Rushing waterfalls surrounded by evergreen forest.

High Falls, Kawarthas | Destination Ontario

Discovering Kawarthas Northumberland’s hidden gems

Rushing waterfalls surrounded by evergreen forest.

High Falls, Kawarthas | Destination Ontario

Kawarthas Northumberland is home to The Land Canadian Adventures. Their team of award-winning wilderness experts and guides will lead you to tucked-away swimming holes, ancient petroglyphs and stunning landscapes.

Here’s a peek at the incredible discoveries you’ll make along the way.

Paddle “The Land Between”

Join The Land for a day trip paddling the historic Eels Creek, a canoe route first established over 400 years ago. Known as “The Land Between” because of its mix of classic Canadian Shield rocky outcroppings and a landscape more typical of the southern St. Lawrence Lowlands, a paddle here makes for a different stunning view as you round each riverbend.

The adventure culminates with a pint at the local pub accompanied by some classic Canadian poutine.

Explore secret swimming spots

Nothing is a more treasured local secret than the best swimming holes. Enjoy this beautiful secluded spot tucked away along Eels Creek. Here you'll find a natural pool filled with fresh water from the nearby waterfall. It also makes for the perfect place to stop for a break on a warm day.

On a cooler day, relax to the soothing sound of rushing water flowing over the smooth rocks, ideal for enjoying a perfectly packed picnic.

Chase waterfalls

If you love waterfalls, the payoff of your Eels Creek paddling trip is a big one—it's also a beloved location in Kawarthas Northumberland: High Falls is heard before it's seen. Providing excitement among the tranquil surroundings of Eels Creek, the falls are challenging to get to by land but they're a comfortable paddle upstream by river.

It can be difficult to hike to the falls, so you’ll likely have them all to yourself, giving you a remote and undisturbed experience. Take a moment to admire the water as it cascades over the rocky outcroppings along the creek’s shore.  

Eat local

If you’ve always wanted to learn secrets for surviving in the forest, or even just which wild plants make for the perfect salad garnish, The Land’s Wild Foodies excursion is a must. With guidance from one of the edible wilds experts on The Land’s team, spend the day foraging for delicious natural produce.

You'll even learn how to incorporate your finds into your cooking at home. Plus, you get to refuel with some delicious locally sourced food along your journey.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park

Wrap up your Kawarthas Northumberland adventure with a visit to one of the most unique sites in Ontario, Petroglyphs Provincial Park. This fantastic park contains the largest known concentration of Indigenous rock carvings in Canada. This sacred site is known as “The Teaching Rocks” and is open to the public during park operating hours.

Note: To protect these ancient carvings, photography is not allowed inside.


Did you know: Eels Creek was once the sacred waterway leading to the Petroglyphs. So a stop here is the perfect way to round out your trip discovering Kawarthas Northumberland.

Last updated: January 16, 2023

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