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.

Registration now open for fall/winter 2021-22 arena programs

Registration is now open for fall/winter 2021-22 programming at Haldimand County arenas. Programs begin on Tuesday, October 12 and include preschool skate, adult skate, child’s hockey skate, shinny programs, public skate and open figure skate.

The program schedule is available at HaldimandCounty.ca/recreation-facilities. Registration may be completed online at link.haldimandcounty.ca or by calling 905-318-5932.

Before visiting a Haldimand County arena, residents are asked to review provincial vaccination regulations and COVID-19 safety protocols in effect at county arenas and  community halls.

Please note that County staff have no ability to make exceptions to provincial vaccination regulations and associated protocols, and anyone unable to provide proof of vaccination will not be permitted to enter the facility. Visitors are asked to be respectful of staff implementing these provincial requirements.

Programs will be running with reduced capacity in compliance with public health measures and residents are encouraged to pre-register early to secure their spots.

While fall/winter programs offered by the county are free of charge, residents are reminded that financial supports are available for children who wish to participate in local organized or club sports but cannot due to economic barriers.

For additional information, visit HaldimandCounty.ca/recreation-facilities.

Haldimand County announces re-opening of walking tracks, provides update on fall arena programs

Haldimand County programming and facilities staff are working diligently to transition from summer to fall programming at all three arenas.

The Caledonia Arena (HCCC) and Dunnville Memorial Arena walking tracks are currently open to the public from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to facility close Monday to Friday. On weekends, they will be open from 8 a.m. to facility close. Facility closing times vary and are dependent on bookings, but are typically between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The vaccination clinic at the Cayuga Memorial Arena has closed and relocated, however, due to required facility maintenance, the walking track will remain closed until September 20, 2021. As of September 20 the Cayuga walking track will be open during the same hours as Caledonia and Dunnville tracks.

All visitors must complete COVID-19 screening upon entering arenas and all pandemic-related protocols remain in place. Visitors will be required to wear a face mask and physically distance while on site.

Staff are currently in the process of planning safe arena programs for the upcoming fall and winter season, with a projected start date of October 12, 2021. Pre-registration for programming will be required to ensure capacity limits and physical distancing requirements are met. Additional details on scheduling and registration will be released later this month.

Staff are excited to offer fall/winter programming and ask that visitors remain patient and respect the safety protocols in place.

For more information about walking tracks and fall programming, visit HaldimandCounty.ca/recreation-facilities.

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Haldimand County Public Library hosting award-winning author for virtual visit

Award-winning author and former Dunnville resident Carolyn Huizinga Mills will be joining Haldimand County readers for a virtual author visit on October 5, 2021 at 7pm.

During the October 5 visit, Huizinga Mills will discuss her newest book The Good Son. Already an award-winning children’s author, Huizinga Mills’ latest venture into adult fiction has similarly been met with critical acclaim.

The Good Son is a psychological thriller following Zoe Emmerson as her world is turned upside-down when, after thirty years, the murder case of her six-year-old neighbour is re-opened.

At the time of the murder, Zoe didn’t share information indicating that her brother may have been involved as she was young, scared and unsure of what exactly she saw. But the knowledge has always haunted her and now, as her past and present collide, she is forced to face a difficult truth.

Individuals who wish to participate in the virtual author visit are encouraged to register by calling their local library at 289-674-0400 or e-mailing kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca. A link to the virtual author visit will be provided to all registrants.

Copies of The Good Son may be picked up for borrowing at all Haldimand County Public Library branches.

Heritage Centre announces September program schedule with in-person and virtual offerings

The Heritage Centre is pleased to announce its September 2021 schedule featuring both virtual and in-person programming.

On September 8, learn about the history of early advertising campaigns and experience the Heritage Centre’s newest exhibition, ‘You Can’t Live Without It’. On September 22, ‘Royal Rules’ will offer a humorous look at all the rules the Royals need to follow in public.

Due to reduced capacity limits and in order to accommodate other visitors to the Heritage Centre, in-person presentations will be offered at 1p.m. and 3p.m. A maximum of six (6) patrons will be admitted for each presentation, and pandemic-related protocols remain in place. Visitors will be required to wear a non-medical face mask and physically distance while on site.

Virtual programs will also return this fall. On September 15, ‘Only in Canada, Eh!’ will highlight a myriad of Canadian inventions from peanut butter to pacemakers, all of which have improved the quality of life for people around the world.

On September 29, join staff at 7p.m. for ‘A Woman’s Work is Never Done’ – a look back to the Victorian household and women’s roles in the home.  

Cost for in-person and virtual programs is $10.00 per person and pre-registration must be completed online at www.Link.HaldimandCounty.ca or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building (53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga).

In-person programs take place at the Heritage Centre, located at 19 Talbot Street West, Cayuga. A Zoom link will be emailed to confirmed registrants for the virtual programs.

