Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area


Discovery Routes


A self-guided 2.75 km interpretive trail details the natural and human history of the area, including a log slide and dam built on the property in the 1870s for the Mackey Lumber Company. The highlights of this trail are the waterfalls and the surrounding open rock face of the Gorge, and the whitewater rapids found on either side. In low spots on the trail, boardwalks have been constructed, and make-shift staircases have been put in place to help visitors climb up and down the hills along the path.

Trailhead UTM 660753 mE x 5124329 mN
Ownership North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
Management North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
Length 2.75 km
Activities Hiking
Amenities Parking, Washrooms
Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Level of Development Developed
Surface Compacted Soil
Seasons Summer

Rules for Use

  • pets must be leashed at all times
  • motorized vehicles are prohibited
  • removal of trees, shrubs, flowers, and other wildlife is prohibited

Safety considerations:

  • this trail contains loose soil and some steep sections
  • the road into the park is not ploughed in the winter


From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, take HWY 17 east towards Ottawa. Turn right at HWY 630 after 40.5 km (25.2 mi). Take a slight left after 1.5 km (0.93 mi) to stay on HWY 630, turn right onto Peddlers Drive. Turn right at Graham Road, where parking is found at the end.

For More Information

North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
15 Janey Ave, North Bay, ON
(705) 474-5420

The vast network of trails we celebrate exist on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabe people within the territory protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaties of 1923.