Durham, Ontario is a small valley town on the base of the Bruce Peninsula, and was built around the Saugeen River. Founded in 1842 by a Scottish traveler, Archibald Hunter, Durham soon became a self sustaining community due partly to the numerous mills that sprang up along the river banks. Durham Conservation Area is nestled along the winding Saugeen River. McGowan Falls, located within the park is the highlight of this conservation area. Also of interest are Durham’s downtown buildings which are decorated with outdoor murals by renowned artist Alan Hilgendorf.