The Heritage Centre announces its June program lineup

The Heritage Centre in Cayuga is pleased to offer six presentations during the month of June. Cost for all programs is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Register online or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn St. S, Cayuga.

June 7 – Famous Canadian Fathers, 6 p.m.
This talk  looks at some of Canada’s most famous fathers including several notables from Haldimand: Peter Robertson, Dr. Jacob Baxter and Louis Kinnear.

June 8 – Historic Crime Mystery Series, 1 p.m.
Focusing on another historic true crime that took place in Haldimand County or the surrounding area – the  details remain a mystery until the presentation.

June 14 – Dutch Immigration to Canada and Haldimand County, 6 p.m.
The Dutch played a key role in the early settlement of Canada, with many entering Canada as Loyalists following the American Revolution and a large number of Dutch settlers arriving after WWII. This talk will focus on Dutch settlement in Haldimand County and surrounding area.

June 15 – Royal Scandals, 1 p.m.
The Heritage Centre’s Royal Series continues with a presentation focused on  royal scandals that rocked the world.

June 21 – Did You Ring, Madame?, 6 p.m.
This talk examines the life of servants and the class system which existed  in Victorian society.

June 22 – Haldimand Through the Lens of a Camera, 1 p.m.
Utilizing Haldimand Museums’ photographic collection, this presentation will explore the history of Haldimand County through images featuring built heritage, landscapes, industrial history and daily life.

For more information about programs and activities, contact the Heritage Centre at 905-318-5932 ext. 6613 or email heritagecentre@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Haldimand County launches new pickleball programs for adults and youth

Haldimand County is excited to announce the launch of pickleball programs for both adults and youth. The programs will introduce participants to the fundamentals of the sport and encourage more recreational use of the existing courts in each community.

Courses will include Introductory Workshops for Adults in Caledonia, Dunnville and Jarvis as well as Introductory and Intermediate Clinics in Dunnville. The Junior Pickleball Program for Ages 9 – 11 and Youth Pickleball Program for Ages 12 – 14 will be offered in Dunnville. The courses will be led by Head Coach Jeff Rooney from Performance Pickleball, CPTP Level 2 Teaching Professional / PCI Member & Coach, who has trained alongside top national players and medaled at international competitions.

Thanks to the support of Canadian Tire Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund—which helps provide access to sport and play for Canadian youth— Haldimand County was able to purchase equipment for the program as well as subsidize the cost of the Junior Pickleball Clinic and Youth Pickleball Clinic.

For more information, or to register please visit the County’s online registration system.

What is Pickleball?  

“Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in Ontario. It is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis. The game is played on a badminton size court with a whiffle ball, about the size of a tennis ball; and a solid smooth surface, short handled paddle larger than a ping pong paddle. The game is easy to learn and you do not have to be a great athlete to play.” (Pickleball Ontario, 2022)

May program lineup announced for the Heritage Centre in Cayuga

The Heritage Centre in Cayuga is hosting six unique programs throughout the month of May. The cost for all programs is $10 per person with pre-registration required. Residents can register online or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga.

May 2022 Lineup

May 4 – Salute to Mothers, 1 p.m.

This presentation will focus on some of Haldimand’s and Canada’s most famous mothers, including Laura Secord, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Emily Stowe and Haldimand’s first female Mayor, Edith Fuller.

May 10 – I Do…I Did…I am Done, 6 p.m.

A talk on the three rituals of life, Victorian style: birth, marriage and death. The Victorians had a reputation for being prim, proper and persnickety, and individuals were expected to know the rules of etiquette that went along with one’s position.

May 11 – The Herbalist, 1 p.m.  

This hands-on workshop will explore the many herbs , plants and other natural remedies that have been used to help with a number of ailments for centuries.

May 18 – Queen Victoria, 1 p.m.

The Heritage Centre’s Royal Series continues with a presentation featuring the life and times of Queen Victoria. Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901.

May 17 – Helen Kinnear, 6 p.m.

This talk focuses on the life and times of Judge Helen Kinnear. Helen was born in Cayuga, went to school in Port Colborne and returned to live in Cayuga, becoming the first female judge in the entire British Empire.

May 24 – King Edward VII, 6 p.m.

Another Royal Series program, this presentation will look at the life and times of King Edward VII and the opulent and excessive Edwardian era.

