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A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

Kakabeka Falls, also called the Niagara of the North, are the second highest waterfalls in Ontario with a drop of 40 metres. They make a great year-round stop if you need a break from driving the Trans-Canada Highway or if you’re visiting the Thunder Bay area especially as they are only a 30 minute drive west of town.

Kah-kah-pee-kah means sheer cliff in Ojibway, a fitting name when you see the landscape. You can enjoy both the falls and the gorge from a boardwalk and observation platforms on both sides of the Kaministiquia River. The views are very different so if you have the time be sure to view the falls from all angles. There are several areas to enjoy a picnic near the falls as well.

Kakabeka Falls are on an historic route the yoyageurs used. You’ll especially appreciate the hardships they endured carrying 90 pound loads on trails that were not nearly as easy to negotiate as they are now by hiking the 1.1 kilometre Mountain Portage Trail. If you want to see more of the area add on the 2.5 kilometre Little Falls Trail. While most of it is in the woods you do get a chance to see Little Falls – and some lovely views of the river.

A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

Our first view of Kakabeka Falls – the Niagara of the North

A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

A walkway takes you very close to the edge of the falls

A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

On a summer weekday Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is quite busy

A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

Looking downstream from the falls along the Kaministiquia River

A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

In spring these falls would be an amazing sight to see

A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

And this isn’t even peak volume

A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

Explore the area around the falls on signed trails

A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

Look for these falls if you hike the Little Falls trail

A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

The Little Falls Trail provides a different view up the river

If you want to spend more time in the area there are three campgrounds in the park, with two of them close to the falls and river. The third campground – Whispering Hills, is very close to the 3.8 kilometre Poplar Point Trail.

There is a fee to enter the park of $11.25 per vehicle in 2017.

Visit the Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park website for more information.

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A Trip to Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay

Thank you to Ontario Parks and Ontario Travel for help in making this trip possible.

Leigh McAdam

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