Jelly Rapids, Glanmire Ontario
Easter Region, Hastings County, Glanmire Lake
GPS: N 44 45.150 W 77 40.896
Access: Moderate, off old Hastings Road
6204 Old Hastings Road, Gilmour, Ontario, K0L 1W0
One of Ontario’s Ghost towns is the site of Jelly Rapids on historic Old Hastings Road between Madoc and Bancroft Ontario. This location is more remote then it looks on a map and is a challenge driving along the single dirt road, this is a great spot to explore. Across the bridge there is a little area you can park your car, make sure to explore both sides of the bridge. The upper and lower both contains rapids, it is difficult to access the lower but once you get down you will see the water-flow winds further downstream and it does not just stop below the bridge.
One of the many towns that sprang to life along the Ontario Government’s Hastings colonization Road was that of Glanmire. The town originally went by the name of Jelly’s Rapids, after Andrew Jelly who settled in the area in 1856. He ran the hotel and was the 1st reeve of Tudor Township. Glanmire is located right where the Old Hastings Rd. crosses the Beaver Creek’s high and long waterfalls, hence the name “Jelly’s Rapids”. The town once contained Saint Margaret’s Anglican church (built 1887), a cemetery, a school, post office, homes and store.
Below we have many seasonal photos from Jelly Rapids.