Follow The Waterfall Route From Toronto To Thunder Bay
There were many great stops on the waterfall route from Toronto to Thunder Bay in Ontario. Along the route to Sault Ste Marie, there were many great waterfall stops.
We detoured for a stop outside Wawa on the Magpie River at the Silver Falls. One suggestion for our route to Thunder Bay got us a great view of the Mink Falls. Many people would not find this gem. Our final stop just outside of Terrace Bay was at the Aguasabon Gorge and Falls.
So many great stops on the waterfall route from Toronto to Thunder Bay.
Heading North To Sault Ste Marie In Ontario
We chased waterfalls around Sault Ste Marie on our last fall drive north. On that trip, we enjoyed the fall colours when we stopped at Chutes Provincial Park, Crystal Falls and Chippewa Falls.
On this trip north as we drove from Toronto to Vancouver, the weather was grey and rainy. We debated a few waterfall stops. But we knew the sights would not match the previous visit. So we arrived in Sault Ste Marie a bit earlier than planned.
Even with a light drizzle we went for a walk along the waterfront and stretched our muscles from the almost 8 hours drive.
A Stop In Wawa
We had a stop on our waterfall route from Toronto to Thunder Bay planned for just outside of Wawa. But no visit to Wawa was complete without a stop at the Visitor’s Centre for the Wawa Goose. The Gitchee Goomie totem poles were a fun surprise.
We were amused when we found several other large geese in the Wawa area.
We backtracked a bit to the falls and found the signs to the upper falls. But we kept going towards Michipicoten for Silver Falls on the Magpie River. On our return trip from Western Canada we planned to stop at the High Falls and complete our view of the Magpie River falls.
The Middle Silver Falls On The Magpie River
Our route took us right to the very small parking lot right at the Middle Silver Falls. From the parking lot we got a view up at the falls. A path went up closer to the falls.
From the bridge we saw the water as it cascaded down another set of falls. We tried to find a path down but the only one we found was steep and muddy.
Along the road we found the Bethune Cemetery we stopped. We looked at the markers and followed the path. We hoped the path led to a view of the lower falls. It did not.
We tried a few spots on both sides of the Magpie River for a view of the lower falls. And we got a great view out to Lake Superior. We finally found a spot where we had a clear view far off in the distance. We were sure there was a better spot but we did not find it on this trip.
The Middle Silver Falls on the Magpie River by Wawa was a great stop on the waterfall route from Toronto to Thunder Bay.
The Secret Stop At Mink Falls
When we planned our road trip from Toronto to Vancouver, we looked for interesting stops along the way. One of the suggested stops on our way to Thunder Bay was at Mink Falls. We were sure glad we did our research before we headed out.
On our map, we saw where the Mink River crossed the Trans-Canada highway. At that point we started to watch for the small pull off area that we saw when we walked to the Mink Falls on Google Earth. We had to reverse on the shoulder of the highway when we passed it. Safely parked, we crossed the highway and climbed the rocks. The path down to the falls was steep and muddy. But we immediately heard the roar of the waterfalls.
When we reached the water, we found a roaring waterfall. It was the colour of coca cola from the minerals in the rocks in the area.
Since this was a short stop on our driving day, we did not explore further to get to the bottom of the waterfall. But planned to stop on our trip back from Western Canada if the weather was good. We were excited when we found Mink Falls on the waterfall route from Toronto to Thunder Bay.
Thundering Falls At Aguasabon Gorge and Falls
We had one more stop planned on our waterfall route from Toronto to Thunder Bay. As we went past Terrace Bay we watched for the signs to Aguasabon Gorge and Falls.
We parked in the lot and looked for the path to the viewing platform. A much longer hiking path went down into the gorge. The pathway took us down through the trees until we reached the platform. We waited while a group of motorcycle riders finished on the platform.
The view from the platform of the Aguasabon Gorge and Falls was stunning. The waterfall went down a drop of 30 metres (100 feet). The water flowed through the steep-walled canyon. On a longer stay, we could plan to hike the area or maybe even get down on the rapids.
The Aguasabon Gorge and Falls was a great stop on the waterfall route from Toronto to Thunder Bay.
Other Stops On The Waterfall Route From Toronto To Thunder Bay
As we approached Thunder Bay, we entered an area characterized by canyons. We had a couple of things on our list of thing to see and do in this area. We passed the sign for the Eagle Canyon Adventure Centre. It would be great to see the suspension bridge over the Eagle Canyon or try the longest and highest zipline in Canada. But not on this visit.
There was one more waterfall stop outside of Thunder Bay at the Kakabeka Falls. These falls were the second highest waterfall in Ontario. The highest are Niagara Falls close to home. But Kakabeka Falls would have to wait for a return visit to Thunder Bay.
A Pampering Stop In Thunder Bay
Sometimes we got a great surprise when we arrived at hotels booked on the internet. We planned our stays at Marriott brand hotels when we could and enjoyed the perks of our loyalty status. We arrived at the Delta Thunder Bay to a warm reception and a wonderful upgrade to the best room in the house. Our suite looked out over the marina and we saw the Sleeping Giant rock off in the distance. We got great views from the balcony at all times of day and night.
The hotel was new and the rooms were modern. Our suite had lots of space to spread out. And the soaker bathtub was a delight after the long day driving.
We booked our dinner at the on-site Anchor & Ore Restaurant. Chef Alexander Gut was known for the bbq he smoked on site. We were greeted with a tasty appetizer. And of course we had the bbq platter! We were delighted in the morning with the breakfast selections. It had just the right amount of maple and caramel to keep me happy!
We were very sorry we only booked one night at the Delta Thunder Bay. Every moment of our stay was excellent. We definitely planned to stay longer on our return trip from the west coast. The beautiful sunrise was a great send off.
A Few Final Stops On The Way Out Of Ontario
It was a long drive to the next stay in Winnipeg. So we sadly packed and left Thunder Bay early in the morning. We had no real stops planned along the route. But we made sure we stopped at Max the Moose as we passed through Dryden.
The GPS on our car reminded us when it was time for a coffee break. When we searched along the route we saw the Comfort Table Bakery and put that on as a stop. We were delighted when we arrived and found it was a coffee roastery too. Good thing we found good coffee since the bakery was pretty sold out by late afternoon.
We stayed on the route that took us through the last major town of Kenora. It looked much like most small towns in Ontario.
We said goodbye to our home province of Ontario as we crossed into Manitoba on our road trip from Toronto to Vancouver. We had more waterfall stops planned for our short stop in Winnipeg and on our travels around Revelstoke in British Columbia. And as we wandered around Whistler in BC, we found new waterfalls every day.
Some Great Stops On The Waterfall Route From Toronto To Thunder Bay
We found some great stops on the waterfall route from Toronto to Thunder Bay. It was a great start to our trip to Western Canada. We had long driving days planned so our stops were quick. But we marked the locations on our map for easy stops on our return trip.
When we planned our route out of Ontario from Toronto to Vancouver, we only planned one night stops. We knew that on the return trip we would re-assess this approach. There was certainly lots to see in Northern Ontario if we planned a slower trip through.
Have you followed the waterfall route from Toronto to Thunder Bay? What other stops should we plan for our return trip?
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