Happy Spring! Haliburton Highlands Happenings #haliburtonhighlands #maplelakeontario

Ξ April 5th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, community, community services, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, Education, entertainment, events, family, film, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, Minden Hills Township, My dog, nature, Obi, Photography, Raven, spring, Trails, United States |

This what is going on here in Chicagoland – Read on for What’s happening in the Haliburton Highlands!

 

Raven and Obi enjoying the early spring on a Palatine trail.

Raven and Obi enjoying the early spring on the Salt Creek trail.

 

Roger and Obi near the Salt Creek Trail April 5, 2014

Roger and Obi near the Salt Creek Trail April 5, 2014

Obi, in a pond by the trail-- April 5, 2014

Obi, in a pond by the trail– April 5, 2014

Adjacent to the Salt Creek Trail is the oldest cemetery in Palatine--almost 200 years old!

Adjacent to the Salt Creek Trail is the oldest cemetery in Palatine–almost 200 years old!

 

Selfie on Salt Creek Trail - April 5, 2014

Selfie on Salt Creek Trail – April 5, 2014

 

Heading home on the Salt Creek Trail - 4.05.14

Heading home on the Salt Creek Trail – 4.05.14

And this, courtesy of the Haliburton Highlander is some of what is happening in the Haliburton Highlands!

EVERY MONDAY:
Club 35 Tai Chi Classes, Dorset Recreation Centre
Every Monday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tai Chi, Chi Kung, & Meditation. Beginners welcome!
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca, 705-766-9968

Club 35 Euchre, Dorset Recreation Centre
Every Monday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca, 705-766-9968

Minden Hills table tennis, Minden Community Centre
Every Monday until Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., $3.
More info: eweiss@mindenhills.ca, 705-286-2298

EVERY TUESDAY:
Minden Guides and Pathfinders meeting, 6:30-8 p.m.

Contract Bridge – Minden United Church, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Contact 705-286-1305.

Dorset Quilters & Needleworkers, Dorset Rec Centre
Every Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., $1
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca, 705-766-9968

Bridge, Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall
Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
From 4th Tuesday in May to 2nd Tuesday in October
More info: Linda, 705-489-3294

Shuffleboard, Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall
Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
More info: George at 705-489-3225

Radio Bingo, Canoe FM (100.9 on the radio)
Bingo cards available at various locations
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. $800 in prizes
More info: Roxanne at 705-457-1009

Tai Chi classes, Dorset Rec Centre
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
More info: Valerie at 705-767-1177

Euchre – West Guilford Community Centre, 7 p.m.

EVERY WEDNESDAY:
Walking Wednesdays, begins at Rails End Gallery
Every Wednesday until June 25th.
9:30 a.m., Free
More info: Andrea at 705-457-1740

Narcotics Anonymous,
Haliburton Hospital Boardroom,
Every Wednesday, 7 – 8 p.m.

Euchre Card Night, Irondale Community Centre
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Drop-ins welcome, $2

Minden Slender Seekers (Cdn Calorie Counters)
Minden Legion, Hwy 35
6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (weigh in from 5:30 p.m.) $45/year
More info: Val at 705-286-1036

Yoga Classes, Dorset Rec Centre
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., $10
More info: Ingrid at 705-635-3473

Public Skating, A.J. LaRue Arena
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Haliburton, $2
Every Wednesday until April 16, 2014
More info: Ray at 705-457-2083

Public Skate, S.G.Nesbitt Arena
12 noon to 2 p.m., Minden
Helmets are recommended
More info: Jane at 705-286-1936

Dorset Book Club, Dorset Rec Centre
1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Free
More info: Ruth or Sandy at 705-766-9969

Bid Euchre, Minden Community Centre
1 p.m. – 4 p.m., $3, drop-ins welcome
More info: Elisha at 705-286-2298

Bid Euchre, Stanhope Community Hall
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
More info: Linda at 705-489-1835.

