Published on July 16th, 2016 | by Kamla Wray

Ontario Waterfalls That Are Worth the Drive.

Mention the word, “waterfall” and we automatically think of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls all affectionately known as Niagara Falls. While this 12,000 year-old natural landmark remains one of Ontario’s most visited destinations, Niagara is not alone when it comes to stunning waterfalls found throughout Ontario. From Thunder Bay to Owen Sound, we sourced some of the provinces most-treasured rapids worthy of a visit. How many of these did you know about and which ones have you visited?

Niagara Falls aerial view from Skylon Tower platforms

Aerial view of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls. Height: 57 metres
A popular attraction among tourists and Canadians virtually any time of the year, Niagara Falls is a must-see to truly appreciate its fascinating beauty.

Kakabeka Falls Shirley Ruzycki

Kakabeka Falls. Photo: Shirley Ruzycki

Kakabeka Falls, Kakabeka Falls, 30km west of Thunder Bay. Height: 40 metres
Hailed as Niagara of the North, Kakabeka Falls is a sight to behold. Next to Niagara Falls, it is Ontario’s second tallest waterfall and offers spectacular year-round views of the gorge.

Webster's falls in Hamilton. Ontario, Canada

Webster Falls, Hamilton

Webster Falls/Spencer Gorge, Hamilton. Height: 22 metres
If you didn’t already know, Hamilton is rife with stunning waterfalls. More than 100 cascades are strewn throughout the Niagara Escarpment. Webster Falls and Tew Falls are but two of the waterfalls accessible to visitors.

Hog's Back Falls

Hog’s Back Falls, Ottawa

Hog’s Back Falls, Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa. Height: 18 metres,
Officially referred to the Princes of Wales Falls, Hog’s Back Falls are located at the split of the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal.

Albion Falls

Albion Falls

Albion Falls, Hamilton. Height: 19 metres, width: 18 metres.
Albion Falls is a personal favourite because it is accessible for families and offers plenty of unique vantage points to take in the spectacular waterfall.

HighFalls Dave Gallant

High Falls. Photo: Dave Gallant

High Falls, Thunder Bay. Height: 28 metres
Not only does Pigeon River offer stunning views of Lake Superior and the American shoreline, it houses High Falls, also known as Pigeon Falls which straddles the Ontario-Minnesota border.


Devil’s Punchbowl. Photo: Conservation Hamilton

Devil’s Punchbowl, Stoney Creek.  Height: 37 metres
If this doesn’t top the list of stunning ribbon falls in Ontario, nothing else will. This beautiful cascade is also known as the Horseshoe Falls due to its unique shape.

The Rideau Falls in Ottawa, Canada

The Rideau Falls

Rideau Falls, Ottawa. Height: 9.1 metres
Located at the end of the Rideau River, Rideau Falls are actually two waterfalls that merge into the Ottawa River forming a unique twin drop.

Inglis Falls in Owen Sound

Inglis Falls

Inglis Falls, Owen Sound. Height: 18 metres.
Inglis Falls is one of three waterfalls in Owen Sound. Possibly the most popular of the trio, the deep gorge at the base of the falls was created by powerful cascades.

Did we miss any in your hometown or surrounding area? Let us know. We might feature your favourite in our next waterfalls blog.

Now that you have several beautiful destinations in mind, it’s time to hit the open highway and discover Southern Ontario! Unsure of how to get there? Members can use our free Online Maps or handy Trip Tik® guide which allows you to find savings partners and CAA-approved lodgings.



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