Nature Trails near Wilberforce, Ontario

Wilberforce is a hamlet in the Municipality of Highlands East in the County of Haliburton.

This picturesque hamlet is nestled on the shores of Pusey Lake (commonly referred to as Dark Lake) has plenty to offer. Wilberforce is home to the first Red Cross Outpost in Ontario which is now a National Heritage Site, the Wilberforce Agricultural Fair and is the Geocaching Capital of Canada.
Wilberforce has many amenities including a Foodland, LCBO, Scotiabank, restaurant, pharmacy, gas station, general store, Royal Canadian Legion, public school, Library, Medical Centre, a non-profit housing complex, Fire Hall, many churches, boutiques, a Curling Club, Arena, tennis and basketball courts, a ball diamond and a large Community Centre with a public park ideal for weddings, reunions etc.

Highlands East: Yours to Explore
Situated on the Eastern side of Haliburton County, the Municipality covers 758 square kilometres with over 70 lakes. The hamlets of Cardiff, Highland Grove, Wilberforce, Tory Hill and Gooderham are our settlement areas. Highlands East has a permanent population of approximately 2,700 and a seasonal population of roughly 13,000 with a total of 4,300 households.
If you are a visitor touring the Highlands for the first time, you will be struck by the singular beauty of its landscapes and the authenticity of its people and surroundings. Home of the Geocaching Capital of Canada, a geocacher's paradise offering a GeoTour of 150 creative caches and GeoArt containing 100 caches hidden in and around magnificent forests and pristine lakes where you can enjoy leisurely and muggle-free geocaching on foot, by bicycle, on horseback, ATV or snowmobile, or by simply driving the scenic back roads. Visit the National Heritage Site of the First Red Cross Outpost in Ontario, and you will no doubt come to understand why Highlands East is referred to as “A Hidden Gem to Discover”.
Whether you enjoy fishing, hunting, swimming, boating, ATV-ing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, horseback riding, motorcycling, walking, cycling, curling, hockey, figure skating, arts tours, country fairs, heritage sites, old country stores, rare mineral tours, craft sales, churches, or volunteer events, we have it all. Check the Events Calendar for the latest happenings.
Day trips can include but are not limited to Heritage Sites, Ghost Towns, Old School Houses, Sculptures or a Studio Arts Tour. You can also indulge in a sensational day trip paddle to High Falls as well as numerous other trails and paddles throughout the Municipality.
There is no place like Highlands East for the fall colours. Plan a mini holiday and take part in some of the various Activities throughout the Municipality. Check out our lodgings, campgrounds, cottage rentals. You won’t be disappointed. All of the seasons offer a beauty of their own.
Those interested in genealogy can visit the old Kidd Schoolhouse on Loop Road in Highland Grove and our cemeteries, including the Pioneer Cemetery in Gooderham.

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Burleigh Loop Trail

Burleigh Loop Trail The Burleigh Road was one of the original Colonization Roads created in the 1840s and 50s to open up the area for settlement. This 4 km loop starts at the parking lot at the Information Centre in the Curling Club and takes you by Agnew’s...

I. B. & O. Rail Trail: Farr Rd to Tory Hill Section

I. B. & O. Rail Trail: Farr Rd to Tory Hill Section This popular multi-use trail was once a section of the Irondale, Bancroft & Ottawa railway. The trail is relatively flat, making it a pleasant walk or bicycle ride, 5.5 km in length. Be aware that it is...

Prospector Trail Loop

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...