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Past Church Events

  • Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:30am
    Irondale's Heritage Church, 1019 Elm Rd, just off Salerno Lake Rd

    This tour is part of the Hike Haliburton weekend. 

    Start your journey into the past at the historic and unique Irondale Church. Armed with photos and stories George will introduce you to the various snippets of Irondale’s colourful history.  Follow George through the bush – literally through the bush – to see and hear more of the area’s history.  You may wish to arm yourself with bug spray and/or bug jackets. Suitable for adults, teens and children.
    Meet at Irondale's Church at 10:30am - wear comfortable walking shoes and long pants.  You will be going through natural bush. 

    RATING:           Easy with a steep climb and walk through a wooded area
    MAXIMUM #:     30
    AMENITIES:       Parking, washrooms (on site), bottled water, shelter
    LEADERS:          George Simmons
    LEADERS BIO:     George, a 4th generation of two original settler families is Irondale’s historian. He has also served as municipal councillor and Warden of Haliburton County.



  • Thursday, September 8, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, September 11, 2016 (All day)
    various locations in & around Highlands East

    Artists paint outside at various locations.  Pick up or print off a listing of sites available and travel round - see if you can catch an artist in action.

    On the Sunday afternoon, these same artists will have a few pieces of their work on display at the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce, 12 noon to 4pm.  Admission is free, you can browse the artwork, chat with the artists and meet old friends.  Possibly purchase a piece for your wall.

    Turn learn more visit the Plein Air website



  • Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Kinmount - former Lucky Taylor's Gas Station

    Forget slaving over the oven.  Pick up fresh baked goodies instead.

    Come and check out our selection of sweets and treats at the Kinmount's former Taylor's Gas Station on Saturday October 10 from 10 to 3.  Stock up for Christmas, if you don't need for this weekend!

    Proceeds from this sale will assist with the restoration plans for Irondale's Heritage Church.

  • Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Irondale's IBO General Store

    Forget slaving over the oven.  Pick up fresh baked goodies instead.

    Come and check out our selection of sweets and treats at the Irondale General Store on Friday October 9 from 10 to 3 or Kinmount's former Taylor's Gas Station on Saturday October 10 from 10 to 3. Or come to both, variety will vary! Stock up for Christmas!

    Proceeds from this sale will assist with the restoration plans for Irondale's Heritage Church.

  • Friday, August 14, 2015 - 4:00pm to Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Minden Fairgrounds, Bobcaygeon Rd, Minden

    Irondale will be well represented at this year's fair. Drop by and say hello.  There will be a full display tent waiting for you to browse.  Souvenir items will be available as well.

    Haliburton County Fair a unique and fun event for the whole family!  Check out their website at


  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 12:00pm
    Lloyd Watson Centre, Wilberforce, ON

    Join us Saturday, May 9th 2015 at the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce, Ontario (N45 02.188  W078 13.362) for the Kick-Off Event celebrating the launch of the Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour, a collection of 100 geocaches spread across the breadth of the 7 hamlets that make up the Geocaching Capital of Canada.
    Pop into the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce for coffee and muffins in the morning, get details about the GeoTour’s milestone rewards and pick up a passport (or print the passport out).  Please note the passport will not be available to print out until after Friday May 8 at 3pm.
    Then, for the rest of the day, the Municipality of Highlands East is all “Yours to Explore” and 100 brand new caches await your arrival.
    The Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour details can be downloaded from: on Fri. May 8th at 3:00 pm.
    After your fun filled day of geocaching join us again for SUPPER back at the centre and an evening of regaling your adventures UNTIL it’s time to find the Night Caches… oh yes, there are night caches.
    And there’s more! Sunday brings another whole day of caching… right after we all have BREAKFAST at the Legion where you’ll get to expound on your nighttime geo-bravery.

    It’s all FUN, it’s all GEOCACHING. We'd love to have you join us.

  • Friday, May 8, 2015 - 3:00pm
    throughout the GeoCaching Capital of Canada

    Coming to Irondale – GeoTour

    The 2015 GeoTour is a collection of geocaches spread throughout the 7 hamlets that make up the Geocaching Capital of Canada.  Each family-friendly cache shares a chuckle, an interesting fact or a breath-taking location.

    A downloadable passport helps you to keep track of your finds, and milestone rewards keep you coming back until you’ve found all 100 geocaches.   Download the entire Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour at:  

    Several geocaches are hidden in Irondale at picturesque locations and historical sites within the hamlet.  Two are at the Furnace Falls Park.  After caching, enjoy a bit to eat at one o the County's many eateries or pack a picnic lunch and spend a relaxing afternoon by the falls.

    Another day, pick up where you left off.

    2016 brings us a new type of GeoTour.  I can't give you any details.  Check the above website often for the release of information.

    The rest of the municipality of Highlands East is all “Yours to Explore” so come, and let this unique collection of 100 caches take you on another exploration of pristine lakes, scenic locations, and historical sites.

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 1:00pm
    Kinmount Cemetery - old section

    Irondale does not have a cemetery therefore Irondale's pioneers were buried in outlying areas - Kinmount, Gelert and Gooderham cemeteries.  Join us on a guided walk through the older section of the Kinmount Cemetery.  We will learn about some of Irondale's people - those that sleep beneath the turf.

    Meet at the cemetery gates on Bobcaygeon Rd.  Parking available along the street.  Please be considerate and refrain from blocking private driveways.

    Walk is approx. 1 1/2 hours long.  The terrain is unlevel so please wear appropriate footwear.

    Tickets are $10 each.  Available here with credit card, call /text 705-457-8438 or in person at Irondale's IBO General Store

  • Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 9:00am
    Irondale Community Centre

    Enjoy a traditional Irish Breakfast - bangers, rashers, pudding, potatoes, soda bread, and all the fixins'.  Great display items too.  Wear Green and get a ballot for a special draw.

    $12 per person

    Breakfast served 9 am to 12 noon.

  • Friday, August 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
    Irondale Church, 1019 Elm Rd.

    The Metis have various artifacts consisting of tools, modes of transportation, and different objects that shaped their culture.  This presentation will help participants learn about Metis culture through a power point presentation and the artifacts.

    Admission is by donation and is suitable for all ages.  For more information please call 705-457-8438 or email


  • Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Irondale Church, 1019 Elm Rd.

    Julia Sutton facilitated at the Salerno Devil’s Lake Cottagers’ Association Open House/Workshop last July.  She assisted in developing the Lake Plan Mission Statement.  She is returning to also help faciliate our second session this summer.  It would be appreciated if all interested parties attend.

    Coffee will be served.  For more information contact the SDLCA at


  • Saturday, May 17, 2014 (All day)
    Irondale Church

    Come out and discover what we have about the man that gave Irondale its name. 

    Charles Pusey has been long been attributed as the founder of the area.

    Pictures and text will be used to share the information.

    No admission charge.  Of course, donations are always welcome.