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!!

Caledonia Splash Pad opening for the season May 29

The Caledonia Splash Pad will open for the season on May 29, 2021. It will be open daily throughout summer from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. An opening date for the Hagersville Splash Pad will be announced shortly, and is contingent on contracted pump repair work.

Splash pad users are encouraged to ‘Play Smart, Stay Apart’ by maintaining a 2 metre distance from individuals outside of their household and following all COVID-19 precautions (including handwashing).

Residents are encouraged to regularly check the County website (HaldimandCounty.ca/COVID-19) and social media accounts for updates related to splash pads, pool, recreation programming including camps and associated public health protocols.

Haldimand Museums and Cayuga Secondary School hosting virtual art exhibit, online auction

Haldimand Museums and Cayuga Secondary School’s grade 11 art class have once again partnered to produce a very special exhibit: “We Chair-ish You In Haldimand County”.

This virtual exhibit, which runs May 4 to May 20, displays 17 re-purposed wooden chairs showcasing unique artistic designs produced by Mrs. Lammens’ talented students. Accompanying each chair is an artist statement in which the student conveys the story or idea behind their chair’s distinctive design, including which artist and movement they have chosen to emulate.

These one-of-a-kind chairs will be available to the public through an online auction; bidders have from Monday, May 10 through Thursday, May 20 at 4:30 pm to place their bids.

In 2019, the “We Chair-ish You in Haldimand County” event raised over $1,000. Once again this year all proceeds will benefit future exhibitions and program development at Haldimand Museums.

To view the virtual exhibition and take part in the auction, visit the County’s Heritage & Culture web page.

For further information, contact the Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum at 905-776-3319 or wmacdonald.museum@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

‘Good in Every Grain’ educational kits for kids available at local libraries

Calling all budding farmers! Good in Every Grain is a new program by the Grain Farmers of Ontario that aims to inspire grade school students to learn about where their food comes from, the types of grains grown in Ontario, and how plants develop. Children can now request a grain kit that contains soybean or wheat seeds, a soil wafer, a germination cup and a how-to-guide for parents at their local Haldimand County Library branch.

Parents are encouraged to request a kit early, as supplies are limited. Simply fill out the e-mail form at HaldimandLibrary.ca and select ‘Grain Kit Request’ from the drop-down list. Alternatively, parents can call their local branch at 289-674-0400 to request a kit.

Make sure to include your phone number and indicate which library branch you would like to pick-up your kit. Library staff will call you when your kit is ready and arrange a curbside appointment.


Haldimand County Public Library launching new virtual book club

Residents aged 14 and above are invited to join the Haldimand County Public Library’s new virtual book club. Unlike other book clubs where everyone reads the same title, at B.Y.O.B. Club, you pick the titles you want to read.

Each month, there will be a new theme (mystery, banned books, bestsellers, etc.) and then YOU choose a title to read and discuss via Zoom. Titles read can be in print, digital (e-books) or audio formats. Meetings will take place on the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. All sessions will be hosted by Library staff who will not only help with discussions but will also guide the readers towards their next choices.

The first meeting will take place Tuesday, May 18 at 7pm. For this inaugural meeting, everyone is encouraged to read a cookbook. It could be a family favorite, one you saw on the library’s social media posts or one written by a celebrity. Anything goes! Share your opinions about your selection, recommend it to others or seek suggestions for something better!

To register, e-mail kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca with the subject line BYOB or call your local library branch at 289-674-0400.