Photos by Barry Wallace
Although little visible history is to be found of the communities that once graced the shores of the small lake just on Hwy. 27, just north of King's 16th Sideroad, the written history reminds us that that this historical spot was originally called Kingsville in the mid-1800s, then Loch Erne and finally Bell's Lake. Much historical development took place over a period of 150 years but today the site is back to being a natural gem. The photo immediately below was taken from the spot on Bell's Lake Road, looking south, where a cottage resort lasted into the later 1900s. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Bell's Lake was a popular swimming spot with many King Township locals (including me and my teenage friends) parking at the side of Hwy. 27 and using a sand beach there. Today, there is no such access.
An ancient staircase leads down to Bell's Lake from a local property.
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