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