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Swimming and Swim Lessons in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on Jul 3, 2019

Cardiff Pool

For swim lessons and recreational swimming contact 705-448-2981 for more information or download the 2019 Swim Program Flyer for more details.

Gooderham & Wilberforce Beach

The Pine Lake and Wilbermere beaches are open to the public.

Swim Lessons

The Municipality of Highlands East is offering Red Cross swimming lessons and Preschool lessons for Parents & Tots as follows (Class sizes are limited so register early!):

The Municipality of Highlands East regrets to inform the public that due to staffing issues, the swimming lessons at Wilbermere Beach and Gooderham (Pine Lake) Beach have been rescheduled for later dates as follows:

Cardiff Pool, Swimming Lessons:
Session #1 July 1 – July 12 (Morning) Download tentative swim schedule.
Session #2 July 15 – July 26 (Morning)
Session #3 July 29 – August 9 (Morning)

Wilbermere Beach, Wilberforce Swimming Lessons:
Rescheduled: Session #1 July 30 – August 9  (Morning)
Rescheduled: Session #2 August 12 – August 23 (Morning)
Cancelled: Session #3 July 15 – July 26 (Evening) 

Pine Lake Beach, Gooderham Swimming Lessons:
Rescheduled: Session #1 July 30 – August 9 (Afternoon)
Rescheduled: Session #2 August 12 – August 23 (Afternoon)

Please download the 2019 Swim Program Flyer for more details and the applicable Swim Lessons Application below if you wish to enrol for lessons. Click here to learn more about the different levels of Red Cross Swimming Lessons

Specific class times are dependent on registration numbers.  This information will be posted at a later date.

New for 2019: Pay with Plastiq

Highlands East is making registration faster, easier and more convenient by offering online payment through Plastiq.

Using Plastiq, pay your registration fee online using your credit card. Plastiq is a third-party payment service provider. Additional charges will apply. Learn how it works.


Online registration paperwork must be forwarded by fax, email, or hand delivered to the Main Office in Wilberforce.  Please include your payment ID details on the registration form.  

Other payment options include cash, debit or cheque (made payable to the Municipality of Highlands East). 

In Person Registration Dates will be offered on:

  • Friday, July 12th, 9AM - 11AM (Cardiff Municipal Office) 
  • Monday, July 15th, 9AM - 11AM (Cardiff Municipal Office)

Payment & registration can also be made at the Main Office in Wilberforce Monday to Friday between 9AM and 4:30PM. Please note, credit card payments cannot be made at the Municipal Offices.

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Cemetery Decoration Days

Posted to News & Notices on Jul 3, 2019

Cemetery Decoration Days are being held at the following locations:

  • South Wilberforce Cemetery Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Gooderham Cemetery Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Essonville Cemetery Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2PM

Run for Housing in the Highlands with Places for People's Highland Yard

Posted to Events, News & Notices on Jul 2, 2019
The Highland Yard Logo

Places for People's annual fundraising race, The Highland Yard takes place on Sunday, August 4, 2019 in Minden. Places for People provides affordable, supportive housing for those in need throughout the Haliburton Highlands, including one property in Cardiff, right here in Highlands East.

Show your support by volunteering, running and/or fundraising. Visit to learn more.

Fun, Games and over 150 Prizes to be had at the Gigantic Penny Raffle in Wilberforce

Posted to Events on Jun 28, 2019

Over 150 Prizes to be raffled at the Keith Tallman Memorial Area in Wilberforce on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Browse the tables and purchase tickets from 1PM to 3PM and 5:30PM to 8PM.

Plus, enjoy kids' games and activities, snack bar, face painting, exhibit tables and create your own hat at the Mad Hatter table before showing off your creation during the Hat Parade at 7:30PM.

NEW Early Bird Tables raffle starts at 7PM!

Draw begins at 8PM – you must be there to collect your prize!

Plus, enjoy a Spaghetti Dinner at the Lloyd Watson Memorial Centre in Wilberforce from 5PM to 7PM for just $10/adult and $5/child (kids under 5 eat free)

All proceeds of the Penny Raffle go towards Community Development! Prize donations and volunteers are always welcome! Contact Kathy Rogers at 705-448-1285 or skrogers1995 [at] gmail [dot] com

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Notice regarding Hydroseeding & Watering in Cardiff Town Site

Posted to By-Law, News & Notices, Services on Jun 28, 2019

Property owners interested in watering the newly applied hydroseed are recommended to water lightly or with a sprinkler.

Please ensure if you choose to water the hydroseed that you are doing so within the limits of Municipal By-Law #2013-39 being a By-Law to Establish, Maintain and to Regulate Municipal Water Services.

During peak periods of usage (June 1-September 1), no consumer shall use water from the municipal water supply through a hose or other attachment, for street, lawn or garden sprinkling, any fountain or jet, washing of vehicles or other non-household purpose, except as follows:

a) All occupants of houses with odd numbers may use water for all purposes between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on odd days of the month;

b) All occupants of houses with even numbers may use water for all purposes between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on even days of the month. 

We thank you for your co-operation.

Submit your best photos of Highlands East!

Posted to News & Notices on Jun 28, 2019

The Municipality of Highlands East website is getting a refreshed look and we need your best photographs to make it truly great!

If you would like the chance to have your photo used on the website, please choose one or two of your best photos that capture iconic scenery, locations, events or activities within the Municipality and email high quality versions (ideally 4000 pixels wide) to webmaster [at] highlandseast [dot] ca before July 25, 2019.

Animal License Application Form

Posted to Administrative, By-Law, Downloads, Services on Jun 27, 2019

Municipal Facility Rental Agreement Form

Posted to Administrative, Downloads, Services on Jun 27, 2019

Short Term Rental Questionnaire

Posted to News & Notices on Jun 26, 2019

The Municipality of Highlands East is currently reviewing Short-term Rental (STR) Accommodations in Highlands East and welcome you to fill out our questionnaire, which will be available until August 31, 2019. The questionnaire is available online at

If you do not have access to the online questionnaire, please call or email the Municipal Office at 705-448-2981 or info [at] highlandseast [dot] ca and a paper copy will be mailed to you. 

What is a short-term rental?

“Short-term Rental” or “Short-term Accommodation” typically describes residential dwellings which are rented over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days) for monetary gain. It is recognized that the use of a dwelling for a short-term rental (STR) can take many forms ranging from a resident of the property who, from time to time, rent out the dwelling while on holiday themselves, to owners of property who continually rent the property out as an investment income.

While traditional ‘Bed and Breakfast’ establishments are recognized through the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw 2005-29, these establishments are characterized by the caretaker being on-site, and limited to 3 guest rooms.

Short-term rental (STR) accommodations have become prevalent in many Ontario municipalities, including Highlands East. Highlands East recognizes that short-term rentals provide valuable contributions to our economy.

Public Engagement

Council is engaging with the public to obtain input and provide information regarding short-term rental accommodations in order to determine if some form of regulation should be considered.

Be Bear Wise

Posted to Activities, Downloads, News & Notices on Jun 26, 2019

The Ministry of Naturual Resources and Forestry's Bear Wise program strives to reduce human-bear conflict and has made available the information sheets available for download below. Please use these resources to protect yourselves and your property while also allowing Ontario's Black Bear's to enjoy their natural habitat.

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