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September 24, 2015

Healey Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Filed under: Ontario,Waterfalls — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Healey Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Healey Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

A very pleasant place to visit, and apparently good for fishing as well. Fine spot for a family outing.



Healey Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Healey Falls: Ontario Waterfalls


Warning: It can be dangerous to view and photograph waterfalls. The footing can be wet and slippery, and an accidental fall can result in serious injury or death. Note also that many sections of waterfalls are on private property. Please respect these rights.

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  1. At the age of 27 and 19, William Wallace Menzies (a son of Archibald Newlands Menzies who pioneered in Rawdon Township in 1831 after leaving Scotland) and Rosanna Hubble settled partial Lot 16/Concession 11 on the north side and adjacent to the Trent River in Seymour Township, Northumberland County, Ontario, CANADA, purchasing the property from the Clergy Reserves on September 15th, 1876. It was 48 acres in total. This property was located on the north side of the river and encompassed Healy Falls, which would become a hydro-electric project in 1913, obtained by the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario from Electric Power Co. in 1916. The project, in 2015 adjacent to one of the locks (No.15, which rises 55’) on the Trent-Severn Waterway System, produces energy to this day over a hundred years later. It was a dangerous falls, and there have been drowning through the year, including a triple drowning in 1939 of three residents of Alderville. In 2008, a number of possible Paleo-Indian artifacts were identified at Healey Falls on the lower Trent River section of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Although the artifacts were recovered from a disturbed area of the site, along with later Archaic and Woodland period material, they have great potential for providing new insight into Paleo-Indian settlement research. Unlike most Paleo-Indian sites in Ontario that are situated on glacial lake strandlines near or on lacustrine environments, the Healey Falls site is located within a riverine setting much further inland. Based on its physiographic location, Healey Falls may have served as a strategic hunting location for big game, as a reliable fishing station, or, as it did in later years, as a portage for travellers wishing to bypass the falls on one of Ontario’s oldest transportation corridors connecting the Lake Huron / Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario basins. Perhaps of greatest importance is the clue Healey Falls provides on where new Paleo-Indian sites may be found in Ontario. The couple relocated from this site following the birth of their first few children, purchasing land in Belmont Township in 1881.

    Comment by Healy Falls — January 2, 2015 @ 2:15 pm

  2. Thank you for this information!

    Comment by Harold — January 13, 2015 @ 10:56 pm

  3. You’re welcome Harold! G. Menzies

    Comment by G.R. Menzies — October 10, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

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