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Burks Falls

Nestled in the heart of the Almaguin Highlands and the Near North cottage country, the area around Burk’s Falls was first settled by loggers during the 1860s. One of these settlers was David Francis Burk of Oshawa, who beached his canoe at the foot of the falls on the beautiful Magnetawan River in the autumn of 1875. He chose his land under the Free Land Grant Act. Mr. Burk and Mr. Knight, who had arrived about the same time, made what might have been the first governmental decision in the village, they flipped a coin, and the settlement became known as Burk’s Falls. The Village of Burk’s Falls was eventually incorporated in 1890.

All trailhead coordinates are listed metrically, and projected as UTM NAD’83 Zone 17.

Heritage River Walk
Length: 1.4 km / 0.87 mi Activities: hike

Magnetawan River Route
Length: 44 km / 27 mi Locations: Burk’s Falls to Magnetawan

Voyageur Cycling Route

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