Summer camp at Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum celebrates a year of holidays in one week

The Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum is offering children a week of imagination and inspiration in a country setting at Haldimand County’s original one-room schoolhouse museum with Camp Discovery Days: Home for the Holidays.

For children aged 5-12, Home for the Holidays runs July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with the option of an extra hour of care before and/or after the camp day. Camp fees are $163.25 per child per week and include all supplies. Extended care is an additional $5.25 each from 8-9 a.m. or 4-5 p.m. Registration can be completed online or in-person at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga.

Throughout the week, museum staff will work with campers to celebrate a year of holidays including Thanksgiving, Halloween, Remembrance Day, Christmas/New Year, Valentine’s Day and Easter. Campers will create one-of-a-kind arts and crafts for each holiday using woodworking, painting, gardening,   and other techniques. The day will be rounded out with old-fashioned games and activities, in keeping with the traditions of the old schoolhouse.

For more information about Haldimand Museums or Camp Discovery Days, please email or call (905) 776-3319. Residents are encouraged to register early as spaces are limited.

Haldimand County Library to offer Dungeons & Dragons programming

For anyone who’s ever wanted to try their hand at Dungeons & Dragons, the Haldimand County Public Library is bringing the popular role-playing game to their Dunnville branch.

This summer, youth aged 13-16 can sign up to learn the basics of Dungeons & Dragons from an experienced Dungeon Master who will lead participants through an adventure deep into the Lost Mines of Phandelver and assist with campaigns.

Campaigns will run on July 9 and August 20  from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate and no experience is necessary. Registration is required as spaces are limited. To register, visit the Dunnville branch, 317 Chestnut St., or call (289) 674-0400, ext. 3.

The Heritage Centre announces July program lineup

The Heritage Centre in Cayuga has announced its lineup of programs for July featuring presentations, workshops, a walking tour through Cayuga, and a new gallery exhibit, “As the Wheel Turns,” which highlights the history of the textile industry in Haldimand County.

The 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 Street South, Cayuga.

July 13 (1 p.m.) – Presentation: Royal Fashions
The Heritage Centre’s Royal Series continues with a look at royal fashions from King Henry VIII’s court to the present day. Many of the royals were trendsetters for the rest of the world. Attendees to this presentation will learn more about the impact of the royals on fashion.

July 19 (6 p.m.) and July 23 (12:30 p.m.) – Architecture Walking Tour
Focusing on the history of Cayuga and the Grand River, this walking tour features the architectural splendour of Judge Helen Kinnear’s house and the Courthouse and includes a trip down the trail to experience the history of the river. Two dates are available: Tuesday, July 19 and Saturday, July 23.

July 20 (1 p.m.) – Presentation: You Can’t Live Without It
Advertising has played an influential role throughout history. As trends and attitudes changed so did buying habits and how consumers were influenced by the manufacturers of the day. This presentation will take a look at the birth of advertising from its beginning to the present day.

July 27 (1 p.m.) – Workshop: Finding Your Roots
This hands-on workshop introduces participants to the process of finding your family’s history utilizing online resources and the Heritage Centre’s Archives, as well as providing tips and tricks to finding information in unexpected places. Materials included.

July 29 (2 p.m.) – Presentation: Celebrating Emancipation Day
Highlighting Emancipation Day, this presentation will share stories of some of the escaped slaves and their descendants who settled in Haldimand County.

For more information about programs and activities, contact the Heritage Centre at (905) 318-5932, ext. 6613 or email

Haldimand County launches new online property tax account portal, encourages residents to go paperless

Haldimand residents may now sign up for and manage their online property tax accounts at

Property owners who sign up will be able to:

  • view property tax account balances;
  • make payments;
  • set up or change Pre-Authorized Payment Plans (PAPs);
  • look up property assessments;
  • receive correspondence/reminders, and
  • obtain tax certificates – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Residents who sign up by July 10 will automatically begin receiving their tax bills via e-mail starting in July.

The new online property tax portal makes it more convenient for residents to manage their property tax accounts and – with the gradual switch to eBilling – will reduce Haldimand County’s environmental footprint by significantly decreasing the amount of paper used.

The introduction of this new online property tax portal 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 and streamline programs and services.

