Haliburton County's location in relation to Ontario.
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Haliburton is a county of Ontario, Canada, known as a tourist and cottage area in Central Ontario for its scenery and for its resident artists. Minden Hills is the county seat. Haliburton County was established in 1983, but had existed as the Provisional County of Haliburton since 1874. Haliburton County and the village of Haliburton are named after Thomas Chandler Haliburton, author, statesman, and the first chairman of the Canadian Land and Emigration Company.
The county borders Algonquin Park on the north.
- Township of Algonquin Highlands
- Municipality of Dysart et al (Dysart, Bruton, Clyde, Dudley, Eyre, Guilford, Harburn, Harcourt and Havelock)
- Municipality (township) of Highlands East
- Township of Minden Hills
Haliburton County is dubbed the "Haliburton Highlands". This is in part attributed to its similarity to the Scottish Highlands, and the Scottish ancestry of the founding population. The Haliburton Highlands region is also one of the higher points on the Canadian Shield, ranging from 1,066 feet (325 m) at the Haliburton/Stanhope Municipal Airport to 1,450 feet (440 m) above sea level at Sir Sam's Ski Resort in Eagle Lake.
Haliburton County is spotted with many rivers and lakes, included endorheic lakes fueled by natural springs. Some of the major lakes are as follows:
- Bitter Lake
- Burdock Lake
- Boshkung Lake
- Dark Lake
- Drag Lake
- Grace Lake
- Gull Lake
- Haliburton Lake
- Halls Lake (Ontario)
- Hawk Lake
- Head Lake
- Horseshoe Lake
- Kashagawigamog Lake
- Kawagama Lake
- Kennisis Lake
- Kushog Lake
- Minden Lake
- Mountain Lake
- Paudash Lake
- Redstone Lake
- Salerno Lake
- Twelve Mile Lake
- Wenona Lake
- Wilbermere Lake
- Population in 2001: 15,085
- Population in 1996: 15,321
Haliburton County's economy is dominated by tourism, due to the region's many rivers and lakes. The ratio of properties occupied in the summer months, to properties occupied year-round is about 3 to 1. Employment primarily caters to the needs of this seasonal cottage country population, including residential construction, resorts, services and retail.
The creative economy is alive and well in Haliburton. The Haliburton County Development Corporation (HCDC) is currently working on a project called Innovative Haliburton to bring attention to the creative economy in Haliburton, as well as, partnering with Haliburton County Economic Development to advance the creative economy in eastern Ontario. In 2009, HCDC formed a creative economy committee to look at ways to: encourage innovative people who already have an attachment to the area to move and run their business here, support new and existing businesses in the county that work in the creative economy, showcase local businesses that are successfully engaged in the creative economy, support our local governments to engage in planning that will help attract new businesses. In 2013, The Creative Economy Committee's name was changed to the Economic Innovations Committee to better describe the roles of the committee as a seed organization, helping the county to prosper through innovation and enabling the youth of the county to better understand the opportunities that are being created in the new economy.
The county is serviced by two hospitals, one in Haliburton and one in Minden. Both are administrated by Haliburton Highlands Health Services.
Haliburton County is part of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
- Archie Stouffer Elementary School - Grades K-8
- Stuart W. Baker Elementary School - French Immersion, Grades K-3
- J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School - Grades 4-8
- Cardiff Elementary School - Grades K-3
- Wilberforce Elementary School - Grades 4-8
- Haliburton Highlands Secondary School - Grades 9-12
- Highlands Adult Education and Training Centre
- Fleming College Academic Upgrading
- Tall Oaks Christian Academy - Grades K-8
- Haliburton Language School - English as a Second Language and other languages
- St. Peter's ACHS College School - Boys' Catholic Elementary School
Arts and culture
The Haliburton Highlands is home to a thriving arts community. The county is dotted by galleries, both public and private, offering events, programs and workshops to the public. Artists’ studios can be found in almost every community, many offering public demonstrations, small galleries, and classes. There are murals and public sculptures in the downtowns of most communities, as well as in park settings. The county is home to the renowned Haliburton Sculpture Forest, a unique outdoor collection of sculptures by Canadian and international artists.
