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The County of Haliburton is comprised of many small villages; Cardiff, Carnarvon, Eagle Lake, Gooderham, Haliburton, Irondale, Minden, Stanhope, West Guilford  & Wilberforce and is located in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands.  Haliburton County was named after Thomas Chandler Haliburton (author, statesman & the first chairman of the Canadian Land and Emigration Company).   Often referred to as the Haliburton Highlands for both its physical resemblance to the Scottish Highlands as well as on behalf of the Scot’s who originally settled the area.

The Haliburton Highlands are widely known as a tourist destination due to the over 600 beautiful clean, clear lakes and also for its thriving artistic community. Haliburton Village boasts the home of the Haliburton School of the Arts – Fleming College campus which attracts thousands of people every year for full certificate programs as well as weekend classes.

Who Lives There

On average the full time population of Haliburton County is quite small.  During the summer months the population will swell to 3 times that of the winter population.  Employment is often seasonal catering to the tourist needs although there are many niches still available to be explored.  The region is unique in that it does not have a single economic base.  The average age is that of the Baby Boomer[i] generation with Haliburton County being a ready choice for people looking to retire to a quieter lifestyle than they have lived in the city. 

While hosting a vibrant retirement community Haliburton County is also an amazing place to raise a family.  There are lots of options and opportunities available for families with children who prefer to raise those children in smaller community settings with many of the opportunities available in larger cities from french immersion at school to tons of after school activities available.  If you aren't sure if it is offered - ask - someone probably knows of it somewhere!


In keeping with Ontario's growing new economy and the continuous advances that are occurring within the telecommunications industry, Haliburton County is well positioned to support knowledge-based and creative industries as well as light manufacturing.  As one of the key sectors in our economy, knowledge-based industries contribute substantially to employment and economic activity.

Forestry and tourism will still continue to be key growth sectors.  Through sustainable forestry practices, the County's forests are now one of the major capital components of our economy.  And tourists who know of our enviable quality of life and natural environment keep returning for more!

 Top 10 Reasons to Locate to Haliburton County

1.  Expanding Economic Base

2. Choice of Industrial Sites

3. Low Taxes and Land Costs

4. Educated and Available Workforce

5. Proximity to Markets - Toronto & Ottawa

6. Haliburton/Stanhope Airport - One of Ontario's Best Small Airports

7. Requisite Infrastructure

8. Medical and Education Facilities - Two Hospitals and Fleming College

9. Uncompromising and Safe Lifestyle

10. Family Oriented Community

Things To Do

Truly a 4 season tourist destination with summer theater, water sports (canoeing, kayaking, swimming), golf (5 courses), boating, fishing, hiking, biking, studio visits, Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve Ltd. and galleries in the summer and downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, curling (in either Haliburton or Minden), dog sled tours & ice fishing in the winter.  The fall boasts the spectacular colour when the leaves change on the highland hills and is often a bus tour destination for those who live in the city to come for a weekend of fun.  During fall tour weekends a lot of the artist studios are open for drop in visitors and give the local artist an opportunity to promote their products. The spring features new growth on the trees and the opportunity to watch the sap run in order to create the newest batch of maple products including the ever delicious maple syrup!   This vibrant community has year round festivals, theatrical & musical productions.  Click this link to see “Coming Events” in the County.

Real Estate

The lion’s share of the real estate market is devoted to secondary or investment properties and the agents strive to find the perfect cottage for the buyers.  The variety of options available for the cottage buyer are astounding from seasonal teardown properties  to fixer upper cottages  to the gorgeous “million dollar” 4 season property that you’ll never ever want to leave!  With a smaller residential market there are still plenty of options available for people looking for some privacy and a different lifestyle altogether.    Rental properties are always at a premium due to the demand from the arts college.  Real estate is always a solid investment in the Haliburton Highlands.

Condominium Projects

Granite Cove - a proposed 30 unit building in the village of Haliburton.  Almost all these units have been sold.

Silver Beach - a gated community of bungalofts and townhomes.  According to their website (September 27, 2011) 21 units have been sold to date.

Schools and Safety

There are several elementary schools in the area including Archie Stouffer Elementary School (JK-8-located in Minden), Stuart Baker Elementary School (JK – 3 – located in Haliburton), J.D Hodgson Elementary School (4 – 8 located in Haliburton) and Cardiff Elementary School (JK- 3 – located in Cardiff) and Wilberforce Elementary School ( 4 – 8 located in Wilberforce).  Haliburton Highlands Secondary School is the local high school and draws from all of these feeder schools.  All 3 of the schools located in Haliburton offer French Immersion classes from SK – Grade 12 available to all students in the county.  All of these schools are within the Trillium Lakelands District School Board For further education we have the Haliburton School of the Arts-Fleming College campus located in Haliburton Village.

Medical Facilities

Within the last 10 years 2 new hospitals have been built in the Haliburton Highlands one in each in Haliburton Village and Minden Village.  We also have a newly constructed family medical center (in Haliburton) and several local dentist practices available to choose from.  There are also 3 long term care facilities - one connected to each hospital and a private facility called Extendicare.


There are numerous types of accommodations for tourists in Haliburton County.  These include: bed and breakfasts, conference and meeting facilities, cottage rental agencies, housekeeping cottages, motels, private cottage rentals, resorts, trailer parks, camping and vacation clubs.


Carnarvon: Carnarvon Bowl, Heather Lodge, Mill Pond Restaurant, That Place in Carnarvon, The Pepper Mill Steak and Pasta House, Red Umbrella Inn

Dorset: The Fiery Grill, Zachary's

Eagle Lake: Rhubarb, Sir Sam's Inn, Sir Sam's Ski Hill Snack Bar

Gooderham: Graham's Restaurant

Haliburton: Haliburton Family Restaurant, Hertiage House CafeKosy KornerMcKeck's The Blue Line, Northwood Inn, The Little Tart, Wild Moose PubWin Yeung Chinese Restaurant, Subway Haliburton, Village Donuts, 241 Pizza, Bonnie View Inn, Pinestone ResortHalimar Resort, The Head Lake Grill & Hali's Bistro

Harcourt: Mumford Station Cafe, South Algonquin Cookhouse

Halls Lake: Little Hawk Resort and Marina

Ingoldsby: Kash Landing Cafe

Kennisis/Redstone Lake Area The Cookhouse

Minden: Firehouse Sports and Recreational Resort, Gramma's Fish and Chips, Gravity Coffee House, Mark's Chinese Restaurant, The Fast-Lane Entertainment Centre, Village Chalet Family Restaurant, Wild Orchid Thai Cuisine, Grill on the GullDominion HotelOakview Lodge and Marina, Tim Hortons, Godfathers Pizza, Rockcliffe Snack Bar, Subway Minden.  In addition Minden will soon be home to Dairy Queen

Minden Hills: Noble Motel and Restaurant

Moore Falls: Summerkiss Restaurant

West Guilford: Corner Cafe Ristorante, The West Guilford Coin Laundry & Snack Bar
Wilberforce: Cross X Roads Cafe


Meter parking is available in the downtowns of both Haliburton and Minden.  There is no public transportation available within Haliburton County so personal vehicles, walking, biking are the traditional methods of locomotion.  There is bus service between both Haliburton and Minden to Toronto and other nearby cities.

[i] From the Demographic Profile issued in 2006 by the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit