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Rainbow Falls

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What you'll like:

  • View the cascading waters as they plunge over the rock ledges of Rainbow Falls on their way to Lake Superior.
  • Hike the trails which lead to panoramic views of Lake Superior and Whitesand Lake.
  • The Rainbow Falls Trail located within the park is part of the 52 km Casque Isles Trail section of the Voyageur Trail that runs between the communities of Terrace Bay, Schreiber and Rossport.
  • Camp at our Whitesand Lake location or along the rugged shore of Lake Superior at the Rossport Campground location.
  • Take part in a variety of water sports in the warmer inland waters of Whitesand Lake or brave the cooler Lake Superior waters at the Rossport Campground.
  • Located alongside the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (Parks Canada).
  • Shake out the cobwebs with a hike along the Casque Isle Trail.
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 133
  • Electrical Campsites - 72


Rainbow Falls is two parks in one, offering the inland waters of Whitesand Lake or the wilder shorelines of Lake Superior at Rossport.  Both the Whitesand Lake and Rossport Campgrounds offer sites that can host a range of camping equipment as well as amenities such as comfort stations with flush toilets and showers.


Car Camping

Whitesand Lake Campground
The Whitesand Lake Campground is located on the north side of Highway 17. It offers almost 100 campsites, half of which have electrical service. A comfort station is located centrally within the campground for easy access. The Maggie and Selim Campground loops offer electrical campsites. Many sites in Selim are pull-through and relatively level.

The Whitesand loop offers sites that are wooded on three sides and well-buffered from neighbouring sites. There are no electrical sites in Whitesand but many are pull-through.
The Lakeside loop has no electrical sites but its campsites are up on a hill and offer lovely views of the lake through trees.

You will find the gate house located at the entrance to the Rossport Campground for quick and easy registration.

Rossport Campground
Rossport Campground is located approximately 5 kilometers west of Whitesand Lake Campground, on the south side of Highway 17, situated along the shoreline of the pristine Lake Superior. This is a much smaller campground, offering 36 campsites (23 electrical). A comfort station is centrally located within the campground for easy access.

Campsites at Rossport are more open then at Whitesand Lake being located in a grassy birch grove but offer great views of Lake Superior. This campground is very popular with return visitors.

Highlights of Things to Do

Rainbow Falls offers plenty of recreational opportunities at your finger tips!

Inquire with our friendly staff about renting equipment. We offer canoes, paddle boats, water bikes, kayaks and bicycles – all come equipped with necessary safety gear.

Are you an angler? Whitesand Lake offers great Lake Trout and Smallmouth Bass angling or wet a line in the Whitesand River for Brook Trout and Smallmouth Bass. If you are down at the Rossport Campground, cast a line into Lake Superior and hang on! If you are fortunate enough, you may hook a salmon, Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout or whitefish. In the spring and fall you can try fishing in McLean’s Creek which borders the campground, for Rainbow Trout and salmon migrating up the river to spawn.

If its hiking or wildlife / bird watching that is more your pace, take a stroll along the Casque Isles Trail. Situated in the boreal forest, you may see a variety of birds and mammals. Bring a camera along; you may get that picture of a lifetime!

Just the Facts

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.

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, 52km, 5 days, strenuous

This spectacular, rugged trail links Terrace Bay, Schreiber 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.


The calm waters of Whitesand Lake are ideal for canoeing. An annual canoe regatta is held in July. Canoes can be rented at Whitesand Lake. Canoes and kayaks can also be rented from outfitters in Rossport.  Visitors to the Rossport Campground might try sea kayaking along the shoreline of Lake Superior.


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


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, please take appropriate safety precautions, for example provide someone with a trip plan.


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.


Bicycles are a great way to explore the campground and are encouraged as a mode of transportation within the park. They are permitted on park roads but not on the trail system. Bicycles (with helmets) are available for rent at Rainbow Falls.

Winter Activities

Although the park is closed in winter, campground roads are accessible for cross-country skiing.


Enjoy modern camping facilities, cleaned and monitored daily to ensure they are safe and kept up to the standard in which our guests have come to enjoy and expect.

Comfort stations are centrally located in both the Whitesand Lake and Rossport Campgrounds providing flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities.  Rent a canoe, paddle boat, water bike, kayak or bicycle from our friendly gate staff and explore everything Rainbow Falls has to offer. All canoe rentals come with a boat safety kit, personal floatation devices (PFDs) and paddles. Firewood and ice can also be purchased from a gate attendant.

Stop by our park store located in the gate house to pick-up a souvenir gift to remember your trip to beautiful Rainbow Falls Provincial Park!

Just the Facts

Comfort Station(s)

Comfort stations are located at both Whitesand Lake and Rossport Campgrounds.

Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located at the comfort stations in Whitesand Lake and Rossport Campgrounds.

Barrier Free Access

The comfort stations at Whitesand Lake and Rossport Campgrounds have barrier-free access.

Day Use Area

Whitesand Lake Campground has three picnic and day-use areas at East Beach, West Beach and the Falls. All three locations offer lakefront access and great views of Whitesand Lake.

At Rossport Campground, the lakefront day-use and picnic areas offer a panoramic view of the sheltering Rossport Islands in Lake Superior, a group of islands that make this area such a water/nature lover’s paradise.


Laundry facilities are located at the comfort stations in Whitesand Lake and Rossport Campgrounds.

Boat Launch

A boat launch is located at the east beach area of the Whitesand Lake Campground.


Canoes, paddle boats, bicycles, and water bikes are all available for rent. Ask at the gate house.

Park Store

Firewood, ice and park souvenirs are available at the park store located at the gatehouse at Rossport Campground.

Picnic Shelter

Organized groups can reserve picnic shelter facilities at Whitesand Lake Campground and Rossport Campground day-use area.  Please contact the park to reserve.

Park Location

Park features on this map are representative only and may not accurately depict regulated park boundaries. For official map representation of provincial parks, visit Ontario's Crown Land Use Policy Atlas.

Fire Ban


There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water


There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting


There is no beach posting at this time.

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

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