Activities for all seasons

The “Green” seasons:
Russet Hill House is on 106 acres with a variety of habitats for birds and wildlife. You will be able to walk through cedar forests, meadows, marshlands, deciduous and pine forests, old farm site with  historic apple groves, creeks and hedgerows with ancient maples and stone fence lines. The terrain moves from highland vistas, through winding ravines and gently rolling hills. Viewing decks and benches offer places to pause and enjoy  a grand view of the Queen’s Bush Valley and inland lakes.

Birding

Nearby:  The Massie Pond is a 5 minute drive away,

Bognor Marsh with a boardwalk is about 10 minutes away.

As well, the road sections along the Bighead River drainage are within a 5 minute drive. A birder’s delight.

Check in with Owen Sound Field Naturalists for other local hot spots.

SUMMER This is an excellent season for exploring the property.  Russet Hill contains a network of  trails within its boundaries for your personal enjoyment.

The difficulty level is moderate to easy, major pathways are abandoned farm trails with smaller paths over rougher terrain and shortcuts through densely forested areas. Stone causeways, rustic bridges and corduroy roads (logs laid across the trail) span the wet spot keeping the hiker dry shod – most of the time.

Strategically located signposts keep you oriented but stick one of the farm maps in your pocket so you can easily find your way around. A snack and a bottle of water are a good idea too.

Other Hiking

The Bruce Trail
Make Russet Hill your base camp for exploring this world renowned trail.  Access to the Bruce Trail at Bognor Marsh or Walter’s Fall are both a short drive away.

Harrison Park/Inglis Falls
The trail leads from Owen Sound’s beautiful Harrison Park along the Sydenham river and adjacent escarpment up to the picturesque Inglis Falls and through surrounding forest. Enjoy a “civilized” lunch or dinner with a nice glass of wine at the Harrison Park Inn or grab something quick from their take out and keep trekking! Parking is available at the falls for a small fee or free at the park.

The Falls
Water is channeled by the escarpment’s limestone until it finds an edge  over which to cascade. Spring time melt and autumn rains provide the best photo opportunities but sturdy water resistant boots are recommended. Examples include  Inglis, Jones and Indian falls in the Owen Sound area.

Swimming

Hibou Conservation Authority

Located on near the small town of Leith, Hibou Conservation Area has a playground, hiking trails, and sandy beach on Georgian Bay.  This is about a 30 minute drive from Hill House.

Sauble Beach

Approximately 45 minutes drive to the west is Sauble Beach on the shores of Lake Huron.

Wiarton and the Bruce Peninsula

Take a day trip to the Bruce Peninsula.  Wiarton, the Gateway to the Bruce, is about a 45 minute drive from Hill House.