Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

Location: Terrace Bay, Ontario
Region: Northwestern
Character: Recreation
Length/Size: 575 acres

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Cascading waters plunge over the rock ledges of Rainbow Falls on their way to Lake Superior. Trails, including the Casque-Isles section of the Voyageur Trail, lead to panoramic views. Choose to camp near the beaches of Whitesand Lake or along the rugged shore of Lake Superior at the Rossport Campground.

Campers can choose to stay at the sheltered Whitesand Lake Campground or Rossport Campground on Lake Superior.

Whitesand Lake Campground offers 97 tent and trailer sites, 49 of which have electrical service. A comfort station, showers and a laundromat are centrally located, as well as vault toilets and drinking water taps. Firewood is available at the Gatehouse or from park security staff. Camping reservations are accepted for this location.

Rossport Campground, five kilometres west, offers 36 sites, 23 of which have electrical service. Several offer spectacular views of Lake Superior. Similar amenities are available here. Electrical sites at Rossport are not as private but are ideal for large trailers and recreational vehicles. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Electric Sites - 23 at Rossport, 49 at Whitesand Lake

Back Forty Trail 5.6 km return (2.5 hours) strenuous
This old road climbs steeply to a view of Whitesand Lake with Lake Superior as a backdrop.

Rainbow Falls Trail 3 km (1.5 hours) strenuous
A series of stairs and platforms follow Rainbow Falls down to a sturdy bridge over the cascades. The trail then leaves the river and climbs to a lookout overlooking Lake Superior and Whitesand Lake.

Superior Trail 4.8 km return (2 hours) moderate
This trail winds along the top of a granite ridge to a beautiful view of Lake Superior.

Voyager Hiking Trail - Casque-Isles Section
50km (5 days) strenuous
This spectacular, rugged trail links Terrace Bay and Rossport and passes through Rainbow Falls Provincial Park. Many park visitors join the trail at the end of the Rainbow Falls Trail and make the journey to the village of Rossport.

For brook trout, cast your line in Whitesand River. Lake trout and bass are more likely catches in Whitesand Lake. For lake trout, rainbow trout, salmon and whitefish, head for Lake Superior.

The calm waters of Whitesand Lake are ideal for canoeing and the annual canoe regatta.

Canoes can be rented at Whitesand Lake. Canoes and kayaks can also be rented from outfitters in Rossport.

Wildlife Viewing
Small animals are common, and larger animals such as moose, deer, and black bears sometimes make an appearance.

Recreational boating is popular on Whitesand Lake. Boaters are requested to avoid the water above the falls and around designated swimming areas. As a safety feature, buoy lines mark these areas.
If you plan to boat on Lake Superior, where larger craft are advised, register beforehand at the Gatehouse.

The warm, inland waters of Whitesand Lake and two sandy beaches with designated swimming areas are ideal for family swimming. Only the hardy brave the cold waters of Lake Superior from rocky outcrops and cobblestone beaches at Rossport Campground.

Back Forty Trail 5.6 km return, strenuous
This old road climbs steeply to a view of Whitesand Lake.

Winter Activities
Gated in winter, but accessible for cross-country skiing along groomed trails on campground roads

For more information:
Rainbow Falls Provincial Park
P.O. Box 280
Terrace Bay, Ontario
P0T 2W0