Wet gravity never looked so good. One of the most surprising and under appreciated things about Grey and Bruce county is the number of waterfalls that are easily accessible through either public parks or a short hike on public land. Hi Bruce! has your list right here for how to see it all while also enjoying everything along the way.
There’s no time recommendations on this tour - because why would we? Generic “Thanks, Mom!” - Remember to always stay on the marked trails while exploring Waterfalls. Fast moving water can be dangerous, wet rocks are slippery, and wandering off the trail is deeply damaging to the environment.
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Highland Grounds Coffee 8 Toronto Rd, Flesherton, ON N0C 1E0
Opens at 6:30am
This charming Flesherton coffee shop is located in one of the first towns passed through after Shelburne. Charming and eclectic - offering a quick stop to grab your coffee of choice. Street parking out front is usually available during the off season.
Stop 1: Eugenia Falls 159 Pellisier St. Eugenia, ON N0C 1E0
Waterfall number one is a short drive off of Highway 10 to the east outside of Flesherton. The parking lot is at the end of the laneway with plenty of shade. A quick and easy walk down a clearly marked path leads to a cobblestone barricade separating you from the edge of the cliffs. Following the stone line leads to a trail down to the waters edge a few hundred meters away. The hike can be steep in spots so make sure you are cautious and confident in your abilities.
Stop 2: Hoggs Falls Lower Valley Rd, Flesherton, ON N0C 1E0
5.6 km at highest end.Medium level of challenge incline/decline Hoggs Falls is one of the most scenic waterfalls in Grey and Bruce County. With a short walk from the parking lot of only a few hundred meters you can find yourself with spectacular views at an overlook - continue onward and you can climb down a knotted rope towards the base of the falls. Make sure you have proper footwear if you travel down this way as it can be slippery.
From the base of the falls you can find beautiful photo opportunities - what makes this waterfall special is the feeling of seclusion - less busy than most other waterfalls and sunken in from the main trail. Hoggs Falls also offers more than 5km of hiking in a loop that circles back by the falls if you are looking for slightly more exercise.
Stop 3: Inglis Falls Low level of challenge Inglis Falls is the most popular of Grey and Bruce’s waterfalls.
With year round visitation this beautiful falls has easy access from Highway 10 through Rockford. The drive in mirrors the beauty of the area as you travel down winding paved roads with spouts of water pouring from the roadside into ditches. Inglis Falls offers plenty of parking - paid during peak months.
Trails that can be explored up the river or down into the valley. You will find a collection of two bridges side by side where you can have views overlooking the falls descent, or up river to a dam controlling the flow. On the right hand side following the bridge is an old mill building that has been converted into a small museum of artifacts and information. Tucked in behind the museum is a lesser travelled vantage point where you can get shots from above the falls facing downward.
Cross the bridge back and on the western side of the falls find a collection of boardwalk style steps with handrails that guide you down to a series of look outs - the infrastructure in place as well as the formation of the rock allows you to get views of the falls from almost any angle.
LUNCH There are some favourites in Owen Sound that are sure to impress based on your appetite.
Try Casero Kitchen Table for Owen Sounds take on Fun Mexican.
Try Mudtown Station for local brews and delicious pub fare.
Try Freshii for a healthier and quicker option.
Stop 4: Indian Falls 318614, Grey Rd 1, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N4
The drive to Indian Falls from Owen Sound is almost as good as the destination - hugging the shoreline of Owen Sounds Harbour and the bright blue waters of Georgian Bay. The road is lined by beautiful houses and views of the bay the bay. Once arrived at the parking for Indian Falls Conservation Area, it’s about a 1 km walk that follows a river upstream. A wooden staircase elevates you to the top of the escarpment and then continues on to the edge of the falls. Indian Falls has a wonderful uniformity to it’s crest shape downpour - creating an almost blanket like stream of water.
Stop 5: Sauble Falls 1400 Sauble Falls Rd, Wiarton, ON N0H 2T0
The last stop on our tour is a popular tourist destination in beautiful Sauble Beach. These cascading waterfalls can be seen from the edge of Sauble Falls Road with public parking to the northern side of the river. There is a viewpoint and bridge that pass over the falls, however what makes these falls unique is that you can step right into them. Water gently pours over from rock face to rock face never falling more than a couple feet. This leaves pools of water with smooth rock bottoms to swim, play and enjoy. The water flowing through the Sauble River stays much warmer than Lake Huron and can be a great place to dip in even later in the season.
Definitely a unique waterfall experience and a perfect way to wrap up your TLC inspired day.