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Eugenia Falls: A Tourist Destination

By 1915, the power of the Beaver River as it flows over Eugenia Falls had been harnessed for the production of electrical power. lt was a momentous occasion in the history of Ontario and for many, a mind-boggling project. With the First World War at an end, money, roads and cars were more plentiful as people headed for the Grey County community of Eugenia. On Sundays, tourists arrived for a tour of the generating plant. They came by car, driving Mclaughlin Buicks, Franklins, Maxwells, Grey Dorts, and Chevrolets. As many as 1,200 cars arrived at Eugenia on weekends, taking in the surge tanks, the tunnels, viewing the falls, and enjoying picnic lunches. Eugenia had grown from a small community of only six houses, a large boarding house for labourers, post office and a general store. By 1920, the power plant had been extended with the addition of a third power producing unit. And nearby was Eugenia Lake, a manmade body of water just right for fishing, swimming, and canoeing. ln its heyday, the plant at Eugenia supplied power from Owen Sound to Orangeville, with Durham, Mount Forest, Chesley, Wiarton, Walkerton, Grand Valley, Arthur, and Collingwood thrown in along the way. read more articles in curious guideEventually, technology passed it by and the plant was reduced in scale. But still people came to visit. After the construction of the dam, the government constructed a Eugenia Falls Hydro Park by the falls complete with picnic tables, a cookhouse, and pavilion. Many Sunday school gatherings were held there as well as gospel services, concerts and medicine shows. ln 1967, the Hydro Park was taken over by the North Grey Conservation Authority, renovated and officially re-opened. lt is still there today!