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The United Townships of Dysart, Dudley, Harcourt, Guilford, Harburn, Bruton, Havelock, Eyre and Clyde, commonly known as the Municipality of Dysart et al, is a municipality in Haliburton County in Central Ontario, Canada.[2][3] The original townships were of the Canadian Land and Emigration Company. At 61 letters or 68 non-space characters, the municipality has the longest name of any place in Canada.[4]

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United Townships of Dysart, Dudley, Harcourt, Guilford, Harburn, Bruton, Havelock, Eyre and Clyde
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Dysart et al is located in Southern Ontario
Dysart et al
Dysart et al
Location in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 45°12′N 78°25′W / 45.200°N 78.417°W / 45.200; -78.417Coordinates: 45°12′N 78°25′W / 45.200°N 78.417°W / 45.200; -78.417
Country Canada
Province Ontario
IncorporatedJanuary 7, 1867
 • TypeTownship
 • ReeveAndrea Roberts
 • Federal ridingHaliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock
 • Prov. ridingHaliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock
 • Land1,485.98 km2 (573.74 sq mi)
 • Total6,280
 • Density4.2/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code
Area code(s)705, 249



Haliburton's main street

The municipality's primary town is Haliburton (45°02′50″N 78°30′30″W / 45.04722°N 78.50833°W / 45.04722; -78.50833), a community on Head Lake. Haliburton has a seasonal tourism-based economy. Some of southern Ontario's population retreats to central and northern Ontario "cottage country" for recreation and relaxation during the summer.

Haliburton Village and Haliburton County derive their name from the author Thomas Chandler Haliburton, who wrote the popular "Sam Slick" stories in the mid-19th century. Haliburton was chairman of the Board of Directors of The British Land and Immigration Company in England, who were responsible for developing most of the area before it became incorporated into a "Provisional County" in 1887.

The municipality also includes the smaller communities of Donald, Eagle Lake, Fort Irwin, Goulds, Harburn, Kennaway (ghost town),[6][7] Kennisis Lake and West Guilford.


In the 1860s, the Canadian Land and Emigration Company of London, England purchased 360,000 acres (150,000 ha) in this part of Ontario for settlement purposes. The development was named after company chairman Judge Thomas Haliburton, a politician and the author of the Sam Slick stories.[8][9] According to the book "Fragments of a Dream", the first European settlers began arriving in Haliburton village in 1864. Key settlers included Captain John Lucas (1824–1874). Lucas co-established the first saw/grist mill and was later elected the first Reeve of Dysart. Captain Lucas, originally a native of Long Preston, Yorkshire, England, also established the first hotel in town that later became the Grand Central Hotel. Other important settlers included W. Ritchie, Alexander Niven, James Holland, John Erskine, the Heard family and Willet Austin.

Haliburton was the northern terminus of the Victoria Railway (ex Canadian National Railway Haliburton subdivision) from Lindsay.[10][11] The first railway train to arrive in Haliburton was on November 26, 1878, with John Albert Lucas (1860–1945) as the train engineer. The railway was abandoned and the rails lifted in 1980. The station remains and is now home to Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre.

Fire tower historyEdit

The former Dysart fire tower was erected in 1956 on a hill by the east side of the village just off of Ontario Highway 118. Its 100-foot (30 m) frame still stands, but the cupola has since been removed. It was erected by Ontario's former Department of Lands and Forests (now the Ministry of Natural Resources) as an early detection to protect the local forests from fire. This tower was put out of use in the late 1960s when aerial detection systems were put in place. It was one of the County of Haliburton's many towers that were part of the former Lindsay Forest Fire District. Other towers included: Harburn, Eyre, Glamorgan (Green's Mountain), Harvey, Cardiff, Digby, Lutterworth, Sherboure (St. Nora), Dorset and Bruton. There were Department of Lands and Forests offices stationed in Minden, Ontario, Dorset and at St. Nora Lake (now the Leslie Frost Centre).


The County of Haliburton is part of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.


  • Stuart W. Baker Elementary School (French Immersion): Grades K–4
  • J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School: Grades 4–8



Adult Education:


1991 4,856—    
Canada census – Dysart and Others community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 6,280 (+5.3% from 2011) 5,966 (+8.0% from 2006) 5,526 (+12.2% from 2001)
Land area: 1,485.98 km2 (573.74 sq mi) 1,483.51 km2 (572.79 sq mi) 1,474.07 km2 (569.14 sq mi)
Population density: 4.2/km2 (11/sq mi) 4.0/km2 (10/sq mi) 3.7/km2 (9.6/sq mi)
Median age: 57.2 (M: 57.0, F: 57.4) 49.1 (M: 48.6, F: 49.7)
Total private dwellings: 7,083 7,093 6,861
Median household income: $60,848 $45,186
References: 2016[14] 2011[13] 2006[15] earlier[16]

Mother tongue:[15]

  • English as first language: 95.1%
  • French as first language: 1.0%
  • English and French as first language: 0.2%
  • Other as first language: 3.7%


Dysart et al has a vibrant cultural community including Haliburton School of The Arts, Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, Highlands Summer Festival, Highlands Opera Studio, Haliburton Highlands Museum, Haliburton Sculpture Forest, and Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre. The Haliburton International Film Festival (HIFF) is held each November at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion at the high school.

The Annual Haliburton Art and Craft Festival is held on the fourth weekend in July and is a signature event for Haliburton County with attendance of approx 7500 and over 100 artisans.

Haliburton appears as a significant setting in Canadian literature. Examples include Richard Pope's Me n Len – Life in the Haliburton Bush 1900–1940 and Robert Rotenberg's Old City Hall.

Scenes from the movie Meatballs (1979) were filmed at Camp White Pine, Haliburton.


Dysart et al is served by two newspapers, The Haliburton Echo and The Highlander, and two radio stations, 100.9 Canoe FM and 93.5 The Moose.


Southern portions of Algonquin Provincial Park lie in Dysart et al in the geographic townships of Bruton, Clyde, Eyre and Harburn.[17]

Notable peopleEdit

The local arena has mural paintings of Duchene, Hodgson, Nicholls, Stackhouse and Mike Bradley on the outside wall.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Dysart et al, Municipality". Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Dysart, Dudley, Harcourt, Guilford, Harburn, Bruton, Havelock, Eyre and Clyde". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  3. ^ "Dysart, Dudley, Harcourt, Guilford, Harburn, Bruton, Havelock, Eyre and Clyde". Atlas of Canada. Natural Resources Canada. 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2011-11-11. Shows the area of the municipality highlighted on a map.
  4. ^ "GeoNames Government of Canada site". Archived from the original on 2009-02-06.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Rayburn, Alan (1997). Place names of Ontario. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-7207-0. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  6. ^ Martinello, Christopher (1998). "Welcome to Old Kennaway". Topics in material culture. University of Toronto, Department of History. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  7. ^ "Kennaway". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  8. ^ "Founding of Haliburton, The". Online Plaque Guide. Ontario Heritage Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  9. ^ "Founding of Haliburton". Ontario's Historical Plaques. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  10. ^ "Victoria Railway, The". Online Plaque Guide. Ontario Heritage Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  11. ^ "The Victoria Railway". Ontario's Historical Plaques. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  12. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  13. ^ a b "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  14. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  15. ^ a b "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  16. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  17. ^ McMurtrie, Jeffrey (2008). "Algonquin Provincial Park and the Haliburton Highlands". Wikimedia Commons. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2010-07-28.

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