Dysart et al Tourism

Stop by the Information Centre, located in the CNR Caboose in Head Lake Park, to pick up the latest Haliburton Highlands Destination Guide, local and provincial maps, brochures, flyers and much more.  A complete list of events and attractions located in Dysart et al and the entire Haliburton Highlands area can be found at www.experiencehaliburton.com or you can contact tourism@experiencehaliburton.com directly for more information on things to do and where to stay when you are visiting the Municipality of Dysart et al.

The Information Centre in the CNR Caboose in Haliburton can be accessed from York Street.  Open on weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving and all week during July and August, our knowledgable volunteers can provide you with lots of information and advice to help you experience Haliburton for yourself.

Arts, Heritage and Culture Everywhere

Whether you live here or are just visiting, there’s no way you can miss the fact that arts and culture has strong roots in Dysart et al.  We are gifted as a community to be home to so many creative people.  While the Haliburton School of the Arts attracts and develops skilled artists and artisans, our community contributes by creating an atmosphere where these skills are valued and can be translated into employment.

The Municipality supports arts and culture where possible, from providing space and operating grants to the Rails End Gallery, providing subsidized office space to various not-for-profit organizations, operating the Haliburton Highlands Museum and supporting the development and implementation of a cultural plan with financial support and staff resources.

Private and public galleries are available year round to showcase an unbelievable variety of art and craft.   There are several home-based businesses in the area that relate to the arts and culture sector and some open their studios to the public for the Annual Studio Tour that coincides with the Fall Colours each year.   Don’t miss the annual July Art and Craft Festival hosted by the Rails End Gallery.  2013 is the 50th Anniversary of the Rails End Gallery.  It promises to be a great event recognizing the milestone.  See our events listings for more details. 

Website Development

Using wordpress technology, this website, launched in March 2013, was created by a team of Dysart and County staff and volunteers.  The Local Initiatives Program administered by the Haliburton County Development Corporation provided financial support to purchase the template and undertake a professional technical review of the site prior to launch.  We always welcome your suggestions and photos.

2011 Cenus Data – Statistics Canada

Total Dwellings: 7,093 (Primary:  2,656 : Seasonal: 4,437)

In 2011, Dysart et al had 2,656 private dwellings occupied by primary residents. The number of private primary dwellings increased from 2006 by 13.3% compared to the national increase of just 7.1%.

Population: Permanent: 5,966 : Seasonal Estimate: 11,092

In 2011, Dysart et al had an 8% increase in permanent population to 5,966, over the 2006 Census.  This compares favourably to the national average growth of 5.9%.   Seasonal population is estimated based on a calculation of 2.5 x the number of seasonal dwellings.  In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Dysart et al was 26.7%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%.

In Dysart et al, there is a land area of 1,483.51 square kilometres with a population density of 4.0 persons per square kilometre.  This compares to the provincial population density of 14.1 persons per square kilometre.

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network has been continuously working over the past several years to provide solutions to address the service gaps that have existed in high speed internet connectivity throughout eastern Ontario including Haliburton County.  Another significant phase is set to be implemented in the summer of 2013.  If you would like to find out when you will see improved service in your area, please go to www.eorn.ca and click the heading for Service Locator for more details on anticipated implementation date and type of service that might be available including terrestrial and satellite options.

Working with Haliburton Kids

Over the past couple of years, Dysart et al has been working with the Trillium District Lakelands School Board by placing students in positions where they can gain excellent practical learning and experience.  We are currently mentoring our third coop placement from the high school.

This past year, the Haliburton County Library and Dysart et al students joined forces to perform some outreach themselves.  The students were interviewed on CANOE FM to talk about their experience, have made presentations to the the highschool Civics and Careers class and to the County Library Board.  With their help and networks, we are working towards getting kids involved in community initiatives at an early age and to help them understand how we work and what we do, but also to make sure they know what a broad range of career and volunteer opportunities might exist for them in the ever changing local government sector.

Come see what’s happening at the Dysart Branch of the Haliburton County Public Library

Tuesday – Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm

Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Visit the Dysart Branch to access approximately 45,000 books, magazines and DVD offerings.  You can also visit the website at www.haliburtonlibrary.ca to browse and search the  collection, as well as those of most public libraries in Ontario.  Here you can access the loan service, participate in an on-line book club, search databases, download audiobooks and e-books and more.   Children’s programming events are generally well advertised in the local media and provide a great opportunity for families to enjoy this relatively new and welcome addition to the Haliburton landscape.  Nestled between York Street and Head Lake Park, the Dysart Branch of the Haliburton County Public Library is located at 78 Maple Street in Haliburton (705) 457-1791.

Practice Medicine in the Heart of the Haliburton Highlands

Are you a medical professional who works tirelessely at the practice all week just to rush through traffic on Friday after work to get to the cottage for a couple days of fresh air and perhaps a slower pace?  If you’d rather view the fall colours over the traffic light colours on your commute, consider practicing medicine in Haliburton.   The Haliburton County Health Professional Recruitment Committee is on the search for doctors and nurse practitioners who will appreciate our community for its people and for all it has to offer in the way of a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle.  If you’d like more information about joining our health care team, please contact Committee Chair Liz Danielsen at ldanielsen@algonquinhighlands.ca.

For more information, check out the link to the website at: haliburtonhighlandshealthcareteam.ca.

If you are a resident here and do not have a family doctor or travel great distances to see a doctor, please consider completing a survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X5VDJSP no later than June 15th.   Hard copies are also available at the Library and the Municipal Office.