This section of the Bruce Trail is called the Bell section, named after the founding members of the Dufferin Hi-Land Club, Grant and Grace Bell. The plant supplied power to Shelburne, Horning’s Mills and part of Orangeville. The creation of Ontario Hydro, however, put many of Ontario’s private power plants out of business, and by 1927 hydro power was no longer being generated here.
After a steep climb you reach a lookout over most of the Pine River Provincial Fishing Area. Here a plaque has been erected in memory of Grant and Grace Bell. Soon the main Trail heads north (right) through a mixture of woods, young growth and abandoned fields to reach the 15th Sideroad. Hike east on the 15th Sideroad. Where the white blazes turn north on the 1st Line WHS, continue straight ahead, following the blue blazes of the Kilgorie Side Trail, and follow the route down a hydro right-of-way to the River Road.
How to get there and Where to Park: From Dufferin Road 124 head into the community of Horning’s Mills and turn right (east) onto River Road. Follow this winding, scenic road past the Pine River Fishing Area and over the Pine River several times until you see the white blazes of the Bruce Trail on the right (south) side of the road.You should be approaching the small community of Kilgorie. Park on the shoulder of the road and walk back (westward) until you see the white blazes heading into the park.
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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