The Haliburton Highlands has 6000 permanent residents and 2000 residents in the Haliburton Village. Haliburton is situated within the Municipality of Dysart et al, a 1745 square kilometre region of lakes and forest, located just south of Algonquin Park.
In virtually every corner of the communities in the area, creativity is evident across a wide spectrum of specialties. Around every corner you'll see a gallery, a studio, a museum, or a theatre. From pottery to watercolors, oils to glassblowing, you'll see it all in Haliburton.
Our creative community can be found in many of the established special interest groups:
- The Arts Council ~ Haliburton Highlands
- The Haliburton County Folk Society
- Haliburton County Writers and Editors Network
- The Highlands Little Theatre
- The Highlands Summer Festival
- The Highlands Opera Studio
- The Highland Male Chorus
- The Highland Swing Band
- Highland Jazz Quintet
- The Festival Singers
- Dusk Dances
- Those Other Movies
- Sew Resourceful/Crafty Girls
- Haliburton Highlands Land Trust
- Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce
We are fortunate to have a number of Gallery’s in the county and we take particular pride in our community galleries including:
- The Rails End Gallery and Art Centre
- The Ethel Curry Gallery
- R.D. Lawrence Centre & Agnes Jamieson Gallery (Minden Cultural Centre).
Local elementary and secondary schools encourage students to discover the arts, music and digital media. The Haliburton Highlands Secondary School houses the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion home to the Highlands Summer Theatre Festival and the Highlands Opera Studio, headed by one of the most critically acclaimed opera singers on the international stage today, Richard Margison.
The Haliburton Highlands is home to The Haliburton School of The Arts at the Haliburton Campus of Fleming College. The College provides top rated arts education and higher learning opportunities for the community and attracts 2600 participants from around the world to its summer programs and 200 students in the certificate and diploma programs offered during the school year. The College also runs a 6 month program on Sustainable Building Design and Construction in which the students build a sustainable building for a not-for-profit organization in the region. Fleming College, located in the Haliburton Highlands, has increasingly added digital media courses offered year round. The shift to high-tech educational programs has resulted in various employment opportunties in the community.
The Haliburton Highlands are a place that offers a unique working environment and a lifestyle that can satisfy mind and body.