Hike, bike or ride the trails of Highlands East!

Posted to Activities on Mar 23, 2017

Whether your like to walk or run, ride a bike, a horse or an ATV, one of Highlands East's trails is sure to please.

Hiking in Highlands East

The Homesteader Trail Loop is named in recognition of the pioneers who tried to farm this corner of the Canadian Shield. Today, roads and trails named after those Homesteaders are all that is left of the area's farming past. Look for long abandoned overgrown farm fields and old stone fences.

Download the Homesteader Trail brochure.

The Prospector Trail Loop is a trail with a tale of prospectors and miners who came in the 1920's-1950's for molybdenite and flourite and discovered uraninite; the richest ore of radium. The route encompases long abandoned mine sites such as the Harcourt Graphite  mine, the Dwyer, Schickler, Tripp and Clark mines; long lost to the undergrowth. Take time to explore the rock cuts on the Old Burleigh Road and the I.B.&O. for black Tourmaline, blue Apatite and deep purple Flourite.

Download the Prospector Trail brochure.

Trail Maps

Trails Grid Panels

Municipal Multi-Use Trail System Map

Photo Gallery

The Old Burleigh RoadThe Dillman Hill TrailA calm day on Grace RiverMcCue Lake on the HomesteaderThe Old 503 section of the HomesteaderWaterfall along the IB&O Rail TrailSnowshoeing to Sucker LakeA stream on the way to Sucker LakeCrossing a long on the Sucker Lake TrailA sunset paddle on Wilbermere LakeSunset on Wilbermere LakeAlong the portage from Monck Lake to Cup LakeRocky outcropping on the Monck Lake to Cup Lake portageOn the water near the Monck Lake to Cup Lake portageCampsite on the Monck Lake to Cup Lake portageA loon stretches its wings on the shores of Dark Lake

Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour #1 in Canada!

Posted to Activities, News & Notices on Aug 14, 2015
1st Place Ribbon

The Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour is ranked Number One in Canada on the official geocaching.com website with 1929 favourite points (and counting!), having shot to the top of the list in just 3-months, overtaking other GeoTours that have been around for many years!

Just see what satisfied Geocachers are saying:

“Hahahaha! Not quite what I was expecting, but then...there is absolutely NO WAY we could predict what we would find at ANY of these caches! Not only did you think "outside the box"...you threw the whole box away and came up with some amazing caches!”

“NUMBER 100! Finished the GeoTour. I don’t know if I should be happy or sad. I’ve had such a great time doing the series I’m disappointed there are no more. I can’t say enough about the tour and the quality, variety or enjoyment value of the caches.”

“Know that these days have been the best since we started the hobby in 2004. This is truly what geocaching should be.”

“How absolutely fantastic is this!!!...Everyone should run, not walk, to this superb caching adventure.”

And now it is even easier to get 'caching with two newly created starter packages that include maps and cache info as well as a pre-loaded GPS coordinates for 10 Wilberforce Caches and another for the full tour. Visit www.geocachingcapitalofcanada.com for details.

Go Geocaching in Highlands East, the Geocaching Capital of Canada

Posted to Activities on Feb 20, 2015

Highlands East is home to the Geocaching Capital of Canada! Highlands East is a geocacher's paradise offering creative caches hidden in and around magnificent forests and pristine lakes where you can enjoy geocaching on foot, by bicycle, on horseback, ATV or snowmobile, or by simply driving the scenic back roads.

Geoaching Photo

2015 is a special year for Geocaching in Highlands East with the launch of the Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour on May 9th with a special Kickoff Event to celebrate the 100 special caches that make up the GeoTour.

Visit www.geocachingcapitalofcanada.com for more information.


2014 Algonquin Gateway Business Association Discovery Guide

Posted to Activities, Downloads on Jun 19, 2014

The AGBA Discovery Guide lists many local businesses and activities in and around Highlands East and is an excellent resource for those living in or planning to visit Highlands East.

Download the PDF file below or stop into a local business and pick up a paper-copy!

