Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Minnehaha Falls - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Crystal Creek
Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Our first waterfall stop on the Lake Superior Circle Tour in both 2011 and 2012 has been Crystal Falls and Minnehaha Falls in Kinsmen Park. While Crystal Falls has been spectacular both times, Minnehaha was but a trickle in 2011. This year, we could tell once within a few hundred yards that we were in for a much better treat. The falls drop several times below the dam before the creek begins its slow trek downstream. There is about a five foot drop right below the dam (picture below) and the main section of falls drops about twenty feet.

Getting there: Heading north on Hwy 17, take a right on Fifth Line Rd., and after a mile start watching for the sign for Kinsmen Park. The park entrance road winds its way downhill, ending in a parking lot. Crystal Falls is to the north of the pond, while Minnehaha Falls are reached by going to the right around the pond, crossing the dam and following the fence along the cliff until there is a good vantage point.

Overall: Poor to Good
Hike: Easy

Here's the 2012 video:

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