Episode #1507 Travel Planner
Where the water and rocks meet, you will feel the rush as the river flows over the escarpments edge. So appealing that they merit their own tour, these special places are often just a short drive or hike from busy roads. Host Tom O’Boyle will visit all 7 of Grey County’s waterfalls on the 115 mile self-guiding driving tour.
Grey Roots Museum & Archives
Location: 102599 Grey Road 18, RR4 - Owen Sound, ON Canada N4K 5N6
Phone: 1 (877) GREYROOTS
Grey Roots Museum & Archives attractions preserve and promote the cultural and heritage traditions of Grey County. Interpretive programs and demonstrations, rotating exhibits, a heritage village, and archival resources create an exciting and educational visitor experience. The building also houses Grey County Tourism where you’ll find maps, brochures, and other travel information with plenty of knowledgeable friendly people to help point you in the right direction. Its also home to Grey County’s only indoor waterfall.
Weavers Creek Falls
Street Address: 137 2nd Avenue East - Owen Sound (Harrison Park)
Class: Plunge & Cascade
Directions: Take 2nd Avenue east and turn into Harrison Park just south of the downtown core. Follow driveway to parking area beside the Harrison Park Inn and follow the marked trails to the back of the park. Look for the boardwalk to the right of the Public Pool. There is also parking available beside the pool if you want closer access. Follow the marked trail to the falls.
Just a short drive from Grey Roots is Harrison Park, Owen Sounds premier Family Park. Situated on the picturesque Sydenham River, Harrison Park is an assortment of lush green space, hiking trails, walking paths and hundred year old trees. A campground, tennis courts, paddling options and a liscensed restaurant are just some of the many amenities located in the park. Hidden in the abundant woods of Harrison Park is Grey County’s newest addition to its water fall tour, Weavers Falls. Hidden behind the parks swimming pool is a trailhead that leads down a narrow picturesque path that meanders along Weavers Creek to the base of the falls. This beautiful pathway has benches along the way for relaxing in this peaceful setting.
Street Address: 237785 Inglis Falls Road, Georgian Bluffs
Directions: From Rockford head west on Grey Road 18 to Inglis Falls Road, turn right, the Conservation Area entrance to parking is on the right hand side.
Inglis Falls forms where the Sydenham River cascades over the limestone shelves of the Niagara Escarpment. This 18-metre cliff viewed from any angle gives a panorama of rock, water and ruralscapes that are truly spectacular in any season.
Street Address: 717875 Highway 6, Georgian Bluffs
Directions: Jones Falls parking is at the Owen Sound Transportation Company Visitor Information Centre on Highway 6.
Seen from the Bruce Trail, or glimpsed from Highway 21 heading west from Owen Sound, Jones Falls cascade 12 metres over the Niagara Escarpment. A one-kilometre walking trail leads through the Pottawatomi Conservation Area to the falls. From the entrance on highway 6 there is a parking area and tourist information center. The trail Head starts behind the building. Following the pathway along the Pottawatomi River is an impressive experience. With cedar trees virtually growing out of solid rock and the river cutting a course through the limestone this is another spot that offers year-round splendour for photographers.
Street Address: 318614 Grey Road 1, Georgian Bluffs
Directions: From Owen Sound take Grey Road 1 north towards Balmy Beach (5kms). Parking entrance is on the left hand side, just south of Balmy Beach.
The trail continued through the woods a short distance before breaking out on a bluff overlooking the falls. From here you can see the horseshoe-shaped falls drop to a quiet pool before Indian Creek flows on to empty into Owen Sound Bay. The main natural feature of this site is the horseshoe shaped waterfall, named after the Newash Indian tribe who lived in this area at one time. Almost 9 meters across and 15 metre high the falls were formed by the erosion of soft Queenston shale beneath hard Manitoulin dolomite, in a manner similar to Niagara Falls.
Street Address: 113 Robert St East, Walter’s Falls
Directions: In the village of Walter’s Falls, turn north onto Front Street (across from The Store) and follow the road right to parking area beside The Falls Inn. The falls are right there at the edge of the parking lot.
Although this waterfall is on private property, there is a viewing platform where Walter's Creek plunges 14 metres in the heart of the village. Named for the pioneer John Walter and his family, the picturesque settlement grew around its waterpower, which continues to provide energy for a gristmill. The location is now home to the spectacular accommodation The Falls Inn.
Street Address: 196241 Grey Road 7, Kimberley ON
GPS: 44.46° North, -80.55° West
The Beaver Valley splendour should never by hurried and this 5 hectare park with its picnic facilities invites the visitor to stay awhile. Perhaps it is the contrast of the gentle tree-lined river and the patchwork of pastures and orchards set against the stark cliffs of the Escarpment that makes this panorama so compelling. But it is a breathtaking vista and there is nothing else quite like it. On site you’ll find a historical plaque dedicated to American naturalist John Muir; picnic shelter, privies, drinking water; and a parking area that can accommodate buses.
Street Address: 150 Pellisier Street, Eugenia
Directions: Take Grey Road 13 into the village of Eugenia. The entrance to Eugenia Falls Conservation Area is on the west side of the road, diagonally across from the Eugenia Falls Emporium.
Situated in the very tiny village of Eugenia, Eugenia Falls Conservation Area encompasses 23 hectares of Niagara Escarpment, river valley and upland forests. The site features hiking trails, a picnic pavilion, privies and a war memorial, as well as the 30 metre tall waterfall.
Street Address: 170566 Lower Valley Road, Grey Highlands
Directions: Take Grey Road 4 to East Back Line. Turn north and then right onto Lower Valley Road. Watch for the parking lot on your left.
Considered one of Grey County's best-kept secrets, Hoggs Falls are tucked away a mere two-minute walk from the Lower Valley Road near Flesherton. Named for William Hogg, the waters of the Boyne River tumble seven metres in this woodland setting.
- Grey County Waterfall Tour (includes map) [Grey County]
Street Address: 562 George St East, Durham
Directions: Take Grey Road 4 to George Street and continue onwards for parking and viewing access.
Within the Durham Conservation Area, McGowan Falls takes the name of an early miller who used the waterpower of the Saugeen River at this site. Popular with anglers, the falls here are more gradual than some, yet scenic in their setting of cedars. McGowan Falls are portrayed in one of several murals that adorn buildings in downtown Durham. Durham Conservation Area is situated in an ideal location, nestled along a picturesque stretch of the winding Saugeen River. It is also a leisurely trek from the heart of the Durham town centre. It covers over 61 ha (150 acres) including over 3 kms (2 miles) of Saugeen River frontage. Scenic McGowan Falls is one of the highlights of this beautiful park. A wide variety of activities can be enjoyed year-round within the park, by both campers and day-users.