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6 Breathtaking Waterfalls in Ontario

Summer has officially begun, and the lockdown is over (woohoo!).  As life gets back to some sense of normalcy, we’re sure you’re aching to get out and enjoy all that Ontario has to offer.  Many events are back up and running (check our events page for all your summer fun needs) plus we have 18 categories online all focused on finding fun things to do in the Summer.  Search within your own region or plan a road trip and discover somewhere new. Ontario summers are short and sweet so let’s make the best of it.  To get your started, we’ve compiled a list of 6 stunning waterfalls in Ontario for you to visit.  Heads up – one is also a natural waterslide!  The Canada Day holiday is on July 1st so there’s even a whole extra day for you to enjoy Ontario’s natural beauties – cheers!

Kakabeka Falls (Northern Ontario)

article1june292021.jpgKakabeka Falls in Thunder Bay is Ontario’s 2nd highest falls at 40 metres.  At the bottom of the falls are incredible 1.6-million-year-old fossils that have been revealed due to The Kaministiqua River cutting into the rocks over time.  There is access for visitors year-round and an amazing viewpoint from the wrap around boardwalk at the top of the falls!  Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is 5 square kilometres and has two campgrounds and 17.9 km of trails.  This is definitely one of Ontario’s most spectacular waterfalls!!

Devil’s Punchbowl (Greater Toronto Area)

article2june292021.jpgDevil’s Punchbowl in Stoney Creek is home to one of Ontario’s most uniquely beautiful waterfalls.  A ribbon waterfall cascading down from a large wall of layered rock in the Niagara Escarpment.  This waterfall is in a conservation area and consists of two separate falls (the upper & lower punch bowls).  The pathway that gives you a great view of the punchbowl also offers incredible views of Stoney Creek and Hamilton Harbour.  Hot tip: visit when the fall colours are brightest, you won’t regret it!

Prince of Wales Falls (Ottawa Region)

article3june292021.jpgWhile Prince of Wales Falls is man-made, it is by no means any less worthy of being on this list!  Located in the Ottawa Region where the Rideau Canal splits from the Rideau River, this dam project was constructed between 1826-1832.  The official name of the falls is Prince of Wales Falls, but it is commonly known as Hog’s Back Falls.  Now located within Hog’s Back Park (20.8 hectares), you can visit between May – mid-October (weather permitting).  This is such a beautiful and peaceful waterfall, it had to make our list of Ontario’s best falls

Niagara Falls (Niagara Region)

article4june292021.jpgCould we really write a newsletter about Ontario’s waterfalls and not include Niagara Falls?  After all, it is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world and has been a major global tourist attraction for over 200 years.  Niagara Falls connects two of the Great Lakes (Lake Erie & Lake Ontario).  You won’t run out of things to do while you visit either.  Since it is a tourist destination there are tons of hotels, restaurants, and other attractions to keep you busy.  Niagara Falls is an incredible 51m high and the water that flows over the falls at 25 mph is the equivalent to 70 Olympic sized swimming pools every minute!  One of the classic attractions of Niagara Falls is the famous boat ride (The Maid of the Mist) that takes you right up to the bottom of the falls (prepare to get wet!) You can even get a go behind the falls with Journey Behind the Falls to get an exciting view of the water crashing down in front of you.

Hilton Falls (Southwestern Ontario)

article5june292021.jpgHilton Falls in Milton Ontario is in Hilton Falls Conservation Area which has over 30km of trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.  Beautiful in all seasons, you can view the falls from a viewing station where you can spend time soaking in this 10-metre-high beauty.  Bring your camera on this hike, Hilton Falls is a favourite for photographers.  Hilton Falls Conservation Area is a quick drive from the city making it an easy place to get your nature fix in!

Algonquin Park (Central Ontario)

article6june292021.jpgThis unique waterfall made our list strictly due to the fun factor of it doubling as a natural waterslide.  High Falls in Algonquin park can be accessed by a 1.9 km (about 1 hour there/back) hike.   Pack a picnic and spend the day slipping & sliding down the polished granite stone.  This popular swimming hole should be enjoyed with caution as the waters can be dangerous at certain times of the year.  High Falls would be easily missed if you weren’t looking for it so be sure to follow the trail instructions closely!


Featured Events

Northern Heat rib series

Various dates/locations, check our website for detailso

featuredevent1june292021.jpgA virtual festival celebrating the artistic works that have bloomed out of Toronto in this turbulent, transformative year. Northern Heat Rib Series is making sure you can still enjoy one of the Summer’s most delicious traditions from the safety and convenience of your own car. The drive-thru rib fest series will be taking place at various locations (Newmarket, Hamilton, Brampton & Ancaster) over this summer! Check out our website events section to find the date and location nearest you!

Tim hortons canada day virtual fireworks

July 1, 2021 @ 10 pm

featuredevent2june292021.jpgCelebrate Canada from wherever you are this year by watching Tim Hortons Canada Day Fireworks online!  Available on desktop or mobile, it will be airing at 10 PM local time.

Toronto ribfest drive-thru

July 1-3, 2021
Church on the Queensway 1536 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1T5

featuredevent3june292021.jpgWhen it gets close to Canada Day all we can think of is ribs, ribs, ribs.  Toronto Ribfest is also hosting a drive-thru event where you can dig into your award-winning favourites from the safety of your car.  This year it will be held on The Queensway.  We hope you’re working up an appetite!

Featured attraction: little canada

featuredjune292021.jpg‘Be a part of something small’ at Toronto’s next big attraction opening as soon as restrictions allow.  Little Canada will be an incredibly detailed animated miniature attraction showcasing Canada’s amazing natural views, cityscapes, and culture.  Little Canada will be located in downtown Toronto’s Dundas Square making it a great place to learn, come with groups or even host events.  Check back to their website for updates on the grand opening!


contest announcement!: Glamping at Alabaster Acres

onlyinontjune152021contest.jpg Time Sensitive!  Our first contest is live and is running until June 30th so hurry up and enter! This contest features a Glamping Getaway at the stunning Alabaster Acres homestead farm in Caledon. Be sure to check out our website contest page for more info and keep checking in every month as new contests are announced.

Print Edition

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