Download File

Go Geocaching in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on Jan 1, 2014
Geocaching Logo

The Geocaching Capital of Canada is comprised of a string of seven hamlets located within Highlands East: Irondale, Gooderham, Tory Hill, Wilberforce, Harcourt, Highland Grove and Cardiff and all are nestled on the eastern side of the scenic Haliburton Highlands, on the edge of the rugged Canadian Shield. 

This is prime Geocaching Country, a geocacher's paradise offering creative caches hidden in and around magnificent forests and pristine lakes.  Enjoy leisurely and muggle free geocaching on foot, by bicycle, on horseback, ATV, snowmobile in the winter, or by simply driving the scenic back roads (especially in the fall).  

Respectively, three hours north of Toronto, east of Ottawa and south of North Bay, and just minutes from Algonquin Provincial Park and Silent Lake Provincial Park, the Geocaching Capital of Canada is within easy reach of everyone.

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Join in on the fun and games at the Cardiff Community Centre!

Posted to Activities on Apr 5, 2013

The following activities take place every week at the Cardiff Community Centre, everyone is welcome:

  • Play Pickle Ball on Mondays from 1:00-4:00PM 
  • Bid Euchre is played on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:30PM
  • Carpet Bowling is played Wednesdays & Fridays from 1:00-3:00PM
  • Euchre is played Wednesdays from 7:00-9:30PM
  • Darts is played Fridays at 6:30PM 
  • Cribbage is played on Tuesdays in July & August only from 7:00-9:30PM

The Good Food Box Program takes place on the third Thursday of the month from 1:00-3:00PM

Check our Events Calendar for special events like Dances & Dinners.

Take part in some fun and flavourful weekly events at the Wilberforce Legion!

Posted to Activities on Mar 14, 2013

There is almost always something going on at the Wilberforce Legion Branch 624. And the best part is that everyone is welcome!


  • Sunday Breakfasts are held on the 2nd and last Sunday of each month.
  • Dinner Nights are held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.
  • A Community Care Luncheon for those aged 55+ is held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month.


  • Bid Euchre is played each Monday at 7:00PM
  • Dart Night is held each Wednesday at 7:30PM
  • Open Euchre is played each Thursday at 1:00PM
  • Pool is played each Friday at 1:30PM
  • Jam Sessions take place each Friday at 7:00PM
  • A Meat Draw takes place each Saturday at 2:00PM
  • Karaoke Night is held on the 1st Saturday of each month at 9:00PM

Check our Events Calendar for special events like Dances & Derbies.

Call the legion at 705-448-2221 for more information.

Take a Guided Mineral Eco-Tour at Greenmantle Farm

Posted to Activities on Jun 12, 2012

Come for a  once in a lifetime guided mineral tour at Greenmantle Farm in Wilberforce. You'll see rare minerals in an undisturbed natural setting. Enjoy walking in cool, well maintained forest trails where you will learn about the interdependence of minerals, plants, and animals. Be prepared to be amazed!

Mineral Eco-Tours at Greenmantle Farm

For more information visit mineraltours.net

Enjoy Highlands East's lakes with these Water Access Points

Posted to Activities on Sep 4, 2010

Take advantage of our many lakes with these boat launches.

Map: Highlands East's Water Access Points

View Highlands East's Water Access Points in a larger map.

Day Trip: Wildcat Trail & Glamor Lake Park

Posted to Activities on Aug 23, 2010

Perfect for the ATV enthusiast!

Park at the Tory Hill Community Park and head west on Highway 118 to Gibson Road. Turn left and follow Gibson Road until the very end. It turns into Wildcat Trail and it is a great ride with spectacular scenery. A little challenging in spots, but worth the ride.

You’ll come out at Glamor Lake Road. Turn right and you will end up at a fabulous park between Big and Little Glamor Lakes; Ideal for a picnic or a dip.

Head back down Glamor Lake Road and you will end up on Highway 503, where you can turn right to Gooderham and have lunch at Donna’s Diner or you can turn left and catch the IB&O Rail Trail right back to the Tory Hill Community Park. You don’t require a trail permit to ride this trail, as the Municipality of Highlands East owns the Rail Trail within its boundaries.