“Headwaters” is a nickname that we gave ourselves. It is not an official designation at all but the word defines our landscape. Water is abundant here. Drive along almost any road in the Headwaters Region and you’ll see lakes, ponds and rivers, or streams and creeks or great swaths of marsh. Walk in the woods and you might get your feet wet in springs that trickle up from the earth or gush from cracks in the limestone.
The headwaters of four major rivers rise on this height of land and flow into the Great Lakes: The Grand, Nottawasaga, Humber, and Credit rivers all start here. The Grand River is the largest river in Southern Ontario. The river flows through Luther Marsh, one of Ontario’s most important wetlands, and a vital stopover for migrating birds. The Nottawasaga River rises in Amaranth and Mono Townships and tumble through the Hockley, Pine and Boyne river valleys where you’ll find the Pine River Provincial Fishing Area, Boyne Valley Provincial Park, and Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Preserve. The Humber River rises just north of Highway 9 near Mono Mills and flows through Toronto to Lake Ontario. Glen Haffy Conservation Area is near the headwaters of one tributary, and the Humber also flows through Albion Hills Conservation Area north of Bolton, the first conservation area in Ontario. The Credit River rises all around Orangeville. Island Lake Conservation Area has a fabulous walking trail through forest and across bridges. The Credit River also flows through Dragonfly Park, Belfountain Conservation Area, Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Upper Credit Conservation Area and more… and these are just the parks in Headwaters!
The Headwaters Region has trails to hike, places to fish, lakes to paddle and swim in, birds to find, vistas that will take your breath away and so much more… and it’s all just up the hill from where you live.
Headwaters is where Ontario gets natural, gets unplugged, gets REAL.
Less than an hour north of Toronto sits the Headwaters region, with the communities of Caledon, Dufferin and Erin, each with their own authentic country tastes, treasures, and unspoiled nature. Named for being the source of some of Ontario’s biggest rivers, Headwaters is home to lively towns and abundant with nature. Cliffs, caves, curling, camping, and canoeing are all waiting for you. Each part of Headwaters proudly retains its own character and attractions, but there’s one thing they all have in common – that friendly feel, beautiful nature in abundance, and a slower, more purposeful way of life.
How to Get Here
It’s surprisingly easy and quick to get from the big city to the rolling hills of Headwaters. Most visitors take the scenic 51km drive north on the 410. Before you know it, you’re on Hwy 10, passing through a vast Greenbelt, with miles of farmland, forest, conservation areas, and a few golf courses thrown in for good measure. Neighbours in Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Guelph, and Newmarket are also within a 45 min drive.
Headwaters is the perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway, and it’s all in easy reach.