Recreation Programs

Participation in recreational programs requires the submission of a completed waiver form:

Snowshoe Hikes

hosted by Yours Outdoors

Explore new territory and local history as you snowshoe the property of Gordon Harrison. You will hear excerpts from Gordon’s book, My Cousin and Me, as you explore the Homestead. Suitable for adults, teens, and children over 10 yrs of age. No dogs please. Bring a lunch and water.

When:  Saturday, February 17, 11:00 am
Length: 3 km, 3 hours
Challenge rating: Moderate
Where: 1597 Queensline Rd, Minden
Maximum #: 15 persons
Leader: Dave Wilfong

Leader Bio:  David Wilfong is a seasoned outdoor tripper, with many years of portaging experience under his belt. Soloing has become a recent passion over the past decade, and David is always looking to push his limits and expand on his backcountry capabilities and knowledge. With creating Green Plaid Adventures, David is eager to share his experiences, learn more from others, and contribute as much as possible to the rapidly growing Outdoor Adventure community in Ontario.

Take a walk on the wild side in the winter woods along the Minden Whitewater Preserve. Naturalist/ photographer, Sarah Bell will lead you through a winter wonderland in search of wildlife tracks and signs and great photo opportunities of wild whitewater. Suitable for adults, teens, and children over 8 yrs of age. Dog friendly.

When:  Sunday, February 25, 2:00 pm
Length: 1.5 km, 1.5 hr
Challenge rating: Easy
Where:  Minden Whitewater Preserve. Meet at parking lot on Horseshoe Lake Road
Maximum #: 15
Leader: Sarah Bell

Leader Bio:  Sarah Bell is natural light and lifestyle photographer who graduated from Fleming College’s Photography program and lives in the Haliburton Highlands. Sarah’s passion about nature stems from being active outside and teaching outdoor education. She is currently a Family Camp Director in the area and when she is not working she likes to cross‐country ski, canoe, knit, hike, drive in the country, see live music, and dabble in film photography! 

Take a guided tour of pristine parkland that is virtually untouched and little known to the public with Lois Foster. Bring your questions about trees, wildlife and nature and enjoy a serene walk along wetlands in the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park. Bring your cameras to capture late winter landscapes and maybe some of the wildlife that inhabit the park. This snowshoe walk is 3 km long and a moderate challenge. Suitable for active adults, teens, children over 10 yr. of age. No dogs please. Bring a snacks and water

When:   March 13, 10:00 am
Length: 3-4 km, 2 hours
Challenge rating: Moderate
Where: Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park (entry off Bracken Trail from Deep Bay Road)
Maximum #: 10
Leader:  Lois Foster

Leader Bio: Lois has been teaching outdoor education for many years.   She was involved with Katimavik, and worked on contract at Strathcona Park Lodge Outdoor Education Centre Trillium Lakelands District School Board, the Toronto District School Board, The Scarborough Outdoor Education School, Camp Muskoka, The Haliburton Forest, and most recently the Muskoka Homeschool Association. Lois loves life and loves sharing her love of the outdoors and healthy living with whoever will join her.

This walk will focus on winter ecology and the many ways nature adapts to the cold season.  This is the largest municipal park within Minden Hills Township and consists of 460 acres of beautiful mixed woodland.  Suitable for adults, teens and/or children 10 years or older. Dog friendly – on leash only please.

When:  March 17, 10:00 am
Length: 3 km, 2 hours
Challenge rating: Moderate
Where: Snowdon Park.  Entrance is just south of the South Lake/Gelert Roads intersection
Maximum #: 15
Leader: Rick Whitteker

Leader Bio: Rick is a faculty member in the Outdoor and Adventure Education diploma program at Fleming College in Lindsay and as an experience leader for Yours Outdoors. Rick is a certified hike leader (Hike Ontario)

Thank you to Grants Ontario and Yours Outdoors for their partnership with this program.


BROOMBALL!! at the SG Nesbitt Arena


Friday nights, 8:00 pm-9:00 pm
January 26th to March 23 (with the exception of February 2nd and February 16th)

Cost is $2.00 per person.
Sticks will be provided.
This is a drop in program.
For more information please contact Elisha at 705-286-2298

NEW!! Tuesday Shinny
September 12 – March 27
11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Cost $2.00/person

Year round at the S. G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena/Community Centre

Pickleball: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Racquets are provided so all you’ll need is a clean pair of shoes. No experience required.
Cost is $2.00

Table Tennis: Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Minden Community Centre.
Cost is $3.00

 Bid Euchre: Thursday, and every third Sunday, afternoons from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Cost is $3.00 on Thursdays and $10.00 on Sundays.

Adult/Senior Badminton – May to August: Thursday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm at the
S.G Nesbitt Memorial Arena.
Cost is $2.00

Ice Skating – September to April: 

Adults only: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Cost is $2.00
General Public: Sunday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Cost is $2.00

please visit the Arena page for more information


Sunday Shinny – Ongoing to April 1, 2018

(No Shinny on: October 29th, December 24th, March 31st)

Ages 8-12 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Ages 13-17 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cost is $2.00/person and participants must be wearing proper equipment. All participants must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian before being allowed to play.

March Break at the S.G Nesbitt Arena – March 12-16, 2018

If you are opting for a “stay-cation” this March Break, bring the family to the S.G Nesbitt Memorial Arena for a week of fun on the ice where there will be chances to join in on public skating, broomball and shinny.
Enough fun for the whole family to enjoy. Download the 2018 March Break Schedule for date and times.

Youth Softball

The 2017 youth softball season is over and we would like to thank the following sponsors and all the volunteer coaches who made the league possible:

– Dollo’s Foodland
– Floyd Hall Insurance
– Gary Kernohan’s Homes and Renos
– Harper Power Sports
– Minden Coin Wash
– Minden Pharmasave
– Rotary Club of Minden
– Royal Homes of Minden
– Subway
– TD Minden
– The Peppermill


This program is now over until 2018. Please check back for specific dates and times.


Thank you to AO/Boatwerks and the Government of Ontario for their partnership with this program.

If you would like more information on any of the above recreational programs offered within the Township, please contact Elisha Weiss at 705-286-2298 or