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McGowan FallsMcGowan Falls

McGowan Falls (Rating=B) is a small flat cascade waterfall with a drop of only 1.5 m and a crest of 9 m located in Grey county on the Saugeen River.


McGowan Falls is located in Durham, Ontario. You can park for free on George St to view the falls. If you plan to use the park facilities, you can pay the day-fee and enter the Durham Conservation Area from Durham Rd E and park on the road loop near the falls.
Falls Type: flat cascade   Falls facing: W
Falls Latitude: N44.17915    Longitude: W80.80870
Height: 1.5 m    Width: 9 m
Click on the Road Map button below for a Google map and directions. The Falls Locator button shows a map of other waterfalls in the area.


There is easy access from both parking areas shown on the trail map. Wheelchair accessible. Click on the Trail Map button below for area walking trails.


Overall Rating: McGowan Falls = B

Waterflow: A -year round flow of Saugeen River
Falls Size: C - < 15 m
Aesthetics: B -a bridge over the crest detracts from the view but the falls are beautifully illuminated at night.

Nearby Falls

Hogg's Falls, Eugenia Falls, Walter's Falls, Inglis Falls

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Durham Conservation Area covers over 61 ha (150 acres) including over 3 km of Saugeen River frontage. Scenic McGowan Falls is one of the highlights of this beautiful park. McGowan Falls is named for an early miller who used the water power of the Saugeen River at this site. McGowan Falls are portrayed in one of several murals that adorn buildings in downtown Durham. The falls here are more gradual than some with a drop of between 1 -2 m, yet still scenic in their setting of cedars. Unfortunately a walkway bridge built right over the crest spoils the view -one only wishes it was placed elsewhere.

A wide variety of activities can be enjoyed year-round within the park, by both campers and day-users. Facilities include picnic shelters, shower and washroom facilities as well as trailer amenities.


Bruce Trail, Riverside Trail, other local trails. For a map of area trails, click on the Trail Map icon above.

This is a picturesque area of the Saugeen River. The Riverside Trail along the Saugeen River begins near the first settlement site at the Upper Dam and travels 2.7 km past rock boulders, a 6 m limestone bluff, past McGowan Falls and through a quiet cedar forest.


Due to the height of the falls, there is no challenge whatsoever to access the base of the falls.


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