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.
Visiting Inglis Falls
Inglis Falls is the highlight waterfall for the Owen Sound area. Large, pretty, and well developed, it rarely disappoints. The falls is about 18 m high, and exhibits a peculiar fan-shaped structure. This is not a wilderness waterfall, and you should expect a near-full parking lot on summer weekends.
To get away from the crowd, follow the trail along the left bank of the river, past the wooden lookout platform to the short break in the woods near the road. Look for the path between two large vertical limestone blocks and continue into the gorge.
Inglis Falls is more than just a waterfall, visitors can enjoy a viewing platform, 7 and a half km of trails, Bruce Trail access, more than 20 species of ferns, geological potholes, historical remains of a grist mill, historical water filtration plant and picnic facilities.
Inglis Falls History
Inglis Falls is rich in history – starting in 1843 when Peter Inglis immigrated to Canada and settled in this area. In 1845 Inglis purchased a small existing grist mill built two years previously by a Mr. Boyd, and 300 acres of deeded Crown land. It was in 1862 that Inglis replaced the old gristmill with a new four-storey mill that produced flour, bran and shorts (feed for animals).
In 1932, the property was obtained by the City of Owen Sound for water rights. The mill was idle for two years, until purchased by Emil Henkel. He ran the mill until 1945 when a fire completely destroyed it.
In 1960 the former North Grey Region Conservation Authority (now the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority) acquired what is presently the Inglis Falls Conservation Area. Today all that remains of that earlier industrial scene are the family home, a stone building, the silent millstones and the enduring beauty of Inglis Falls.