Friends of Minesing Wetlands

Inspiring Respect and Sustainability for a World Class Wetland, for People, Forever

Snowshoe the Minesing Wetlands

Join us on either February 9 or February 23 as we lead a snowshoe trip into the Minesing Wetlands.

The snowshoe will take us to one of Ontario’s oldest Great Blue Heron nesting sites (Heronry) if the conditions are right with enough snow and ice. Regardless of where we end up, along the way expect to be dazzled by the landscape and possibly encounter some hardy wildlife that endure Canada’s winter. On past snowshoe adventures we have encountered Snowy Owls and Bald Eagles! FOMW will provide ecological interpretation of the Minesing Wetlands.

Cost is $10 per person. Please bring cash on the day. Departure time is at 9:00 am.

The adventure will require approximately 3 hours of snowshoeing, which includes periodic breaks. Bring your own snacks, water and warm drinks, and dress appropriately for winter weather! Extra socks and extra clothing, just in case.

Please register by email ( for more details and to reserve your spot.”

AGM at Fort Willow, March 30

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands are excited to announce that this year our Annual General Meeting will take place outside at fantastic Fort Willow on Saturday March 30th…come and join us for a great time under the stars.  from 6-9pm.

Register via eventbrite here: AGM Registration

Events include historical re-enactors Dennis and Ruthan Johnson who will walk us through the perils and unimaginable ways in which fur traders and First Nations men and women would have found their way to Fort Willow during wintertime in the early 1800’s. Enjoy samples of delicious period food and drink including pumpkin puree, toasted pumpkin seeds, chicken broth and cider.
6:00 Arrival, investigate the Fort and/or roast hot dogs over an open fire. Hot chocolate available for free for those who bring their own hot beverage cup.

6:45 AGM Presentation

7:00 History comes to life with Ruthan and Dennis. Snacks typical of the time period are available to sample.

8:30 Earth Hour begins. If clear skies allow, an amateur astronomer will wield her green laser to point out some constellations…bring your own binoculars for a closer look if you wish…a telescope will also be available.

Admission, parking, entertainment, hot chocolate and yummy samples are all free!

While there will be added lighting along the paths, it is suggested that guests bring their own flashlight or headlamp as well.

If desired, hot dogs will be available to cook for yourself on an open fire for those who pre-pay through Eventbrite for $2 each.

Fort Willow is recognized as both a national and provincial historic site. Established at the half-way point between Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River, the Fort enabled a continuous trade and transportation route from Lake Ontario through to Georgian Bay. During the War of 1812, the British military used the fort as a strategic supply depot along the Nine Mile Portage route at a time when the lower lakes were occupied by the Americans.

Register via eventbrite here: AGM Registration

Another Successful Bioblitz

We had 35 dedicated volunteers who helped us collect 445 species observations in 6 different hike locations. Stay tuned for our report coming out soon!

Species ID from the pictures above:

Top Right: Delta-spotted Spiketail

Top Left: Group looking at Swamp Darner

Middle 1: Leopard Frog

Middle 2: Juvenal’s Duskywing

Middle 3: Crayfish

Bottom Left: Blacknose Dace

Bottom Right: Me holding a Common Green Darner


A special thanks to our photographers who got some AMAZING shots of the day.

Spring Paddle Announcement

2018 Spring Paddle Announcement

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands are excited to announce that we will be leading trips into the Minesing Wetlands via canoe or kayak on April 28thMay 5th and May 12!

To register for the events please contact our events team by email ( or by phone at (705) 209-0705. In your email please include the following information for each participant: full name, email, phone number and type of watercraft (kayak vs canoe) you will be joining us in. Please note that we only take 12 guest boats per trip, so register early to reserve your spot!

We will be taking one of two routes; the Willow Creek Canoe Route or the North Minesing Wetlands Loop.

  • The Willow Creek Canoe Route is a linear trip (different launch & take out locations) and is nearly 18 kilometers in length. Much of the unique habitat that the Minesing Wetlands has to offer is viewed along the way.
  • The North Minesing Wetlands Loop, as the name suggests, is a loop trip (same launch & take out location) that explores the north end of the Minesing Wetlands where you can paddle into a mosaic of mammoth twisty trees comparable to the Florida Everglades.

The route will be chosen at the discretion of the leaders based on water levels and wind direction and speed.

Regardless of the trip route will meet at 8:30 a.m. More details about the meeting location, car shuttle, etc. will be provided to you in the days leading up to the paddle as they are determined by the route that the leaders choose. The trip will take approximately 5 hours. At least a basic paddling knowhow is required for this trip. All boats must be equipped with the required safety equipment (lifejackets, bailer, whistle, light and throw rope). We do not rent equipment however if you need a boat there are at least three local providers you can contact.

The cost for joining us is $40 for non-members and $20 for members. This includes safe passage with certified leaders and ecological interpretation of the Minesing Wetlands.

For a pdf version of this announcement and route map click FOMW Spring 2018 Paddle Announcement


A look back at 2017…in pictures

Another year of outreach and education from the Friends of Minesing Wetlands. As usual we were very busy.

This collage of pictures shows:

  • Our annual spring paddle through the Minesing Wetlands
  • FOMW volunteers doing a roadside cleanup
  • Viewing platform upgrade at Mayers Marsh
  • Our annual curling bonspiel
  • Ontario Nature members at the Minesing Wetlands along the Mad River hiking trail

Thanks to all our members and partners for another successful year!