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Haldimand’s winter ’24 Playbook the go-to guide to winter recreation, leisure and fun!

There is still lots of time to take advantage of all the cold-weather recreation and leisure Haldimand County has to offer, and the Playbook—available online and at the Haldimand County Administration Building, the Cayuga Heritage Centre and Libraries—is residents’ guide to getting engaged and getting active!

Public skating programs

Free public skating programs are offered at all four of the county’s arenas, including public and adult skates, pre-school skates, child’s hockey skates, shinny for all ages and open figure skates. No registration is required; check out the Playbook or the Recreation page for schedules and additional details.

Walking tracks

The County has indoor Walking Tracks in the Caledonia, Cayuga and Dunnville Arenas, open daily from 8:00 a.m. to Arena closing. Access is free and requires no pre-registration; call the Arena to confirm hours of operation.

Partnership programs – Sit to Be Fit, Minds in Motion

In collaboration with the Haldimand Abilities Centre, Haldimand County is pleased to once again offer the always-popular Seniors Sit to be Fit at the Caledonia Arena, while the new Minds in Motion program is being offered at the Cayuga Arena. Both programs are free; contact the Abilities Centre at 905-768-4488 for information or to register.

Museum and library programming

Haldimand Museums and Libraries also offer a variety of activities and programs for all ages, including exhibits, presentations, workshops and social opportunities. You can also go virtual with your Haldimand Museums experience! Visit the Museums’ online collection or exhibits, programs and curriculum. A schedule of Museum programs is available at; some programs require registration.

March Break

Families looking for March Break diversions have a variety of options to choose from including weekly recreation camps (registration opens February 1), museum workshops or ‘take-home’ kits and library activities. Pricing, locations and registration details are in the Playbook and online at

Haldimand County also has beautiful outdoor spaces you can visit at your leisure: parks, pathways and trails. Please be aware these assets are not winter maintained and should be used at your own discretion.

Visit the Haldimand County Administration Building, your local Library or the Cayuga Heritage Centre to pick up a copy of the Playbook, or find it online.

Cayuga Heritage Centre unveils new exhibit, October program schedule

The Cayuga Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the launch of its newest exhibition, ‘Handle With Care’, along with its October program schedule.

Exhibition Talk: ‘Handle with Care’ – October 10

In this special presentation led by our museum curator, participants will learn about the history of fragile, useful objects we use in our daily lives and the process of setting up and caring for the precious items in Haldimand Museums’ collection – including 19th century ceramics, pottery, earthenware and porcelain. Visitors will have a chance to explore the exhibition upon arrival (6 p.m.) and celebrate its grand opening. There is no cost to attend.

Workshop: Preserving Your Family Photographs – October 21

Participants in this hands-on preservation workshop will learn how to keep their cherished family photographs intact for future generations. The workshop will include a discussion on the history of photography, how to identify vulnerabilities and apply preventive care techniques like an archivist! Please feel free to bring photos along for consultation at the end of the session. The workshop will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and take place in the Cayuga Heritage Centre’s Archive Room.

Community Voices Participatory Presentation and Community Paramedic Program K9 Visit – October 25

Join other history enthusiasts for a presentation exploring lesser-known families that have had roots in Haldimand County from time immemorial. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about the genealogical research process and have a visit with our local emergency services’ wellness dogs.

This program will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cayuga Heritage Centre programming room. Please note that a trained emergency services dog will be in the building.

Cemetery Walk – October 28

Discover the history and secrets of the Caledonia Methodist Cemetery on a guided walking tour. Learn about headstone symbiology and local family histories.  There are two timeslots available: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The cost for each program is $10/person unless otherwise specified. Pre-registration is required for all events. Register online at or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building at 53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga.

Haldimand County Emergency Services Asks Residents To Avoid Non-Essential Travel Along The Lakeshore

The Winter Storm and Flood Warnings remain in effect for the Lake Erie shoreline. High winds and strong wave action is causing flooding in lakeshore areas, and Haldimand County Emergency Services is advising residents to avoid non-essential travel along the lakeshore and shelter in place if in an affected area.

Haldimand County Emergency Services is actively monitoring conditions and roads along the lakeshore and implementing closures as necessary. Roads crews are also out actively salting and plowing, as well as monitoring key areas. Crews will continue to work 24/7 through the duration of this significant weather event.

Ice accretion is a significant concern with the high winds, waves and cold temperatures. Residents along the lake should have their 72 hour emergency kits close by.

Road conditions are deteriorating quickly, which will cause obvious delays for emergency services. Residents who attempt travel should only do so for absolutely essential purposes.

