N 46°55.69194’ W 84°25.5123’

46.9281 -84.4252

At the rest area for Chippewa falls theres a plaque that informs you you’re about halfway down the trans Canada between either end. It’s a great set of falls with a nice trail to visit for the day while travelling between your camping sites. Right at the parking lot area you can take the short down ward path to the bottom. I usually stop and put up my temporary art inuksuks before heading up. In a way my own Kilroy was here. Coming through in the autumn this year, there were quite a few salmon fishermen out on the river. I stopped to smoke a joint with a few of them and they were saying the pickings were slim this season. I saw one fish resting in a side pool halfway up, but didn’t see anyone catch anything while I was there. You hike up a little way, and you can walk out on the rocks, hopping over the cracks and pools. Its beautiful with a view up and down the falls. Most people stop there…don’t. Follow the trail right to the top, and the whole vista is beautiful. You can see the river curving back before the falls. No lie, I’ve wasted entire days there laying on the rocks. White thick veins of crystal run through the darker rock in some parts in others it’s a beautiful pink granite. I don’t know if that’s geographically significant but it is quite cool to look at. As an aside, every time I’m there people have been smoking and thrown their butts into the pools between the rocks. Don’t be one of those self-absorbed idiots if you do smoke. I shared a link elsewhere about the toxicity of cigarettes to fish never mind it’s disgusting to see.

Chippewa Falls Webpage

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