Sometimes everyone needs a vacation, Right?
Over the last few weeks a number of fans of this blog have asked me if I would write about some day adventures in Dufferin County’s back yard (in grey, Blue Mountains, Adjala, Wellington, Halton and Caledon) where they could eat, hike, swim or just take in the sweeping views. So, for the next few weeks that is exactly what I will be doing. I’ll call it Day Tripping Outside Of Dufferin County.
I love experiencing nature. It helps me leave my everyday stresses behind and going on hiking trip is right up my ally. You don’t need to be a skilled backpacker to really see what Mother Nature has to offer, there’s a gorgeous trail out there and if you mix a great trail with a waterfall that’s what makes it epic …LOL!
About 35 km from Shelburne, situated in the very tiny village of Eugenia is Eugenia Falls Conservation Area that is part of Niagara Escarpment. There is a river valley and awesome forests. The site features hiking trails, a picnic pavilion, privies and a war memorial, as well as the 100 foot tall waterfall.
When first discovered in 1852, Eugenia Falls was the scene of a ‘Fools Gold’ rush. Later it became the location of five mills and a small private electric plant and by 1905, it was chosen to be the site of the second hydroelectric plant in Ontario (Georgian Bay Power Company). In 1915, Ontario Hydro moved the plant to the north and created Lake Eugenia, allowing more control over water levels.
The waterfall was called Eugenia following a suggestion from some ex-soldiers of the French army (Crimean War), working with Charles Rankin surveying the former Artemesia Township. They suggested that the waterfall be named after Princess Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III.
In my option it’s one of the most impressive waterfalls within a short drive in our area. There are nice views of the falls and it’s just a short walk away from the parking lot. I’m a very adventurous person and I like exploring the gorge. There are several other waterfalls in the area, so this is a great spot for a waterfall adventure.
The river is diverted for power generation, and the flow over the falls can get pretty thin in summer, so it is best seen in the spring.
Eugenia Falls is in the town of Eugenia, in Ontario’s Grey County, on Grey County Road 13, just north of Hwy 4. It is a short distance from Flesherton. It is about 35minutes north east of Shelburne, and 50 minutes north east of the Orangeville.