Wilberforce

Located on the southern edge of the pristine Dark Lake, Wilberforce is a quiet Haliburton hamlet with a rich history that offers endless opportunities to explore and experience what makes the Haliburton area so special. The beauty of the area is what has made Wilberforce the Geocaching capital of Canada.

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Wilberforce Area Information

Wilberforce is a community in southeast Ontario, just under a three hour drive north of Toronto.

Wilberforce joins the other settlement areas of Cardiff, Highland Grove, Tory Hill, and Gooderham, along with the townships of Bicroft, Cardiff, Glamorgan, and Monmouth to make up the municipality of Highlands East. This area covers more than 750 kilometres, 70 gorgeous lakes, and over 4000 households.

There’s plenty to see and experience in the Wilberforce area, whether it’s on a trail taking in the awe-inspiring landscape, or the endless historic sites throughout the area, like closed mines, ghost towns, or the old IB&O Railway. It’s exactly why Wilberforce is known for being the Geocaching capital of Canada.

Geocaching is a beloved activity of many, where people explore the outdoors using a mobile device search for specific coordinates around the world, like a treasure hunt. There are millions of them around the world! Wilberforce has so many exciting must-see locations that it’s become a haven for geocaching enthusiasts.

While the area of Wilberforce offers stunning scenery, the local amenities and thriving local businesses make Wilberforce the desirable place to live that it is.

Wilberforce was once a mining town and a railways town, making it a great and accessible location for those looking for opportunity. The town has flourished since then and remains a wonderful place to establish a life.

The quaint hamlet has a restaurant, pharmacy, gas station, general store, public school, library, medical centre, fire hall, and several different churches.

Wilberforce Real Estate

The Wilberforce real estate resembles what much of the Haliburton area offers, with housing styles like cabin, cottage, craftsmen, and coastal appropriate homes available on the market.

The population density is spread out and sparse in the Wilberforce hamlet, which means plenty of space for large yards, large homes, and space between neighbours. The Wilberforce homes for sale are typically larger, with plenty of three bedroom options as well as six bedroom houses available to prospective home buyers.

With so much real estate area to choose from, there are also options for those looking to build their own homes. Premiere vacant land can be found here to buy, for planning your own perfect life and home. Look for lakeside living or plan for that perfect bedroom window view -- it’s totally up to you.

With great options for families, or couples looking to settle into a life that many think of as their holiday destination, properties in Wilberforce vary greatly in style -- for whatever you’re looking for. Stone-exterior homes feel like the perfect blend of practical living with the beauty of the surroundings. Expect to find many options with plenty of patio space to take advantage of the available views and fresh air. Inside, strong wood-frame construction with modern amenities means comfortable and luxurious living.

Things to Do in Wilberforce, ON

For the same reasons Wilberforce is ideal for geocaching, the day trips available to the residents of Wilberforce are endless. Of course, there’s the everyday living activities that could be steps away from your back door, like swimming, skating, or boating on the lake, or hiking through the trails underneath the impressive canopy of pine trees, but there’s so much more.

In summer or winter, recreational activities perfectly suited for the area include:

  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Boating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Cross country skiing
  • Horseback riding

And for those passionate geocachers, or anyone that simply loves to explore, there are so many things to see and discover, such as:

  • National Heritage Site of the first Red Cross Outpost in Ontario
  • Wilberforce Agricultural Fair
  • Ghost Town of Cheddar
  • Camp Diamond

Wilberforce History

The Wilberforce Colony was first established back in 1829.

In what is an amazing story of Canadian history, the settlement was created by free African American citizens who were fleeing discriminatory laws in the United States, primarily Ohio. These individuals wanted to control their own destiny and hold political say in how they could live their lives.

A decade later, the colony then became a refuge for people from another country -- Irish immigrants looking to leave the famine behind and start a new life.

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