Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: September 2021
Rainbow Falls Provincial Park is situated on the rugged shore of Lake Superior. It features several hiking trails that range in length and difficulty that are reputed to provide panoramic views of the surrounding area. Rainbow Falls also offers a variety of water-based recreational activities like fishing, canoeing and swimming on either Whitesand Lake or Lake Superior.
After spending the morning at Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, we drove to Rainbow Falls. Along the way we made a few detours. We first stopped at the Nipigon Lookout Tower to check out the views, find a Moments of Algoma art installation and eat some lunch. The tower involves climbing up 65 steps and from the top it provides panoramic views of Lake Helen and the Nipigon River.
We then drove to Wardrope Park in Rossport to check out another Moments of Algoma installation, which provided some fun facts about the Group of Seven painters. In their later visits to the Algoma region, Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson decided to explore more of Lake Superior’s northern shore, which led them to Rossport.
By the time we arrived at Rainbow Falls, it was late in the afternoon. We were eager to stretch our legs.
We hiked along the Rainbow Falls Trail (2.2km round trip, rated moderate) after which the park was named. Rainbow Falls is part of a river that flows from Whitesand Lake to Lake Superior. The trail is an out and back trail that follows along a boardwalk. Along the way there are a few great viewpoints of the cascading falls and a series of interpretive plaques that provide some interesting information about the natural features found near the trail.
The trail follows the falls to a footbridge and then crosses to the far side of the river. At the end of the bridge, there’s a sign for the Nature Trail, which is really the start of the Casque Isles Trail, a 52km hike that leads to a few of the smaller communities along the shore of Lake Superior, including Terrace Bay, Schreiber and Rossport.
At the Nature Trail sign, we first turned left as there’s a nice viewpoint overlooking the bridge.
We then followed part of the Casque Isles Trail to the first lookout. The terrain was rocky and it’s a steady slog uphill, but we were rewarded with a nice view of the surrounding area.
We turned around and walked back the way we came. Once we returned to the trailhead, we walked along the shore of Whitesand Lake to admire the views. We then hopped back in the car and drove to Neys Provincial Park where we planned to spend the next two nights.
But we had one last detour to make in Terrace Bay at the Terrace Bay Lighthouse to check out another Moments of Algoma installation. Since the lighthouse was open, we climbed to the top to check out the views of Lake Superior and Slate Islands.
We hopped back in the car one last time and continued our drive to Neys.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here