Residents and property owners who wish to sign up may do so at Individuals should have a tax bill on hand that shows their roll number, which is required to create an online property tax account.

Paper billing will continue to be offered, however, residents are strongly encouraged to activate their online property tax accounts and make the switch to eBilling.

Individuals who do not have access to a reliable internet connection or need assistance creating an account may call 905-318-5932 or visit a myHC kiosk at any Haldimand County Public Library branch.

For more information on property taxes and other online services available, visit the county website.

Haldimand County summer Playbook for recreation, leisure and culture now available

Haldimand County’s Playbook, its guide for all things summer programming, activities and experiences, is now available online or at the Cayuga Administration Building, library branches and County museums.

The Playbook includes information about registering for summer aquatics, week-long recreation and museum camps, heritage and culture presentations and library programming.

New this year, the County is offering youth and adult pickleball programs. Participants can learn the basics of one of North America’s fastest-growing sports, or build their skills with intermediate clinics. Sessions take place in Dunnville Lions Park.

The Playbook also highlights non-registered recreation options for residents to enjoy at their leisure, such as parks, trails, pools, and splash pads. Many county parks and greenspaces include amenities like skate parks, ball diamonds, tennis/pickleball and multi-use courts, and picnic areas, offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities for all interests. For walkers and cyclists, Haldimand offers more than 40 km of off-road pathways and trails and hundreds of kilometres of on-road cycling routes throughout the county and along the Grand River.

For those looking to explore the farthest reaches of the County, the Haldimand GeoTour challenges adventurers of all ages to find twenty geocaches stashed throughout the community. Rated the second-most-popular geocaching experience in southwestern Ontario in 2021, the GeoTour includes a specially-designed geocoin for anyone who completes the entire tour. For a more leisurely pace, the PATH (Public Art Tour Haldimand) offers residents and visitors a county-wide route of more than 25 handmade wooden paddles painted by local artists.

For more information, visit

Haldimand County unveils new aerial truck, donates unused medical equipment to Ukraine

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the county’s new, state-of-the art aerial truck made a stop out front of the Haldimand County Administration Building. Emergency Services staff provided Council with a tour of the new vehicle and showcased surplus PPE/medical supplies that will be donated to Ukraine.

The new aerial truck was custom-built for Haldimand’s specific needs and will be permanently stationed in Caledonia.

It is equipped with a 107-foot extension ladder that will allow firefighters to get on top of emergencies in more densely populated areas of west Haldimand and enhance their ability to fight fires in tall structures (including barns).

Combined with aerial trucks in Jarvis and Dunnville, the new vehicle will enable the Fire Department to respond with an aerial truck anywhere in the county within ten minutes.

In tandem with Council’s tour of the new truck, Emergency Services staff revealed some of the surplus medical equipment that is being donated to Ukraine. Staff worked to identify key supply needs and ‘matches’ with some of the county’s surplus items.

“The surplus equipment – which includes medical bags, stair chairs and spinal boards – would normally go on the auction site and generate a small profit for the County,” said Jason Gallagher, Haldimand County’s Fire Chief and Manager of Emergency Services.

“The benefit of donating these extra supplies where they’re desperately needed in Ukraine, far outweighs any revenue benefit we would receive. I am proud of our team for coordinating this initiative and know that it will make an impact,” Gallagher continued.

The new aerial truck will go into service in July and medical supplies will be shipped to Ukraine later this month.

For more information about Haldimand County Emergency Services programs and services, visit or follow along on Twitter or Instagram (@HaldEmerg).

Haldimand County Fire Department aerial truck parked out front of the County administration building with extension ladder fully extended.

Above: Haldimand County’s new aerial truck.

Below: Unused medical equipment that will be donated to Ukraine.

Unused medial equipment displayed in front of the County administration building that will be donated to Ukraine.

Haldimand County Museums annual car and truck show returns June 26

Haldimand Museums will be welcoming back classic car and truck enthusiasts for the 16th Annual Car & Truck Show on Sunday, June 26 at Selkirk Community Park (17 Kent St., Selkirk) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to this family-friendly event is by donation; a $5 entry fee applies to participating vehicles.

