Chasing Waterfalls

"Please go chasing waterfalls, don't stick to the rivers and lakes that you're used to." –Superior Country
Photo: Deana Renaud (Writer & Creator for the blog Getting Lost on the 49th

There is nothing more magical than the sound of rushing water, paired with stunning views of it cascading over rocks that formed so long ago. Whenever I want to feel at peace, the number of falls we have in beautiful Superior Country helps me achieve this. If you want to achieve the same, then read on and check out just some of the many waterfalls we have to explore here.

Located right in the center of Canada, our gorgeous waterfall region is just a day's drive from Winnipeg and about six hours from Sault Ste. Marie. Whether you choose to stay in scenic Thunder Bay, or in one our many smaller communities or scenic RV/campsites–there's nothing more memorable than spending a day chasing waterfalls! 

Aguasabon Falls

Photo: Deana Renaud (Writer & Creator for the blog Getting Lost on the 49th

Aguasabon Falls is a must see/stop while traveling through the region along Highway 17. The falls are located right before the community of Terrace Bay, Ontario. There is parking space available when you pull off at this epic attraction. It is a short pathway and does not take long to walk the boardwalk to reach the lookout over the falls. 

You can stand and breathe in the fresh Northern air while enjoying the mist from the falls, or you can enjoy the stunning views of it frozen throughout the winter season. 

Mazukama Falls 

Tall and mighty, Mazukama Falls lets you get up close and personal!

Mazukama Falls is a real treasure within the North, with a great hike to the main attraction that features many beautiful spots such as smaller streams, cascading falls, and a log that almost replicates the moment from Dirty Dancing. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. For more information on the hike and what to expect, make sure to read Mazukama Memories. 

This waterfall is approximately 25 meters high, and looks magnificent in a warm Northern summer or crisp cold winter. I would describe the hike as moderate. The entire trail has signage that guides you all the way to the falls, and is enjoyable all the way to the top. 

Kakabeka Falls 

Close to Thunder Bay, the second highest falls in Ontario are a must see

As the second highest falls in Ontario and a natural wonder of Superior Country, you can never go wrong stopping in to see Kakabeka Falls. Filled with beauty and legends about the origins of their existence, you won't regret chasing these waterfalls. 

They are located just outside of Thunder Bay, with plenty of parking spaces and a gorgeous boardwalk to guide you to the lookout viewing the natural wonder. For more information on these attraction, you can read our article on the Natural Wonders of Superior Country. 

Cascade Falls (Orient Bay)

Beautiful at any time of year, these falls come alive when surrounded by fall foliage

These falls have always been a personal favorite of mine, as the bright white water continues to contrast the dark black rocks surrounding the bottom of the falls. The falls is elevated on the side of a cliff that I would describe as a very quick but more difficult trek. From where you park your car on the side of Highway 11, you can see a well-worn but very short path that starts up on a small hill. You then follow the path, which usually has a lot of loose rocks and branches on it, until you reach large black rocks that you then have to free climb to reach the bottom of the falls.

You don’t have to go right to the bottom of the falls, as you have a beautiful view from many different points on the path and from the road, but if you are an adventure seeker like myself you will find yourself crouching on the rocks, able to feel the mist on your face, and fully embracing them as much as you can.  

For more on how to find these, please check out our article Exploring Superior Country in Fall.

Rocky waterfall views. Photo: Deana Renaud (Writer & Creator for the blog Getting Lost on the 49th

Magic Falls (Kama Cliffs) 

Cast a spell or two at the Magic Falls

These falls are tucked away underneath the beginning of a great hike in Superior Country. For more on the hike to Kama Cliffs, make sure to check out this guide to exploring Superior Country in the fall. 

A few meters to the left of the trail, head along the path in the grass parallel to Highway 17. You'll see a path heading into the trees, where it meets a small stream, and you should then be able to hear the rush of water. Make sure to be careful, as the path is along the right side of the bank and can be a bit awkward to walk on. The path is next to the stream, and it only takes a minute or so to reach the end where the falls are.

Along a rocky river bank, the Magic Falls appears

Rainbow Falls 

Stand above Rainbow Falls on this covered bridge for the best views

Rainbow Falls is located in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, a place I loved to camp growing up with my family. This park has so many options for different adventures, but one of the best is finding these waterfalls. 

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park is located on Highway 17 just before Schrieber, Ontario. For more information on this campground, check out Rainbow Falls Provincial Park.

Take it all in from the top of Rainbow Falls

Go-Mar Falls (Gorge Creek Falls) 

The massive Go-Mar Falls is worth the short hike

Go-Mar Falls is really a true Northern beauty. They are large, wide, and the perfect backdrop for any day, whether that be a cool winter one or hot summer one. Chasing this waterfall will really make you feel like a true explorer, as it is a bit more of a challenge to reach these ones. 

In order to get there, you must turn onto Highway 11 just next to the Nipigon River Bridge. Once you turn onto the highway and pass the Red Rock Indian Band, you will travel for 35 km. Eventually visitors will spot a natural power plant on the left-hand side, and you'll know you're in the right place. Pull off as close to the plant as possible and park. You will then want to carefully cross the highway and head east along the power line, follow it for 750 meters, and when you reach a smaller stream, you will find a trail on the right-hand side. Follow the creek to the bottom of the falls.

Although this joke has been made more than the song has been played, we can't help but advise you go against everything TLC sang and chase those waterfalls! We hope you enjoy exploring our beautiful falls this season. 

About Casey Clearwater

Casey is a writer and photographer born and raised in Northern Ontario's Superior Country region. She has enjoyed travelling the world but her passion for home has always brought her back. Her love for the great outdoors has her exploring on her free time through hiking, fishing, hunting etc.

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