COVID-19 Impacts on Parks, Recreation and Trails servicesUpdated June 16, 2020 10:00 am

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,
Amenity Open Closed Detail Date opened
Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreation areas. OPEN   Includes:
  • Stanhope Park
  • Elvin Johnson Park
  • Dorset Parkette
  • Dorset Lions Park
  • Oxtongue Community Centre
  • Log Chute Park
  • Hawk Valley Parks (roadside picnic areas)
May 19, 2020
Playgrounds, play structures and fitness equipment.   CLOSED All locations  
Beaches OPEN     June 13, 2020
Hiking Trails (except Dorset Tower) OPEN   Walk-through access only. Maintain physical distancing and adhere to maximum group number limitations. Excludes Dorset Tower Trail which remains closed. Currently the dam access to Crests of Kennisis Trail at the Log Chute Trail is closed pending Parks Canada opening. Trail is accessible from Circuit of Five Viewpoints Trailhead.  May 15, 2020
Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower and Trail   CLOSED Includes entire property, trail, park, road, tower and water fill station. Seasons passes will be prorated upon re-opening.  
Campsites – Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes OPEN  

Backcountry campsites associated within the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails are open.

Social distancing guidelines and provincial group size restrictions must be adhered to. 

To make a campsite reservation:       

By internet: https://hhwt.goingtocamp.com/
By phone:
1-866-364-4498

Trip planning advice: 705-766-9033

June 24, 2020
Water Access - Haliburton Highlands Water Trails - Frost Centre and Poker Lakes OPEN   Access to water remains open for recreational use.  
Canoe Rentals OPEN      

FACILITIES

       
Algonquin Highlands Trails Office – 20130 Highway 35. OPEN   Patrons will be served outside of the building, no merchandise will be available.   
Dorset Recreation Centre – 1051 Main Street Dorset   CLOSED Computers are currently available by appointment only. Please contact 705-766-9033 to make an appointment. Pass holders will be pro-rated upon re-opening. Closure includes Haliburton County Public Library book depot services.  
Stanhope Firefighters’ Community Hall – 1095 North Shore Road   CLOSED Rentals will be cancelled in monthly blocks and refunded completely.    
Oxtongue Lake Community Centre, picnic grounds and pavilion. – 3979 Hwy 60   CLOSED Rentals will be cancelled in monthly blocks and refunded completely.   
Municipal Boat Launches  OPEN   Adhere to physical distancing and maximum allowable group sizes  

SERVICES

       
WiFi (accessible from parking areas, 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.)

(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
  • Water Trail access points. 

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

 

EVENTS & PROGRAMS

       
Summer events have been Cancelled   CLOSED Fall events will be reviewed in August.
Cancellations include:
  • Oxtongue Lake Canada Day
  • Oxtongue Lake Summer Speaker Series
  • Dorset Family Movie Nights
  • Dorset Museum Heritage Day
  • Stanhope Heritage Day
  • Swimming Lessons and Aqua-Fit
  • Stanhope Soccer League
  • Dorset Kids Fish Derby
  • Dorset Arts, Crafts and Antiques Show
  • Dorset Community Garage Sale. 
 
Summer programs have been Cancelled   CLOSED Scheduled recreational programs and events will be reviewed and decisions regarding cancellation will be made in 30-day blocks.  
Online programing OPEN   Online programming will be listed at:  https://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/recreation-programs.php