Tours and Events

Upcoming Events in the Minesing Wetlands – 2022

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands offers guided paddles in the spring, snowshoe hikes in the winter and hikes in the fall.

Snowshoe Hikes

February 18, 2023 – Save the date!

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.

To save your spot, please contact fomwevents@gmail.com. We will be making a decision based on the conditions about a week before the event (February 10, 2023).
Cost is $10 for members $15 for non-members.

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.

Departure time is at 9:00 am! Please meet us at the Look-Out in Minesing which is on the 2nd Concession of Sunnidale (travel East from the hamlet of Brentwood) into Minesing. The Look-Out is by the Mad River and well before Sunnidale Rd. meets McKinnon Rd. Please do not come from McKinnon Rd. as it is not always open.

Spring paddles

Please note that our 2022 spring paddles have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and shortage of qualified volunteer trip leaders.

If you are interested in booking a private tour please visit our Equipment Rentals page to find information on local outfitters that offer tours in the Minesing Wetlands.

World Migratory Bird Day 

To celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, the Friends of Minesing Wetlands will be hosting an Introduction to Birding Basics event at the Waterfowl Viewing Platform May 14, 2022, 1pm-3pm. The 12′-high Waterfowl Viewing Window offers a bird’s eye view of the wetland and its inhabitants. With the Mad River winding northwest to converge with the Nottawasaga River, this area experiences flooding in the spring, attracting a myriad of waterfowl.

Join us for an afternoon of learning about the Minesing Wetlands with an introduction to birding basics and identification with Naturalist David Featherstone. The Waterfowl Viewing Platform can be accessed at Concession Road 2 Sunnidale – please park on the south side of Concession Road 2. Weather permitting, there will be short guided walks along the Mad River Trail. Bring rubber boots and binoculars! There will be extra binoculars available to borrow. Bird Bingo will be at 2pm. This is a family-friendly event.

Directions: Take Hwy 90 west of the Nottawasaga River into Angus. Where Hwy 90 turns southwards, turn right onto County Road 10. Follow into the village of Brentwood and turn right onto Concession Road 2 Sunnidale. The viewing platform is on the north side (left).

Parking: Parking is available on the south (right side) on Concession Road 2. You will see a bridge with cement barricades, so we will be parking on the south side of the road instead of in the parking lot. Friendly reminders: please do not to block the driveway on the north side of 2nd Conc near the bridge. Also note that access from McKinnon will likely be blocked at the McKinnon/2nd intersection.

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2022 details to be announced soon!

For more information on our tours and events, please contact us at:
fomwevents@gmail.com

Please note that our group runs entirely on volunteers and it may take a few days for a reply email.