Monday, August 5, 2019

Walters Falls

Went for a nice drive in the country today, and stopped in at Walters Falls, one of only a couple of waterfalls up here that I can get to in my wheelchair.  A beautiful hot sunny day, but just enough breeze to make it pleasant.

I always like this view of the creek and the only remaining building from the old mill.  The water raced through the pipe and into the mill, behind me.

The original sawmill (and the village) here was established by John Walter (1804-67), but was bought by The Hallman family in the mid-'40's.  Sadly it burned down in 1984.  The family re-established the mill on the main road, and chose to build a hotel here overlooking the falls.

The old mill has been replaced by 'The Falls Inn', with what I think of as its modernesque Portuguese architecture.  It's a popular location for weddings and special events.

The mill pond still exists up behind that stone dam, and as you edge closer to the falls you see the foundations of the old mill.  It's hard to believe the change here in 40 years or  more.

Grey County Tourism has erected signboards like these at all the waterfalls tourists can visit in the county.  All but one that I know of are on public land, and Inglis Falls is said to be the second most frequently photographed waterfall in Ontario (after Niagara Falls).

 These are about the best photographs you can get today, with the safety fence holding you back, and vegetation growing rampantly.  I may dig out some of my old pre-wheelchair photos to share with you.

Couldn't resist this Teasel, framed by the wrought iron safety fence.


  1. Super photos, but the final one is my pick. Those teasels would look wonderful with a day lily or two, in a vase.

  2. Lovely to see your photographs.
    Those teasels look great don't they.

    All the best Jan

  3. It's easy to see why they put fencing at the falls, but it certainly detracts from the view. Decent photos of the falls could probably be obtained by holding a camera or cell phone between the fence's bars -- but dropping it would not be good.

    1. I thought about that possibility a lot before staying on the outside of the fence!

  4. Pretty falls. Lots of great pictures!!

  5. Your pictures are amazingly good, considering that you couldn't get any closer. Glad you didn't try to put the camera on the other side of the bars! And I too like that last picture very much. :-)

  6. It's good to hear that there are still some falls that are accessible to you; I can't think of any in this country that would be.

  7. I don't think I have seen any of those Falls up there in your neck of the woods. With our recent change of RV vehicles those places may now be more easily accessible to us.

  8. Hello, pretty inn and falls. The flowers are lovely. Wishing you a happy day!

  9. I love the old building and as pretty as The Falls Inn looks, somehow it's missing something for me. It is so nice that you are touring around and bringing us all this history! :)

  10. Beautiful pictures! Hope to stay at the Walters Falls Inn next time I visit the area. My 3rd great grandfather William Trout helped build the gristmill there in the early 1850s.

  11. these are beautiful, the protection is probably a good idea!!

  12. I love the sound of waterfalls.

  13. HI Furry...
    Great pics!! Still hot and steamy down here...we need rain!!
    Enjoy the rest of your week...
    Linda :o)