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Trimble Trail


Belfountain was first settled in 1825, when the village was known as Tub town. A large tub used by a blacksmith to cool forged hot metal stood in the town centre. The area is most noted for its brownstone, quarried and used to construct Ontario's legislative buildings at Queen's Park. A side trail visits the original site of the Crowsnest Quarry.



From the parking lot head towards the West Credit River. You'll pass a grist stone from a former mill, before entering a picnic area with a large fountain. From there, the Trimble Trail leads along the West Credit River. It follows the original Belfountain line, a road used by locals driving horse and buggy to reach the Forks of the Credit.



Later the trail leaves this heritage road and continues on one of the old tramway lines used to transport quarried rock to the Credit Valley Railway. Belfountain Conservation Area was originally owned by Charles W. Mack, a philanthropist who invented the cushion back rubber stamp.



This area was his summer retreat and stone stairs still lead up to where his house once stood. On his property, Charles built lookouts and displays: the dam he felt was a miniature Niagara Falls and the caves were a reminder of Yellowstone National Park. A stone pathway leads to these sites.

With file information from the Bruce Trail, for more information on this and other Bruce trails please purchase the Bruce Trail map and trail guidebook. The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. It is 840 km long, with over 440 km of side trails. Every year more than 400,000 visits are made to the Trail as people walk, snowshoe, watch wildlife, take photographs and admire the glorious scenery of the Escarpment.



The Bruce Trail was instrumental in the Escarpment being named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990 - one of only twelve such reserves in all of Canada. The Bruce Trail is a member of the Ontario Trails Council through affiliation with Hike Ontario.


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