Fourth Chute
by Mark Harris. Online since 1999. In print ©2003, ©2011.

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   About this Waterfall
Rating: 4/5  Size: Medium Access: Easy Type: Block Plunge

Waterfall Region: Eastern    County: Renfrew    Near: Fourth Chute

Watercourse: Bonnechere River   Latitude, Longitude: 45.5042, -77.0078

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One of the most interesting waterfall sites in Eastern Ontario. The river narrows on the upstream side of the road and first falls over a small ridge no more than about a 1 or 2 m high. On the downstream side, the Bonnechere River flows into the main falls, which is a very blocky-looking set of plunge falls. But what is most interesting is that the blockiness is due to large vertical and straight joints (cracks) within the rock. At lower flows, the river can be confined in places to the joints, which are only a few 10s of cm wide. The hulking concrete remants of an old bridge foundation are nearby, and there are a few interesting holes in the rock walls that make for good photos. Be sure (!) to leave time afterwards to explore the Bonnechere Caves, which are adjacent to the site. You have to pay admission and have a guided tour, but these are some of the best developed caves in all of Ontario.  (updated June 20, 2014).

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