High Falls Waterfalls
Water Source: North Branch Muskoka River
Waypoint: 45.087718N 79.301441W
Muskoka High Falls is known as "The Niagara of the North"
Muskoka High Falls is one of the largest and steepest waterfalls in the Muskoka region. It also has been left relatively intact, despite the dam located at the site. The Muskoka region is full of waterfalls, although many of them have been all but obliterated by dams.
In addition it is easy it to visit, making it one of the best waterfalls in this part of Ontario.
Muskoka High Falls is located on the north branch of the Muskoka River 6 km north of Bracebridge. This is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the area.
The river falls about 50 feet in a single drop. It is not a plunge, but it is much steeper than most of the cascades found in this region. The falls is divided into two segments. The river would have to be awfully high for the segments to combine, which occurs only in the spring in high melt years. There is a power station above the falls, and water is diverted from the river, mainly in the summer, but the falls are still an impressive site.
There is a roadside park next to the falls, but the views from land are somewhat limited. The river is very wide and deep below the falls, so you cannot stand directly in front of the falls. The water park and cottages directly opposite from which you can get better views of the falls. The park does include a part of the opposite shore, across the bridge over Potts Falls. from where you can get a not quite head on shot of the falls. From here you can see High Falls and the Little High Falls at the same time.
This map was drawn by my dad in 2004 after building a few new cottages. This map is a great guide to the private roads on our property used to access each chalet. You can also see the road taking you to the beaches and campground, and the location the the hidden waterfalls and Trans-Canada Trail. At the lower left edge of the map ththere are a few details on how to get to the nearest town, Bracebridge.