Before Calypso… a new water park outside of Ottawa… there was a natural water playground, formed by the retreat of the glaciers during the last ice age…High Falls. High Falls sits between Stratton Lake and High Falls Lake and can be reached by canoe or along the Eastern Pines backpacking trail. It is an outstandingly beautiful area of small waterfalls, rock waterslides and smooth rock pools. It is a great spot to cool off on a hot summer day.
We were backpacking for the weekend, so we just hiked up for the day, an easy 1 1/2 hours from our campsite at Stratton Lake. Not surprisingly it was already crowded. The water was cool and refreshing, not cold, and my kids had a great time on the ‘waterslide’! No lines, no traffic jams and no entrance fee, except provincial park fees of course.
Lots of fun in an absolutely stunning natural environment. It definitely was a hit with all of us!
High Falls is accessed from Achray Campground through the Sand Lake Gate outside of Pembroke. Water levels are much higher in spring making it unsafe for swimming.
For more information,
you can check out this link, http://www.mcelroy.ca/bushlog/20060427.shtml, on Bob and Diana McElroy’s Bush log.
Or the Park website, http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/mustrails/achraytr.html
Or watch the fun on Youtube,