Did you know that Ontario is home to 250,000 lakes and +100,000km of rivers? That makes for plenty of pretty waterfalls just waiting to be explored! Naturally, as perpetually hungry travellers, we’ve put together a list of our favorites with picnicking in mind.
Kakabeka Falls, Thunder Bay
This is the second highest waterfall in Ontario and it is as epic as it sounds! There is also a boardwalk that has been built around the gorge, so after your picnic you can get up close and personal with these falls.
Elora Gorge Falls, Elora
The Elora Gorge makes an unforgettable spot for a picnic! The falls are peaceful as far as waterfalls go, but because of their small size it makes for great tubing on the Grand River.
After you’ve eaten lunch beside the waterfall, definitely check out the gorge; a two acre limestone quarry encircled by cliffs up to 40 feet high.
Webster�s Falls, Hamilton
Part of the Bruce Trail, Webster’s Falls makes a great day trip, as well as picnic spot! On your way, stop and pick up a coffee and breakfast sandwich from Feast On certified Detour Cafe.
High Falls of Eel Creek, Northumberland County
Visiting High Falls is not for the faint hearted. It is a wild waterfall that can only be reached by an hour hike, or up-stream paddle. If this is up your alley, the journey is worth is as once you arrive you will enjoy the most peaceful picnic you can imagine!
Bonus: You in Butter Tart Tour country – a self-guided tour of the regions best butter tarts! Definitely stock up.
Devil’s Punchbowl, Niagara Escarpment
Devil’s Punchbowl is a ribbon waterfall that is 121 feet high! This is also where the Dofasco 2000 Trail begins, which is over 11 km long, and features a long boardwalk section through Vinemount Swamp Forest.
After your long day of hiking, be sure to stop by Nique Restaurant on your way home for a hearty meal. May we recommend the fried chicken?
Hogg’s Falls, Grey County
One of Grey County‘s best kept secrets, Hogg’s Falls is well hidden but easily accessible, making it a great place for the whole family!
Leaving the kids at home? Stop by Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery for a cold one after your picnic! They are also a member of the Saints + Sinners Trail, which proudly boasts 17 beer, wine and cider producers, 3 museums and a historic walking tour.
Albion Falls, Norfolk County
We couldn’t dream a more stunning backdrop for a perfect picnic by a waterfall! Albion Falls is located in beautiful Norfolk County which is famous for it�s beaches, ports, towns and villages along Lake Erie.
VG Meats is on your way there, so don’t worry about bringing a picnic! We highly recommend picking up one of their baskets filled with cured meats, gourmet cheeses, crackers, jellies, and mustards.
For more ways to enjoy Ontario (including plenty more waterfall watching suggestions!), check out our Perfect Weekends!