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Kakabeka Falls

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What you'll like:

  • 40 metre high Kakabeka Falls is the second highest waterfall in Ontario with year round access for viewing
  • Excellent views of the falls and gorge from the boardwalk that wraps around the top of the falls
  • The Kaministiquia River has cut deep into the rocks to reveal 1.6 million year old fossils at the bottom of the falls
  • Historic route of the Voyageurs
  • Endangered Lake Sturgeon spawn at the base of the falls
  • Walking and nature trails in summer and groomed cross-country ski trails
Park Promotion

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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 169
  • Electrical Campsites - 90
  • Group Campsites - 5

Camping

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is located only 20 minutes from Thunder Bay. It makes a great base to visit area attractions. The campground is convenient for a weekend getaway.


 

Car Camping

Kakabeka Falls offers tent and car camping in three campgrounds: Whispering Hills, Riverside and Fern’s Edge.

Whispering Hills has electrical hookups with some pull-through campsites. Only a few campsites in this campground do not have electricity.  Amenities include comfort stations, laundry facilities and showers. The trailer sanitary station is located by the entrance to this campground.

Located close to the river and falls, Riverside and Fern’s Edge offer non-electrical campsites with some pull-through campsites for trailers. Amenities include a comfort station and vault privies.

 

Group Camping

Group campsites are found in two locations at Kakabeka Falls. The Mountain Portage Site is located near the Visitor Centre and a comfort station. The other three group sites are isolated from the other campgrounds. These sites have vault privies and water taps. All sites will hold up to 50 people and will accommodate tents and some trailers.

Highlights of Things to Do

Kakabeka Falls, at 40 metres, is the highest waterfall in Northern Ontario. Boardwalks and viewing platforms offer excellent views on both sides of the Kaministiquia River.  The Natural Heritage Education Program is based at the Visitor Centre where you can find information on the park, enjoy interpretive programs during summer months and speak to a Naturalist. The Ontario Parks Store is also located here where you can purchase a park souvenir.

The park trails provide an experience for all abilities. The Mountain Portage and Little Falls trail follow, in part, the historic portage around Kakabeka Falls.

The swimming area provides a grassy spot for your blanket and picnic basket while enjoying a swim, the playground or the small sandy beach.


Just the Facts

 
Hiking
Take only pictures, leave only footprints: don't bring any plants, animals or other natural objects with you. Park regulations prohibit this. For more information on Leave No Trace practices, visit www.leavenotrace.ca.

Boardwalk Trail - 750 metres, linear, easy, wheelchair accessible
Easily accessible from the main parking lot, the boardwalks and pedestrian bridge provide spectacular views of the falls from viewing platforms on both sides of Kakabeka Falls.

Mountain Portage Trail - 1.25 km, loop, easy, wheelchair accessible
This scenic trail is part of the historic portage that early travelers used to traverse around Kakabeka Falls. The trail provides excellent views of the falls, gorge and river.

Little Falls Trail - 2.5 km, loop, moderate – difficult
This trail begins and ends from a point along the Mountain Portage Trail. The trail features a steep descent into the river valley, picturesque Little Falls and a 30 metre ascent following the historic portage.

Poplar Point Trail - 4 km, loop, moderate
Cycle, jog or walk around this wandering loop that circles the outside of the Whispering Hills Campground. Wildlife and songbirds can be spotted along this trail. In the fall the colours of the aspen forest are a special treat. Groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter.

Beaver Meadows and River Terrace Trails - 2 interconnecting loops off of the Poplar Point Trail. Beaver Meadows: 4.5 km moderate. River Terrace: 3.5 km, moderate.
Primarily used as groomed cross-country ski trails. The trails are not maintained in the summer. The Kaministiquia River valley can be viewed from two lookouts on the River Terrace Trail.

 
Swimming

A small beach is located in a sheltered area of the Kaministiquia River upriver of the falls. The swimming area is marked off with buoys and has a gradual drop-off. Fast currents can occur. If the river volume exceeds 50 cubic meters/second entry in the river is prohibited. Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beach. Pets are permitted on the grass areas but are not allowed in the sand or swimming areas. Water levels on the Kaministiquia River are controlled by Ontario Hydro and can fluctuate; please follow all posted safety advisories.

 
Biking

There are no dedicated bike trails at Kakabeka Falls but most of the campground and main access roads are paved. The Poplar Point Trail is a 4 km loop that is well suited to cycling.

 
Natural Heritage Education

During the summer visitors can learn about the history, wildlife, flora and geology through a variety of fun, interactive educational programs offered at the park. Chat with the park naturalist at the Visitor Centre to have your questions about the park answered.

 
Birding

Various songbirds can be seen and heard throughout the park. Bald Eagles frequent the gorge below the falls particularly in the autumn when the salmon make the run up the river to spawn.

 
Winter Activities

The Falls are spectacular in the winter. Enjoy the views from the boardwalks and viewing platforms.
For cross-country skiers, the park offers over 10 km of groomed trails for beginner to intermediate skiers. The campground roads in Whispering Hills, Poplar Point, Beaver Meadow and River Terrace Trails have skate and classic lanes. Entry and parking is located off of Luckens Road.

The Provincial Snow Mobile Trail passes through the park.

The Visitor Centre is available to rent for small meetings or gatherings. Contact the park directly at 807-473-9231 to reserve.

Amenities

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park has modern camping facilities with electrical hook-ups, showers, coin laundry and a trailer sanitary station. The park store, located in the Visitor Centre, offers a full selection of Ontario Parks’ souvenirs. Year-round access to the viewing platforms and boardwalks offer spectacular views of Kakabeka Falls and the Kaministiquia River gorge.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

A barrier-free comfort station with showers is located in Whispering Hills Campground. A separate shower building is also located in Whispering Hills Campground.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are found in Whispering Hills Campground, between the Riverside and Fern’s Edge Campgrounds, in the Main Falls parking lot and by the Visitor Centre.

 
Barrier Free Access

The Whispering Hills Campground has a barrier-free comfort station. Two electrical campsites are also barrier-free.

 
Day Use Area

Picnic areas are located around the Visitor Centre, along the river edge and at the Beach Area. The Beach Area has a buoyed swimming area, small sand beach and large grass area. Pets are permitted on the grass area.

 
Laundry

A coin laundry is available at the comfort station and shower buildings are located in Whispering Hills Campground.

 
Rentals

Kakabeka Falls offers portable two-way radios to rent; useful when you want to keep track of family members. Pick up and drop off is at the Gatehouse.

A large event tent can be booked for special events. Please contact the park for details.

 
Park Store

The Park Store is located in the Visitor Centre. A variety of Ontario Parks’ souvenirs are available.

 
Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is open from the May long weekend to the Thanksgiving Weekend. Interpretive information on the park, an indoor theatre or meeting room, the Park Naturalist and the Park Store are all located here. The Visitor Centre can be booked for small gatherings and meetings. Call the park directly at 807-473-9231 to reserve.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Campground Map - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

No

There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park

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