On September 13th, 1980 the official opening of the Minden Wild Water Preserve took place at the Gull River. The ceremony, which was hosted by visionary Roger Parsons, was a culminating moment for a project that was started in May, 1977 by the Ontario Wild Water Affiliation (the predecessor of Whitewater Ontario). Thirty years later, the result of the work of these dedicated volunteers is one of admiration, respect, and gratitude for developing the Gull River into one of North America’s finest whitewater venues. Since those opening ceremonies, the Gull has been the site of several National Championships and World Cups as well as numerous races and events. It is stretch of whitewater that has drawn paddlers from across our country and from other nations who have left knowing they have paddled in a very special place.
Whitewater Ontario proudly salutes Roger Parsons and all of the volunteers who made this happen. We will continue to build on the vision that was established over thirty years ago and ensure that the Gull remains central to paddling in Ontario and that future generations will enjoy this beautiful river.