Pickleball, Minden Community Centre
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $2
More info: Elisha at 705-286-2298

African Hand Drumming class, Dorset Rec Centre,
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $10 ($5 for 12 & under)
No experience required, instruments provided
More info: Gillian at 705-766-9183

EVERY THURSDAY:
Minden Sparks and Brownies meeting, 6-7:30 p.m.

Pickleball – Haliburton Highlands Secondary School gym, 7-9:45 p.m. $4 and must have clean, indoor court or running shoes.

Adult Skate – A.J. LaRue Arena,
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., $2, Haliburton
More info: Call Ray at 705-457-2083

Mother Goose program, Haliburton OEYC Halco Plaza
Stories and songs with baby. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Free
More info: oeycparented@bellnet.ca

Drop-in volleyball, Dorset rec centre
Adults only, 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., $1
More info: drc@algonquinhighlands.ca

EVERY FRIDAY:
Club 35 Bid Euchre
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
More info: Garth at 705-489-2945

Public Skate, S.G.Nesbitt Arena
12 noon to 2 p.m., Minden
Helmets are recommended
More info: Jane at 705-286-1936

Sunday Afternoon Live at the “D”, Dominion Hotel

4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Minden
Every Sunday until June 15, 2014.
More info: 705-286-6954

Enviro Cafe – The Earth Charter

Minden United Church, 7 p.m.
For more info: Carolynn @ 705-754-9873
Wednesday, April 2
Haliburton Soccer registration
HHSS gym foyer, 5 – 7 p.m.
$25 for youth, $35 for adults (fees double after May 31)
For more info: http://www.halsoccer.org

(r)Evolution HHSS Portfolio Class Exhibition

Rails End Gallery, 23 York Street, Haliburton
Wednesday-Saturday, 11 – 5, runs until May 31
For more info: www.railsendgallery.com

Highlands Musical Bursary

St. George’s Anglican Church, 7:30 p.m.

More info: 705-748-1991
Sunday, April 6
Monday, April 7
Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
1 – 5 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca
Tuesday, April 8
Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
6 – 8 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca

The Art of Pasta workshop
Abbey Gardens
6 – 8 p.m.
$25
More info: Cara at 705-754-4769
Wednesday, April 9
Friends of Haliburton County Library – lunch & learn
Janet Hepburn and her book – “Flee, Fly, Flown”
Community Room, Hwy 118, Haliburton
$20/buffet lunch, door prizes
For more info: Brenda t 705-457-2695

The Art of Pasta workshop
Abbey Gardens
1 – 3 p.m.
$25
More info: Cara at 705-754-4769

OSGA 55+ Games Open House & Registration
Learn how to play Bid Euchre, enjoy a game of Crokinole, register for the 2014 Summer Games
Haliburton Curling Club, 4 – 6 p.m.
More info: www.ontarioseniorgames.ca
Thursday, April 10
Those Other Movies – 12 Years a Slave
Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion
4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
$8

Community Care Movie Day
Minden United Church
1:30 p.m.
By donation only
More info: Cara at 705-457-2941

Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
6 – 8 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca
Friday, April 11
Minden Hills Softball Registration
Minden Community Centre, Room 3
1 – 5 p.m.
$35
More info: http://www.mindenhills.ca

Places For People – Latest Affordable Housing Community Project:

On March 21, non-profit affordable housing corporation Places for People opened the doors to a fifth unit intended for a family in need. The group spent three months refurbishing a home at 5 Newcastle Street for a local family with two kids.

 

Places For People Affordable Housing See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

Places For People Affordable Housing
See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

These photos show some of the people who stopped by to see the work of volunteers. The doors will officially open to the Minden-area family on April 1.

