In May 1999 the Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, together with the Grand River Foundation, started the
Family Memorial Area and Memorial Trail within the Rockwood Conservation Area.
Rockwood Conservation Area
The Rockwood Conservation Area is located just off Hwy. 7 in its namesake village, mid-way between Guelph and Acton.
Its 79 hectares were preserved as a public park in 1958 by what is now the Grand River Conservation Authority.
Rockwood is a scenic gem, renowned for its natural beauty, featuring majestic vistas, forests,
and the world's largest concentration of rare glacial pothole formations.
Preserving Rockwood's Environment For Future Generations
Over 75,000 people visit Rockwood each year, but there was no well defined trail network within the park. Forty years of
public use has resulted in the trampling of undergrowth that is required for regeneration of the park's magnificent
forests. Completion of a more formal trail system will at once increase visitor enjoyment, and help preserve Rockwood's
natural beauty for future generations.
Memorial Footsteps Will Build The Rockwood Memorial Trail
Through a long term agreement with the Grand River Foundation, the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home directly
contributes $50.00 on behalf of every family we serve. Each contribution is a memorial footstep along the pathway
to creating the Rockwood Memorial Trail, a formal trail system to enjoy. A permanent record of these donations and
the people they commemorate is kept in a kiosk in the Family Memorial Area. This area is situated away from the hustle
and bustle of Rockwood Conservation Area's main camping and day use areas. From the parking lot, located at the historic
Harris Woolen Mill ruins, you can cross the rustic bridge over the Eramosa River and pass the tumbling waters of the
upper mill dam. The setting is secluded and contemplative. This is the site of our annual Memorial Service.
The focal point of the program is known as the Family Memorial Area. It is situated away from the hustle and bustle
of Rockwood Conservation Area's main camping and day use areas. From the parking lot located at the historic Harris
Woolen Mill ruins, visitors cross the rustic bridge over the Eramosa River, and pass the tumbling waters of the upper
mill dam. The setting is secluded and contemplative, and is the site of a Memorial Service held each year in memory
and tribute to departed loved ones.
For further information on the Family Memorial Area and Rockwood Memorial Trail or to make a tax deductible donation,
contact us or:
The Grand River Foundation
519-621-2763 ext. 2272 Website