High Falls of the North York River

May 2011

Province: Ontario

Location: Birds Creek

Height: 6m

Crest: 20m

Water Source: York River

Waypoint: 45.206389N 78.156389W

Summary: A wild slide on the North Fork River. This falls is located in the southern extension of Algonquin and is reached by an easy 2km hike.

High Falls of the North York River is another of the many "High" Falls in Ontario. This one is a 6m high slide located in Algonquin Provincial park. Below the main slide is a stretch of smaller, scenic drops. This is a wild waterfall with no signs, fences or viewing platforms. The only downside of this is that it is hard to get a unobstructed head on view of the falls.

This is one of the easiest waterfalls in Algonquin to visit. There is a parking area off of Highway 10 (Peterson Road) at the southern edge of the park. From the trailhead it is a straight forward hike of 2km to the falls. The trail is wide and flat for the most part. Only when you reach the falls does it get a bit rockier and steeper.

A permit is needed to visit the falls. Permits can be purchased at Pine Grove Point, which is a campground off Highway 10, a couple kilometres to the west.

Nearby Falls

The smaller Castor Oil Chute is 10km upstream. It can be reached by canoe. Algonquin contains many other waterfalls, including a couple more "High" Falls, but most of them are 100km to the north as the crow flies, and much farther by land or water. Ragged Chute on the south western corner of Algonquin is 70km away. High Falls on the York River is downstream and can be reached by a 40km drive. Egan Chute is another 30km beyond that.

Photo Gallery

Below the main falls. High Falls is visible at the top.

A cascade further downstream

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