Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rainbow Falls - Schreiber, Ontario

Whitesand River
Schreiber, Ontario, Canada

One of the most beautiful provincial parks along the northern shore of Lake Superior in Ontario is Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, a fantastic 1,400-plus acres of wilderness, highlighted by the falls and a boardwalk-line trail.
The trail to the falls begins near Whitesand Lake, as the river gains its water flow from runoff of the lake, the first drop is a slide set of falls that winds its way downhill and around some rock outcroppings:
The river continues to wind its way downstream and downhill, and the boardwalk trail offers periodic cut-ins for good views of the falls, the "main set is about halfway down the trail and features double drops of 10 and 20 feet:
The best view of this set of falls can be found on a bridge that goes across the river. This marks the end of the boardwalk trail, though several dirt trails continue along the river's west bank. Taking the trail downstream and using caution along the steep drops, the falls that cascade below the bridge are almost as breathtaking as those above:
This was another place we visited where we found that pictures just can't capture the overall panorama of the area, which is why when we returned in 2012, I brought my handycam along to be able to better show just how amazing these falls are - enjoy!

Getting there: North of Schreiber on Highway 17, there will be signs for Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, follow these, and follow directions inside the park to the falls and trail.
Overall: Good
Hike: Easy

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