For more information about programs and activities, contact the Heritage Centre at 905-318-5932 ext. 6613 or email heritagecentre@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Haldimand County announces spring/summer 2022 aquatics and summer camp lineup, registration dates

Haldimand County is pleased to announce the return of its popular summer camps and aquatics programs. All program details will be published on the county’s online registration portal this Friday, April 15, 2022. Registration opens Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Residents are encouraged to check out the full schedule of spring/summer 2022 programs using the enhanced online registration portal or via www.haldimandcounty.ca/register.

Traditional ‘favourites’ will be offered this year as well as some new, themed camps suited to a wide variety of interests.

Program registration may be completed online starting Sunday, May 1, 2022 or in-person at the Haldimand County Administration Building starting Monday, May 2, 2022.

The county’s Spring/Summer 2022 Playbook will also be published online later this month, which contains general programming information and more local activity suggestions for the whole family to explore.

Further details about Haldimand County recreation programs can be found on the county website.

Community & Recreation Facilities Strategy update: Preliminary survey results available on County website for community review and comment

Haldimand County is continuing to encourage residents and users of its facilities to have their say in the development of the County’s long-term Community & Recreation Facilities Strategy.

The Strategy focuses on facilities that support activities such as aquatics, sports, health, wellness, arts and culture and will be significantly informed by public input about recreation preferences.

To date, the public has been able to provide input through a survey and at four in-person consultation meetings. The information panels presented at the in-person session, including preliminary survey results and demographic information, are now available on the County’s website for community review and comment. Residents can share their written input or comments at RecStrategy@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

“Haldimand County received 2,000 responses to the community survey about this initiative and had further input through the in-person sessions,” says Mayor Ken Hewitt. “This is among the highest response we’ve received to any public consultation process we’ve done in recent years and confirms to Council the importance of this issue to residents and users of our community and recreation facilities and services.”

Monteith Brown Planning Consultants, who are working on the strategy, are anticipated to present preliminary recommendations to Council this June. Decisions on major investments, potential locations for new assets, and long-range capital planning will be considered during the next term(s) of Council.

For more information, visit www.haldimandcounty.ca/recstrategy.

Haldimand County seeking public input on Community and Recreation Facilities Strategy

Haldimand County is launching a comprehensive Community & Recreation Facilities Strategy to identify major facility needs and establish a 20-year implementation plan.

The Strategy will focus on facilities that support activities such as aquatics, sports, health, wellness, arts and culture.

The process will be strongly informed by public and stakeholder input and will examine needs, financial feasibility, partnerships and potential locations. While the analysis will exclude facilities that are already in sufficient supply (e.g. indoor ice rinks, community halls, neighbourhood parks), it will consider strategies to enhance and re-purpose existing buildings or construct new facilities to address growth and emerging needs.

An online survey to gather preliminary input is available until March 7 at HaldimandCounty.ca/RecStrategy/.

“We are very excited about this project, which has been a priority for this term of Council,” says Mayor Ken Hewitt. “Unfortunately, it has been delayed due to the pandemic and the associated limitations to public consultation, which is a critical part of this process.

“At this point, we know many people have become used to engaging online or via Zoom, and we feel we will be able to host in-person engagement opportunities. We don’t want to wait any longer to hear what residents want in the way of facilities to support recreation and wellness. We also think the pandemic may have adjusted people’s thinking about the importance of recreation to quality of life and the many different ways we can remain active, social and engaged.”

You can find out more about the consultation process—including the online survey and updates about in-person consultation opportunities—on the County’s website.

Haldimand County March Break Camp registration opens February 7, 2022

March Break is quickly approaching and Haldimand County is pleased to offer Safari themed March Break Camps from Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18 for children ages 4-11.

These week-long camps will operate daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the option of extended care starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. The cost for the week is $116.00 with additional costs for extended care.

March Break Camps will be offered at the following locations:

  • Caledonia (Haldimand County Caledonia Center and Grace United Church)
  • Cayuga (Cayuga Memorial Arena)
  • Dunnville (Amity Lodge)
  • Hagersville (Hagersville Arena)
  • Jarvis (St. Paul’s Anglican Church)

Camp registration opens February 7, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. and can be completed online at link.haldimandcounty.ca or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building, located at 53 Thorburn Street South in Cayuga. Camp spots fill quickly, so it is advised that new users create an online account in advance and returning users attempt logging into their account prior to February 7.

Additional COVID-19 protocols will be in place to ensure a safe and fun time at camp. Children participating in the program must wear a face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin throughout the day for the majority of program activities.

