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Phone #: 807-473-9231
Main entrance co-ordinates:
Address: Box 252, 4853 Hwy 11/17 Kakabeka Falls, ON P0T 1W0
Opening seasons: January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023 / May 12, 2023, to October 10, 2023
Camping & Accommodation
Kakabeka Falls offers tent and car camping in three campgrounds: Whispering Hills, Riverside and Fern’s Edge.
Whispering Hills has electrical hookups with some pull-through campsites. Only a few campsites in this campground do not have electricity. Amenities include comfort stations, laundry facilities and showers. The trailer sanitary station is located by the entrance to this campground.
Located close to the river and falls, Riverside and Fern’s Edge offer non-electrical campsites with some pull-through campsites for trailers. Amenities include a comfort station and vault privies.
Group campsites are found in two locations at Kakabeka Falls. The Mountain Portage Site is located near the Visitor Centre and a comfort station. The other three group sites are isolated from the other campgrounds. These sites have vault privies and water taps. All sites will hold up to 50 people and will accommodate tents and some trailers. Reservations can be made online or by phone.
Hiking, Biking & Paddling
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.
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.
Kakabeka Falls provincial park is located just about 30 minutes from thunder bay and well, if you are coming from Toronto, it is a very long road trip with great views, or you can fly into thunder bay to save some time. Best reached by car
Kakabeka Falls is a stunning Ontario waterfall that freezes into an ice rink during the winter. The falls’ boardwalk provides you with breathtaking views of this natural wonder, and there are viewing platforms to catch your imagination’s eye even further up high! Cross-country skiing at Whispering Hills offers both beginners and experienced skiers 15 km worth of trails through pristine forest land filled, will spoor–the perfect way for any leveler who wants some fresh air. At the same time, they enjoy their holiday weekend adventure in Canada’s fantastic outdoors.
Kakabeka Falls isn’t just beautiful when it rains or shines; experience its beauty under snowfall from December until March! Cross-country ski down one side of the mountain roads all day long (you’ll find plenty o parking lots) – no matter what time
Before heading out, you can check snow conditions on the park’s official website.
This park has no equipment rental, so don’t forget your snowshoes, cross-country skis, and snacks.
Being so close to thunder bay, there are plenty of places to get hot drinks, snacks, and meals.
Maps & Resources
Ontario Parks have a campground map, ski trails map and also a hiking tails map click here for more information