Cataract Falls
Photo courtesy John Stager

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About this Waterfall

NOTE, as of 2017, you can no longer view this waterfall from within the park. The viewing platform is no longer safe due to severe erosion. Hopefully this will be fixed, but for now, you may wish to avoid this waterfall. I am aware that some people are able to access the base of the falls by hiking upstream. However, this is a multi-hour trip...

Also referred to as Cataract Falls or just the Cataract or sometimes Church's Falls. The Credit River has eroded quite a deep and broad gorge here. The waterfall is a nice example of the plunge class, with a resistant caprock projecting well over top of the weaker shale below. Unfortunately, a large concrete retaining wall above the falls tarnishes what otherwise would be a very pretty waterfall. Drive to the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, which is found off McLaren Rd, about 1.5 km south of Hwy 124. Park in the lot, pay your fee, and follow the 20 min walk to the falls.

There is much shorter access to the falls by following the footbridge from Cataract Rd in the village of Cataract. But there is NO PLACE to park in the village. Really, seriously! In 2018 I was notified that the viewing platform had been closed. Hopefully this is a temporary closure. Please let me know if it's open again.

Some Quick Facts

Region: Greater Toronto
County: Peel
Near: Cataract
River: Credit River
Size: Medium
Type: Plunge
Access: Moderate
Coordinates: 43.8213, -80.0224
Parking: No parking map yet

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