Like the aboriginal peoples, voyageurs and loggers whose footsteps echo in the history of this area, you’ll hear the roar of the Eau Claire Gorge waterfalls before you see them. Preserving the distinctive natural and historic features of the picturesque Amable du Fond River and the Eau Claire Gorge was key to the purchase of the land in 1976.

A self-guided 2.75 km interpretive trail details the natural and human history of the area, including a log slide and dam built on the property in the 1870s for the Mackey Lumber Company. The highlights of this trail are the waterfalls and the surrounding open rock face of the Gorge, and the whitewater rapids found on either side. In low spots on the trail, boardwalks have been constructed, and make-shift staircases have been put in place to help visitors climb up and down the hills along the path.

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EAU CLAIRE GORGE TRAIL characteristics

Length: 2.75 km
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural and Rock
Trail use: Hiking and Snowshoeing
Accessibility Notes: None
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: picnic areas, washrooms

North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority Phone: (705) 474-5420

Find it: From Highway 17, travel east towards Mattawa. Turn on Highway 630 and follow the signs. Entrance to Eau Claire Gorge is on the right.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 46.2535980
Longitude: -78.9142070