|Sign at park in Kinmount|
It's a quaint little area, but I would warn you in advance that your best bet is to pack a picnic lunch because the very best place we've found to lunch is either the historic park at the dam and mill in Kinmount, or over at Furnace Falls, which can be busy in summer.
We've never been to the park when it was crowded with visitors, but I suspect if we visit during the height of the holiday season, we'd be hard pressed to find a parking spot (the parking area isn't very big, all things considered).
On our very first visit several years ago, we initially thought the park was a rather well-kept secret, with little other than the dam and dilapidated mill, with rusted bits and pieces scattered around near the entrance. There was the odd bench on the cut lawns, but not much else (other than a few ducks in the pond area). We checked out the mill, but it was closed up with no access and nothing much to recommend it ... the area near the waterfront was shuttered and locked with chain link fencing, so you couldn't get, or even see, any part of the inside.
We've stopped here on every visit to Kinmount, and on each there was some small, new addition to the park, but on our visit in 2016, we were surprised to see quite a lot of positive changes.
This was presented via a large TV screen embedded in a window of the mill, which the visitor could play by pushing a nearby button. Besides some images, it talked about the history of the mill and the area.
There were larger windows installed on the park side of the mill where you could walk along the porch and have a look inside to see the semi-restored equipment and mill areas.
Flower buckets adorned the porch-like area at the front of the mill. The waterfront area had been lined all the way to the end with large limestone or granite slabs, and some areas had steps leading up into the grassy areas of the park.
All along the water were baskets or pails of colourful flowers. There was a pretty wooden gazebo, a small playground area, and a larger covered picnic area.
|Revolving Art Display|
The water flows in rapids and eddys down these steps non-stop. If you walk out onto these "shelves" of stone you can feel the force of the water. This is not a place you'll want to take a canoe or kayak down ... the water is very shallow along some of these ridges, barely topping an adult's ankles. I waded out a little ways and just sat on a step, but quickly found myself having to scrabble around to find a hand-hold, as the water was pushing me down to the next step.
|Cottages at Head Lake|
Maps for Travel
The entrance to the Furnace Falls area off the 503 is each to miss. Even though we know where it is, we've driven past it on several occassions and had to turn around and go back, so if you hit Bacon Road, you've gone too far.