Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
The roar of Kakabeka Falls can be heard before you reach it. The Kaministiquia River plunges 40 metres on its way to Lake Superior. This highest waterfall in Northern Ontario is the heart of the park. Boardwalks and viewing pods offer up close views of the falls from both sides of the river. The Mountain Portage Trail continues downriver with three more viewing pods providing a look at the river gorge, and the Ontario Power Generation Hydro Electric Generating Station.
The park is located within the Boreal Forest and features flora and fauna typical of the this northern forest type. White Tailed Deer, Red Fox and Black Bear may be spotted from one of the trails. Lake Sturgeon spawn at the base of the falls in the spring, while in the fall the salmon spawn. Bald Eagles can often be seen floating over the river gorge or peering into the river from a tree near the gorge edge.
Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is a popular destination for camping, hiking and swimming. There are 169 campsites, 90 with electrical hookup.
The boardwalks and Mountain Portage trails are very popular and busy. The Mountain Portage Trail is a 1 km accessible trail with views of the falls and gorge.The Little Falls trail takes you to a waterfall hidden from most park visitors.
In the winter enjoy 15 kilometres of groomed (skate and classic) cross country ski trails. The Little Falls Trail is perfect for snow shoeing but you must break your own trail.
Accessible facilities are available including: campsites, boardwalks, viewing pods, comfort stations and the Mountain Portage Trail.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are permitted but must be leashed.
The Falls viewing is open year round. Hiking is available all year although snow shoes may be required in winter.
Camping is available from the third Friday in May to the second Monday in October. Camping reservations are available through www.ontarioparks.com and may be made 5 months in advance of your arrival date.
The Visitor Centre is open from mid May to early October and offers displays about the park. You can also talk to a park naturalist. An Ontario Parks souvenir can also be purchased at the Visitor Centre or the Park Office.
Swimming generally occurs from June through August.
Cross Country skiing as conditions permit generally from January through March.
Permits are required. The fee schedule is available at www.ontarioparks.com