Minden Nature’s Ride


Driving Route: Minden Hills Nature Ride

Distance: 72.1 km

Total driving time: 1.5 hours

If you love to hike and explore nature, the Minden Hills Nature Ride has 9 possible stops where you can get out and stretch your legs and discover the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands.

It’s a loop ride, so you can start anywhere along the route, we invite you to start in Downtown Minden.


  • A – Start with a coffee at Upriver Trading or the Minden River Cone on Main Street
  • B – Turn left onto Deep Bay Road (County Rd. #2) – 18.1 km
  • C – Turn right onto ON HWY 35 – 10.2 km
  • D – At the Lights turn Left onto Monck Road (County Rd. #45) – 15.3 km
  • E – Turn Left onto County Rd. #121 – 7.5 km
  • F – Turn Right onto Gelert Rd. (County Rd. #1) – 12.9 km
  • G – Turn Left onto South Lake Road (County Rd. #16) – 8.1 km
  • H – You are back on Main Street in the village on Minden

Where to Start your morning…

Start your day in the village of Minden where you can get a coffee and enjoy the Minden Riverwalk, a 1 km walk along the Gull River’s edge.  You will them start the Minden Hills Nature Ride by heading to Deep Bay Road.

Coffee and scone from Up River Trading

Up River Trading Co.

Cafe serves delicious espresso drinks made with Balzac’s Coffee and bakery snacks. Speciality teas and handmade fudge also available.

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Minden River Cone

Family owned elevated fast food, soft serve ice cream, Belgian chocolate dips, specialty coffee…

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Minden River Walk

An unique pathway follows the Gull River and loops with a connecting foot bridge that brings you back downtown…

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Plan to stop and view nature…

While you travel along the Minden Hills Nature Ride be to sure to pick a couple of the Parks, nature preserves and points of interest to get out and explore the forest and wetlands of the Canadian Shield.

Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park

One of the largest and least developed natural areas south of Algonquin Park. It protects an ecological diverse and biologically significant area with more than 50 vegetation patterns.

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Dahl Forest

The Dahl Forest is approximately 500 acres and straddles. The ecological significance of the Dahl Forest is evident in the diversity of species and habitats found on the property…

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Minden White Water Preserve

A 100 acre park with trails adjacent to a some of Canada’s best whitewater rapids for park’n play kayaking and canoeing.

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Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve

Encompassing 470 hectares (1163 acres) of central Ontario woodland and wetland… exhibits a great diversity of community types due to its topographic variability, as well as its position on the edge of two major geologic formations.

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Snowdon Park

This 6.0-km loop trail is great for birding, hiking, and snowshoeing, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring…

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Ritchie Falls

There are several small falls in this little passive park located on the east side of the river….

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Austin Sawmill & Heritage Park

The Sawmill was recently reconstructed and brought back to life with static displays that illustrate the milling processes that were utilized within the original mill….

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Panorama Park

This elevated park overlooks the village of Minden and offers a beautiful setting for picnics and stunning fall colour viewing with trees that provide natural shade…

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Haliburton County rail trail over river

Haliburton Rail Trail

The scenery along the way is exceptional, with lazy winding rivers, waterfalls, bogs, heritage bridges and even the ruins of a chemical plant….

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Great Food & Drink choices…

Whether before, during or after your drive you may find yourself hungry and thirsty. Below are some great stops along the way to rejuvenate you energy levels.

The Rockcliffe – Moore Falls

We’ll have a little bit of main street and a little bit of high street on our menu.  Everything is going to be made daily from scratch…

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Dominion Hotel

Relax with dinner in our formal dining room, our casual restaurant, or have a drink by the bar…

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Mark’s Restaurant

The food is very regular Canadian-Chinese food, something quickly disappearing from big cities like Toronto where authentic Chinese food is taking over…

Phone: 705.286.1818 Learn More

Wintergreen Maple Products

A timber-framed barn, in a country atmosphere, chock full of foods and preserves produced on site….

Phone: 705.286.3202  Learn More

Suwan’s Thai Cuisine

Authentic Thai Restaurant in Minden…

Phone: 705.286.1532 Learn More

Mulligans Pub & Patio

Bar and Restaurant located along the Gull River in the heart of Minden Ontario…

Phone: 705.286.6666 Learn More

Molly’s Bistro Bakery

Delicious foods are created in house using the finest local ingredients…

Phone: 705.286.6988  Learn More

50’s Diner

50’s style diner , All day Breakfast , Lunch and Diner…

Phone: 705.286.2626 Learn More

Boshkung Social

Located in the heart of Minden and overlooking the Gull River, Boshkung Social provides a wide assortment of beers to go or stay!…

Phone: 705.286.2711  Learn More