Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost

      Visit our National Historic Site. View the displays of artifacts and learn of the fine contribution of Red Cross Nurses in providing health and medical services for over four decades.

      Historic Film:

      Shown daily at 1:00pm or upon request, this PR film about the Red Cross Outpost Nursing Service was produced in the 1940's and was filmed in the Wilberforce Area.

      Virtual Exhibit:

      Visit the Haliburton Highlands Heritage website at haliburtonhighlandsheritage.ca to view virtual exhibits from the Red Cross Historic House Museum and other museums in the Haliburton Highlands.

      About the Outpost:

      The Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost & Historic House is the site of the first Red Cross Outpost Hospital in Ontario, as well as the first hospital of any kind in Haliburton County and its surrounding area. It was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 2003.

      The Red Cross Outpost opened in 1922 and was operated by live-in nurses until 1957. It then continued to serve various community and medical services until 1963.

      Special events and displays related to Outpost and Community history are organized regularly by the Wilberforce Heritage Guild. Please visit the Gallery to view past examples and check the Events listing for upcoming activities.

      The Historic House Museum is preserved, organized and operated by the Wilberforce Heritage Guild 1991®, a Volunteer Charitable Group and is owned and supported by the Municipality of Highlands East.

      The building was designated as a National Historic Site in September 2003 by the Canadian Minister of Heritage, the Honourable Sheila Copps. At a ceremony on August 15, 2006 the National Historic Site plaque was unveiled.


July & August
Open Daily 11 - 4
Closed Tuesdays


1st Monday each month, 6:30pm
Wilberforce Heritage Guild Meeting

Settlers Photograph Display
Runs during July & August

Canada Day Celebrations
July 1 at 11:30am
Flag raising, music & refreshments.

Lawn Croquet & Tea
July 21 at 1:30pm and 4:00pm

Outpost Scrabble & Coffee
July 11 and August 8 at 10:30am

Outpost at the Penny Raffle
July 16 at the Wilberforce Arena

Kids' Time at the Outpost
Wednesdays in July at 11:15am
Ages 6-11. Stories, crafts, etc.

Outpost at the AG Fair
August 6 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Art of an Outpost Nurse Exhibit Opens
August 10 at 7:30pm
Runs through Autumn

24th Anniversary Celebrations
August 15 at 7:00pm
Corn & Weiner Roast. Quilt Raffle.



2314 Loop Road [MAP]
Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada