Cannings Falls

May 25, 2007

Province: Ontario

Location: Orangeville

Height: 20+?

Crest: 25

Water Source: Nottawasaga River

Waypoint: 43.987N 80.08W

Summary: No trails lead to this pristine and hidden waterfall on the Nottawasaga River. This is one of the few truly wild waterfalls on the Niagara Escarpment.

Cannings Falls is located at the head of Hockley Valley, north of Orangeville Ontario. This is one of the wildest and most pristine waterfall along the Niagara Escarpment. It is also one of the harder to visit, as there are no trails, and the gorge is very steep with lots of dead fall and loose rock.

The falls lies just outside of the current boundaries of the Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Preserve, but it does lie on lands the park is hoping to acquire.

The falls consists of two drops, each around 10-15 feet high. Further upstream the smaller but equally scenic Scott Falls can be found, but it is on private property.

[Niagara Escarpment] Nearby Falls

Cannings Falls is one of the many Niagara Escarpment Waterfalls. Cannings Falls is in the Lake Huron Watershed, but its nearest neighbor is Cataract Falls which is about 15km away and in the Lake Ontario Watershed. The Elora Gorge Falls are 40km away, and they lie in the Lake Erie Watershed. Eugenia Falls is about 60km to the northwest, and Inglis Falls and the many Owen Sound waterfalls are 110 km to the northwest. Webster Falls and the many waterfalls of Hamilton Ontario are 100km the south.

Photo Gallery

The Gorge Walls

Just below the falls

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