About Haliburton Highlands

Map__Southern_OntarioWhere to Find Us

The Haliburton Highlands lie invitingly 2½ hours north-east of Toronto, The area is breath-taking, offering endless lakes, trees, craggy rock faces, hills, valleys, rivers and a myriad of year round activities and sports. The beautiful scenery is peppered throughout with quaint villages and hamlets, the epitome of “small town” living.
The major industry is tourism and recreation, which reflects in a significant seasonal influx of visitors, seasonal residents and tourists. The area is 100% rural, so you can be sure to avoid traffic jams, general hustle and bustle and be free to enjoy the personable, friendly atmosphere created by the people who call Haliburton Highlands “HOME”.

sunset_loonsIn the Heart of Cottage Country

The Haliburton Highlands is home to approximately 17,000 permanent, year-round residents. However, because the Highlands are one of Ontario’s major cottage and outdoor recreation areas, the population fluctuates widely during the year, peaking at around 60,000 during the summer months. With many summer residences being converted into year-round homes and the continuing addition of new activities and sports events throughout the year, the population continues to increase in all four seasons.

White_Water_KayakingThe Great Outdoors

The Highlands are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. The Minden Wild Water Reserve is a world-class white water course and home of international championships. Both the Nordic Trail System and the Haliburton Highlands Snowmobile Association’s groomed trail systems are among the best and most extensive trail systems in Ontario. In summer, they become excellent hiking, jogging and cycling trails. In addition to cross-country, excellent downhill skiing is available at Sir Sam’s Ski Hill near Eagle Lake. Hiking, tennis, boating, swimming, water sports, hunting, fishing, golfing, baseball, bowling, curling, squash and of course Hockey are among a wide variety of available activities.

Miracle_WorkerSomething For Everyone

A wide variety of cultural activities provide something for everyone. A strong and diverse artistic community is complemented and show-cased by the Haliburton School of the Arts and many individual artisans’ studios and art galleries. The Fall Studio Tour is one of the highlights of the autumn colour season. The Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion is located in the town of Haliburton and boasts its own live theatre troupe.
Photo: Kathryn Boyd and Jasmin Parnell, “The Miracle Worker” – Highlands Summer Festival, 2006 (Photo by Lorne Campbell)

in_the_ball_castleFamily Friendly

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board is proud to offer quality education to the children of Haliburton County. Among the highlights is a thriving French Immersion Program. The school board and teachers work hard to provide a system that encourages the student to achieve goals and excel. A campus of Sir Sanford Fleming College is located in the town of Haliburton. Trent University is an hour’s drive away. We also boast many summer camps for children of all ages to attend.

The Finer Things

The villages of Haliburton and Minden provide the major venues for our centres of business. Both towns boast quaint main streets with excellent supermarkets and interesting shops that provide for most every need. In addition to several unique local restaurants and fast-food outlets, several high-class resorts in the area provide many dining and entertainment options.
Photo: Heatherwood Lounge-Delta Pinestone Resort, Haliburton

Both_facilitiesHealth Facilities

Minden Site – The FHT is located in the Family Health wing of the Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) building on 6 McPherson Street. Completed in 2000, the facility is state-of-the-art, well-equipped and beautifully appointed.
Haliburton Site – With a strong vision for strengthening the health of the residents in Haliburton County, the Municipality of Dysart et al has undertaken the construction of a medical building that is adjacent to the Haliburton site of HHHS. This building may house up to 12 primary care practitioners, laboratory services and the wide-spectrum of allied health professionals that are included in the Family Health Team.

canoesReal Estate

An incredible variety of excellent and affordable housing is available in the Highlands from hobby farms to lakefront homes to lovely town properties and condominiums. Luxury living at an affordable price, only hours from city centres!


Compensation is based on a blended capitation model as a physician belonging to a Family Health Organization. More information is available on the MOHLTC website at http://www.heatlh.gov.on.ca, and specifically relating to physician compensation at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/ohip/publications/docs/fho_billing_payment_guide_nov2014_en.pdf

Haliburton County offers a “return of service” incentive to physicians moving to the area to practice family/ER medicine.  Whether you are a new graduate or have practiced in other communities.  For more details contact Wendy Welch, Physician Recruitment Coordinator, County of Haliburton, at wwelch@haliburtoncounty.ca

Please contact Kimberley Robinson, Executive Director of the Haliburton Highlands FHT and Manager for the Haliburton Family Medical Centre, at kim.robinson@hhfht.com if you are interested in learning more!

Check out our job posting on HFO Jobs below.  There are additional postings for ER physicians under Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) as well.


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