Why Haliburton Highlands

The Haliburton Highlands, once known as “Gidaaki” – upward earth or height of land – by the Anishinaabe, is a place of connections: to the land, to history, to culture, to adventure, to each other and to ourselves. We acknowledge and respect the connections that First Nations have with this land that we love, and we want you to explore your own connections.

Community, it’s something we do!

Community pride in Haliburton Highlands runs deeps, emanating from the passionate belief that this region is not merely a place to reside, but a vibrant tapestry of collective efforts. This pride emerges from the active engagement of our residents, who view community as a verb rather than a noun – a commitment to take part, support and enrich the lives of permanent and seasonal residents. The interwoven tapestry of our four distinct townships strengthens our bond, fostering a collaborative spirit that transcends geographical boundaries. Pride of place is nurtured by the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds us and the wealth of cultural and recreational offerings we share with visitors. In Haliburton Highlands, community pride flourishes as we collectively create, preserve, and cherish the place we call home.

About the County of Haliburton

Haliburton County is where residents and visitors celebrate the essence of Canada’s outdoor and creative spirit! Comprised of four unique townships, each possessing its own distinct charm and character. Dysart et al, Minden Hills, Algonquin Highlands and Highlands East collectively form the heart & soul of the Haliburton Highlands. Dysart et al offers a lively blend of arts, culture, and outdoor activities with Haliburton Village at its core and access to Algonquin Provincial Park via the South Gate. Minden Hills captivates with its enchanting waterfront areas and is steeped in rich history along the Gull River. Algonquin Highlands beckons nature enthusiasts with its vast wilderness, including portions of Algonquin Provincial Park, and Highlands East exudes a serene ambiance, renowned for it’s tranquil lakes and natural beauty. This dynamic combination of townships contributes to Haliburton County’s appeal, offering a mosaic of experiences for all to explore and savor.

The visitor economy is a significant contributor to the region’s overall economic activity. It is a sought-after destination for tourists and visitors seeking an escape from urban life. Haliburton Highlands welcomes thousands of visitors each year from all over the world – with a thriving and growing visitor economy. Haliburton County is positioned and committed to the sustainable and responsible growth of tourism in the region and has an approved Destination Management Plan that guides tourism development and decision making.

Strategic Location

Haliburton Highlands is within a reasonable proximity to major cities like Toronto and Ottawa and other urban centres like Barrie, Peterborough, and Oshawa. The strategic location provides businesses with access to larger markets while still enjoying the benefits of a close-knit and supportive community.

Highway 35 is a major north-south route that connects the region to other parts of Ontario. It starts from Highway 115, which has Highway 407 and Highway 401access, near Lindsay. Highway 35 passes through Minden Hills before heading north to Algonquin Highlands.

Highway 118 is an east-west route that runs through the southern part of Haliburton County. It connects the townships of Dysart et al and Minden Hills providing access to Highway 35 and Highway 11. It also connects Haliburton County to Highway 7 which is a major east-west highway in Ontario, connecting cities like Ottawa, Peterborough, and Toronto.

Quality of Life

Looking for a captivating quality of life that resonates with both residents and visitors? Nestled amidst breathtaking natural beauty, the county boasts a serene and tranquil atmosphere, making it a haven for those seeking a peaceful and well-balanced quality of life. Over 500 lakes and acres of lush forest and scenic landscapes set the stage for a wide array of year-round outdoor activities like canoeing, hiking, fishing, and skiing, enriching the lives of nature enthusiasts.

The strong sense of community and camaraderie fosters a welcoming environment where residents actively participate in local events, arts, and cultural celebrations. Haliburton Highlands vibrant arts scene, with galleries, studios, and festivals, reflects its creative spirit and fosters a sense of inspiration and artistic expression. A thriving local food and live music scene adds to region’s allure, promoting sustainable living and supporting local businesses.

With quality healthcare services, educational opportunities, and a commitment to preserving its unique identity Haliburton Highlands offers a balanced and fulfilling quality of life, where people can embrace a harmonious blend of nature, culture, and community.

Workforce and Talent Pipeline

The population growth in Haliburton County has increased by 13.9% and is significant, especially when compared to the 6% growth rate of the entire province of Ontario during the same period.  The higher growth rate suggests that Haliburton County is experiencing relatively rapid population expansion compared to the provincial average.

Educational institutes that contribute to the talent pipeline by providing relevant skills and training that meet the needs of the local job market.  To the south of Haliburton Highlands, in Peterborough, Sir Sandford Fleming College and Trent University are valuable contributors to the talent pipeline.  Both post-secondary institutes are operating in Haliburton County.  Fleming’s School of Art + Design has a campus in the Village of Haliburton, and while Trent University’s main campus is not within Haliburton, the universities School of the Environment operates a field station in the county.

Townships – Community Profiles

The region consists of 4 Townships, Algonquin Highlands, Dysart et al, Highlands East and Minden Hills. Each township is unique to itself and prides itself on being different in all the best ways. Regardless of where you reside or conduct business one attribute that is consistent with all of them is focus on community and desire to see all people succeed.

Department of Economic Development & Tourism

Welcome to Haliburton County’s Economic Development and Tourism division! We are here to support you and help in various ways to foster sustainable economic growth, promote tourism, and enhance the overall prosperity of the region. Connect with us today!


Director of Economic Development & Tourism

(705) 286-1333 x 230


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