Conservation Areas

Visiting Inglis Falls Near Owen Sound

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.

Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Sydenham River just above Inglis Falls


Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Sydenham River

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 grain products. It stood until destroyed by fire in 1945. Remnants of the nineteenth-century mill are reminders of the power of falling water.

Some of the original mill wheels used for grinding are still on site. Over the years, other mills popped up along the Sydenham River including a saw mill and wool mill.

Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Great signage along the trails


Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Remains of the Grist Mill


Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Margaret taking great shots


Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Canada Geese flying over the falls


Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Inglis Falls with just a bit of water


Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Inglis Falls


Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Stairs leading to the trails


Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Margaret heading down to the bottom of the gorge


Facts about Inglis Falls Conservation Area

Here are a few facts about Inglis Falls Conservation Area:

  • 18-metre cascade-fan-shaped falls
  • 7.42 kilometres of trails
  • Access to the Bruce Trail
  • 20 species of ferns
  • Series of geological potholes.
Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Trail can be very rocky

Nearby waterfalls

If you are visiting Owen Sound, take the opportunity to visit some of the nearby waterfalls – Indian Falls, Jones Falls and Keefer Falls. If you have time visit Walters Falls and Eugenia Falls.

Inglis Falls near Owen Sound
Along the Bruce Trail

Links for more information

Inglis Falls Conservation Area, Ontario Conservation Areas, Bruce Trail, Visit Georgian Bay, Things to do in Owen Sound

If you are heading towards Owen Sound, make a stop and explore this beautiful natural area.


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Frank Bourne

Frank Bourne

A Burlington boy with a love of the outdoors, camping and hitting the highways for road trips, Frank is a marketing and sales specialist who loves exploring and adventures on weekends with his wife Margaret.

His passion for outdoor living, survival skills, and good food means he’s always sharing tips on the best places to camp, roads to take in Ontario for breath-taking views, or interesting recipe ideas with locally grown foods.