9th Annual Uniquely Haldimand Photo Contest Running October 15 – December 1, 2021

The County’s annual Uniquely Haldimand Photo Contest – now in its 9th year – will be accepting entries from October 15 to December 1, 2021. Residents and visitors are invited to submit photos of Haldimand’s beautiful environment, architecture and vibrant community life for a chance to win some great local prizes.

With 87km of gorgeous Lake Erie waterfront, the Grand River, sprawling countryside and charming towns, Haldimand County is one of the most picturesque destinations on Ontario’s southwest coast. Its abundance of outdoor recreation options, scenic lookouts, community events, historic sites and culinary experiences make it an incredible place to live, explore and photograph.

To be eligible, photos must depict a scene within Haldimand County. They must be original, digital high resolution photos no more than two years old and not previously published. Participants may submit their photos via the online submission portal at photocontest.haldimandcounty.ca.

Photos must be submitted by Wednesday, December 1 and comply with all rules and regulations.

A panel of judges comprised of county staff, community members and local media will closely examine all submissions in December. Four winners will be announced prior to the end of 2021 with 1 Grand Prize, 1 Second Prize and 2 Honorable Mentions awarded.

Prizes include gift certificates for unique culinary experiences and local shops.

Winning photographs will be featured in an exhibit within the new Cayuga Library + Heritage Centre and displayed permanently on the County website.

Haldimand Playbook is this Summer’s Source for All Things Recreation, Leisure and Culture

If you’re looking to make new summer memories, the Haldimand Playbook—which hit resident mailboxes this week and is also available online—is your guide to our County and all it has to offer.

The Playbook includes information about registering for summer aquatics and camp programming, heritage and culture workshops and Library programming.

If you’d rather take a less scheduled approach to your plans, visit our splash pads or wading pool to cool off on a hot day. Enjoy our parks and greenspaces including skate parks, ball diamonds, tennis and multi-use courts and picnic areas in several communities as well as disc golf in Caledonia’s LaFortune Park. Visit one of our many trails and pathways throughout the County and along the Grand River.

If tennis is something you’ve always wanted to try, the County is hosting an Introduction to Tennis program, offered in Caledonia, Dunnville and Jarvis. Check the County’s website for more details.

For anyone looking to explore the farthest reaches of the County there are two new tours: the geotour is suitable for adventurers of all ages and skill levels, with twenty geocaches stashed throughout Haldimand, while the public art tour is a County-wide display of 24 handmade wooden paddles painted by local artists. Details are available online and both tours include ongoing contests.

Remember to stop and enjoy a meal or snack at our local eateries, or hit the local shops to experience the County’s many unique offerings as you build out your Haldimand experience.

As always during these unusual times, we ask that you follow the current provincial and public health COVID-19 guidelines when visiting our parks, facilities and trails or participating in programming and activities. Please be respectful of others and do not litter; dispose of garbage or take out what you brought in.

The Playbook also includes a survey—on the back cover or online—about how the County can better stay connected to you. Please let us know how we can best communicate with you!

Visit Haldimand County’s Administration Building or Library Branches for your free copy of the Playbook, or check out the County’s website at https://www.haldimandcounty.ca/recreation-guide/.

New Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre Opening To The Public August 6th

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, the new Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre at 19 Talbot St. West will open to the public. All library and museum services will be available on this ‘soft-open’ date, however, visitors should note that minor finishing touches (such as accent lighting, paint touch-ups and landscaping) will be ongoing for a few more weeks. A more formal ‘ribbon-cutting’ ceremony is being planned for a later date.

Construction on the new 6,455 square foot library and heritage centre in the heart of Cayuga’s downtown core began in June 2018. The new, fully integrated and accessible building is now home to both library and museum collections and programs as well as research services, which will provide visitors with an extremely unique learning and cultural experience.

Both library and museum staff and their respective Boards are excited to be able share this leading edge facility and have been working hard to ensure the new space is welcoming, warm and enriching for all ages. The first heritage exhibit on display, titled Back to Our Roots, features a number of artifacts from Haldimand County’s very first museum exhibit dating back to 1933 – which was located in a 22 square foot room within the existing Cayuga Courthouse.

Community consultations regarding the future of the old library & museum site – which will be developed into public parklands – will continue into the fall. Further opportunities to provide input into their design and development will be communicated to residents in the coming weeks.

More information on the new Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre, including hours of operation and services offered, is available at haldimandcounty.ca/cayugalhc.

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