Parks & Trails
Minden Hills has many different parks for your enjoyment and public beaches are available at Twelve Mile Beach, Bissett Beach, Horseshoe Lake, Forsters Beach and Rotary Park (some with Pavillions). Other Parks that offer beautiful scenery are Furnace Falls, Panarama Park, Lutterworth Park, the nature trails at the beautiful Snowdon Park. If you are interested in walking through Minden, the Minden Community Walking Trail is a loop trail wandering through the natural areas, close by the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena and the Minden Hills Cultural Centre.
Four ball diamonds are available for rental. The Minden Fairground is used by our local Kin Club for the Ice Car Race Series in January and February and by various horsemen’s associations throughout the warmer seasons. Come and enjoy these or one of our other events held at the Fairgrounds – The Truck Pull and the County Fair just to name a couple. The Fairgrounds are available for rent for other events as well. For a list of events in the Township of Minden Hills, click “Events“.
Master Parks & Trail Plan
The submission period is now over.
Thank you to all who participated in completing a survey.
Invitation for Public Consultation Regarding Township of Minden Hills Draft Master Parks and Trails Plan
Released July 1, 2016
Council and the Community Services Advisory Committee seek further input on the development of the Draft Master Parks and Trails Plan and invites residents, businesses and visitors to complete the following surveys:
Either Survey #1 or #2 may be completed, however persons are encouraged to complete both if you have not already done so, your participation is valued and appreciated.
Survey #1: May 2015 – Initial survey of needs and concerns to help create a plan to enhance and develop the Parks and Trails of Minden Hills.
Survey #2: July 2016 – Input on Draft Master Parks and Trails Plan to date.
Copies of the Draft Master Parks and Trails Plan may be obtained by clicking on the link below:
Any inquiries or questions can be directed to Mark Coleman, Director of Community Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 705-286-1936 ext. 201.
A final Public Meeting is scheduled for Monday October 24, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Minden Community Centre to share the additional results and findings of the surveys and revised draft recommendations within the Plan.
Location of Minden Hills’ public beaches through Google Maps
Length: Approximately 0.5km
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Features: Spectacular view of the rapids
Access: South of Horseshoe Lake Road / Bethel Road intersection
Description: Located on Horseshoe Lake Road, this Park allows visitors to view the spectacular beauty of the Minden Wild Water Preserve and rapids. This park features a footpath along the rapids which offer great vantage points to watch the many kayaking activities that take place here.
Length: Approximately 0.4km
Features: Fully accessible and permits bicycles
Access: Entrance is at the Cultural Centre on Bobcaygeon Road
Description: Main entrance and parking at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre, this boardwalk takes you through a natural grass marsh with the option of continuing to the Minden Ball Diamonds or on to intercept the Riverwalk, creating a lovely loop to include downtown Minden.
Length: Approximately 1km
Features: Accessible pathway and footbridge over the Gull River
Access: Along Water Street and Invergordon Avenue
Description: Located in downtown Minden, this unique pathway follows the Gull River and loops with a connecting foot bridge that brings you back downtown or allows you access to the Minden Boardwalk to continue on to the Minden Cultural Centre or the Ball Diamonds. You choose how long or short of a journey, the possibilities are endless.
Length: Approximately 3km with several other shorter trails throughout
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Features: Year round access and wheelchair accessible sections
Access: Entrance is just south of the South Lake/Gelert Roads intersection
Description: This is the largest park within our township, consisting of 460 acres of beautiful mixed woodland. This park is a must see destination point for outdoor enthusiasts for hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, bird watching and many other outdoor activities.
Haliburton Highlands Water Trails
Length: 3km, various portages
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Features: Backcountry canoeing and camping
Access: 5128 Hwy. 118, 25 km west of Carnarvon at Hwy 35 (Camping Permits/Reservations Required)
Description: The Poker Lakes area encompasses approximately 1,800 hectares of remote backcountry, provincial crown and municipal lands comprised of mixed forests and 12 lakes with minimal development. Camping/canoeing routes include 47 campsites and 10 portages. This is an ideal area for novice paddlers, families or anyone looking to have a relaxing and rejuvenating adventure in a natural setting. Camping permits/reservations required, go to https://secure.camis.com/HHWT/Home.aspx.
ATV Trails: The Haliburton ATV Association (HATVA) has multiple trails throughout the area for you to enjoy.
Click the following link to be taken to their website: HATVA Website
Cross Country Ski Trails: Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trail & Ski Club offers day passes and memberships to use their many trails.
Click the following link to be taken to their website: Haliburton Ski Club Website
Snowmobile Trails: The Haliburton County Snowmobile Association (HCSA) maintains several trails and frequently updates their conditions.
Click the following link to be taken to their website: HCSA Website
Furnace Falls Park
|Located on County Road 503 across from Bacon Road, this park allows visitors to enjoy the sounds of nature and the Irondale River in a picturesque setting.|
|Access: Off Highway 35 by Moore’s Fall at 1145 Pacific Road
Description: Located just upstream from the dam at Moore’s Falls, this large grassy picnic area is perfect for family get-togethers.
Minden Community Centre Park
|Access: Located behind the S.G. Nesbitt Arena at 55 Parkside Street
Description: A playground space accompanied with baseball diamonds and picnic tables. Close to other amenities, the space offers ample room for people to enjoy.
|Access: Panorama Park Road off of South Lake Road
Description: This elevated park overlooks the village of Minden and offers a beautiful setting for picnics and stunning fall colour viewing. The trees provide natural shade while the paved roadway allows for cars to easily park and enjoy the stunning sites.
|Access: Turn onto Rotary Park Road which is just south of the Highway 35 / County Road 21 intersection
Description: This beautiful park is located along the Gull River and features plenty of parking, a boat launch and small dock. There are two separate beaches, a playground, and multiple park benches, two picnic shelters, and plenty of grassy areas for playing. The onsite washroom is fully accessible.