Recreation and Facilities

Recreation and Facilities

Welcome to the Recreation and Facilities page!


  • Our Rates and Fees vary based on the day, time and type of program of facility
  • The splash pad in Palmerston is open daily from 1000am-700pm

Aquatics - Additional Info 

The splash pad in Palmerston is open daily from 1000am-700pm.

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2022 Private Lesson Rates

  1. $22 for 1 lesson
  2. $100 for 5 lessons
  3. $180 for 10 lessons

2022 Group Lesson Rates (as per Schedule below)

  1. $40 for Parent and Tot (5 lessons)
  2. $80 for Preschool levels (10 lessons)
  3. $80 for Swimmer 1- 6 (10 lessons)
  4. $80 for Swimmer 7 - 10 (10 lessons)

2022 Swim Lesson Schedule

2022 General Pool Schedule - Starting July 4, 2022

Monday June 27th - Thursday June 30th - Both Pools

  •     Private Lessons from 3:35pm-6:25pm
  •     Public Swim from 6:30pm-7:40pm
  •     Aquafit in Harriston from 7:45pm-8:30pm
  •     Lane Swim in Palmerston from 7:45pm-8:30pm

Friday July 1st - Both Pools

  • Public Swim from 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Private Lessons from 3:35pm-6:25pm
  • Public Swim from 6:30pm-7:40pm

Saturday July 2nd and Sunday July 3rd

  • Public Swim from 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Family Swim from 3:30pm-5:00pm

Public Swim on Saturday July 16th from 1:30pm-3:30pm in Palmerston is FREE admission sponsored by Ms-Beauty Med+Spa Foot Care, Hair & Laser Clinic!

Family Swim on Sundays are FREE admission sponsored by Blessings to You Centre!

Full schedule begins on Friday July 4, 2022.

General Pool Information

Admittance Policy   
Children 10 years of age and under, not accompanied by a responsible person 14 years of age or older, are subject to a swim test. Children 6 years of age and under must be accompanied by a responsible person 14 years of age or older.

Family Swim   
All children must have their parent present on the deck. Patrons 18 and under require supervision by a family member over 18 inside the pool area.

Cancelled Lessons   
Due to unforeseen circumstances, a swimming lesson may need to be cancelled by the Recreation Department. If a class has been cancelled more than once during a session, the lesson will be made up on the following Saturday provided pool time and space is available.

Missed Lesson   
If you miss a lesson, we are unfortunately unable to make up that lesson.

Medical Concerns   
All swimmers with a serious medical condition should inform the Lifeguards on the pool deck before entering the water.

Pool Foulings   
Everyone is affected when the pool is fouled. Babies, tots and those without bowel control must wear snug fitting pool pants. All participants should avoid eating or drinking too much prior to swimming and those ‘under the weather’ should stay home. Pool foulings result in pool closure.

Rental Fees

Both the Harriston and Palmerston Pools are available to rent. All pool rentals include qualified lifeguards.

  • Up to 75 people: $115 / hour HST included

Admission Fees

  • Single Session Pass: $5
  • Family Single Pass (maximum 6): $15
  • 10 Session Pass: $40
  • Public Swimming Individual Season Pass: $100 plus HST
  • Public Swimming Family Season Pass: $200 plus HST

Swim Team

The Minto Minnows Swim Team is a great way to improve your fitness level, build endurance, learn new skills and correct your strokes. Each participant is encouraged to strive for their personal best. Participants will also have the opportunity to compete in some friendly competition in swim meets held at various aquatic facilities throughout the area. Members must be able to swim one length of the pool in a recognizable stroke (25m).

Beginner and intermediate swimmers (10 and under) swim on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Advanced swimmers (11+) swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

$60/person or $140/family   
Harriston Pool   
3:35 - 4:40 pm from July 4 - August 4

Bronze Star, Medallion and Cross

The Bronze Star program is the pre-Bronze Medallion training standard and it provides excellent preparation for success in obtaining the Bronze Medallion certification. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and as partners.

Prerequisite: Swimmer 6 or higher   
Palmerston Pool   
Monday - Friday, July 25 - August 5   
Exam: None

Harriston Pool    
Monday - Friday, August 15 - 26   
Exam: None

This program teaches fitness, judgement skills and techniques for water rescue. If you’re interested in becoming a lifeguard, Bronze Medallion is your first step toward achieving that goal. Awards, exam fees and HST are included in the course price. Attendance is mandatory.   
Prerequisite: 13 years of age (prior to exam) or Current Bronze Star   
Monday - Friday, July 25 - August 5   
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   
$200 (Or take Bronze Medallion and Cross for $375)   
Exam: Friday, August 5

Candidates will learn the difference between lifeguarding and lifesaving, the principles of emergency procedures, teamwork and spinal injury management techniques. Bronze Cross is the final prerequisite to NLS and Lifesaving Society leadership levels. Exam fees and HST are included in the course price. Attendance is mandatory.