The Highlands are also home to the renowned Haliburton School of The Arts(HSTA) of Fleming College. Students come from across Canada as well as internationally to immerse themselves in the unique art offerings of the Haliburton Campus. There are art certificates in Glassblowing,Photo Arts, Artist Blacksmithing, Painting and Drawing, Digital Image Design, Jewellery Essentials, Fibre Arts, Sculpture, Ceramics as well as the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma. HSTA also offers over 300 courses in the Spring-Summer program which attracts nearly 3000 students of all ages to the area during the busy tourism season. Many local artists are involved in the school as part-time faculty. The Haliburton Campus also offers a post-graduate certificate in Expressive Arts. The Campus also has an emphasis on eco-friendly education and offers certificates in Sustainable Building and Construction, and Sustainable Renovation. The Sustainable Building and Construction program was the first of its kind in Canada and its success has had a positive impact locally, as the programs have built the R.D. Lawrence Place at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre, the 4Cs Thrift Store in Haliburton, the Kinark Outdoor Centre in Minden and, in the Summer of 2013, the new Library in Wilberforce. The Renovation program revitalized the Haliburton Highlands Museum.
Heritage is also a focus in the county, with established museums in Carnarvon, Dorset, Haliburton, Minden, and Wilberforce, as well as many fledgling museums emerging in some of the smaller communities. Many buildings throughout the county are designated heritage sites by the province, and many others undergoing preservation through the interests of the public.
The performing arts also receive much attention. Haliburton Highlands Secondary School has strong drama and music programs, showcasing their talents throughout the year to the public. As well, the Highlands Summer Festival presents a wide array of theatre offerings throughout the summer, showcasing the talents of local and seasonally local actors and musicians. Numerous indie bands perform throughout the county, with open mic events being held at a number of establishments.
Haliburton is also home to the Creative Business Incubator. The incubator provides entrepreneurs with a flexible, affordable space; ready access to business support assistance and coaching, broadband service and an environment conducive to entrepreneurial growth. The incubator is a project of the Haliburton County Development Corporation.
- Ron Stackhouse former NHL player
- Bernie Nicholls former NHL player
- RD Lawrence a Canadian naturalist and wildlife author
- Matt Duchene NHL player currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche
- Cody Hodgson NHL player currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres
- Lauren Dixon actress on Saddle Club series 3
In popular culture
- Certain scenes were filmed on location at Camp Wanakita and Kilcoo Camp for the Disney Channel original movie, Camp Rock.
- Camp White Pine was the location of the Canadian classic comedy film Meatballs. The 2011 cast reunion was held at nearby Camp Timberlane Canada, which was to be the original shooting location of the film.
Forest fire protection history
The former Dysart fire tower was erected in 1956 on a hill by the east side of Haliburton village just off Highway 118. Its 100-foot (30 m) frame still stands, but the towerman's cupola has since been removed. It was erected by Ontario's former Department of Lands and Forests (now the MNR) as an early detection to protect the local forests from fire. This tower was put out of use in the late 1960s when aerial detection systems were put in place. It was one of the County of Haliburton's many towers that were part of the former Lindsay Forest Fire District. Other towers included: Harburn, Eyre, Green's Mountain, Harvey, Cardiff, Digby, Lutterworth, Sherbourne (St. Nora), Dorset and Bruton. When a fire was spotted in the forest a towerman would get the degree bearings from his respective tower and radio back the information to headquarters. When one or more towermen from other towers in the area would also call in their bearings, the forest rangers at headquarters could get a 'triangulation' read and plot the exact location of the fire on their map. This way a team of forest firefighters could be dispatched as soon as possible to get the fire under control. There was a Department of Lands and Forests headquarters stationed in Minden, Ontario and at St. Nora Lake (later the Leslie Frost Centre), which offered forest ranger training from 1945 onwards.
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- The Atlas of Canada
- Haliburton-Stanhope Municipal Airport
- Go Ski
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- Minden Times
- "Innovative Haliburton". Haliburton County Development Corporation.
- "Haliburton Creative Business Incubator". Haliburton County Development Corporation. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
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