Chutes Provincial Park

Location: Massey Ontario
Region: Near-North
Character: Recreation
Length/Size: 2.7 acres

Chutes Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

The only provincial park on Highway 17 between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, Chutes is an excellent stopover for travellers and a base to explore the North Channel of Lake Huron. Situated on the Aux Sables River, the park gets its name from a chute that once diverted logs around the waterfall. Follow riverside nature trails to see rapids upstream.

Most of the 130 campsites, including 56 electrical sites, are within a short walking distance of the falls. Each site has a fireplace and picnic table and is close to vault toilets and water taps. A comfort station at the centre of the campground has flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities.

Group Camping - Two large group sites are available at Chutes. Group site #1 can accommodate 25-30 tents. There is water on site and bathrooms nearby. The site is a five minute walk to the comfort station, and a ten minute walk to the beach. Group site #2 is slightly smaller and will accommodate 10-15 tents. There is water and bathrooms in close proximity to the site. The site is a five minute walk to the campground and a ten minute walk to the beach. Due to the proximity of these sites within the regular campground, the sites can only be reserved by "organized groups" (i.e. Church and youth groups). Reservations can be made by call the Park Clerk at
(705) 865-2021.

Picnics and Day Use
A picnic and day-use area next to the beach and the falls lookout make the park an ideal stop for lunch or a short hike. A picnic shelter and barbecue pit can be reserved for large groups.

Electric Sites - 56
Barrier Free Access - Yes
Park Store - Yes
Showers - Yes
Flush Toilets - Yes
Laundromat - Yes
French Language - Yes

Twin Bridges Trail 6 km return (3 hour) moderate
Following the Aux Sables River, this trail leads to lookouts at the falls and the Seven Sisters Rapids. Interpretive panels at the falls lookout tell the history of the area.

Chutes Park is an ideal base camp for canoeists and kayakers wishing to explore the upper reaches of Aux Sables River or connecting to the Spanish River and North Channel waterways.

Wildlife Viewing
The annual salmon run up the Aux Sables River to spawn ends at the falls. Keep your eyes open for birds, especially along the river, and for small animals.

The park has a fine sandy beach tucked in a bend in the river below the falls.

Winter Activities
Bring your snowshoes and cross-country skis for the day or just come for a winter hike.

For more information:
Chutes Provincial Park
Box 37
Massey, Ontario
P0P 1P0