It is mid April, and my province is currently undergoing, yet, another lockdown. I believe this is our third official lock down, or “stay at home” order. Even though the world seems a little messed up right now, it’s important for the mental health to keep perspective, keep positive, realize what we are thankful for each and everyday, and to get out and get some fresh air.
One thing I feel very blessed about is where I live. Small town, a village even. It is also conveniently located approximately thirty minutes away from some of the most, in my opinion, the most beautiful places I have ever witnessed…..Muskoka County.
In our last blog, we drove through Muskoka to Parry Sound. We are now going back for a particular reason, which is, to find waterfalls! We found three amazing gems in and around the area that we will definitely be going back to, and encourage you to go too!
Our first waterfall lives in the heart of downtown Bracebridge. Bracebridge is one of my favourite places to visit. It has such charm, especially downtown with all the little shops and restaurants. Bracebridge is apart of Muskoka municipality and was actually build around a waterfall. Bracebridge is actually known for its main waterfall, (Bracebridge Falls shown in image below), and even waterfalls in the area.
This particular waterfall, (Bracebridge Falls), is locally at Entrance Drive at Silver Bridge. It has free parking, picnic tables, and a beautiful walking trail attached so you can see different points of the falls. You can gaze at all the beautiful trees and cliff formations surrounding the area in this picturesque spot.
Bracebridge offers a lot of other things as well such as Muskoka Brewery, Brooklands Farms, and the notorious Santa’s Village Amusement Park. If you haven’t been to Bracebridge it is definitely worth a trip especially if you enjoy nature, amusement, and water!
High Falls and Little High Falls
Bracebridge is also home to this next incredible park. At this location there are actually two waterfalls in the same park, High Falls and Little High Falls. This gem of a stop is located on High Falls Road at High Falls Park. It starts with a bridge and then an amazing hiking trail that leads you to some pretty epic spots. They even have their own High Falls resort that you can rent cottages, go camping and/or enjoy their water park.
The first of this attraction is High Falls, which is approximately 16 metres high and a crest of 30 metres, making it the largest waterfall in Muskoka region. The river from this enormous waterfall is about a 50 foot drop. There is also a power station which sits above it.
Our favourite part about this spot is the fact you can not only walk along the actual falls, but you can get up close and personal with it and sit on the rocks right beside the falls. It is not often that you get a chance to walk along and chill literally right in the falls.
It also overlooks the Northern Branch of Muskoka River and the sight is absolutely breathtaking. We spent some time exploring and taking numerous photos just because we were so in awe of its beauty.
After your done taking it all in at High Falls, follow the trail into the forest! There are so many types of trees, and the trail takes you to another breathtaking view, Little High Falls.
A winding river wraps itself through the forest and ends with a smaller waterfall trickling down the hill into the final waterfall off the cliff. It even has an isolated part of the river that actually feels like your own personal oasis in the forest. That oasis is attached to a bridge that takes you to the other side of the mountainside to view the waterfall from a different perspective.
If you keep following the trail it will lead you down to the shoreline where there you can see both waterfalls in the same sight. They call these falls “Niagara of the North”, which to us is amazing cause that is where Craig and I were born and raised!
This park was such an adventure! We could have spent the whole day easily with exploring and embracing. It had an amazing hiking trail that leads you through a forest, and the sights and smells of 2 incredibly beautiful waterfalls for us to take in. We will definitely be going back here for a day trip, and we recommend it to anyone who loves to explore, loves to hike, and loves to see nature at its finest!
Last, but definitely not the least, Hatchery Falls was probably my favourite hidden gem. Located off Fish Hatchery Rd on Skeleton Lake, Hatchery Falls was the perfect way to end this perfect day.
When getting the directions it told us that this waterfall was approximately a 15-20 minute hike into the woods. The sunset was approaching fast and we knew we only had so much day light left, so off we went to find these falls!
The trail is pretty clear and easy to follow, and also has fairy houses set up for the first segment of the hike. This spot is magnificent and usually deserted. The more you hike, the louder you can hear the water crashing.
When we got there it was one of those moments for me like, “is it here, what if we can’t find it, etc.” It definitely didn’t take us 20 minutes to find it. Either it wasn’t that far in, or we were just excited to discover yet, another amazing waterfall. Once we got to the waterfall it was glorious. The sound, the smell, the feeling. It was not as big as High Falls, but with an eight metre straight drop, it was definitely something!
When we got down to the bottom of the waterfall, when we looked up we had realized we hiked our way down a massive cliff side and it was magnificent. The water was so crystal clear you could see every little morsel on the bottom of the river.
Hatchery Falls was the cherry on top of a truly blessed day. We got to hike, be outside on a mild and sunny day, embrace nature, and enjoy each other’s company. Now it was time to climb back up the hill and head back home, especially before it gets to dark and we get lost in the woods.
All in all it was a successful day. We started out with a mere idea that turned into a day long adventure of exploring and having fun. Especially with this pandemic it is important to remember all the beautiful things in the world and be appreciative of it.
So in conclusion, if you are in search of some hidden gems that consist of waterfalls and nature in Muskoka region, you need to check these places out!
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