You’ve never chased waterfalls like these before! The scenery at Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park is like something out of a storybook, and the cascading falls are the main attraction.
The park’s name is said to come from the Ojibwe phrase “water running over the edge.”
Although it is the smallest provincial park in northern Ontario, it packs a punch when it comes to spectacular views, says an article by Northern Ontario Travel.
The park’s rugged wilderness setting and the minimal crowds will make it feel like “an adventure in your own personal paradise,” the outlet writes.
However, the real draw is without a doubt the falls, and Kap-Kig-Iwan has an incredible hike that takes you right up close to them.
The Hell’s Gate trail might sound scary from its name, but this easy path along the Englehart River is the hike to do if you want to see some incredible waterfall views.
You will see multiple waterfalls along this trail that are connected by rapids.
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The rushing river “plunges down white-water rapids, over several cascades and waterfalls in a picturesque valley,” says Ontario Parks.
“Perfect for novice hikers, these trails showcase the park’s beauty and reward visitors with stunning lookouts, with little challenging terrain.”
According to Northern Ontario Travel, there are some rock steps you can take to get closer and capture the best photo of the falls.
However, it is always safest to stay on the path and if you’re braving some rougher terrain, it’s important to dress accordingly in proper footwear.
The Upland Circle Trail offers views from above the valley, with clifftop lookout points that allow you to gaze down at the river down below.
This year, the park will stay open until September 24th, 2023.
And if you’d like to make a getaway out of your visit, there is a gorgeous campground high above the river located off Highway 11 about 2 km south of Engelhart.
Where: Kap-Kig-Iwan Road, Englehart, Ontario