Well it was a long day on Saturday…Busy showing homes and lot and lots of questions about things to do in the area! So, after telling them about places to eat and things to do. I decided to show them places to visit…LOL
That’s how I ended up in the Belfountain Conservation Area late Saturday evening, and that has it’s privledges. I was able to get some excellent shots of the area, and I had a great conversion with the guys at the gate.
With my iPhone in hand and hiking shoes pulled out from the back seat of the car. Today’s shots are from that outing. You can see the waterfall. It was pretty awesome under the swing bridge today. For those who have never been up there, I highly recommend taking a trip. Belfountain is a great little community and the conservation area has a couple of challenging trails.
There is plenty to see and do at Belfountain. A nature trail spans the river gorge using a suspension bridge and then winds along the steep sides of the Escarpment requiring steady feet and approximately 30 minutes to walk. A short distance downstream is the juncture of the West and main Credit Rivers, the scenic “Forks of the Credit” area. These can be reached by a rugged hike down into the valley along the Trimble Trail that will take you out of the Conservation Area. The Trimble Trail is not a loop and you will have to retrace your steps to return to the Conservation Area.
According to the credit valleys website the history is such…Close to the picturesque village of Belfountain, this 8 ha site once belonged to Charles Mack, inventor of the cushion-back rubber stamp. Mack and his wife Addie purchased the property in 1908, where he developed his version of a miniature Niagara Falls and Yellowstone Cave. Mr. Mack had a suspension bridge built downstream from the dam and created a fountain topped with a bell honouring the town. He also added stonewalls, footpaths, scenic lookouts and a guesthouse. The couple lived in a small house deep in the park.
Back in those days it would have been a long way from everywhere…in the deep dark woods
Belfountain Conservation Area is located at 10 Credit Street, Belfountain L7K 0E5 and they can be reached at 519 927 5838 or connect with them on their facebook page