We Enjoyed Chasing Waterfalls Around Owen Sound In Ontario
On our return visit to Lake Huron, we were happy we chased waterfalls around Owen Sound in Ontario.
We got our first waterfall treat when we did a day trip to Sauble Falls from Port Elgin. After our stay in Port Elgin, we planned a few stops in Owens Sound on our trip home.
On our first visit to Owen Sound, we wandered along the waterfront. But did enjoy the great parks in the area. When we read about all the waterfalls in the area, we wanted to catch a few on this travel day. It was great to check out Jones Falls, Weaver’s Creek Nature Trail and Inglis Falls on this trip.
Sauble Falls On A Day Trip
On our stay in Port Elgin, we planned a day trip to Sauble Beach. But when we did the planning, we realized that there was a waterfall site at Sauble Falls we needed to visit. We headed there first and found a pay parking lot right at the falls. But were quite underwhelmed at the view from the top.
We walked down along Sauble Falls and scrambled out on the rocks. And were rewarded with much better waterfalls views. We imagined that the flows would be quite amazing at Spring thaw.
When we walked to the other side, we got a different perspective on Sauble Falls. The wooden walkway was a much easier spot to see the falls than we found on the other side.
Our first view of waterfalls at Sauble Falls whetted our appetite for more on our visit to Port Elgin. So when we planned our trip home, we did some research and found some more great waterfalls around Owen Sound.
A Short Stop At Jones Falls
Our first planned stop was just before we arrived in Owen Sound at Jones Falls. The pictures we saw showed Jones Falls cascading over the escarpment to the Pottawatomi River. From researching in advance, we knew there was a 4km loop hike in the park to Jones Fall. But there was also a parking stop on the side of the road with a shorter path to the falls. On this visit, we opted for the shorter route.
We followed the narrow path and the Bruce Trail markings on the trees. Over a small bridge, the ground was rock and root covered. We stumbled along on this side for awhile but could not get a view of Jones Falls.
After we back-tracked to the other side, we found an easier path. From that side we got a view of the trickle of water over the Jones Falls. Certainly not the wide cascade we hoped for. We saw people at the bottom of the falls but could not find an easy path down.
We just returned from chasing waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region. So we knew the water levels were quite low this year. But we hoped the other waterfalls around Owen Sound were a bit more exciting.
Following Weaver’s Creek Nature Trail To The Waterfalls
The second waterfall stop we planned was in Owen Sound at Harrison Park. We were very surprised when we arrived at the park and found so many different things to do.
On this visit, there was one thing we wanted to see in the park. We followed the sign that led to the Weaver’s Creek Nature Trail and parked the car.
We found the boardwalk to the Weaver’s Creek Nature Trail just to the side of the big outdoor pool. From the boardwalk we saw a slow moving creek with small sections where the water tumbled over the rocks or logs.
As we kept walking we heard loud water noises. And when we turned the last bend we saw a much bigger waterfall. The path was blocked off on private property, so we enjoyed the great view from a distance. David even tried his balance beam act for a better view of the falls.
We were excited when we finally found the waterfall on Weaver’s Creek Nature Trail. It made us excited for our final stop for waterfalls around Owens Sound.
A Final Waterfall Stop At Inglis Falls On The Sydenham River
Close to Harrison Park on the Sydenham River was Inglis Falls. A long hiking path through the Harrison Park grounds ultimately arrived at Inglis Falls. But we did not have time for the hike on this visit.
We drove to the Inglis Falls Conservation Area and paid the $10 fee for parking. Inside the park, we walked over the bridge and learned a little about the Grist Mill that once stood at this point. We got a view downstream over the falls. But the waterfall was not really visible from this point.
As we went towards the stairs, we got a first glimpse of the waterfall through the greenery. When we continued to the bottom of the viewpoint platform, we got our first full view of Inglis Falls.
We continued down the stairs and got another angle on the falls. From there we walked over uneven ground and out to several viewpoints. But we were warned when we started that we could not get to the bottom of the falls. The rough ground made us wish we had changed out of our sandals!
We were so happy we stopped at Inglis Falls. We got the view of cascading water we hoped for. A great way to finish our day trip for waterfalls around Owens Sound
Great Sights Chasing Waterfalls Around Owen Sound In Ontario
On our visit to Port Elgin on Lake Huron, we were glad we chased the waterfalls around Owens Sound. The low water levels disappointed us at the start. But each waterfall stop got better and better.
We were sorry we missed a few of the other waterfalls in the area. On a return visit we will plan stops at Eugenia Falls in Wiarton. When the water levels are higher it would be worth a stop at Indian Falls. And when we felt like a good hike, a stop at Walters Falls will be on the plan. All great reasons to head back to the Owens Sound area for waterfalls.
Have you chased waterfalls around Owen Sound in Ontario? Did you have a favourite one that we missed?
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