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

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/.

Children’s Summer Workshops Kick Off at Haldimand Museums

The Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum is excited to welcome children back to its popular Children’s Summer Workshops, beginning Thursday, July 8 with ‘Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice’!

The 12 workshops will run Thursdays and Fridays each week from July 8 to August 13 and are geared towards kids aged 5 to 12 years. The cost for each workshop is $27.50 per child and registration is limited to ten (10) participants per session, in keeping with provincial and public health COVID-19 safety guidelines.

This year, for the safety of our workshop participants and staff, workshops will operate out of the spacious Selkirk Community Park Pavilion, 17 Main Street West, and follow Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit and provincial guidelines for day camps including safety protocols such as mandatory screening, physical distancing, increased hand-washing or sanitizing stations and increased facility cleaning.

For a complete list of workshop themes or to register visit link.haldimandcounty.ca. For additional information contact the Museum at 905-776-3319.

Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre in Caledonia will also be offering a variety of children’s programming throughout the summer. From arts and science to mystery and mayhem, the seven live-stream workshops in July and three in-person sessions in August will offer something for everyone.

Cost for the virtual programming is $10 per child and includes a supply-kit of everything needed for the 1.5 hour session. On-site workshops will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and the cost per child is $27.50. For additional information contact the Centre at 905-765-3134 or to register HaldimandCounty.ca.

Haldimand County Pools Opening Saturday, June 19th

Haldimand County’s Pools will open for the season on Saturday, June 19!

PLEASE NOTE: Any access to County pools requires either a reservation or registration in keeping with provincial guidelines. Reserve your free public or fitness swim or register for lessons at:  link.haldimandcounty.ca

At the pools, the safety protocols have been updated to reflect Stage 1 of the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. These include:

  • Reduced bather loads to 25% to comply with social distancing;
  • Advance reservations for recreational (public/fitness) swims and registration for instructional programming through the County’s online booking system;
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of a reservation/registered program for sign-in and screening and to ensure participants benefit from maximum available swim time;
  • Participants showered and dressed for swim prior to sign-in (i.e. at home); dressing rooms will not be available to change;
  • Leaving valuables at home as participants will have to bring and leave their items on the pool deck during their swim;
  • Walk-ups will only be considered if space is available; and,
  • Social distancing protocols must be adhered to by participants before, during and after swims.

Reservations for public/fitness swims will be accepted on a week-by-week basis; participants are asked to limit the number of slots they book in one day to ensure the maximum number of participants possible can enjoy recreational swims.

Registration is now open and residents may book free public/fitness swims, using the County’s online registration system (link.haldimandcounty.ca) or by calling Haldimand County customer service at 905-318-5932.

Haldimand County Announces “Out and About in Haldimand” GeoTour

If you are looking for a new local adventure this summer, check out Haldimand County’s first ever GeoTour!

The GeoTour is a real-world, outdoor treasure-hunting game that uses GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

This is a great activity for any resident, visitor or family that likes the challenge of an outdoor scavenger hunt combined with a chance to check out the County’s beautiful parks and natural areas.

More than twenty geocaches have been tucked into parks and public properties throughout the County. Anyone completing the Tour by December can redeem their ‘passport’ to receive a specially-designed “Out and About In Haldimand” geocoin.

To learn more geocaching and the tour, including a ‘how to’ video, visit https://www.haldimandcounty.ca/festivals-events/2021-geocache/.

Haldimand County Summer Program Registration Opens June 14

Summer is quickly approaching and the Haldimand County Summer Programs Team has been hard at work creating plans for a safe return to day camps and aquatic programs!

This summer will see the return of Camp HaldiFUN, Camp Creative Campers and the Leadership Initiative in a variety of locations: Caledonia, Cayuga, Dunnville, Hagersville and Jarvis.  Fun will be the focus as staff make sure every day at camp is filled with a variety of activities, crafts and games.

If you’re looking to cool off this summer, visit one of the County’s three outdoor pools located in Caledonia, Dunnville and Hagersville for a swim or for some lessons. Watch the Haldimand County website and social media accounts for a pool opening announcement coming soon!

Safety measures related to COVID-19 will be in place to ensure everyone has a safe camp or aquatics experience.

Pre-registration for public and fitness swims will be required again this summer. Residents can book free public/fitness swim slots using the County’s online registration system (link.haldimandcounty.ca) or by calling Haldimand County customer service at (905) 318-5932. Please note there will be an overall reduction in the number of public swim spots available to comply with social distancing requirements, and participants are encouraged to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Registration opens on Monday, June 14 for day camps and aquatic programs; you can register by using the County’s online registration system or in-person at the Haldimand County Administration Building in Cayuga.

For more details regarding the camp and swim programs, contact the Summer Coordinators at (905) 318-5932 ext. 8383.

Make a splash this summer!!