUARY 2015: temperature -9°C (1°C below avg.); precipitation 35mm (10mm below avg.); Feb 1-10: Snow showers; mild, then cold; Feb 11-18: Flurries; mild, then cold; Feb 19-23: Snow showers, cold; Feb 24-28: Snowy periods; mild, then cold.
Annual Weather Summary for Southern Ontario
November 2014 to October 2015
Winter temperatures and precipitation will be below normal, with the coldest periods in mid-December, early and mid-January, and early to mid-February. Snowfall will be below normal in Southwest Ontario and above normal elsewhere, with the snowiest periods in December and mid- to late March.
April and May temperatures will be near normal, with precipitation below normal east, above west.
Summer will be warmer than normal, with the hottest temperatures in mid- to late July and early August. Rainfall will be above normal in the east and below in the west.
September and October will be warmer than normal, with precipitation below normal in the east and above in the west.
From Nov 1 to Dec 18, 2014, Haliburton Highlands OPP officers investigated 26 collisions involving deer. 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, 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.
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.
The OPP want to remind motorists that conditions can change rapidly and unexpectedly, and motorists should drive according to the current weather and road conditions. Get Your Vehicle Ready:
• Install 4 winter tires
• Have an ice scraper and snow brush in your vehicle at all times
• Keep your windshield washer fluid filled and keep an extra container in your vehicle
• Keep your fuel tank at least half full in case you get stranded and to prevent condensation in the tank
• Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle Adjust your Driving Habits:
• SLOW DOWN! BE ALERT! STAY IN CONTROL!
• Keep full set of headlights ON every day throughout the winter months
• Leave extra space between vehicles
• Know your location
• Monitor road and weather conditions before heading out
DO NOT CALL the OPP for ROAD REPORTS.
For driving conditions, please visit www.ontario.ca/511 or dial 511.
Heat Bank Haliburton County is a new community initiative with a mission to increase the supply of and ease of access to emergency firewood and heat for vulnerable residents of Haliburton County. Made up of a network of community agencies, organizations, community members and companies, the new organization is committed to ensuring that residents within Haliburton County have access to emergency heat when they need it. They recognize that struggling households can be faced with many challenges and so their aim is to eliminate the need to have to sacrifice on heat in order to purchase other necessities.
Find out more at www.heatbankhc.ca.
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.
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 457-2941 or by email. Community Care wants to help our seniors get to where they need to go.
Have you seen
the Eight Wonders of Haliburton County?
View from Dorset Tower
Hawk River Log Chute
Sleeping Woman in Sculpture Forest
The winners of the Canoe FM contest were announced on September 1, 2007.