It was renamed Lafontaine to honour the politician Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, one of the early Joint Premiers of the Province of Canada.
In the 500 m length of the caves open to tourists, there are many dominant and powerful drip-stone formations.The ceiling of the caves contains fossilised colonies of blue-green algae known as "stromatolites".Take some time to enjoy the beauty of the wild ducks on the lake.However, we would ask that you do not feed them, as they need to eat the foods that grow naturally in their environment in order to maintain good health.Two other adjoining townships were also named for her pet dogs, Tay and Flos (now Springwater Township).
Humans have occupied the area now known as Tiny Township for at least 11 000 years.
The township comprises the communities of Ardmore Beach, Balm Beach, Belle-Eau-Claire Beach, Bluewater Beach, Cawaja Beach, Cedar Point, Clearwater Beach, Cove Beach, Crescent Beach, Coutenac Beach, Deanlea Beach, Dorion's Corner, East Tay Point, Edmore Beach, Georgian Bay Estates, Georgian Heights, Georgian Highlands, Georgian Sands Beach, Georgina Beach, Gibson, Ishpiming Beach, Kettle's Beach, Kingwood Acres, Lafontaine, Lafontaine Beach, Mary Grove, Mountain View Beach, Nottawaga Beach, Ossossane Beach, Perkinsfield, Rowntree Beach, Sandcastle Beach, Sandy Bay, Sawlog Bay, Silver Birch Beach, Sloane Point, Thunder Beach, Tiny Beach, Toanche, Wahnekewaning Beach, Wendake Beach, Woodland Beach, Wyebridge, Wyevale and Wymbolwood Beach.
Lafontaine was originally called Sainte-Croix (French for "Holy Cross").
It was only when Mr P R Owen acquired the farm that a road was built to the entrance and it was opened to tourists.
Falls of rock, underground streams and mud make exploration of its full length difficult.
One of their kings, Sobhuza 1, is said to have hidden in the caves to escape Zulu raiders.