If you’ve chased all the waterfalls in southern Ontario, it’s time to check out the Niagara Falls of the North. Kakabeka Falls deserves a top spot on your must-visit list this fall — let us tell you why.

First things first, let’s talk about the falls themselves. Standing tall at a whopping 40 meters, Kakabeka Falls is the second-highest waterfall in Ontario.

Yes, that makes it the second highest after Niagara Falls.

To get the most out of your visit, make sure to take a stroll along the Boardwalk Trail that wraps around the top of the falls — this is also where you’ll see the extraordinary autumn leaves.

Trust us, the views from up there are absolutely jaw-dropping.

As you gaze out, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the falls and the gorge, which have been carved out by the mighty Kaministiquia River over time.

During the autumn season, the landscape transforms into a colourful palette of orange, red, and gold.

On the Mountain Portage Trail, you will catch views of the falls against a backdrop of trees.

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If you are up for more of a challenge, take the 2.5 km loop of Little Falls Trail or try the Poplar Point Trail, says Ontario Parks.

On this trail, “you will see many shades of autumn colours and may even get lucky to see some wildlife.”

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

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

Kakabeka Falls is not only a feast for the eyes but also a haven for wildlife, including endangered Lake Sturgeon.

In fall, you can explore walking and nature trails, and in winter, there are groomed cross-country ski trails to tackle.

The wheelchair-accessible boardwalk trail is an easy walk, and there are plenty of viewing platforms along the way where you can capture the perfect photo.

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