Everyday Life, Healthy Living, My Happy Place, Photography

Inglis Falls, Harrison Park Bird Sanctuary & Owen Sound Harbourfront

Road-Trip-4

Although yesterday was chilly, the skies were clear and the sun was shinning. We were both feeling couped up and tired of the winter hibernation, so we hopped in the truck and headed out for a drive. I was back in my happy head space once again with my camera in my hand.

We headed up through Conestogo, Salem and Alma, then up Grey Road 6 to Hwy#6 and then straight up towards Owen Sound. The traffic was light and we made great time…not that we were in a hurry. There were some really cute little towns and villages along the way.

Our first stop was at Inglis Falls. It is stunning with a 14-meter plunge to the rocks below. Several folks had much the same idea as we did, although I wouldn’t go as far to say it was busy. It is such a beautiful area with many trails to explore. Little did we know that Inglis Falls is part of the massive and stunningly beautiful Harrison Park. We will definitely go back again to do more exploring.

IMG_5449
The Sydenham River before the falls
IMG_5424
At the very top of the plunge over the falls

IMG_5429

IMG_5436

IMG_5437
The river below the falls
IMG_5443
Below the falls
IMG_5448
An old wheel left behind from the Mill that was once here but was not restored

While we were at Inglis Falls, we were talking to a lady who was there with her 2 young children. She mentioned Harrison Park and told us how to get there. She said that it had many great trails to explore, a fabulous playground for kids and even a restaurant where you could get a drink or bite to eat. It sounded like a great place to visit, so we made it our next stop…and we are so glad that we did! What an amazing place. We stopped at the cute little restaurant for a yummy club sandwich lunch. The waitress said there is even a campground in the park with approximately 50 sites. When we were packing up to head over to the bird sanctuary, there was a husband and wife duo setting up audio equipment in the corner of the restaurant to play music for the patrons…once again our timing was impeccable! Next time we will know to stay for dinner…and the local entertainment. We were told that they are fabulous and often play to a packed house.

IMG_5497
Trumpet swan…always a favourite

 

IMG_5461
Not sure what kind of waterfowl this is, but he/she was beautiful
IMG_5483
He was beautiful!

IMG_5484

IMG_5490
Mother Goose
IMG_5494
Bottoms up!

IMG_5495

Before we started the trek back home, we decided to stop at the Owen Sound harbourfront. Little did we know that the famed “Chi-Cheemaun” ferry which runs between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island during the summer months, winters in the Owen Sound Harbourfront. What a massive and impressive ship!

IMG_5500.jpg

IMG_5501
Beautiful artwork adorns the bow of the Chi-Cheemaun ferry
IMG_5504
I’m always a sucker for our Canadian Flag

What a great, spontaneous afternoon! We are already planning and looking forward to our next adventure before we make our way up to beautiful Parry Sound for the summer months.

Our province of Ontario really does have so much to offer. There are an abundance of amazing things to see and do that are only a short drive from wherever you may be. Whether you are a history buff, nature lover, angler, adventure seeker, or a photographer like myself…get out and explore…I guarantee, you will not be disappointed and you will be surprised at what you will find!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s