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Waterfalls and Waterways

Ontario is blessed with seemingly endless rivers, waterways, waterfalls, cascades and rapids.

WATERFALLS

There are over 100 waterfalls in and around Hamilton, including the larger, and popular Albion FallsWebster Falls and the 41-metre, ribbon-like Tew Falls. Discover some of the lesser known gems such as Borer’s Falls, a 15-metre-high curtain style waterfall which was once used to power the Rock Chapel Village Sawmill or Tiffany Falls, a 13.5-metre high terraced ribbon cascade waterfalls. The 17-metre high Sherman Falls in Ancaster Heights is located along the Bruce Trail.

Embark on the Waterfall Tour in Grey County, which will lead you to the cascading 30-metre Eugenia Falls, and the impressive 18-metre high Inglis Falls just outside of Owen Sound. There are nine waterfalls in the area, each one with unique attributes and beauty, such as Hogg’s Falls and Indian Falls.

Witness the spectacle of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, a world wonder, hike to Kakabaka Falls, just outside of Thunder Bay, known as the 'Niagara of the north' or photograph the Rideau Falls, a highlight in Ottawa. The Chaudière Falls is another important natural landmark in the Ottawa area with great Indigenous significance.

Hike behind the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls on Manitoulin, travel by train into the Agawa Canyon Park to see another falls with the same name (Bridal Veil Falls), or splash down the collection of rapids at Burleigh Falls, north of Peterborough.

NOTE: Please regard warning or instruction messaging and take extra precaution around all waterfalls and waterways in Ontario. Season, erosion, weather and a number of other factors may create hazardous surroundings.

WATERWAYS

With 250,000 lakes, 100,000 kilometres (60,000 miles) of rivers and 3,000 kilometres (2,400 miles) of coastline forming the shores of four Great Lakes, it's not surprising the Indigenous people named this place Ontario, believed to mean "shimmering waters". Often referred to as the sixth Great Lake, the Georgian Bay features more than 30,000 islands and 2,000 kilometres of shoreline. 

Navigate the 44 locks of the 386 kilometre (240 mile) Trent-Severn Waterway that winds from Trenton to Port Severn through scenery varying from pastoral farmland to the rugged shores of Georgian Bay. Explore the Grand River, designated as a Canadian Heritage River. Sail among 14,000 islands on the magnificent Lake of the Woods in Sunset Country, host to LOWISA – the largest inland regatta in the world.

Cruise the Sault Canal built in 1895 to connect Lake Superior and Lake Huron, or the Rideau Canal, constructed after the War of 1812 as a safe route for the military. The St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Inc. offer overnight cruises on the St. Lawrence River and on the Ottawa River, and the Ontario Waterway Cruises Inc. on the Trent Severn and the Rideau Canal.

People walking under the waterfalls at Bridal Veil Falls on Manitoulin.

BRIDAL VEIL FALLS

Don’t miss the amazing natural attraction on Manitoulin Island, a staircase and walking trail leads you to the beautiful cascading falls.
Woman and little boy lean on the railing overlooking Kakabeka Falls.

KAKABEKA FALLS

Welcome to the Niagara of the North, at 40 metres high, it is the second highest waterfall in Ontario. Find excellent views of the falls and gorge from the boardwalk.
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