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Beat the Heat

Posted to Activities, News & Notices on Jul 13, 2018

With the hot weather this summer the Municipality of Highlands East wants to remind residents of the activities and locations throughout the Municipality that can help you stay cool:

  • There are many lakes with public access beaches and boat launches including North Bay Beach, Wilbermere Lake and Pine Lake. A map of Water Access Points can be viewed on our website. 
  • The pool in Cardiff is also open to the public for swimming Monday to Friday from 12:30PM to 3PM, 4PM to 6 PM and 7PM to 8 PM.  Saturday swimming is available from 11AM to 1:30PM and 2:30PM to 5PM.
  • Haliburton County Public Library branches in Wilberforce, Gooderham, Cardiff and Highland Grove all have air conditioning, free wifi and of course many books to keep you occupied while you stay cool. Visit for operating hours and other information.

Please remember to keep pets and small children indoors and do not leave them unattended inside of vehicles and abide by the county-wide fire ban that is in place.

The Highlands East website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages, will be updated with any additional news, information and resources as they are made available.

Early Notification for Extreme Temperatures issued for Haliburton County

Posted to News & Notices on Jul 12, 2018

Environment Canada is forecasting hot, humid weather beginning on Saturday, July 14th and continuing until July 17th when a forecasted cold front moves into the area.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit encourages people to take steps to protect themselves during extremely hot, humid weather. Heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke can be very dangerous, especially for infants, older adults, and people with chronic diseases. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, headache, fainting, paleness, weakness, tiredness, dizziness, and nausea. If residents experience heat-related illness or symptoms, they should seek medical attention.

To help alert people to the arrival of extremely warm conditions, the Health Unit will issue the following if conditions warrant:

  • A Heat Warning is issued when the day-time temperature is forecast to be 31°C or higher, with a minimum day-time low of 20°C or higher, for two consecutive days. A heat warning can also be issued when the humidex is forecast to be 40°C or higher for two consecutive days.
  • An Extended Heat Warning is issued when the same conditions apply above, but the heat event is expected to last for three or more days in a row.

During a heat warning, or anytime when temperatures become uncomfortably warm, the Health Unit advises people to:

  • Avoid going out in the sun or heat when possible.
  • Stay cool, and if possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall, library, community centre, or friend's house. To see if there is a cooling centre in your community, contact your local municipality.
  • When outdoors, stay in the shade as much as possible. If you plan to go outside during a very hot day, do so early in the morning or evening when it is cooler.
  • Avoid outdoor sports and physical activity.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light clothing and a wide brimmed hat.
  • Drink lots of water, even if you don't feel very thirsty. Avoid alcohol, coffee/tea and pop.
  • Check in regularly with vulnerable family, friends, neighbours and others who could be affected by the heat. These include children, older adults and persons with chronic illnesses. Make sure they are OK and are well-hydrated.
  • Eat light, cool foods, and avoid heavy meals that involve using the oven or other hot appliances.
  • Keep shades, drapes and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home, but keep windows open slightly. If you do not have air conditioning, use fans.
  • Keep lights off or turned low.
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically, or cool down with cool, wet towels.
  • Never leave a child or pet in a closed, parked vehicle.

Total Fire Ban In Effect

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Jul 9, 2018

Effective immediately Haliburton County (including all of Highlands East) is under a fire ban. Dry conditions, high heat, and the lack of forecasted precipitation has lead to an extreme fire risk. All permits are cancelled and campfires, charcoal BBQs (propane is allowed), fireworks and flying lanterns are strictly prohibited during the fire ban.

Businesses and individuals can use the printable fire ban poster available for download below to notify the public.

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Celebrate Canada Day throughout Highlands East

Posted to Events, News & Notices on Jun 18, 2018

Travel around Highlands East enjoying the many planned activities. Get your passport in Cardiff and have it stamped at all 5 locations to receive a ballot for a $100 gift certificate to be drawn before the fireworks in Gooderham. Continue reading to check out the full schedule or download a copy to print at home!

Cardiff 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Cardiff Legion, Cardiff Country Store

Breakfast at the Royal Canadian Legion ($7) Get your passport stamped at the Cardiff Country Store. Open house at the Fire Hall.

Highland Grove 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Kidd School House Museum, 5373 Loop Road

Felting, spinning wheel, and weaving, clay pinch pot, crafts, horseshoes, cutting and much more. Open house at the Fire Hall.

Wilberforce 1:00PM - 4PM

Red Cross Outpost Museum, Info Centre, Fire Hall

Raising the flag ceremony at 1:00PM, live entertainment, free sandwiches and cup cakes. Free horse drawn wagon rides and games at the Information Centre. Open house at the Fire Hall.

Tory Hill 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Highway 118 & County Road 503 Intersection

Come for games refreshments and first hand history with story telling from colourful local residents.

Gooderham 5:00PM - 10:30PM

Gooderham Community Centre, 1043 Community Centre Road

Live entertainment, cake and refreshments, BBQ, face painting, fossil display, children’s program, Irondale display, open house at the Fire Hall and more followed by the Grand Finale Fireworks.

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Notice regarding Naming of all Public/Private Roads and/or changing of Road Names

Posted to News & Notices on Jun 18, 2018
Take Notice that pursuant to Section 48 of the Municipal Act 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25, as amended, the Municipal Council, at their Regular Meeting, will be considering a bylaw to name/rename all public and private roads, as required, to accommodate the addition/revision of road names within the County of Haliburton.
Date:  Wednesday July 4, 2018
Time:  9:00AM
Location: 1101 Holmes Road, Wilberforce
For further information, please contact the municipal office:
Municipality of Highlands East
Box 295, Wilberforce, Ontario K0L 3C0
Robyn Rogers, Clerk
(705) 448-2981 ex. 422 or rrogers [at] highlandseast [dot] ca

Be Bear Wise

Posted to Activities, Downloads, News & Notices on Jun 4, 2018

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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Proposed Floor Plan for Highlands East Building Department Renovation

Posted to News & Notices on May 29, 2018

Highlands East Council invites comment on the proposed floor plan available for download below (originally attached to the minutes of the Special Meeting of Council held on May 24th in Gooderham) that is being considered for renovations to the Highlands East Building Department in Gooderham. Discussion and possible adoption of the plans will take place at the next regular meeting of council.

Please send your comments to Laurie Devolin, CBO at ldevolin [at] highlandseast [dot] ca

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June is Seniors' Month in Ontario

Posted to News & Notices on May 25, 2018

June is Ontario's 34th annual Seniors' Month and this year's theme is, "Now's the time to start something new." The Municipality of Highlands East encourages seniors to be active and involved in the community and there are some great programs and activities taking place every week within the Municipality including:

For more information about programs and services that are available to help seniors lead a healthy, active, and engaged life over 65, please visit

Water Sample Service Schedule & Drop-off Information

Posted to Environmental, News & Notices, Services on May 17, 2018

Pick-up & Drop-off Locations

Water sample bottles can be picked up at any Municipal Office in Highlands East.

Filled samples must be dropped off at the Wilberforce Municipal Office for shipment to the testing facility.

Summer Schedule

The bi-weekly summer water sample drop-off schedule will begin the week of April 16th with drop-offs being accepted Mondays and Wednesdays before Noon on each of those days.

Winter Schedule

Drop-offs will revert to our once-weekly winter schedule on October 2nd 2018.

Spring Load Restrictions End Monday, May 14th

Posted to News & Notices, Roads, Services on May 11, 2018

Spring load restrictions on all Highlands East roads will end as of May 14, 2018.