Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

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Grey Bruce county is fortunate to have a number of waterfalls within it, with three being located extremely close to Owen Sound. Whenever Mom and I visit, we check out Inglis Falls as my family heritage has ties to the old grist mill.  Before making our way home last Friday, Mom and I decided to up the anti and check out as many waterfalls as we could. Sound familiar? We were on a mission during our trip – see all the things!

Our first stop was approximately 7km north of Owen Sound, Indian Falls. This 15 metre beauty was formed by the erosion of soft Red Queenston shale beneath the hard nature of the Manitoulin dolomite in a similar way to Niagara Falls. The path to the falls is mainly rock as it follows along the Indian River. It’s a beautiful trail, but I would suggest wearing hiking boots as the numerous rocks can take a toll on your feet. Shoes with grip are also a good idea as the path does have a fairly steep set of stairs embedded in the ground about half way through the trail. The views along the river are breathtaking, but nothing beats the view from the top!

I love the different rock colours - just like the Devil's Punch Bowl!

I love the different rock colours – just like the Devil’s Punch Bowl!

This is along the path as it leads around the edge to the right of the crest. Don’t worry though, there’s a wire fence between you and the edge. Sneaky tip though, it doesn’t lead all the way to the edge of the waterfall, so you can sneak around to get a better view of the river below from the top of the falls! Now that I’ve seen Indian Falls from the top, I need to check them out from below. It seemed as though you could follow the river all the way to the base of the falls, but I’ll have to let you know for sure in a future excursion – stay tuned!

Couldn't resist snagging this shot from the top.

Couldn’t resist snagging this shot from the top.

As we began to head south we stopped in at Harrison Park, home to the Weavers Creek Falls. This little hidden gem is in the heart of the park, a short 5min walk from the public pool. A well maintained boardwalk leads you to a short mulch path that takes you right beside the falls. The path stops fairly short of the top of the falls, so you’d have to do some serious clamouring to get towards them. There’s also a sign that notifies you that the falls are actually on private property, so acknowledge it as you please. I opted for hopping into the river to cool off as I snapped a few shots before returning to the car for our next target.

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I love waterfalls that cascade like this! So beautiful!

It was time to return to my roots as we made the quick drive to Inglis Falls. As I mentioned before, my family on my Mom’s side was involved in the grist mill’s operation back in the late 1800s. I remember my grandmother telling me that she was pretty sure her mother’s father’s brother ran the grist mill after taking over operations from Charles Woodhead in 1883. I’ve taken her at her word and since first visiting Owen Sound after her passing, my Mom and I always stop to admire these beautiful falls. The Bruce Trail runs alongside them, along with a side trail that follows along the Syndeham River which leads to the falls.

This waterfall will always have a special place in my heart.

This waterfall will always have a special place in my heart.

After reminiscing about my grandmother and enjoying a little piece of our history, we made our way south along Highway 6. Our fourth and final stop for the day was in the Durham Conservation Area as we said hello to McGowan Falls. These falls are named after a miller years ago that used the power of the Saugeen River. The dam regulates the water flowing towards Lake Huron, and in looking at other photos of McGowan Falls it seemed the flow was a bit low last week. Despite having a man-made influence, the area itself is beautiful with a wonderful side path on the opposite side of the river. There was even a little tunnel which you might be able to swim along if the water level is low like it is now!

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Not quite as majestic as the previous falls, but still quite gorgeous.

The second annual Mother-Daughter road trip to Owen Sound was an eventful one as we started with four lighthouses and ended with four waterfalls. There are 11 waterfalls in total within Grey Bruce county, so we’ve only got 7 more to go! Have you seen any that you’d suggest for our next adventure north?

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