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Have a haunted Halloween in HIghlands East

Posted to Events on Oct 18, 2019

This Halloween there is lots to see and do throughout the Municpality:

  • Halloween Dance at the Wilberforce Legion starting at 8PM
  • Hellowe'en Monster Bash in Gooderham starting at 6PM: Dress up and fill the kids' trunk full of treats!
  • Haunted House at the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce from 5PM to 9PM: Get treats and get scared!

Download event posters below for more details.

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Road Closure: Access to Trillium Tr. impacted by culvert replacement on Gregory Ln.

Posted to News & Notices on Oct 17, 2019

A culvert replacement is taking place today (October 17, 2019) and tomorrow (October 18, 2019) on Gregory Ln. Due to this work, Gregory Ln. and the roads and properties off of it will not be accessible. This includes Trillium Tr., partially located in Highlands East.

We expect the road to be accessible again by end of business on Friday, October 18th. For any questions and concerns regarding the closure please contact the Municipality of Dysart et al by phone at 705-457-1740.

Skating in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on Oct 9, 2019
Photo of figure skating.

October 27th Skating Cancelled

Due to a hockey tournament, free public skating on Sunday, October 27th is cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and will post information on extra skating days as they become available.

Regular Free Public Skating takes place on Sundays from 12:30PM until 2:00PM and Adults & Seniors Free Skating takes place on Tuesdays from 2:00PM to 3:00PM.

The 2019-2020 Ice Season runs from on September 29th to March 31st.

Many times are available to be booked. Whether running a league or wishing to rent the ice surface for hockey, skating programs, or a special event, we'll be happy to book you in!

Check our Events Calendar for skating times and to book an ice rental for your Group, League or for Birthday Parties and other Private Events, please contact:

  • Property Supervisor Jim Alden at 705-448-2775 or jalden [at] highlandseast [dot] ca,
  • Matt Hogan or Stan Wood at 705-448-2772,
  • Tracy Millar at 705-448-2981 Ext. 421 or tmillar [at] highlandseast [dot] ca

For  more information please visit our Facility Rental & Booking Information page.

Short Term Rental Survey Results

Posted to News & Notices on Oct 9, 2019

Results from the public engagement questionnaire regarding Short Term Rentals is available for download below.

A meeting will be scheduled in the near future to review results and to determine next steps.

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October Social Recreation Program for Seniors Activities

Posted to Activities on Oct 2, 2019

This free drop in program for seniors takes place at the Wilberforce Legion on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 10AM to 2PM. October's activities include:

  • Colouring, Board Games, Light Fitness and Tech Time & Makers Space on the 10th of October 
  • Board Games, Crafts, Alzheimer's Society Guest Speaker as well as Cooking Cinnamon & Raisin Muffins on the 24th of October

Download the poster below for more details.

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Ontario Guide to Adding a Second Unit in an Existing House

Posted to Building, News & Notices, Services on Sep 25, 2019

Adding a second unit is a great way to provide independent living for a family member or make a little extra money to help pay off the mortgage. But there are things you need to consider as you decide whether to build a second unit.

Is your home detached, semi-detached or a rowhouse that is more than five years old? Are you considering renovating it to add a second unit? If the answers are yes, then this guide available at can help you.

Learn and have some fun with the Highlands East Recreational Figure Skating Club

Posted to Activities, News & Notices on Sep 19, 2019

Highlands East Recreational Figure Skating Club will be starting skating lessons at the Keith Tallman Memorial Arena in Wilberforce on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM with the first class taking place on October 1st. 

All ages welcome. $130 for the first child and $110 for each additional child in your family.

Contact highlandseastskatingclub [at] gmail [dot] com for details and download/view their newsletter and sign-up form below.

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Lakefront Property Owner's Guide to Blue-Green Algae

Posted to Environmental, News & Notices, Services on Aug 19, 2019
Blue-Green Algae Bloom

There has been a dramatic increase in blue green algae blooms in Ontario in recent years. As a result many lakefront property owners are very concerned when they see blooms or floating masses which they think could be a bloom. To alleviate unnecessary concerns and to share important information The Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations is providing this fact sheet on how to identify blue green algae blooms and what to do if you do suspect one.

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Composters and Digesters Available for Sale

Posted to Environmental, News & Notices, Services on Aug 19, 2019

The Municipality of Highlands East has composters and the digesters available for sale. Limited quantities will be stored at the Visitor Information Centre in Wilberforce where we accept cash or cheque. Payment by debit can be made at the Wilberforce Municipal Office during regular business hours. It may be advisable to call ahead to ensure there are units in stock.


Composters: $39 + HST $5.07 = $44.07 (31.5” wide x 25” deep x 34” high)
Digesters: $80 + HST $10.40 = $90.40 (31.5” diameter x 38.5” high)


Composter Information Package (PDF)
Digester Information Package (PDF)
Digester Installation Insutructions (PDF)


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Waste Management Cottage Kits Available For Seasonal Residents

Posted to Administrative, Environmental, Services on Jul 21, 2019

Cottage Kits are available for residents to purchase for a small fee.

The kit provides the necessary information & tools needed for a cottage renter to dispose of their garbage and recycling at the end of the week and includes:

  • a landfill pass, good for one-time use, allowing them into the landfill sites.
  • a welcome letter that provides a quick overview of Highlands East waste management program and the rules that would be relevant to the cottage renter.
  • a clear bag for household garbage
  • clear blue recycling bags
  • large paper grocery bag for fibres
  • recycling guide, landfill hours of operation, map showing the landfill site locations, disposal fees, household hazardous waste event dates and an MNR Bear Wise Fact Sheet.

If you are interested in purchasing The Cottage Kit, you can do so by picking them up at the Municipal Office in Wilberforce, 2249 Loop Road, the Information Centre at 2786 Essonville Line, Wilberforce, or contact us to make arrangements to have a kit(s) mailed to you.

info [at] highlandseast [dot] ca or 705-448-2981 $3.00/kit or 10 kits for $25.00