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Region: Eastern | County: Renfrew | River: Bonnechere River
This photograph taken by Mark Harris. Thanks for sharing!

This is a beautiful waterfall! Rugged and nautral, yet accessible. Also known as First Chute, this is the biggest of the five "Chutes" on the Bonnechere River. The waterfall is perhaps 10 m high, and rumbles down a gorge at about a 45 degree angle. The bedrock here is tilted, and since some layers have been eroded more than others, it gives the waterfall face a jagged appearance. Look for the path leading down the hill from the left side of the parking lot. This path leads to the base of the hill, around a bend and to the base of the falls. Another path leads off to the left and eventually ends up at the crest of the waterfall about a hundred meters upstream. I've seen photos where the river blasts through the falls, completely hiding any traces of bedrock. I find low flow more interesting...
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45.5016, -76.558
Click circle for driving directions. See the map for this Waterfall Region : Eastern

Important Notice! Read This!

Waterfalls can be dangerous places! People have DIED at waterfalls in Ontario. Mark Harris hereby notifies you that the inclusion of a waterfall on this web site shall in no way represent any guarantee that it is safe to be visited. You are responsible for your own safety at all times! Despite this warning, most waterfalls can be safe to visit - just use your common sense!

We are very lucky that most of our waterfalls are located on public lands. There are a few that are on private property. I have tried to avoid listing those waterfalls found on private property unless they can be seen from a public road. Mark Harris hereby notifies you that inclusion of a waterfall on this web site shall in no way represent permission to visit the property. In other words, even if a waterfall is included on this web site (or in the book), the web site or the book does not give you permission to visit. Please respect private property and do not trespass!

Remember! The physical and cultural landscape is always changing. There is no guarantee that the wording on this web site (or sites to which it links) is correct!

Also, please respect the natural environment. Take lots of pictures, but leave nothing behind. If every person that reads this page accepts the challenge to take back one piece of garbage, we can clean up all of our waterfalls in no time!

Finally, remember that the waterfalls in the northern and eastern portions of the province (as well as the Bruce Peninsula) are in bear territory. You have very little chance of ever encountering a bear. I never have. Just read up on precautions. While you're at it, learn to recognize poison ivy - that's something that I have encountered!

This is only a guide! You are responsible for yourself!
This page was prepared by Mark Harris, London, Ontario, Canada. Updated May 29, 2012. Contact me by e-mail: waterfallsofontario at (replace the "at" with @ )


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