“The Niagara of the North”
"Kakabeka Falls is in Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, near the town of Kakabeka Falls, 25 kilometers west of Thunder Bay. This is the largest waterfall in the Lake Superior watershed, and is known as the "Niagara of the North", despite the fact that it is only at latitude 48 22' compared to Niagara's latitude of 43 6'. Kakabeka Falls is an impressive waterfall but there are many more impressive waterfalls even farther north. In particular the Northwest Territory's Lady Evelyn Falls, Alexandra Falls and Virginia Falls are each deserving of the title being as large or larger than Kakabeka Falls, and all being north of the 60th parallel. There are several viewing areas along either side of the falls. Getting into the gorge would be quite foolhardy and is prohibited. A nice distant view of the falls can be had from the Mountain Portage Trail. This trail connects with the Little Falls Trail which leads to Little Falls." The Legend of Green Mantle is about an Ojibwe chief who upon hearing news of an imminent attack from the Sioux tribe instructs his daughter, Princess Green Mantle, to devise a plan to protect her people. She entered the Sioux camp along the Kaministiquia River and, pretending to be lost, she bargained with them to spare her life if she would bring them to her father's camp. Placed at the head of the canoe, she instead led herself and the Sioux warriors over the falls to their deaths, sparing her tribe from the attack. The legend claims that one can see Green Mantle when looking into the mist of Kakabeka Falls, a monument to the princess that gave her life to save her people. Other versions of the legend say she came across the Sioux herself, and later jumped out of the canoe ahead of the falls and swam to shore, leaving the Sioux to go over the falls, then ran back to the camp to warn her people.
Kakabeka Falls is a beautiful Provincial Park to visit! There are hiking hikes, a beach, great campground, and of course, the actual Falls is beautiful summer or winter.
Free to view the falls, very few people when I went. Many boardwalks with views of the falls. Very nice area.
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