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Volunteer Recognition Breakfast

Posted to Events on Mar 28, 2018

Highlands East Council and Staff would like to invite you to attend a Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on April 21st from 9AM to 11AM at the Lloyd Watson Community Centre.

We would like to recognize and thank sincerely all of the volunteers in Highlands East for their contributions that make our Municipality a great place!

Fill up on all-you-can-eat Pancakes and Sausages at the 40th Annual Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, March 31st

Posted to Events on Mar 15, 2018

The 40th annual Maple Syrup Festival held at the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce will be serving up all you can eat pancakes and sausages with locally made pure Maple Syrup on Saturday, March 31st on Easter Weekend from 9AM to 2PM. Enjoy the flea market and craft tables as well as a colouring contest and crafts as well as Free Public Skating from 12PM to 2PM across the road at the arena!

$3 for children 10 and under.
$6 for adults.

Plus, a Baked Beans Contest! Submit your best Baked Beans and let the votes decide! Contact Nataly for details at 705-448-1690.

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Get your Questions Answered at the Highlands East Visitor Information Centre mid-May through Thanksgiving

Posted to Activities, Administrative, Events, News & Notices, Services on Sep 6, 2017

The Highland East Vistor Information Centre is located at 2786 Essonville Line in Wilberforce (at the Curling Club) and is open daily, mid-May through Thanksgiving from 10:00AM through 4:00PM (closed Tuesdays) and offers mineral permission to collect forms and directions, geocaching information and GPS rentals, trails, events and other general area information.

Contact the Info Centre at 705-448-2981 Ext. 432 or email jvanier [at] highlandseast [dot] ca.


During the off-season please call Joanne Vanier, Community Economic Development & Committee Coordinator at 705-448-2981 Ext. 433 or Tracy Millar, Receptionist at 705-448-2981 Ext. 421 or by email at info [at] highlandseast [dot] ca

There's something for everyone at the Wilberforce Agricultural Fair!

Posted to Events on Aug 3, 2017

Gates open at 6PM on Friday, August 11th and at 9AM on Saturday, August 12th. Admission on Friday night is FREE. Adult admission on Saturday is $7 for adults and children under 16 get in for FREE. For a complete schedule and more details visit or visit the Facebook page.

Pony Pull at the Wilberforce Ag Fair

Join us for an authentic country fair with Friday night events that include children’s dog show, Lion's Club food booth, ball hockey & pony pull and on Saturday start the day with a Lion's Club Breakfast followed by the rest of the days' events that include a live band, horse drawn wagon rides,sheep sheering demonstration, pedal tractor pull, petting zoo, kid’s activities, nail driving competition, Light and Heavy Horse Draws and much more.  

Explore the Highlands East Art Tour on August 12th & 13th and 19th & 20th

Posted to Events on Aug 3, 2017
Painting by Chuck Lewis

Discover the Artists of Highlands East with a quality studio tour of fine arts and crafts amidst the breathtaking scenery. Come out and see the original works and meet the talented artists and their guests in their studios.

In order to make your visit more enjoyable, visit the official website at and plan your tour and mark your calendar for two memorable weekends (August 12 - 13 and August 19 - 20) in rural Ontario!

Celebrate Canada Day 150 throughout Highlands East with a Full Day of Events

Posted to Events, News & Notices on Jun 30, 2017

Celebrate Canada Day 150 throughout Highlands East with a full day of celebrations at each town within the Municipality! From the Opening Ceremonies in Cardiff at 8:45AM to the evening Fireworks Grand Finale in Gooderham, each town has something to offer. Go to each location to earn ballots for prizes by completing historical quizzes and get your Passport (pick it up at the beginning of the day in Cardiff) stamped and you can win the 150 Prize at the end of the day!

July 1st Celebrate Canada Day 150

Continue reading to check out the full schedule or download a copy to print at home!

Cardiff 8:45AM - 11:00AM

Cardiff Community Centre, 2747 Monck Road

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Piper
  • Town Crier
  • Welcome from Council
  • Fire Department Breakfast
  • Games & Activities
  • Displays

Highland Grove 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Highland Grove Community Centre, 5373 Loop Road

  • Felting, Spinning Wheel, Weaving Demonstrations (Plus felting activity for kids.)
  • Aboriginal firing of clay pots with Fire Department
  • Making Pinch Pots
  • Lot Cutting
  • Horseshoes
  • Displays & Refreshments

Harcourt 11:00AM - 1:00PM

Harcourt Ball Diamond, Harcourt Road

  • Baseball Competition: Furthest Hit (10 Pitches)

Wilberforce 12:00PM - 4PM

Lloyd Watson Centre, 2249 Loop Road

  • Raise the Flag with Legion & Colour Party
  • Singing of O Canada
  • Lunch (Sandwiches, Cupcakes & Drinks)
  • Wagon Rides in Wilberforce Fairgrounds
  • Display and Activities
  • Live Entertainment
  • Model Train Display
  • Games

Tory Hill 3:00PM - 5:00PM

18666 Highway 118

  • Display & Refreshments

Gooderham 4:00PM - 10:00PM

Gooderham Community Centre, 1043 Community Centre Road

  • Horseshoe Competition (3PM-6PM)
  • Irondale Display, Fossil Display
  • Face Painting
  • Children's Program
  • BBQ, Food & Refreshments
  • Live Entertainment
  • Closing Remarks
  • Grand Finale Fireworks

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

Posted to Events on Jun 28, 2017

Over 150 Prizes to be raffled at the Keith Tallman Memorial Area in Wilberforce on Saturday, July 15, 2016. 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.

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

Plus, enjoy an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser for the Curling Club served at the Lloyd Watson Memorial Centre in Wilberforce from 4:30PM to 7PM for just $10/adult and $5/child.

All proceeds of the Penny Raffle go towards recreation and fitness resources within our community!

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Dale Case and the Benttree Bluegrass Band Live in Gooderham on July 15th

Posted to Events on Jun 23, 2017

The Gooderham Bandstand Committee would like you to enjoy an afternoon of Dale Case and the Benttree Bluegrass Band live at the Robert McCausland Memorial Community Centre Bandstand.

Gate opens at 2PM; Band plays from 3PM to 5PM; Rain or Shine.

BBQ Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Soft drinks will be sold.
$10.00 per person; 12 and under free with adult supervision. Please bring your own chairs.
For more information, please call:

  • Donna   705-457-6861
  • Clayton 705-447-2388
  • Wendi   705-447-0509

Proceeds support further town functions for the bandstand.

CBC's Still Standing Comes to Wilberforce

Posted to Events, News & Notices on Apr 19, 2017

CBC's Still Standing is a Comedy/Reality Series that focuses on small towns and their struggles to stay alive. The show will be visiting Wilberforce over Mother's Day Weekend (May 11th through 15th) to interview locals, learn about our past and discover how we are, "Still Standing".

Host Jonny Harris will be doing a live taping of the wrap-up Stand Up Comedy Show at the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce on Monday, May 15th at 6:30PM. Admission is free and the doors open at 6:00PM. Ages 14+, this is a live taping with no intermissions.

Let's pack the hall and show Jonny why Wilberforce is Still Standing!

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Posted to Events, News & Notices on Mar 21, 2017

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