Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chippewa Falls - Havilland

Hiking along the Falls

Chippewa Falls  is about 35 minutes north of Sault Ste. Marie at pretty much the midpoint of the Trans-Canada Highway.  It is a great place to stop and stretch your legs and have a picnic if you are on a long drive, which you no doubt are, if you are in the area.  Keep your eye out for signs for Chippewa River, if you are heading north you will be past the Falls by the time you notice them if you don't.  There is a parking lot right off the highway and from there it is just a short walk to the Falls.  
Hanging out on the rocks at Chippewa Falls

The trail along the Falls is not long but it is a bit rugged so you will want to wear decent shoes and anyone with mobility issues may find it a bit tricky.  My youngest daughter, who is six, needed some help on a few spots.  The trail extends past the Falls so you don't have to stop there, you can keep going and see some more of the river.  About halfway up the trail my older daughter turned to me and said "why is this place called Chimp Waffles?"  Apparently she had heard Chippewa Falls as Chimp Waffles.  I am not going to lie, I will call this place Chimp Waffles until the day I die, in fact, it took a lot of willpower to not title this post Chimp Waffles. 
Our picnic spot
There is no picnic area per se but there are some nice big rocks you can sit on and eat your sandwiches.  That is what we did. 
One of us caught a fish!

My kids liked Chippewa Falls so much that we went back another day to go fishing. My daughter actually caught a fish! I have mentioned before that we repel fish in some weird unexplained way, so this was something of a miracle.   The spot we had found the first day we were there was occupied by a fisherlady who was kind enough to invite us to join her.  She lived in the area and told us all kinds of stories about growing up in the area.  I can't guarantee that you will stumble upon a kindly and talkative person fishing but you never know!  I am sure she brought us the luck we needed to catch that fish. 

Things to keep in mind:
  • There are rustic but not horrifying bathrooms near the parking lot. 
  • There were kids swimming in the river above the Falls the first time we went there so it can be done, although I wouldn't recommend it for little ones, what with it being a river that leads directly to rushing water over rocks and all.  For all I know, those "kids" were 20 years old.  I am old, they all look like kids to me. 
  • Pancake Bay is only about 20 minutes up the road.  Lake Superior Provincial Park and Bachawana Bay Park are also close by.  The Bushplane Museum is 35 minutes south in Sault Ste. Marie. 

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