Belfountain Complex – A beautiful piece of history

Have you had a chance to visit Belfountain Conservation Area, also known as the Belfountain Complex? If you haven’t, it’s time you did.

The Belfountain Complex is located on the Niagara Escarpment in the valley of the West Credit River. The river contains cold-water fish such as brook and brown trout and offers great angling opportunities. There are 409 distinct plant species and 71 bird species within the Belfountain Complex. You can take a walk along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. Watch freshwater flowing down the limestone cliffs. Explore one of the Bruce Trail side trails.


In 1908, Charles W. Mack, the inventor of the cushion rubber stamp, transformed his property by constructing a dam, the ‘belle’ fountain, the famous suspension bridge and Yellowstone Cave. Mack also added stonewalls, footpaths, scenic lookouts and a guesthouse. In 1914, he opened his property to the public. Today, the original site of Mack’s summer home is used to host weddings and outdoor events.


CVC is developing a management plan for the Belfountain Complex. The plan will guide how the conservation area is managed and will be used in future.

Are you interested in learning more about the management plan? Register today for the Belfountain Complex public consultation taking place on December 3 in Cheltenham. The session includes information on the management planning process and opportunities to provide feedback. Register at

For more information call 905-670-1615 ext. 535 or email Laura McDonald at [email protected].

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