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More About Belfountain Conservation Area

Bridge at Belfountain Conservation Area

Places of Interest

There is plenty to see and do at Belfountain. A nature trail spans the river gorge using a suspension bridge and then winds along the steep sides of the Escarpment requiring steady feet and approximately 30 minutes to walk. A short distance downstream is the juncture of the West and main Credit Rivers, the scenic “Forks of the Credit” area. These can be reached by a rugged hike down into the valley along the Trimble Trail that will take you out of the Conservation Area. The Trimble Trail is not a loop and you will have to retrace your steps to return to the Conservation Area.

Natural Heritage

The cold, spring-fed waters of the West Credit River provide ideal habitat and ample angling opportunities for brook and brown trout and other fish. Freshwater springs flow from the steep valley walls that enclose this tranquil oasis. Heavily treed woodlands of cedar, oak, maple and birch are alive with wildlife – songbirds, rabbits, flying squirrels, ruffed grouse and white-tailed deer. Walkways, a beautiful fountain, gardens, historic stonework including a cave and a grinding stone from a gristmill that once stood beside the river add interest to this beautiful site.

History

Close to the picturesque village of Belfountain, this 8 ha site once belonged to Charles Mack, inventor of the cushion-back rubber stamp. 

Mack and his wife Addie purchased the property in 1908, where he developed his version of a miniature Niagara Falls and Yellowstone Cave. Mr. Mack had a suspension bridge built downstream from the dam and created a fountain topped with a bell honouring the town. He also added stone walls, footpaths, scenic lookouts and a guesthouse. The couple lived in a small house deep in the park.

Photography and Filming

Over the years, Belfountain has become a Mecca for photographers and others who enjoy the spectacular colours of the Niagara Escarpment in autumn. Belfountain’s beauty is often used to photograph weddings, or as a backdrop for television or magazine features.

While CVC appreciates and benefits greatly from the strong partnerships shared with our tourism and marketing sector, it is in contravention of the Conservation Authorities Act to operate any private business activities on CVC owned lands or make a profit from the use of these public areas without expressed permission provided by CVC. Photography for personal use is encouraged and permitted but any private commercial photography needs to be approved and permitted by CVC.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact Program Assistant, Conservation Parks, Credit Valley Conservation, 647.962.4652, jkole@creditvalleyca.ca.