Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: May 2021
Located just outside Bancroft, Egan Chutes Provincial Park is situated along a portion of the York River. It is a non-operating park and the only activity that this park offers is hiking. There are two entrances into the park that can be accessed off Highway 28. One entrance is along the west side of the York River and leads to a shorter trail (to the first waterfall) and the other entrance is along the east side and leads to a longer trail (to three waterfalls).
We rolled into the park in the early afternoon. We opted for the shorter trail since we spent the morning hiking at Lake St. Peter Provincial Park. Plus it looked like it was supposed to rain. The park itself isn’t well signed and the road leading to the trailhead was in rough shape. At the end of the gravel road there is a small parking area and an opening into the forest that looked like the start of the trail. Shortly after starting our hike we came across an official sign for the park so we knew we were at the right spot.
The trail itself is also not well-marked or signed, but the path forward is quite obvious. The path is wide and the first stretch is relatively flat. The trail winds through the forest along the edge of the York River. When we arrived at a bend in the river we could start to hear the sounds of rushing water.
As we neared the first waterfall we could glimpse a preview of the rapids from between the trees.
After this point it’s a steady ascent up the edge of the cliff to reach the first (and best) viewpoint of the first waterfall, which is reputed to be the most impressive of three waterfalls.
We continued along the path, which involves an even steeper climb up and then down the cliff to reach a small beach area. This is where the trail ends. We sat on a fallen log and took a short break to rest and admire the views.
We turned around and hiked back the way that we came. Towards the last few minutes of our hike it started to lightly rain.
We hopped in the car and continued our drive back to the cabin for some proper rest and relaxation.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here