Places For People Affordable Housing See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

Places For People Affordable Housing
See more at: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

See more PHOTOS/CREDIT: http://highlanderonline.ca/places-for-people-people-for-places?id=1450#sthash.dkLH7QLE.dpuf

Download the Haliburton Highlander For Free! Issue 128 – April 3, 2014

 

Highlands of Ontario Unique Winter Experiences VIDEOS #ontario #highlands #winterfun

Ξ January 5th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, family, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, Minden Hills Township, nature, Ontario, Trails, Travel/Vacation, winter |

Earn ultimate bragging rights and experience the most unique winter experiences. Like winter? You’ll  the Highlands of Ontario!

Snowshoeing in Ontario's Highlands CR: Like Winter

Snowshoeing in Ontario’s Highlands CR: LikeWinter.ca

Highlands of Ontario Unique Winter Experiences VIDEO

 

 Highlands of Ontario – Embrace the local culture this winter VIDEO

Experience the authentic and visit the place where the locals know your name.

Cozy Up to Winter in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Escape the everyday and cozy up to winter in Ontario’s Highlands. 

  Highlands of Ontario Cross Country Skiing in VIDEO

Escape to nature by exploring the expansive network of winter trails in Ontario’s Highlands. Enjoy quiet solitude as you trek through the winter forest. Move past tall white pines, charming bridges and a variety of wildlife including birds, rabbits and deer.

Snowshoeing in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore Ontario’s Highlands’ backcountry trails. Glide across crunchy, sparkling, deep new snow. Go where others haven’t been. 

Snowmobiling in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Feel your breath escape you as you ride through thousands of kilometres of sledding trails, loops and charming towns along the way. With many twists, bends and turns, you`ll never know what`s hiding around the corner.

Maple Bush and Sleigh Rides in Ontario's Highlands CR: Like Winter

Maple Bush and Sleigh Rides in Ontario’s Highlands CR: LikeWinter.ca

Maple Bush and Sleigh Rides in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Begin your adventure with a cozy, picturesque sleigh ride through hundreds of acres of sugar bush and groomed trails adorned with tall pines, wetlands and beaver houses. Like winter. You’ll love Ontario’s Highlands.

Downhill Skiing in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Fly down the slope, experiencing thrill and exhilaration. Bend, turn, twist and carve through the powder-white snow. As you race toward the bottom, with speed and concentration, see the world move past you in a blur through your foggy goggles.

Ice Fishing in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Ontario’s Highlands is an ice fishing paradise, with many picturesque locations, diverse accommodations, unique fish only available in our region and frozen lakes to accommodate every skill level. 

 

Ice Climbing in Ontario's Highlands CR: Like Winter

Ice Climbing in Ontario’s Highlands CR: LikeWinter.ca

Ice Climbing in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Ascend a cascade of frozen water and icicles on your journey to the icy summit. You’ll reach cool new heights with your ice climbing experience.

Dog Sledding in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Escape into the brisk and beautiful winter wilderness while gliding over snow drifts on a sled drawn by a pack of huskies. It may sound surreal, but this truly Canadian winter adventure is waiting for you in Ontario’s Highlands.

Like Winter? You’ll love Ontario’s Highlands.

Dog Sledding in Ontario's Highlands VIDEO CR: Like Winter

Dog Sledding in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO CR: LikeWinter.ca

 

Haliburton Highlands 10-Day Weather – Ugly Christmas Sweater Run/Walk #haliburtonhiglands

Ξ November 15th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, community, community services, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, events, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Minden Hills Township, nature, Ontario, weather, winter |

Ugly Christmas Sweater Run/Walk for Charity Nov 24!

Maple Lake Ontario Haliburton Highlands 10 Day Weather Forecast - November 15 - 22

Maple Lake Ontario Haliburton Highlands 10 Day Weather Forecast – November 15 – 24

Maple Lake Ontario Haliburton Highlands 10 Day Weather Forecast - November 15 - 22

Maple Lake Ontario Haliburton Highlands 10 Day Weather Forecast – November 15 – 24

It looks as if the last of the mild weather will be passing through the Haliburton Highlands tomorrow, Saturday November 16th with a clear and mild day. By Sunday, the winds will pick up and clouds and showers will move in and stay through Monday. The temperatures continue their downward slide through Tuesday–there is a snow shower possible and the high will be just 26°F degrees, with a low of 18°F.

