Stop chasing waterfalls here in southern Ontario, and pay “the Niagara Falls of the North” a visit. If you haven’t heard about Kakabeka Falls, well today is your lucky day. This massive waterfall is the second highest in Ontario and here’s what to know.

According to Destination Ontario, standing tall at a whopping 40 meters, Kakabeka Falls is the second-highest waterfall in Ontario.

It’s nicknamed “the Niagara of the North” and offers stunning scenery, easy hikes and a pedestrian bridge that welcomes visitors to view each side of the falls.

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Feast your eyes on the beauty and wonder that is Kakabeka falls. Here you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the gorge, which have been carved out by the Kaministiquia River over time.

As for trails, there are five to explore:

  • The Boardwalk Trail to the Falls is wheelchair accessible and begins in the parking lot. There are viewing platforms to make photo-taking a breeze.
  • Mountain Portage Trail is also wheelchair accessible and is part of the historic portage that early travelers used to take around Kakabeka Falls, according to Destination Ontario.
  • Little Falls Trail, Poplar Point Trail, Beaver Meadows and River Terrace Trails are more moderate to difficult trails that should be explored by avid hikers.

But here’s something even cooler: at the bottom of the falls, you’ll find 1.6 million-year-old fossils!

The river has cut through the rocks, revealing this ancient treasure.

It’s definitely a sight worth seeing. If you’re up for the drive or live near by, Kakabeka Falls is calling your name.

You can get your daily vehicle permit up to five days in advance to guarantee your parking spot.

Between the stunning scenery, accessible trails, and incredible wildlife, it’s a place worth visiting all year round.

Kakabeka Falls

Where: Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, Ontario
Cost: All day pass – $18