Kakabeka Falls

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.

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.

Hiking

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.

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.

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.

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.