Though there is a break on Wednesday with partly sunny skies, the high will be 30°F and the low 18°F. Expect about the same weather on Thursday (see above for details). Next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all have highs ranging from 24°F – 28°F, with Friday being sunny and cold, the high 24°F, and a frosty low of 11°F. Saturday, expect periods of snow, a high of 28°F and the low just °15F, and Sunday, November 24 the high will be 25°F, the low a frigid 11°F– a mostly cloudy day is expected with snow showers.

Read on for an activity that sounds a whole lot more fun than talking about the weather! 😉

Ugly Christmas Sweater Run/Walk

Ugly Sweaters Walk/Run for Charity Nov

Ugly Sweater Walk/Run for Charity Nov 24

Join us for the 1st Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Run/Walk on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 10 a.m.  Please register in advance for this event by contacting Andrea Mueller at amueller@dysartetal.ca or (705) 457-1740.  If you are unable to register in advance come to the Town Docks at 9:30 a.m. to register.

This is a free event for all ages!  Sport your hideous holiday attire, your tackiest top, Santa hats, jingle bells, manliest moustache (fake or real) and the “glitteriest” garland you can find.  After you have finished your walk/run enjoy some Christmas music, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, Santa Claus and prizes!  Make sure to bring your camera to capture the festive holiday spirit.

Registration is free!  Donations will be accepted for the food bank and/or to help support the Dysart et al recreation program.

SOURCE:  http://www.dysartetal.ca/uncategorized/ugly-christmas-sweater-runwalk/

 

Goodbye To Maple Lake For Now #maplelake #ontario (PHOTOS)

Ξ August 2nd, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, family, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, Minden Hills Township, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

Heading Home To Chicago Tomorrow

Maple Lake Ontario - August 1 2013

Maple Lake Ontario – August 1 2013

I cannot believe that I just spent the longest consecutive stretch of time at Maple Lake since I was 12-and-a-half years old(!)

The time went really fast.

As usual, I was not really keen on leaving the Lake for much other than groceries and gas, going to the laundromat (as infrequently as possible) and fetching drinking water from Stanhope Airport (though I confess, I only make my coffee and rinse my hair with it).

Maple Lake Ontario July 31 2013

Maple Lake Ontario July 31 2013

For one, when alone, I had all the chores that are unique to cottage life to do–plus taking care of Obi (I think we may be the only people on the Lake that actually walk our dog here). My dad and his friend were here for 8 days which kept me occupied, I spent last weekend in the city of my birth–Toronto–meeting up with some old and new friends.  Took loads of photos–wish I could have gotten the battery on the boat up and running sooner because it is a blast rolling around silently on the lake. I am not a motorboat fan–if I wanna feel the wind in my hair and get randomly splashed I can go on a flume ride at Disneyland. You cannot even hear the electric motor when it is running–there’s no lake or noise pollution. I hope friends/family who visit will get a lot of enjoyment out of it. The rowboat we attach it to is at least 35 years old, based on the fact that my grandfather painted the family name on it and he couldn’t have done so much past 1985–plus it was the boat that came with this cottage–what we then called the rental cottage. That’s a longer story. Anyway, it suits our needs just fine and should have quite a few years left in it.

Obi in the little red rowboat on Maple Lake Ontario

Obi in the little red rowboat on Maple Lake Ontario

Speaking of ‘just fine,’ the water was warm the entire time I was here. Even today, with a strong wind and thundershowers passing through, it was warm enough not  to feel chilly–so that was a big bonus as I love to swim. That’s another oddity to me, beside one other older adult (like myself) and some of the the kids (anyone under say, 25) no around here one swims anymore! I don’t get it as this lovely north shore of the lake was made for swimming. There’s a clean, sandy (not muddy) bottom, it stays shallow until way out–that is why this place was picked for us to settle on. Nothing against the kayak-users and sailors (I’m lousy at both) or the canoeists (I’m sort of klutzy so though we own a canoe, it’s more for visitors) but you should know how to swim if you do any of those things, right? I just don’t get not enjoying swimming. I would totally snorkel if there was anything to look at and we have the gear, but alas this is a lake, not a reef. I love to pull the swim dock out (see above photo) and goof around underneath it. Again, I’m not terribly graceful in terms of diving off something but I love to swim, especially underwater where I can actually be graceful, or at least feel so.

