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Belfountain - A Winter Walk

Posted by Lorac Sunday, 24 March 2013 10 comments

The records indicate that the Hamlet of Belfountain (Village) was first settled in 1825. As time passed, the Hamlet added a blacksmith, wagon shop, school, post office, church and a public water pump.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.

Falls created by Charles Mack

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 (above) and Yellowstone Cave (below).


The "Cave" below. There is a wonderful hearth in here. I can only imagine the fires it has held.


It started out as a dull cold day with flurries. By the time we got to Belfountain the weather had changed to a gorgeous sunny, mild day.


Suspension bridge over the Credit River

 Mr. Mack had a suspension bridge built downstream from the dam (above) and created a fountain topped with a bell honouring the town(below). He also added stonewalls, footpaths, scenic lookouts and a guesthouse. The couple lived in a small house deep in the park.

I never tire of this wonderful spot. There wasn't another soul around. Just my granddaughter, her friend and I.
Magical!

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I have lived in Georgetown for 31 years but have traveled around a great deal. I own my own business which takes a lot of my time but try to blog as much as possible! I love to take pictures, no training, just a love of photography. Enjoy the pics but please do not copy them.
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