It is a humbling experience standing in front of a spring waterfall. Watching and feeling the water's path change and erode in front of your eyes makes the trip to see it more than worthwhile.
We travel often to see the various sites offered by the Superior shore line, and Lake Superior Provincial Park never disappoints. Each trip is a different and memorable experience because the landscape is similar, but never really the same. This year we started somewhat close to home in our spring waterfall exploring.
Beaver Falls is found roadside on Highway 556, approximately 20 km east of Highway 17. Since they're unmarked and tucked away, you need to watch for the north-facing falls peeking out from the scenery, but once you spot it, it will be worth the search.
There are several drops to be seen from the roadside. They are more easily seen during the spring melt when the creek that flows into the Goulais River is the most active. It's easy to miss as it runs through a culvert under the highway. Google Maps can be a girl's best friend when searching; take a look, it's there. I'm told that the falls are on private property, there is a home at the top, and a driveway that runs in alongside. But it's a nice drive out to see, even from the roadside.
These falls are beautiful any time of the year and located in the easily accessible Kinsmen Park here in Sault Ste. Marie. The Hiawatha Highlands offer hike, bike, ski, and walking trail options for all ages and experience levels; lucky for me since I am the perfect example of a beginner.
It was the falls that brought us to Hiawatha on this particular exploration journey. The approximately 50-foot falls run down to the small pool base, then flow through the park, into a small bay, and then towards the dam at the top of Minnehaha Falls. All of this is easily seen from the trails and the park.
The falls here, like so many others, boast a remarkable scene during the spring melt. The rush of the water is astounding and being able to experience it at such a close proximity makes it an exciting place to visit during the spring.
- Cassandra Grisdale