Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pijitawabik Palisades - Orient Bay, Ontario, Canada

The Palisades of the Pjitiwabik are one of the most interesting rock formations on the northern shore of Lake Superior, and while they are better known for their popularity during the winter ice climbing season, in the spring and summer several "overfalls" create stunning views of a different kind.
The best known falls in the area is Cascade Falls, best observed from a parking lot off of Hwy 11 where the historical marker pictured above is located. A trail leads through the woods for a moment, then puts you on the rocks - a cautious, slow approach will allow photos like these:

Since this was a side trip on our Lake Superior Circle Tour, we didn't spend nearly as long here as we could/should have. There is so much to see and take in, and personally I could have sat at these falls all day. We traveled a little farther north and there was one spot where ice still clung to the top of the rocky cliffs.
Past that, we were able to get a distant view of Go-Mar Falls (also known as Gorge Creek Falls):

We pulled off and shot this stunning view from a distance, and apparently there are hiking trails nearby that lead to a close-up view of the top of the falls (although I assume it's hard to get the whole thing into frame from that close). Here's a short video I shot at the falls:

Getting there: The Palisades begin on Hwy 11 about 40 miles north of Nipigon. Watch for the historical marker for Cascade Falls, and views of Gorge Creek Falls occur a few mile to the north, with several spots to pull off.

Overall: Great
Hike: Moderate

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