When spring arrives, so too does the rain. We can't control the weather, but at least we can enjoy some of the effects of the steady showers in April and May.

I recently had a chance to get a first-hand look at some of the magnificent flows of water at locations across the County. I also happened to stop by a few bakeries and restaurants along the way.

Take a look at some of my favourite places to see a waterfall (with a full belly) in Lennox & Addington.


Flinton Dam, Flinton

The Skootamatta River is always high this time of year. The river is a popular destination for adrenaline-seeking kayakers looking for white water adventures. However, most of us - me included - would rather watch from a safe distance, preferably after a bite to eat from Addison's Restaurant in Northbrook or Joje Café in Kaladar. Getting sprinkled with the mist of the falls at Flinton Conservation Area provides ample adventure for me. 

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Salmon River, Tamworth

The old dam in Tamworth always provides a pretty scene, no matter the season. The Salmon River flows swiftly beside the old mill, and it's a perfect spot to enjoy a sweet treat from nearby eateries Devon Café, Black Cat Café or The River Bakery Café... or from all three.


Conservation Park, Newburgh

The Napanee River flows mightily this time of year. Conservation Park in Newburgh is a great place to view the flow up close, ideally with a box full of baked goodness from Abrams Bakery found just up the road.


Buttermilk Falls, Forest Mills

Buttermilk Falls in Forest Mills offers one of the best spots to view a waterfall in Lennox & Addington County. You could spend a great deal of time watching the Salmon River from this location. Unfortunately there aren't any restaurants or bakeries close to here, but it did inspire me to order a stack of buttermilk pancakes from Spud's in nearby Napanee.


Springside Park Falls, Napanee

Springside Park in Napanee is home to the most popular waterfall in Lennox & Addington. It's found along the Springside Park Trail, a nice stroll that takes you along the shore of the Napanee River to Conservation Park. Many people create a looping trail through the downtown, and a number of delicious eateries, including Ellena's Café, Coffee Cravings, and the soon-to-be-opening Dundas Street Bakery, provide the sugar rush you're looking for.


Wilton Creek at Babcock Mill, Odessa

History meets nature at this location in Odessa. The Babcock Mill once used the water flowing by to power the basket-making machinery found inside. It now sits idle, but is still very beautiful to look at. Be sure to purchase a butter tart from The Jiffy Grill to make your experience even more worth-while.


Wilton Creek, Wilton

I admit, there's nothing breathtaking about this location in Wilton. It's a nice little stream that slows to a trickle during the summer months. It is, however, directly beside the famous Wilton Cheese Factory and their squeaky cheese curds. It's definitely worth the visit and the main reason why this location made the list.