Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

The Town of Minto is committed to the provision, protection and preservation of parks and green spaces plus the development of safe, clean and accessible facilities; further advocating community pride and environmental health. We are continually monitoring and planning new open space, community partnerships, redevelopment of existing facilities and future needs. We wish to encourage individuals and community organizations to provide input and assistance with our planning process.

Commemorative Bench and Tree Program

The purpose of the Commemorative Bench and Tree (CB&T) Program is to facilitate the donation of a commemorative bench or tree within the Town of Minto. Program procedures, fees and terms will be identified within the program. The program will operate on a full cost recovery basis while contributing to the beautification and greening of the Town of Minto and increasing community amenities.


  • Scope and Administration
The program will be offered in designated areas throughout the Town of Minto: primarily cemeteries, parks, and facilities for the agreed upon terms as approved by the donor. Specific placement location will be at the discretion of Town staff. The CB&T Program will be coordinated by the Town of Minto Parks staff.Commemorative benches and trees in cemeteries, parks and facilities will be placed and maintained by the Parks department. Specific placement location will be at the discretion of Town staff.
  • Definitions

Bench: A bench as selected and ordered by the Town of Minto Parks staff. Preference given to high density polyethylene backed benches with aluminum or steel ends.

Tree: The choice of commemorative trees will be native species or cultivated varieties approved by Town staff and listed on the CB&T Program – Request Form.
  • Requests

Any party wishing to donate a bench or tree must complete the CB&T Program - Request Form available online or from the Town Office. For Spring planting or placement, the deadline is April 1st and for Fall planting or placement the deadline is September 1st.  More frequent requests will be addressed at the discretion of Town staff.

Choice of tree species or cultivated varieties are listed on the CB&T Program - Request Form on the municipal website. Individual plaques are offered for benches and trees.
  • Location

Donors may indicate their preferred location(s) of those available in the cemeteries, parks, and facilities in the Town of Minto.  It will be at the discretion of municipal staff to locate the items based on factors including current and future plans, infrastructure, prior placement, etc. Placement and planting dates cannot be specified. The donor will be notified after the placement or planting is completed.

  • Replacement
Commemorative benches and associated plaques will be maintained by the Town of Minto for a maximum of 10 years and 2 years respectively, at no cost to the applicant. Bench repair/replacement after 10 years will be at the Town staff’s discretion. Plaque repair/replacement after 2 years will be charged to the applicant.

Commemorative trees will be replaced by the Town of Minto at no charge to the applicant within 3 years of the original planting date or a subsequent replanting date if required. Replacement for vandalism will be limited to 1 time for a commemorative bench or tree.

  • Fees
Current fees are listed on Appendix 1 - CB &T Program Request Form. Location and choice of plaque and/or plaque wording for benches and trees are also offered on the form. Full payment is required prior to the donation being processed.
  • Tax Deductible

The donation of a bench or tree is tax deductible. Those wishing receipts for tax purposes must submit full payment within the applicable calendar year.

If you are interested in a bench or tree, please complete the:

Commemorative Bench and Tree Program request form


Pike Lake Golf Centre Limited

Pike Lake Golf Centre Limited is scenically located between Harriston and Mount Forest, just off Highway 89, on the beautiful, privately owned Pike Lake. Offering two meticulously maintained and challenging golf courses, Pike Lake is the perfect destination for the seasoned golfer and the beginner alike.

“The Links” is an 18-hole championship course with a picturesque links-style design.

“The Lake” is an excellent, challenging 9-hole course. When played twice, it is a par 72 course that measures 6,400 yards.

Pike Lake is a family owned and operated facility since 1961 offering many amenities and services:
• Pro Shop
• Group Bookings
• Memberships
• Golf Lessons
• Tournaments
• New & Used Trailer Sales
• Overnight Campsite
• Seasonal Campground
• Licensed Restaurant
• Golf Packages
• Driving Range
• Junior Memberships
• Mini Golf
• Club Rentals
• Adult Lifestyle Community
• Modular Home Sales
• 20 Room Motel
• Reservations



9625 Pike Lake Road, RR#3, Clifford, ON


White's Junction Trail (Palmerston)

The White’s Junction Trail runs along the former CN rail line north of Palmerston. Look for an old steam engine chugging up to Main Street in Palmerston and you’ve found the White’s Junction Trail. To access the trail, follow the signs on Main Street Palmerston, near the Foodland grocery store. The trail boasts one of the most northern sightings of tall Prairie grasses, including Indian grass and Big Blue Stem. The trail also features two wooden trestle bridges. The trail is owned and maintained by the Town of Minto. To connect to the Harriston Greenway Trail, follow the White’s Junction Trail to the 7th Line and then the newly paved road shoulder through the roundabout to Harriston.


Harriston Greenway Trail

The Harriston Greenway Trail offers outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy Minto’s natural scenery. The Trail links six community parks, former CN and CP rail lines, the cemetery and bush properties all along the Maitland River. Visit the rustic gazebo in the IODE Park on John St., a unique gathering spot at the head of the West End Trails. Enjoy a picnic, a stroll along the river, or a shady walk through the bush. To connect with the White’s Junction Trail, follow Highway 109 to the roundabout and take the paved road shoulder to the 7th Line of Minto.


The Clifford Trail 

The Clifford Trail system starts at Rotary Park across from the arena and Fire Hall. Parking and trail use are free. Hikers, bicycles, and mobility-assist vehicles are welcome, however natural areas are only accessible to hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers. The trail features three loops. The Rotary Park Loop is an easy walk on mowed grass under trees, along a stream and past sports fields. The Regrowth Loop at the end of James Street East has one smooth area for easy walking, but the rest is rougher and wetter. The Rail Line Loop is mostly walking on road allowances with the old rail bed finishing off the loop. The Park Street Extension is a rough natural easement which continues on streets. Marshall Park at Geddes St. and Cecilia St., has been left unchanged since it was donated in 1902. Enjoy and explore this area, with its massive white pines, without having a trail to follow. Town streets join the trails and return you to your starting point.


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