COVID-19 Impacts on Parks, Recreation and Trails servicesUpdated March , 2022 3:20 pm

During the COVID-19 pandemic and particularly with regard to the Province’s Emergency Declaration the following measures have been put in place for the Parks, Recreation and Trails Department:

  • Stanhope, Dorset and Oxtongue Recreation Centres are closed until further notice, phone and email inquiries available at 705-766-9968, recreation@algonquinhighlands.ca,
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Playgrounds and play structures  OPEN   Playgrounds are OPEN.
Outdoor Rinks OPEN  

The outdoor rinks are dependent on the weather for updated conditions visit Notices & Current Conditions

Visitors must adhere to all provincial COVID-19 restrictions including maximum allowable group sizes and social distancing. Restrictions change frequently and sometimes with short notice, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are aware of the current COVID-19 restrictions prior to heading out. Failure to follow the regulations, and/or receipt of complaints of non-compliance related to these regulations may result in the closure of the rinks.

Recreational Trails - hiking (except Dorset Tower)/Ski and Snowshoe OPEN  

All hiking trails remain open with the exception of the Dorset Tower which remains closed.  For ski and snowshoe trails please visit Ski & Snowshoe Trails for updates on conditions.

Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower and Trail   CLOSED Closed for the winter Season, expected to open for the summer of 2022.
Campsites – Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes OPEN  

Backcountry campsites associated with the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails are OPEN. Visitors must adhere to all provincial Covid-19 restrictions including maximum allowable group sizes and social distancing. Restrictions change frequently and sometimes with short notice, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are aware of the current COVID-19 restrictions prior to heading out on your trip. Information on current area restrictions is available from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit webpage.

       
Equipment Rentals   CLOSED Equipment rentals are not available at this time.  

FACILITIES

     
Algonquin Highlands Trails Office – 20130 Highway 35. OPEN  

 

Dorset Recreation Centre – 1051 Main Street Dorset   CLOSED

Pass holders will be pro-rated upon re-opening. Haliburton County Public Library book depot services are currently not available.  Public access computers at the Dorset Recreation Centre are currently not available.  All other recreation amendities remain closed at this time.

Stanhope Firefighters’ Community Hall – 1095 North Shore Road   CLOSED Facility is currently closed, opening on April 1, 2022.  We -ar-e now accepting reservations.  Call 705-766-9968 for more information or to reserve.
Oxtongue Lake Community Centre, picnic grounds and pavilion. – 3979 Hwy 601, 2022   CLOSED Facility is currently closed, opening on April 1, 2022.  We are now accepting reservations.  Call 705-766-9968 for more information or to reserve.
       

SERVICES

     
WiFi (accessible from parking areas as buildings are closed) OPEN  

Locations:

  • Stanhope Airport (1168 Stanhope Airport Rd.)  
  • Township Office (1123 North Shore Rd.)
  • Dorset Recreation Centre
  • Oxtongue Community Centre

Water Taps

OPEN  

Locations:

  • Stanhope Airport (1168 Stanhope Airport Rd.)  
  • Township Office (1123 North Shore Rd.)
  • Dorset Recreation Centre (1051 Main Street, Dorset)

(Please note:  As these are public facilities, extraordinary hygiene practices are required)

Public Washrooms (not including Township office or Dorset Recreation Centre) OPEN  

Locations:

  • Dorset Parkette
  • Elvin Johnson Park
  • Stanhope Courts and Playing Field
  • Oxtongue Lake Community Centre Park
  • Water Trail access points. 

These facilities are not regularly checked and cleaned, users are asked to undertake appropriate hygiene protocols.

EVENTS & PROGRAMS

     
Spring and Summer Events OPEN   For information on our events please visit activities calendar.
Virtual Events and Activities OPEN  

For information about virtual events and activities please visit our activities calendar.

Online programing OPEN   Online programming will be listed at: https://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/recreation-programs.php