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Anywhere else in Ontario and I might not have included this one. But waterfalls are scarce in Southwestern Ontario. The Grand River falls maybe one metre over some exposed bedrock in this location.

The river is surrounded by city, and some dam works here and there. But even so, the old downtown buildings (including the old Dixon Mill, set right beside the falls) are all built of locallly quarried stone.

Along with the historic mill run park just to the south, this is an attractive place to explore and photograph, even if the falls are far from memorable. For this reason, I assigned two stars to this site instead of one.

During my last visit, I saw people along the west bank of the river, on a bedrock outrcop beside the falls. Aerial photos show that a dirt trail leads to this spot from a parking lot just to the west.

Some Key Facts
Region Greater Toronto
County Waterloo
Near Galt
Watercourse Grand River
Watershed / % Lakes 4 / 12%
Ownership Crown Water
Landscape Urban
Size Small
Type Rock Rapids
Modification Water Level Control Dam, Stone Mill, Road Bridge
Access Easy
Top / Bottom Easy to view / Difficult
Trail conditions Paved
Hiking Time 3 min
Coordinates 43.3637,-80.3163
Site ID WOO.WAT.003
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This page last updated on April 20, 2024. Earlier versions can be examined on Archive.org, dating back to 2003.