Roger, standing atop the septic

Roger, standing atop the septic

The septic system failed but it was way overdue to be pumped out (like, 10-15 years) so it was unsurprising. The city boy I’m married to did his damnedest to get the toilets unclogged but there was nowhere for the clog to go so while I was having fun in the city he was knee -deep in ick. I knew it was the septic as soon as got back from TO and I realized both toilets and the shower were backed up. Anyway, good help from a couple of local men has gotten us back up and (literally) running.

I need to pack now as it is a long way home. We’ll be back the first week in September to close.

Cheers!

 

Maple Lake Ontario – July 16 2013 (PHOTOS) – Weekend Weather Haliburton Highlands #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ July 16th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, business, cottage country, holiday(s), Minden Hills Township, nature, Ontario, Photography, weather |

July 15 - 20 Haliburton Highlands - Maple Lake Weather forecast (Cr; Accu Weather)

July 15 – 20 Haliburton Highlands – Maple Lake Weather forecast (Cr; Accu Weather)

Today is Hot and Humid. Really hot and humid. Don’t wear anything more than a swimsuit and stay in the water or in the shade or in front of a fan because this kind of heat is icky-sticky hot. Some relief is on it’s way though–tomorrow afternoon with violent thunderstorms moving in. This time, I will not be foolish enough to leave my little red boat unprotected. Will gather my eclectic collection of tarps and tie that thing down like nobody’s business. Ha.

After over three weeks here I’m am getting up to speed on all kinds of stuff. Like as a kid, I knew there were BEER Stores but I never went inside one. I did so the other day–an actual stand-alone BEER Store but was immediately flummoxed as to how to purchase the beer.  Two lines, one with people that looked like they already had beer, and another with folks that had nothing but were paying for something. The lines were about 10 deep but moving fast and I didn’t want to look like a “furner’ nor did I want to hold up the line. Lucky for me, the lady in front of me, a well-tanned retirement-aged gal was super-happy to point out all the permutations of how to buy BEER in Minden, Ontario (which if I may say so, you should chose over Haliburton this year in order to help out local businesses in Minden who have been working non-stop to help their town recover from the spring flooding). The BEER Store also took it on the chin, a few months ago:

Beer Store - Minden Ontario - April 2013 flood Credit:: Jon James

Beer Store – Minden Ontario – April 2013 flood
Credit: Jon James

OK, so I stepped up to the counter, placed my order (it works like a take out stand) and within moments a 15-pack of Molson’s Canadian rolled out from the back room. Bonus: it was on sale for $15!

So today is not slated to be such an adventure. I need to go to the municipal building and get a new dump pass but here are some cool shots I took yesterday on Maple Lake. The duck (I think it’s a duck) was all alone–not with the brown-mottled ducks nor anywhere near the shit-hawks seagulls. I tried looking it up last night but no other Ontario water bird looked like it. Drop me a comment if you recognize what kind of bird the red-headed, white collared, pointy-beaked, grey-bodied bird is.  Thanks!

Unidentified Maple Lake duck July 15 2013

Unidentified Maple Lake duck July 15 2013

Maple Lake - July 15 2013

Maple Lake – July 15 2013 (PHOTO)

 

Maple Lake - July 15 2013

Maple Lake – July 15 2013 (PHOTO)

 

Maple Lake - July 15 2013 (PHOTO)

Maple Lake – July 15 2013 (PHOTO)

 

 

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