A few months ago I learned that the Walters Falls Feedmill was actually still an operating water-powered mill. I was astonished. Though there were perhaps thousands of these scattered across Ontario 100 years ago, I didn't think there would be any commercial water-powered mills left. I've been wanting to see how it operated ever since.
But let's do this in order, and start at the mill pond. This is the second mill pond in Walters Falls, a much larger one than the one just above the falls, and mostly out of sight behind the mill. The water level was high the day we were there.
The water backed up by the dam flows into the sluice pipe, heading downstream right beside the creek, toward the mill.
It's a long pipe down to the mill building, up in the air on concrete pillars.