Returning after a two-year pause, the popular annual event provides a place for vintage vehicle enthusiasts from around southern Ontario to celebrate their shared love of all things automotive.

“We’re looking forward to hosting our classic vehicles again this year,” says Dana Stavinga, Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum Curator. “Two years is a long time not to have been able to get together!”

While the event is centred around cars and trucks, there will be a silent auction, door prizes and trophies for drivers. DJ Frank Vessero will be on site playing music from the 50s and 60s and Shelly’s Family Dining from Kohler will be serving up a variety of tasty food.

For information about the Car Show please contact the Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum at (905) 776-3319.

From left to right: Kyle Schweyer (1960 Chevy Half Ton Pick-up), Rick Koson (1953 Ford Mercury), Bob Tietz (Haldimand Museums).

Haldimand County puts out call for artists for phase two of Paddle Art Tour Haldimand

Submissions are now open for phase two of Paddle Art Tour Haldimand (PATH), an initiative that celebrates the municipality’s local talent and the importance of the Grand River and Lake Erie to Haldimand County.

Launched in 2021, the PATH became a popular activity for Haldimand County for both residents and visitors, showcasing 24 unique designs created by 23 local artists who used wooden paddles—hand-made by local high school students—to create art portraying the area’s natural landscapes, wildlife, history and more.

Building on the popularity of the tour, the County is inviting local emerging and established artists to submit a sketch and description of an image they would like to paint on one of six new paddles that will be added to the PATH this year. Each paddle blade is a surface of 28″ x 7″ and will be installed handle upright. Selected artists will receive an honorarium of  $500. The paddles will be installed at Haldimand County trail locations.

Interested artists can send submissions electronically to, in person or by mail to the Haldimand County Administration Building c/o Community Development & Partnerships, 53 Thorburn St. S., Cayuga, ON  N0A 1E0.

The closing date for submissions is July 7, 2022, at 4 p.m. and selected artists will be notified by July 14, 2022.

Registration for Haldimand County Public Library summer programs and reading clubs to open June 21

Starting Tuesday, June 21, registration for Haldimand County Public Library’s summer programs opens at all six Haldimand Library branches. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time; Myths and Legends,” and offers a magical summer of fun with parties, Storytimes, crafts and more.

The programs are open to children aged 3-12, with in-person registration required. Program dates, times and costs are available at local branches and on the Library’s website.

In addition to the registered programs, the Library is also offering free summer reading clubs for children and teens. Children aged 12 and under can register for the Junior Reading Club while teens 13-18 can sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Club.

Participants in both clubs will receive a ballot for every library book they read throughout the summer, entering them into draws for a chance to win cash and other prizes. Draw dates can be found at each branch. In addition to the draws, Junior Reading Club participants will also get to choose a special prize from the library treasure chest for every 15 library books they read.

For more information on summer programs and clubs, visit the Haldimand County Public Library website.

Haldimand County Public Library announces winners of 9th annual April Poetry Contest

The Haldimand County Public Library has selected the winners of their 9th annual April Poetry Contest. The contest saw a great response from the community with more than 200 submissions from individuals across the County.

This year’s theme—Back to Nature—asked entrants to express through poetry how nature impacts and inspires them, how they connect with nature, or how their actions affect the natural environment. Winners were awarded across five categories based on the writer’s age.

An awards ceremony and poetry reading will be held at the Jarvis Branch on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Library would like to extend a special thank you to their local sponsors, whose generous donations helped make this contest possible: The Selkirk Lions, the Women’s Institute-Haldimand District, The Friends of the Dunnville Library and The Friends of the Jarvis Library.

2022 Winners

Primary (Kindergarten-Grade 3)

1st & 2nd – Peyton Bosch
3rd – Lily Wooloff

Junior (Grade 4 – Grade 6)

1st – Lyla Yager
2nd – Ava Silva
3rd – Roman Maccallini

Intermediate (Grade 7 – Grade 10)

1st – Reese Vanderwier
2nd & 3rd – Lincoln Vanderwier

Senior (Grade 11 – Grade 12)

1st – Madison Barlow

Adult (age 18+)

1st – Christine McClung
2nd – Sarah Butcher
3rd – Rebecca Clifford