Turbulent waters at Burleigh Falls

Turbulent waters in Ontario as well, as a stay-at-home order is in effect as of this morning. The Ontario government is requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. So, no more travelling for at least 28 days☹ but we believe for the best!

We’ve been blessed with a sunny day last Saturday, and decided to take a country road and see what it brings. This time some waterfalls.

Burleigh Falls are located two hours North from Toronto, in Peterborough County. A nice place to stop by, either if it’s summer or winter. And if it’s sunny outside, it is even better!

Water from Lower Buckhorn Lake drains to Stoney Lake through a short river, and several small falls. Flowing over a broad expanse of bedrock, the river becomes turbulent, breaking into several small falls that wind around and over huge boulders, until finds its quietness into the Stoney Lake.

Burleigh Falls is part of Trent-Severn Waterway, and at a separate point on Hwy 28 you can find Lock#28, one of the many locks along the waterway which connects Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, and a control dam which regulates the water level on Lovesick Lake.

Winter is a great season to visit waterfalls, as the low temperatures are playing nicely with the water. Frazil ice ponds and icicles of all shapes encircling or hanging on the vegetation creates picturesque images.

Tip(s) of the day:

  • If you are coming from South, from Hwy 28, watch for Old Burleigh Rd on the right, just before the bridge over the river. Just follow the road for a few hundred metres, and watch for the parking area on the left;
  • Drive slowly on the side street, as not necessarily maintained by the municipality;
  • Watch your steps as some areas are slippery in the proximity of the water;
  • A place to be visited in the summer also, with ample opportunities for anglers;
  • The address is 2911 Old Burleigh Rd, Harcourt, ON, K0L2H0.

~ visited in January 2021

15 thoughts on “Turbulent waters at Burleigh Falls

    1. Thank you Jet for your kind note. We love the waterfalls in winter, especially when they freeze. We’ve had a mild winter so far, but expecting a polar vortex to come our way last week of January.
      Have a beautiful day!

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  1. Pretty, Christie. It looks a little cold for a swim. 🙂 Not to mention turbulent. Sorry about the lock down, but, as you say, it’s for the best. Peggy and I hoping for the vaccination in the next month or so. But we will continue to be careful. –Curt

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  2. I’m sorry to hear you are back in to the lockdown, Christie. We are in the middle of a full level five lockdown in an effort to suppress the third wave of coronavirus cases. Unfortunately, it looks like the restrictions are going to remain beyond the current dedline which is January 31 🙈 So much for life and plans and dreams and seeing your family. Hang in there my friend 🧡


    1. Oh I hear you Aiva. We have been in a provincewide shutdown since December 26th, and with this new order we are having new restrictions. If only everyone will follow them! Will see what 2021 will bring. More vaccines🙂 Take care, hugs! xx

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  3. I’ll have to add Burleigh Falls to my list for the next time I’m in the Peterborough area. Hopefully these new public health restrictions work. I’m not sure why some non-essential businesses are still open. But hey, I guess I can’t complain too much because at least I can still visit provincial parks for some exercise.

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    1. There are few more places we want to visit ourselves in Peterborough area, hopefully we can travel again soon. I also hope that all the new restrictions will work, as there is some confusion around. Stay well! xx

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    1. We can’t even go to the cottage now, with the new restrictions, but we can go to any park instead – to exercise. Curious restrictions LOL anyway, hopefully everyone will follow and the numbers will get better!! Thank you Andy!


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