Region: Eastern | County: Peterborough | River: Otonabee River
I love Burleigh Falls. It's not much of a waterfall - there are a few chutes and very low cascades. But there is lots of opportunity to explore. If you aren't afaid of getting your feet wet, you can safely wade across the wide, shallow river to some small rocky islands adjacent to the falls. Water from Lower Buckhorn Lake drains to Stony Lake through a short river about 100 meters in width. Flowing over a broad expanse of bedrock, the river eventually breaks into several different small falls and chutes that wind around a half dozen islands at the lower reaches of the river. During lower flows children may be seen swimming safely in the small plunge pool at the base of the falls. From Hwy 28, watch for Old Burleigh Rd, just before the bridge over the river. There is parking on the side of the road, as well as a gravel lot about 200 m up the road.
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 gmail.com. (replace the "at" with @ )
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