COVID-19 Impacts on Parks, Recreation and Trails servicesUpdated December 22, 2020 1:30 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,,
Amenity Open Closed Detail
Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, outdoor picnic sites and shelters in parks and recreation areas.   CLOSED

Outdoor recreational amenities are closed. 

  • outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, including:
    • golf courses
    • baseball diamonds
    • soccer fields
    • tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts
    • basketball courts
    • BMX parks
    • skate parks
  • portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment
  • picnic sites and picnic tables


  • Stanhope Park
  • Elvin Johnson Park
  • Dorset Parkette
  • Dorset Lions Park
  • Oxtongue Community Centre
  • Log Chute Park
  • Hawk Valley Parks (roadside picnic areas)
Playgrounds and play structures  OPEN   Playgrounds, play structures, and equipment can be used by children if both the children and their parents can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others (other than a person who is a member of the same household, a member of one other household who lives alone, or a caregiver for any member of either household).
Tennis / Pickleball Courts   CLOSED

The Courts at the Stanhope Park are currently closed.

Recreational Trails - hiking (except Dorset Tower) OPEN   All hiking trails remain open with the exception of the Dorset Tower which remains closed.
Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower and Trail   CLOSED Closed. It is anticipated the Dorset Tower will remain closed for the 2021 season; however all efforts will be made to open the property if the Township feels it can meet all the expectations of the HKPR Public Health Unit and can adequately and appropriately provide a safe experience for staff and the public.
Campsites – Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes   CLOSED

Based on provincial COVID regulations the backcountry campsites associated with the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails, Frost Centre and Poker Lakes will remain closed,  and no new reservations will be taken until further notice. All existing campsite reservations up to and including May 20, 2021 will be cancelled. Reservation holders will be contacted by a customer service representative to process a refund.

Subject to change based on provincial direction.

Equipment Rentals   CLOSED No rental equipment will be available.


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

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 is currently not available.  All other recreation amendities remain closed at this time. Subject to change based on provincial direction.

Stanhope Firefighters’ Community Hall – 1095 North Shore Road   CLOSED Facility remains closed and we are not accepting reservations at this time.
Oxtongue Lake Community Centre, picnic grounds and pavilion. – 3979 Hwy 60   CLOSED Facility remains closed and we are not accepting reservations at this time.
Municipal Boat Launches  OPEN   Boat launches are open, users must adhere to all Provincially mandated COVID-19 restrictions.


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


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

Water Taps



  • 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  


  • 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.


Spring and Summer events have been Cancelled   CLOSED Cancellations include:
  • Canada Day Oxtongue Lake Communtiy Centre
  • Heritage Day (Stanhope & Dorset)
Virtual Events and Activities OPEN  

Virtual Events include:

  • Virtual Kid's Fish Derby

For more information and other activities please visit our activities calendar.

Online programing OPEN   Online programming will be listed at: