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Highlands East

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Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and celebrate the heritage of Cardiff, Highland Grove, Wilberforce, Tory Hill and Gooderham at Doors Open Highlands East.

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Situated on the eastern side of Haliburton County, the municipality of Highlands East covers 758 square kilometres (293 square miles), with over 70 lakes. The hamlets of Cardiff, Highland Grove, Wilberforce, Tory Hill and Gooderham are the main settlement areas.

Highlands East has a permanent population of approximately 2,700, which expands to roughly 13,000 in the summer months. 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 to the Geocaching Capital of Canada, the First Red Cross Outpost in Ontario, Silent Lake Provincial Park and so much more, you will no doubt come to understand why the area is often referred to as “A Hidden Gem to Discover.”

Whether you enjoy fishing, hunting, swimming, boating, ATVing, 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, churches or volunteer events – we have it all! Daytrips can include, but are not limited to, heritage sites, ghost towns, old schoolhouses, sculptures or a studio arts tour. You can also indulge in a sensational daytrip paddle to High Falls as well as numerous other trails and paddles throughout the municipality. 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. 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 website for more information. You won’t be disappointed. All of the seasons offer a beauty of their own.

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Agnew's General Store Doors Open Highlands East

Agnew's General Store

In 1921, with only a handshake to seal the deal, Fred Agnew purchased the Wilberforce general store from S.W. Reynolds. Fred and his family became part of the community, passing their commitment to the area on to their sons and future generations. During Doors Open, stop by for a guided tour, and treat yourself at Eileen's Ice Cream Parlour.

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2284 Loop Road
Wilberforce, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2211
www.agnews.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (guided tours every hour on the hour)

Artech Glassblowing Studios (Tory Hill United Church) Doors Open Highlands East

Artech Glassblowing Studios (Tory Hill United Church)

Built in 1928, the Tory Hill United Church was the centre of this once-busy community. Across from McCue Lake, nestled at the bottom of the hill, this old church has been converted into a private residence and the Artech Glassblowing Studios. During Doors Open, glassblowing demonstrations will take place and the gallery shop will be open.

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18639 Highway 118
Tory Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-9522
www.artechstudios.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1928
Building type: Commercial, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cardiff Community Centre (Village of Cardiff History) Doors Open Highlands East

Cardiff Community Centre (Village of Cardiff History)

Drop into the Cardiff Community Centre’s open house and learn about the history of this quiet residential community – from the building of the Monck Road, completed in 1873, through the mining boom of the 1950s and early 1960s. Long-time residents – through oral histories and artifacts – will discuss how the village came to be and its evolution into today’s community.

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2747 Monck Road
Cardiff, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2981, ext. 433

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Essonville Historic Church Doors Open Highlands East

Essonville Historic Church

This church was built in 1888 as an Anglican church, using pine trees located on its site. The leaded-glass windows and bell were brought from England. The church was decommissioned in the late 1960s, but restored by members of the community as a non-denominational church. It offers services twice a year, in August and December.

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1284 Essonville Line, about 1 km northeast of Highway 118
Essonville, Ontario
http://essonvillechurch.org

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gooderham Pioneer Cemetery Doors Open Highlands East

Gooderham Pioneer Cemetery

The Gooderham Pioneer Cemetery contains graves of some of the first settlers in the community, in the area once known as Canada West. The earliest recorded burial is that of George Ridout, in 1880. Although the cemetery was closed to further burials in 1905, as a gesture of respect, Alice (Dixon) Hunter was allowed to be buried there in 1929.

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1032 Gooderham Street
Gooderham, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2981

Architecture

Year built: 1880 (first burial)
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hunter Lumber Doors Open Highlands East

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Hunter Lumber

When the local railway arrived in 1891, mills sprang up throughout the region – the most famous being the Hunter Mill. Entrepreneur John Hunter recognized an opportunity and built a sawmill and gristmill here. The lumber mill remained in operation for over 100 years. The current building was constructed in 1976 when the mill moved from water to electrical power.

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1010 Community Centre Road
Gooderham, Ontario
Telephone: 705-447-2611

Architecture

Year built: 1976
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hyland Ice Supply Doors Open Highlands East

Hyland Ice Supply

Hyland Ice Supply, a division of Kemcroft Enterprises Ltd., is a manufacturer/distributor of food-grade packaged ice. It is the largest family-owned ice company in Ontario, with one of the most modern ice plants in Canada. Hyland Ice was started in 1945 by Mel Croft, who cut ice out of Wilbermere Lake and stored it in sawdust until the following summer.

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1370 Loop Road
Wilberforce, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2973
www.hylandice.com

Architecture

Year built: 1958
Architect: Mel Croft

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday only: guided tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Kidd Schoolhouse Museum Doors Open Highlands East

Kidd Schoolhouse Museum

In 1890, Walter Kidd built this schoolhouse – the oldest surviving schoolhouse in Cardiff Township – to serve the tiny community of Kidd’s Corners. After closing in the 1920s, the school later became a hunt camp and then an information booth. It was moved to its current location in 2004 and restored, and reopened as a museum in 2010.

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5373 Loop Road
Highland Grove, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2218

Architecture

Year built: 1890
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Magnificent Hill Doors Open Highlands East

Magnificent Hill

Step back in time and experience what it was like to live self-sufficiently. Magnificent Hill is a home and lifestyle where you can learn to develop ways to become as self-sufficient and sustainable as possible. Enjoy touring the site, meeting the animals and harvesting fresh chemical-free vegetables to top your pizza – cooked in an outdoor wood-fired oven.

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1258 Magnificent Road
Highland Grove, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-9453
https://magnificenthill.wordpress.com

Architecture

Building type: Food and drink, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Doors Open Highlands East

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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

With the discovery of uranium around Centre and Paudash lakes, new communities developed. More than half of the newcomers, mainly Catholic, were French-Canadian from northern Ontario and Quebec. In early days, mass was celebrated on portable altars in private homes. Then, in 1956, this church was built – with funds raised through bingos, bake sales and lotteries.

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2761 Monck Road
Cardiff, Ontario
Telephone: 613-339-2397

Architecture

Year built: 1956
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday mass at 11 a.m. (all are welcome)

St. John Vianney Catholic Church Doors Open Highlands East

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

In 1939, the property on which this church stands was purchased for $45. A cabin was built and the first mass was held here in July/August that year. On December 12, 1939, the wooden chapel was blessed by Bishop Denis O’Connor. Over the years, the community has donated a restored set of Stations of the Cross and a dinner bell.

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5408 Loop Road
Highland Grove, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-2218

Architecture

Year built: 1939
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Margaret's Anglican Church Doors Open Highlands East

St. Margaret's Anglican Church

Celebrating its 99th anniversary in 2019, this simple frame church was originally a lumbermen’s bunkhouse. It was moved by horses to its current location. The first service was held in December 1920. Over the years, a new sanctuary, narthex, solid oak furnishings and beautiful stained-glass windows have been added. The original bell still calls people to worship on Sundays.

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2319 Loop Road
Wilberforce, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1920
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday service at 11:30 a.m. (all are welcome)

Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost Historic House Museum Doors Open Highlands East

Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost Historic House Museum

In 1922, the Red Cross Outpost Nursing service in Ontario began here. The service spread rapidly and continued for four decades, providing medical aid for numerous rural areas. This public health service program aided in the development of government-supported health care in Canada. In 1992, the outpost reopened as a museum and, in 2003, was declared a National Historic Site.

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  • National Historic Site (Canada)
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2314 Loop Road
Wilberforce, Ontario
Telephone: 705-448-3000
www.redcrossoutpost.org

Architecture

Year built: 1914-16
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wilberforce Train Mural Doors Open Highlands East

Wilberforce Train Mural

This beautiful mural, painted by Allen Hilgendorf, is a tribute to the old Wilberforce train station and to soldiers returning from the Second World War. Reg Schofield is shown being joyfully met after being held prisoner near Hong Kong for four years. Seen from any angle, the train always appears to be coming directly at you.

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2259 Loop Road (on the side of the Wilberforce Fire Hall)
Wilberforce, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.