Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park


Location: Kakabeka Falls Ontario
Region: Northwestern
Character: Natural Environment
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Length/Size: 1,235 acres

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Known as Niagara of the North, Kakabeka Falls plunges 40 metres over sheer cliffs and some of the oldest fossils in the world. Get a bird's-eye view from jutting platforms and trails along the gorge. Trace voyageurs' steps around the falls in this history-rich park.

Camping
The park's two campgrounds have 169 campsites. The 90 campsites with electrical service are located in Whispering Hills Campground where there are also several pull-through sites to accommodate large trailers and recreational vehicles. All campsites are close to comfort stations.

Picnics and Day Use
Picnic grounds on both sides of the Kaministiquia River offer spectacular views of the falls. Bring your bathing suit for a swim at a third picnic area further upriver.

Electric Sites - 90

Group Camping - Kakabeka Falls has five group sites, four or which are located in the upper campground, and one in the lower campground. All sites have water and pit toilets on site. Reservations can be made by call the park directly at (807) 473-9231.

Visitor Centre
Visit the voyageur and stromatolite displays at the Visitor Centre, where you will also find tourist information about other parks and local attractions and a souvenir shop.

Barrier Free Access - Comfort stations
Park Store - A souvenir shop is located in the Visitor Centre.
Showers - Whispering Hills Campground has 11 showers in two buildings.
Flush Toilets - Yes
Laundromat - Yes
Play Area - Yes
Off Season - Come any time of year to view the falls.

Hiking
Beaver Meadows Trail 5.5 km return (2 hours) moderate
Follow the former bank of the Kaministiqua River for scenic views of the river and a glimpse of a beaver pond and some wetlands. This trail links to the Poplar Point Trail.

Contact Trail 1 km (30 minutes) easy
The sedimentary rock - mudstone and shale -- at the start of this trail tell a story over a billion years old, of a land once covered with a warm inland sea.

Little Falls Trail 3 km (2 hours) strenuous
This trail follows the rim of the Kaministiquia River gorge, makes a steep descent to the river valley, then rises to meet the Mountain Portage Trail.

Mountain Portage Trail 1.3 km (45 minutes) easy, barrier free
Trace the historical voyageurs' portage around Kakabeka Falls and see the spectacular Kaministiquia River and gorge. Along the way, you will find resting benches, three viewing points and seven interpretive displays.

Poplar Point Trail 3.6 km (2 hours) easy
This easy, wide loop through a forest of poplar and white birch winds through the campground and is ideal for families with small children who want to take a walk or a bike ride.

River Terrace Loop 3.5 km (2 hours) moderate
A loop off the Beaver Meadows Trail, this trail offers spectacular views of the Kaministiquia River valley and a glimpse or rare bur oak and some wetlands.

Education
During July and August, join a guided hike, family program or evening campfire and learn about the history and natural features of the park.

Fishing - Pike and walleye

Canoeing
Kaministiquia River/Fur Trade Route 520 km (25-35 days) 23 portages
From Lake Superior to Fort Frances, this difficult route features some white water and is best paddled in early summer. Several canoe rental outfitters are located in communities along the route.

Wildlife Viewing
You can spot moose, deer and bear, smaller animals such as fox, squirrels and chipmunks, and feathered friends -- grouse and song birds - at this park. In the fall, watch for bald eagles over the gorge.

Swimming
A dammed section above the falls features a buoyed swimming area with a long, sandy beach and change facilities.

Cycling - Poplar Point Trail is suitable for biking.

Winter Activities
Summer views are just as spectacular in the winter along 13 km of trails groomed for skating and classic cross-country skiing. Poplar Point, Beaver Meadow and River Terrace trails are good for beginners to intermediate skiers.

Other
At 39 metres, Kakabeka Falls is the highest waterfall in northern Ontario. Boardwalks and viewing pods offer spectacular views of the falls and gorge.

For more information:
Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
P.O. Box 252
Kakabeka Falls, Ontario
P0T 1W0
(807) 473-9231