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.
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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