/Harper makes way for new building 
Harper Powersports and Marine is constructing a new 12000-square-foot $2-million building at its Highway 35 property south of Minden. Demolition of the former Prentice Powersports building got underway on June 6 with former owner Paul Prentice in attendance to congratulate owners Steve Harper and Dan Bursey on the growth of the business. /CHAD INGRAM Staff

Harper makes way for new building 

By Chad Ingram
Powersports and Marine is embarking on the construction of a new and
much larger facility at its Highway 35 property south of Minden. 
of the longstanding building on the property, the former home of
Prentice Powersports, began on June 6. Paul Prentice, who sold his
business to Harper in 2012, was on hand for the occasion. 
Prentice explained, his father, Bill, who’d been in the road
construction business, had begun selling snowmobiles from a Highway 35
property in 1966, alongside his father. That property is where the Hydro
One work yard is located today. 
In 1969, the family moved the business to the property south of Minden. 
came back in 1973,” Prentice, having left Minden for a period,
explains. “Up until then, they just had a very small, little office.” 
Along with snowmobiles, the Prentices eventually began selling ATVs, Sea-Doos and other watercraft. 
“We expanded into the marine business,” Prentice said. 
the 1980s, he ran the business alongside his brother-in-law, eventually
becoming the sole owner. Prentice said the wooden building that was
coming down last Thursday morning was constructed in the mid-80s. 
Prentice, who even got the demolition underway, was asked if it was difficult to watch the building come down. 
is and it isn’t,” he said. “There’s a lot of memories, of course. But
I’m really proud to see Steve and Dan being successful.” 
Steve Harper and Dan Bursey co-own Harper Powersports and Marine,
Bursey serving as general manager. Bursey told the Minden Times the new,
12,000-square-foot building is expected to be  ready for Oct. 1. The
$2-million project will triple the amount of floor space provided by the
former buildings on the property. 
with its Minden location, Harper operates a marina along County Road 21
between Minden and Haliburton, and recently purchased the
10,000-square-foot former Sears building along Highway 118 just outside
Haliburton Village. Staff will be working from that location during
construction at the Minden site. 

Those calling the Minden location will have their calls forwarded. Customers can also call 705-457-2848, or visit www.harper-marine.com.