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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.

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.

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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Notice regarding New Swimming Lesson Dates

Posted to News & Notices on Jun 21, 2019

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:

Wilbermere Beach, New Swimming Lesson Dates
Session #1 – July 30th – August 9th (Morning)
Session #2 – August 12th – August 23rd (Morning)

There will be NO rescheduling of the evening dates for swimming lessons taking place at Wilbermere Beach. Those evening lessons have been cancelled.

Gooderham (Pine Lake) Beach, New Swimming Lesson Dates
Session #1 – July 30th – August 9th (Afternoon)
Session #2 – August 12th – August 23rd (Afternoon)

If there are any questions or concerns please contact the Main Office in Wilberforce Monday to Friday between 9AM and 4:30PM or call us at 705-448-2981.

Fraud Alert: Watch out for local Fire Department Phone Scams

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Jun 7, 2019

Be advised, the Municipality of Highlands East Fire Departments, other Fire Departments of Haliburton County and the Firefighters Associations DO NOT solicit funds over the phone. We have received reports of such calls happening throughout the County. Always be vigilant, and never give out personal information or money over the phone.

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

Posted to Activities, Administrative, Events, News & Notices, Services on May 22, 2019

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

Emergency Preparedness Week 2019: Are You Ready?

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on May 8, 2019
Emergencies can happen anytime. Are you ready?

2019 Emergency Preparedness Week's theme is “Are You Ready?” and focuses on the importance of individuals and families being prepared for emergencies before they happen. Download the Emergency Preparedness Pocket Guide which features updated information on how you and your family can prepare for an emergency and follow the links below for additional specialized preparedness guides:

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