Current road closures include:

  • Port Maitland Rd. and the Esplanade (as well as the Pier)
  • Northshore Dr. in Lowbanks

 Key storm contacts:

  • If you are facing an emergency, dial 9-1-1. 9‑1‑1 is for police, fire or medical emergencies when immediate action is required. Dial 9-1-1 only if you feel your safety is at risk.
  • To report a public roadway obstruction (e.g: downed tree, water over the road or debris blocking a roadway) call 1-888-849-7345.
  • To report a sewer, water, park or public facility emergency call 1-888-849-7345.
  • If you see a downed power line caused by a storm or accident, maintain a distance of 10 metres or more and report it to both 911 and Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.
  • If you are experiencing a power outage, call Hydro One’s 24/7 province-wide outage hotline at 1-800-434-1235. You can view Hydro One’s live outage map which includes restoration time information.

Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at

Updates will be shared at and via Facebook and Twitter as they become available.

Unofficial voting results from 2022 Municipal Election

The 2022 Municipal and School Board Election wrapped up this evening with polls officially closing at 8 p.m. Haldimand County saw an increase in voter turnout this election with 36.50% of eligible voters casting a ballot in total, up from 35.57% in 2018. Advance voting turnout more than tripled from 2018; 18.27% of votes were cast in advance prior to election day, with 6,074 voters casting a ballot online and 1,394 voting in advance in person.

Below is a breakdown of the unofficial results.

Office of the Mayor

Shelly Ann Bentley4760
Jennifer Gilmour334
Ken Hewitt3700
Dick Passmore1444
Jake Vandendool4594

Ward 1

Stewart PattersonAcclaimed

Ward 2

Paul Beauvais716
John Metcalfe1502

Ward 3

Ray Kitchen221
Dan Lawrence1731
Mark McEachern539
Julie Richardson1035

Ward 4

Tony Dalimonte997
Natalie Stam1899

Ward 5

James Kaspersetz288
Rob Shirton925
Sheldon Simpson532

Ward 6

Julie Marchese243
Patrick O’Neill1003
Lisa Taylor909

English Public School Trustee

Bernie Corbett5170
Brian Doyle6228
Lisa Passmore6267

English Separate School Trustee

Mark WatsonAcclaimed

French Public School Trustee

David ParadisAcclaimed

French Separate School Trustee

Dorothée Petit-Pas20
Gilles Roy7
Éric Sanderson5

Submissions for 24th Annual Juried Art Exhibition to open May 10

After a two-year hiatus, Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the return of Haldimand County’s Juried Art Exhibition with a call for submissions for the 24th annual show.

The Juried Art Exhibition is open to emerging or established artists working in all media including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramic, sculpture and mixed media. The theme of the show is open, and artists are invited to submit pieces that depict any subject matter in any location.

Works of art completed within the last three years are eligible for entry and can be submitted at Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, 80 Caithness St. E., Caledonia, during regular business hours from May 10-30. There is a $25 entry fee per artist and up to three pieces may be presented for the jury’s consideration.

The exhibition will run June 3-30 at Edinburgh Square with an opening reception and awards presentation on Thursday, June 2, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Entry forms are available online or at in-person at the heritage centre.

For further information, please contact Edinburgh Square at 905-765-3134, or by email at

A Reminder of Haldimand County’s Recreational and Non-recreational Fire By-Laws

The arrival of warmer weather has sparked an uptick in recreational and non-recreational fires in Haldimand County.  The Haldimand County Fire Department would like to remind all residents of our Open Air Burn By-law.  We kindly ask for everyone’s cooperation to ensure that all outdoor fires are safe and controlled.

Haldimand County does allow small fires (recreational) in all areas without a permit as long as the fire meets all of the regulations found in the Open Air Burn By-law.  Things to remember when having a fire on your property are:

  • The fire is contained and supervised at all times.
  • Recreational fires must be at least 10 meters from buildings and structures.
  • A means of extinguishing the fire must be available.
  • Measures must be in place, so no one is adversely affected by the smoke and odours from your fire.

However, Haldimand County only permits Non-recreational fires in specific regions.  As a result, you must acquire a burn permit available on the Haldimand County Website.  Non-recreational fires must meet all of the regulations set out in the by-law.

These regulations include:

  • Non-recreational fires must remain under supervision at all times.
  • Fires must be contained to an area not exceeding 6 meters by 6 meters.
  • Non-recreational fires must be 60 meters from all buildings, roadways and anything combustible.

Conducting Open-air fires that are not in line with Haldimand County’s by-law presents potential safety hazards.  Anyone running an open-air fire that violates the by-law is subject to fines, provincial prosecution and recovery of costs required to respond to and extinguish the fire.

If you have further questions regarding Haldimand County’s Open Air Burn By-law or our Burn Permit, please reach out to Haldimand County Emergency Services at (905) 318-5932, extension 6230.


Haldimand County introduces property tax eBilling, encourages residents to sign up and ‘go green’

Haldimand County is introducing property tax eBilling to its growing list of online services. Residents can now sign up for eBilling at and get property tax bills delivered straight to their e-mail inbox starting this July.

Residents that sign up will also be the first to receive information on how to set up their online property tax account – another feature that will soon be launched.

The new eBilling service makes it more convenient for residents to access their property tax information and reduces Haldimand County’s environmental footprint by significantly decreasing the amount of paper used.

