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Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Conservation Areas

Whenever I visit Inglis Falls near Owen Sound, I appreciate the beauty of the cedars and limestone. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting waterfalls in Ontario. Visiting Inglis Falls at any time of the year is always an awesome experience.  The waterfall is located south-west of the City of Owen Sound, where the Sydenham River meets the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. The Conservation Area and trails are well marked and the view through the canyon towards Owen Sound is fantastic. Margaret and I explored the trail down towards the bottom of the falls.  The Bruce Trail passes through the area heading north to Tobermory. There are many spots to stop for photographs.   History surrounding Inglis Falls The waterfall was named after a Scottish immigrant, Peter Inglis. He settled in the area around 1845. In 1862, Inglis replaced an old gristmill with a four-storey mill that produced

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Exploring Mono Ontario
Hiking

I had driven by an area east of Highway 10 many times on my travels around Ontario, but never really stopped to check it out. Heading out on a day trip we went exploring Mono Ontario. Located just north of Caledon and northeast of Orangeville, Ontario it is nestled in mostly rolling and  tree-covered hills. It’s a part of the Hills and Headwaters area of south-central Ontario. The headwaters of three rivers, the Humber River, Nottawasaga River and Credit River begin here. Some of the small communities that make up the Town of Mono are Mono Centre, Hockley Village and Camilla.   There are many areas to choose from to enjoy a hike, such as Mono Cliffs Provincial Park and the Bruce Trail.  A short drive north is the Boyne Valley Provincial Park and south is the Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve. Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is part of the

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Collingwood Scenic Caves & Nature Preserve
Travel

Blue Mountain is know in Ontario as a great place to go skiing, mountain biking or simply as a getaway. It is also known for the Collingwood Scenic Caves & Nature Preserve. Blue Mountain is technically not a mountain, it is part of the Niagara Escarpment, which runs from Niagara Falls to Tobermory Ontario. Rising more than 300 metres in elevation above Georgian Bay, it is one of the highest points in southern Ontario.     Less than two hours north of Toronto, it is worth the drive north. The views and the unique surroundings make for a worthwhile opportunity to explore. The suspension footbridge at Scenic Caves is one of Ontario’s feature attractions. Take a walk across the 126-metre suspension bridge, which crosses 25 metres above the valley. This location gives fantastic views of Collingwood and Nottawasaga Bay.   The bridge holds the title of being the longest suspension

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Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Travel

A road trip is to Midland Ontario is not complete without a visit to Discovery Harbour. This original British naval and military base located near Penetanguishene, was built to provide protection to Upper Canada after the War of 1812. The British naval presence on Georgian Bay was to provide ships to supply British outposts westward. By the 1800s, it was home to sailors, officers, shipwrights and soldiers. In total, five large ships, 15 smaller vessels and numerous workshops and dwellings were built.   As a teenager, my family and I would travel around Ontario, exploring the rich history that Ontario has to offer and Discovery Harbour was overflowing in stories from the past. Take your time and stop at the Base Commander’s house or examine the cartographers quarters, it is truly a great way to learn the history of Upper Canada.         Visitors will enjoy informative and

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Hiking at Belfountain Conservation Area
Conservation Areas

One of the most beautiful places just north of Mississauga is the Hills and Headwaters area, which includes Belfountain Conservation Area and the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. We’ve gone hiking at Belfountain Conservation Area several times,  and I have blogged about our drive through the town of Belfountain that inspired a summer visit. Our first visit was on a wintery day, with frozen roads and hiking trails. Our summer visit was completely different. If you’ve ever driven through Belfountain, you know how lovely it is, and how much fun it is to drive on the winding roads. It feel like are in a mountainous region of Europe. The Credit River sometimes accompanies you along on your route, and you drive and up and down steep, curvy roads. Belfountain Conservation Area is right in the village. During the spring, summer and fall seasons it is open to visitors with

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