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Kayaking 15 Mile Pond

Kayaking 15 Mile Pond

Kayaking 15 Mile

There are so many rivers in the Niagara Region. Not as many as I’d like are accessible.  There are a couple a little further afield for me, like the Grand River and Big Creek which runs into Lake Erie at Long Point.  There a few nice places to drop in a kayak there but it’s a two hour drive.  I like that river as it is small enough, you get the trees overhanging and plenty of bends and twists to keep me happy.  

The Welland River has a few spots to drop in and there is Lyons Creek off that near Chippawa.

But I’m always looking for something new to explore.  Do lots of hiking and driving around see some, what look like good rivers to kayak but nowhere to get in.  Not sure which website showed 15 Mile Pond, it may have been, https://www.peninsulapaddlers.com.  Hook up with them and you can go out with some groups.  

So, back to 15 Mile.  There is a small dock at the bridge crossing the river on Glass Avenue, just west of Gregory Road. If you are coming off the QEW take the immediate right to service road then south on Gregory.  A little ways down it forks.  The right fork is Glass.  Down the hill there is a small parking lot.  Built into the dock there, is the perfect way to get into the river with your kayak or canoe.  Some genius built this thing.  

From the dock you can go up river (south) or north toward Lake Ontario.  We didn’t go north but apparently one gets as far as the QEW.  About 2.5 KM.  Most were going north so we went up river.  My Paddle App wasn’t working, so not sure how far but I’m guess we got about 2km. It was pouring rain and as it was our first outing on the kayaks, we thought we’d had enough.  Couple of bridges.  The one for the railway is an amazing structure. Cut stones making an arch.  Should last another thousand years.

Someone has seen fit to go up there with a chain saw to keep as clear path. So whomsoever is doing that, I thank you.  

A few photos here.  One of us waiting under a bridge for the rain to stop.  Didn’t help much.  

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Ball’s Falls Fall Colours

Ball’s Falls Fall Colours

Ball’s Falls Fall Colours

This is the perfect place to go whether you want a short or long walk or hike.  Parts of it are on the Bruce Trail.  And there is a short walk up the river to the Upper Falls that, in this time of year is quite spectacular with the Fall colours.  The reds are a bit late in coming this year, so I had to tweak the photos a bit.  I hope you don’t mind.  The parking is $8 a person.  We have been there at times past 4:30 when the office closes and ended up not having to pay.  Not sure if this is usual or not.  Seniors are $6 – that helps a bit.  Although, I don’t mind paying really as it goes to support these beautiful places.

There are a bunch of old buildings there – old mill, house, blacksmith barn, etc but none have been open any time we have been gone through the park.  We went on a 10 km hike a couple of weeks ago from this location –  north along the Bruce Trail but decided we just wanted a day of puttering around and enjoying the scenery and taking photos.  It was the perfect day for this.  

If you are ever in the Niagara region and want to check some of these places out, please contact us and we’ll try and go with you.

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