The move to eBilling will also result in significant cost savings related to printing and mailing.

The introduction of property tax eBilling was made possible through funding provided by the Provincial government through the Municipal Modernization program, which intends to help municipalities find efficiencies and implement new initiatives to digitize, streamline programs and services.

Property tax eBilling is the first initiative to be launched utilizing this funding, and others will be introduced over the coming months. Ultimately, residents will be able to access their property tax information, receive correspondence and make payments from a single point of contact, 24/7.

Digitizing the county’s popular Community Guide/PlayBook and making it easier to navigate program registration information online is another facet of the project that is currently underway.

The Province’s contribution to Haldimand’s modernization projects under the current implementation stream is approximately $94,250.

Residents who wish to learn more about the county’s online services are encouraged to visit and explore the options under ‘myHC’.

Residents who need assistance signing up may also call Haldimand County Customer Service at 905-318-5932 or visit any library branch.

Haldimand & Norfolk entrepreneurs awarded grants and mentorships to help ‘Spark’ new tourism ideas

Six finalists who made winning pitches for the Haldimand & Norfolk “Spark” Program were each awarded a $3,000 seed grant and mentorship to help them get started with their new tourism ideas.

The Haldimand & Norfolk County “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program is a collaborative partnership initiative between the Tourism Innovation Lab, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation, Haldimand County Tourism, Norfolk County Tourism, Libro Credit Union, Grand Erie Business Centre and Venture Norfolk.

The program’s goal is to find, foster and support new tourism ideas, experiences and partnerships that will enhance current offerings, address gaps or challenges, motivate travel and longer stays, and increase year-round visits in the region.

Twenty applications were received, with the top five from Haldimand and the top five from Norfolk being invited to present their new tourism ideas at virtual Pitch Sessions held this week. Judge panels of local partner representatives and tourism innovators from outside the region selected the six winning applicants.

The 2022 Haldimand County “Spark” Program winners are:

  • Dan Megna & Laurie Lilliman, Twisted Lemon (Haldimand Getaway Packages)
  • Jessica Carpio, Bluewater Flower Farm (Organic Flower Farm Tours, Experiences & Sensory Based Workshops)
  • Nancy VanSas, Lower Grand River Land Trust/Ruthven Park (Ruthven in Wonderland)

The 2022 Norfolk County “Spark” Program winners are:

  • Brooke Martin (Norfolk’s Bounty: A Picnic Experience)
  • Hannah & Cliff Lawrance (Glamping Accommodations)
  • Marshall Collins, Collins Harbour (Food Trucks)

In addition to seed funds, mentorship and additional partner support, selected applicants gain access to a network of tourism innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders across the province.

For more information visit

911 Basics

Haldimand County Paramedic Services comprises dedicated professionals who work hard to guarantee emergency care for those in need.  We ask all residents to assist us by reviewing when it is appropriate to call 911.

What is 911

911 is a central dispatch for emergency services.  This service allows for all emergency services to be deployed to assure those first responders can deliver emergency services quickly and efficiently.

When to call 911

Knowing when to call 911 can be a difficult decision.  Assessing your situation will make sure that emergency services are available when needed.  Do not hesitate to contact them for immediate help if you are experiencing:

  • Medical emergencies, like chest pain or difficulty breathing,
  • A direct threat to life,
  • An uncontrolled or an uncontained fire.

What happens when you call 911

A 911 dispatcher will answer and ask if you need police, fire or ambulance.  Before calling, be sure to assess your situation to give the dispatcher a complete picture of the circumstances you are experiencing.  That way, they can arrange for the appropriate assistance.

With many people relying on mobile devices, you may need to provide exact location details.  Cell phones do not give the dispatcher’s precise address, and they will only see your general location.  Be prepared to give an address or an intersection.  Other critical information that may be necessary are:

  • Apartment number and entry code,
  • Landmarks,
  • Any obstacles that may prevent entry,
  • Language barriers that could require accommodation.

Be sure to stay on the line to let the 911 dispatcher will let you know when to hang up.

Questions to ask yourself:

Is a person hurt or in danger?

  • Do not hesitate to call 911 if there is difficulty breathing, uncontrolled bleeding, or chest pain.

Is there an emergency where a law enforcement officer, firefighter or medical help is needed?

  • If you are witnessing an assault, or think a driver is impaired, do not intervene and call 911 immediately.

Are there alternative numbers to call to help you assess your situation?

  • There are services available to assist you in determining your required level of care. Telehealth, which offers free medical advice over the phone, or 211 Ontario, a Community and Social Services helpline, can guide you.

Are you still unsure? 

  • Go ahead and call 911.  The call taker will then determine if emergency assistance is needed.


Telehealth Ontario:

Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000

Toll-free TTY:1-866-797-0007

211 Ontario:

Call: 2-1-1

Toll-free: 1-877-330-3213

TTY: 1-844-483-9835

Call 1-(888)-310-1122

File a report online on the O.P.P. website

A Decision Tree Chart for calling 911