Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: September 2021
Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park is located in Englehart just off of Highway 11. It was named after the Ojibwe phrase for “high falls” or “water running over the edge”. It offers a few hiking trails and scenic lookouts that provide great opportunities to view the Englehart River and several cascades and waterfalls in the valley.
After spending the night at Finlayson Point, we continued on our Northern Ontario road trip towards Timmins. We made a detour at Kap-Kig-Iwan to go on a hike. We arrived at the park at around 10:30a.m.
We first drove to the lookout at High Falls. From the parking lot it’s a short walk to a viewing platform, which provides a great view of the Englehart River. It was already starting to look and feel like fall as some of the leaves had started to change colour.
Afterwards we hiked along the Hell’s Gate Trail (2.5km loop, rated moderate). At the parking lot there’s another viewing platform that overlooks the river. The High Falls Trail also originates here, but we figured we already had a nice view from the High Falls Lookout and wanted to see more of the waterfalls located within the park.
We walked down the road, past the picnic shelter, and found a sign for Hell’s Gate Trail in a clearing through the forest. The sign also indicated that this trail can be used for snowshoeing in the winter.
Despite the name, the trail itself was quite enjoyable. The first stretch follows along the shore of the river and you can hear the sounds of rushing water. There are a few scenic lookouts of the rapids and a series of cascading falls along the way. The path narrows in a few places and it looks like part of the path was starting to erode close to the edge of the gorge.
The path then winds through the forest and connects with the Upland Circle Trail (which forms an even longer loop) before coming out to the road.
From the trailhead, it’s a short stretch down the road to get back to the parking lot. Since we weren’t hungry yet, we decided to wait to eat lunch at our next stop at Esker Lakes Provincial Park.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here