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 south of Algonquin Park in central Ontario. 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 for 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 is the home of the Haliburton School of Art and Design – Fleming College campus which attracts thousands of people every year for full certificate programs as well as weekend classes.

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Who Lives There?

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

Haliburton County hosts a vibrant retired population but it is also an amazing place to raise a family. There are lots of options and opportunities available for families who prefer smaller communities including French immersion schools and after school activities.

Haliburton Economy

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 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. Tourists who know of this enviable quality of life and natural environment keep returning for more!

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 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, Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve Ltd. and studios tours 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 spectacular colours when the leaves change on the hills and the area 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 that give the local artists an opportunity to promote their products. The spring features new growth on the trees and the opportunity to watch the newest batch of maple syrup products being created on site. 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 buyers.  The astounding variety of options available for the cottage buyer run from seasonal teardown properties  to fixer upper cottages  to the gorgeous “million dollar” 4 season properties 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 vacationers and college students.  Real estate is always a solid investment in the Haliburton Highlands.

Schools and Safety

Haliburton County is located in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. 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 the elementary schools.  Both elementary schools and the high school in Haliburton Village offer French Immersion classes from SK – Grade 12. For further education we have the Haliburton School of Art and Design-Fleming College campus located in Haliburton Village.

Medical Facilities  

Within the last 15 years,  2 hospitals have been built in the Haliburton Highlands; one in each in Haliburton Village and Minden Village.  We also have a 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.

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


Carnarvon:  Heather Lodge, Mill Pond Restaurant, Rhubarb Restaurant, The Pepper Mill Steak and Pasta House, Red Umbrella Inn

Dorset: The Fiery Grill, Zachary's

Eagle Lake: Sir Sam's Inn, Sir Sam's Ski Hill Snack Bar, Smokin' Jake's BBQ Shack

Gooderham: Graham's Restaurant

Haliburton: Maple Ave. Tap and Grill, McKeck's Tap and Grill, Kosy Korner, The Little Tart, Win Yeung Chinese Restaurant, Subway Haliburton, 241 Pizza, Bonnie View Inn, Pinestone Resort, Halimar Resort, The Head Lake Grill

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:  Gravity Coffee House, Mark's Chinese Restaurant, The Fast-Lane Entertainment Centre, Village Chalet Family Restaurant, Wild Orchid Thai Cuisine, Grill on the Gull, Dominion Hotel, Oakview Lodge and Marina, Tim Hortons, Godfathers Pizza, Rockcliffe Snack Bar, Subway Minden & 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.