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, recreation@algonquinhighlands.ca,
Amenity Open Closed Detail
Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, outdoor picnic sites and shelters in parks and recreation areas. OPEN  

Provincial COVID-19 guidelines must be followed, including physical distancing and group sizing.

 

Playgrounds and play structures  OPEN   Playgrounds are open, Provincial COVID-19 guidelines must be followed including physical distancing and group sizing.
Tennis / Pickleball Courts OPEN  

The Stanhope Courts are open. 

Users must ensure that they are following the Provincial COVID-19 guidelines. including physical distancing and group sizing.

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 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. Current area restrictions can be found at: https://www.hkpr.on.ca/2021/03/12/current-colour-code-for-local-covid-19-restrictions-2/

       
Equipment Rentals OPEN    

FACILITIES

     
Algonquin Highlands Trails Office – 20130 Highway 35. OPEN   The Trails office is 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 is currently not available.  All other recreation amendities remain closed at this time.

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.

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
  • 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 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:  https://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/recreation-programs.php