Prerequisite: 14 years of age (prior to exam), Current Bronze Medallion, Emergency First Aid   
Monday - Friday, July 25 - August 5   
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   
$200 (Or take Bronze Medallion and Cross for $375)   
Exam: Friday, August 5

Minor Soccer & Minor Ball

Minto Crush Minor Ball

Ron & Elaine Elliott - 519.343.2330

Minto United Soccer Club

Visit: Minto United Soccer Club Facebook Page

Child & Youth Programs

Drop-in Sports 

A FREE 6-week program for Ages 4-15

Stop in Thursday nights and try a new sport or come in and just get some activity. Sports offered during the time will be pickleball, shuffleboard, ball hockey and basketball. 

Sponsored by: Blessings to you Centre 

Date: May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 25, 29 2022  
Time: Wednesdays at 6:30-7:30pm  
Location: Clifford Arena 

* If your child would like to play ball hockey please have them bring a full caged helmet, stick and gloves. 

Family & Youth Pickleball 

Have you always wanted to try pickleball? Are you looking for a new sport to try or a physical activity that you would like to do with your kids? Come out and try pickleball this summer at the Harriston arena. 

*paddles and balls provided 

A FREE 6-week program for Ages 4-15

Date: Thursday nights (June 2nd - August 25th)  
Time: 6:30pm -8:00pm  
Location: Harriston Arena

Safety Programs

Babysitter Course

Becoming a babysitter is serious business. What you do, or don’t do can make a difference. Learn the role of the babysitter, child development, caring for children, positive behaviour management, home and outdoor safety and injury prevention, fire safety and first aid tips for children. Learn how to operate your babysitting business. Engaging and educational.

* The goal of the Emergency First Aid part of this program is to provide students with the skills and information to keep them and the children they babysit safe if they are faced with a medial emergency. We recommend that students enroll in a certified First Aid program to learn advanced skills and CPR to be better prepared for any emergency.

Date: Wednesday, August 17th  
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm 
Location: Palmerston Community Centre  
Cost: $50

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At Home Alone + First Aid for Kids

At Home Alone combined with First Aid for Kids helps your child become ready to be at home alone and prepared for any emergency! Does your child spend a few hours home alone before or after school due to your work schedule or other commitments? This program is designed to help prepare your child to look after themselves during these times. Plus with First Aid for Kids added to this program kids will learn how to safely respond in a medical emergency. 

Students learn:

  • Their rights and responsibilities when at home alone
  • How to respond safely to phone calls and unexpected visitors
  • When to know they are ready to be left alone
  • How to respond and deal with an emergency
  • Identify medical and non-medical emergencies
  • Basic First Aid (Allergies, Asthma, Choking, Burns, Cuts, Nose Bleeds, Poisons, Head Injuries)

* This is not a certified first aid program. The goal of this program is to provide children with the skills and information to keep them safe if they are faced with a medical emergency. 

Recommended for Ages 9+

Date: Thursday, August 18  
Time: 9am-noon  
Location: Palmerston Community Centre  
Cost: $50

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Adult Programs

Outdoor Shuffleboard 

If you looking to learn a new skill or enjoy a low stress social afternoon come out for outdoor shuffleboard!

Playing shuffleboard has proven to lower stress levels. Exercise in general is good for your mental health, but shuffleboard is especially good at lowering stress levels because you'll be so concentrated on playing it you won't be thinking about any other stress factors in your life

Date: Thursday afternoons - Starting May 24th  
Time: -1:30pm-3:00pm  
Location: Harriston Train Station

Cost: $25 seasonal membership

Pickleball - Pickup

Dates and Times:  
Mondays - 8:00am-12:00pm and 7:00pm-8:30pm  
Tuesdays - 8:00am-12:00pm  
Wednesdays - 5:00pm-8:30pm  
Thursdays - 8:00am-12:00pm

Location: Clifford Hall until April 12th  
Location: Harriston Arena starting April 17th  

$98.00 from April 19th - September 1st  
$23.00 per month for May, June, July or August  
$0.99 per session by registering below

Click Here to Register for a Membership 

Click Here to Register for Individual Sessions

Facilities & Public Skating


A list of facilities available to rent can be found on our:

Facility Booking Webpage

Our Rates and Fees vary based on the day, time and type of facility.

Please review our facility inventory listing on the left for more details regarding our facilities and amenities.

The Facilities Department is responsible for the administration, maintenance, development and safe operations of all municipal facilities including arenas, halls and sport fields.

There are a variety of venues throughout the municipality that are available for rent whether it is a meeting room or large arena. Please contact the department of use online booking for more rental information on our facilities.

FREE Public Skating and Shinny Sessions were sponsored by:

Advanced Electric, Blessings to You Centre , Eric Cox Sanitation, Harriston Home Hardware Appliance Centre, Harriston Home Hardware, Harriston Kinsmen Club, Harriston Legion, Minto Optimist Club, North Wellington Co-op, Palmerston Legion, Palmerston Lions, Royal LePage - Listowel, Triton Engineering, Metzger Heating, Dave Scholten Flooring, Binkley Plumbing, Palmerston Home Hardware, TG Minto, Mike Wick Contracting.

If you would like to sponsor a public skating session please contact:

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