Nestled on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, just a stone’s throw north-west of Dundas, is where you’ll find picturesque Greensville. In the days of pre-confederation, Greensville was considered to be the heart of Upper Canadian industry, and Spencer Creek acted as its veins. When James Crooks finished serving in the War of 1812, he moved to a large lot on Spencer Creek and set up Upper Canada’s first industrial complex. His enterprises consisted of a grist mill, a tannery, a distillery, and a paper mill, and it was his entrepreneurial nature that left its mark on the area best known as ‘Crooks Hollow’.

But Greensville is more than just industrial history. In fact, it’s natural beauty is what most people are drawn to. From Christie’s Lake Conservation AreaCrooks Hollow, all the way to the Dundas Peak, explore waterfalls, witness incredible vista view points along the Niagara Escarpment, and discover the unique history, geology and ecology of the area.

A fun fact, many people who have hiked the Spencer Adventure Trail do not realize that the natural rock mouth that you can see at the end of Spencer Gorge actually indicates that at one point the ancient waterfalls in this area would have been as big as the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara! Just some food for thought.

That all being said, such beauty and attraction does not stay hidden for long. In recent years, the community has experienced a growth in popularity and it’s no longer Flamborough’s best kept secret.

On any given summer weekend, the waterfalls and other natural attractions draw tourists from as far away as Toronto. And on some summer days there have been as many as 3,000 tourists walking the trails between Webster’s and Tew’s falls.

So while Greensville still remains a quaint, quiet community with plenty of charm, and has an excellent stock of Real Estate with large lots and mature landscaping, it also has the ability to transform on the weekends into a tourist hot spot, and for some, this may not sound ideal.

However, if you’re a nature enthusiast who loves to hike and/or bike, who also has an affinity towards Canadian history, and you don’t mind a little extra tourist attention in the summer times, then Greensville might be the right place for you.

Just remember, whether you choose to call Greensville home, or you’re simply enjoying an afternoon lunch at Webster’s falls or the Dundas Peak, please be respectful of this quintessential Canadian community and those who already call it home.