Lace up your hiking boots and explore the trails around Inglis Falls, in Harrison Park, at Bruce’s Caves and from the Pottawatomi Conservation Area to Jones Falls.This route showcases some amazing views from your car or from the nearby trails. Looking to stretch your legs along the way?
Continue on to the Kemble Mountain Women’s Institute Lookout to snap some photos. Continue to the Big Bay General Store for ice cream and then to the Colpoy’s Lookout Conservation Area for more views before making your way to Bruce’s Caves. A short hike from the parking lot will reward you with a unique caving experience.
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Beginning of Route - Inglis Falls
Situated in the heart of the 200-hectare Inglis Falls Conservation Area, Inglis Falls is an 18 metre high cascade, created by the Sydenham River meeting the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. The erosive power of the water has carved a deep gorge at the base of the falls. On a clear day you can see down the valley into the City of Owen Sound and out to the Owen Sound harbour. There is something for everyone at Inglis Falls: 7.42 km of trails of various difficulty; access to the Bruce Trail; more than 20 species of ferns, geological potholes, historical grist mill, picnic facilities and water filtration plant.
Stop #1 - Harrison Park and Weaver’s Creek Falls
Make your way from Inglis Falls to Owen Sound's Harrison Park. With more than 40 hectares of streams, trails, gardens, playgrounds, forest and green space, right in the heart of the city, be sure to visit Weaver's Creek Falls - one of 10 waterfalls on the Grey County Waterfall Tour. The park features dining and recreation facilities, a full-service campground, boat rentals, a bird sanctuary, mini-putt, basketball courts, pools, and an open-air rink. Its network of trails leads through forest, fields and streams to Inglis Falls, and connects directly with the Bruce Trail on the Niagara Escarpment. To find out more visit https://www.owensound.ca/play/harrison-park
Stop #2- The Owen Sound Salmon Tour: The Mill Dam
Part of the Owen Sound Salmon Tour, stop at the Mill Dam to see the salmon jumping upstream. Find out more about the Owen Sound Salmon Tour at https://www.owensound.ca/play/salmon-tour/owen-sound-salmon-tour
Stop #3 - Cobble Beach Golf Resort
This beautiful golf resort on the shores of Georgian Bay makes a great stop along the route. Visit for a meal, a round of golf, or take in their signature event, The Concours d'Elegance on September 10 and 11th. To find out more visit http://www.cobblebeach.com/
Stop #4- Kemble Women's Institute Lookout
Located along Scenic Grey Road 1, this parkette is a must see. The Parkette is a memorial to the members of the Kemble Women's Institute, past and present, and it celebrates the 110th anniversary of the organization and features a unique tea service carving of rock and concrete. Stunning views to the east over Georgian Bay with lovely gardens. Find out more at https://www.visitgrey.ca/business/kemble-womens-institute-scenic-lookout
Stop #5 - Big Bay General Store
Located just steps away from the Big Bay dock on beautiful Georgian Bay, The Big Bay general store is famous for their homemade ice cream. Grab a cone and stop by the dock to skip some stones in the Stone Skipping Capital of Canada. Open 11am - 7pm daily and closed on Tuesdays.
Stop #6 - Colpoy’s Lookout Conservation Area
Make a stop at the Colpoy's Bay scenic lookout for a great view of White Cloud, Griffith and Hay Islands. https://www.visitgrey.ca/business/colpoys-bay-scenic-lookout.
Stop #7- Bruce's Caves Conservation Area
Stop at Bruce's Caves and take a short hike in along the Bruce Trail to see these impressive geological formations. Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area derives its greatest significance from the unique cave formations found along the escarpment face. These caves were formed by the wave action of post-glacial Lake Algonquin, 7,000 to 8,000 years ago. To find out more visit http://www1.greysauble.on.ca/portfolio/bruces-caves-conservation-area/
Stop #8 - Jones Falls and the Pottawatomi Conservation Area
Another stop on the Grey County Waterfall Tour, you can park at the Owen Sound Transportation Company's headquarters and take a short hike to Jones Falls. The falls cascades over the escarpment 12 metres to the Pottawatomi River that flows into Owen Sound Bay. To find out more, visit http://www1.greysauble.on.ca/portfolio/jones-falls-pottawatomi-conservation-area/
Stop #9 - Casero Kitchen Table
If you've worked out up an appetite with all that hiking, make your final stop Casero Kitchen Table. This epic Mexican restaurant in the heart of Owen Sound has it all: Great food, authentic atmosphere and cold local brews on tap. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/Casero-677064038973791/