The beauty of Kinmount will impress you as soon as you drive into the village. For such a small place, it has a rich history, which unfolds via a 22-point walking tour of the village.
Begin at the former train station – now the tourism office – to see the miniature version of the rail line from the town. From there, head outside to discover several grand heritage structures, along with the beautiful and lush Austin Sawmill Heritage Park on the site of the former sawmill. Visitors will also learn about the Icelandic settlers who tried to make their home here and how their journey ended in tragedy.
Don’t miss the mural on the side of the post office, showing the main streetscape circa 1900. It’s great for photos to remind you of your visit. Enjoy a show at one of the four theatres at the Kinmount Cinemas and Movie Museum, a rare gem in cottage country.
Catch lunch while overlooking Burnt River, whether you eat in or grab takeout. Every restaurant here is a winner.
Continuing north, you will find the town of Minden on the shores of the Gull River. This area is often the scene of international white-water kayaking events due to the excellent racing watercourse. Amateurs, of course, are welcome to try it as well but it’s just a thrill to watch others train as you listen to the rushing water.
You can also enjoy a walk along the river or a visit to the Snowdon Park Wetland and Forest Preserve. If you want to add more birds or plants to your life list, this is the place to do it.
For an overview of the area, head to Panorama Park Lookout and admire the scenery. Leave time and room for lunch or dinner since Minden has legendary Thai, 1950s and pizza restaurants.
Treats & Eats
- Kawartha Dairy
- The Pepper Mill Steak and Pasta House
- Godfathers Pizza
- Riverbank Cookhouse
- Kinmount Fish & Chips
- Dominion Hotel
Things To Do
- Walsten Marine
- Kinmount Artisan’s Marketplace
- Minden River Walk
- Wild Water Preserve
- Panorama Park Lookout
- The Kinmount Heritage Model Railroad & Museum
- Austin Sawmill Heritage Park
Where To Stay
- Motel Minden
- The Highlands Motel & Lodge
- Minden House B&B & Cottages