This hike will take you to two different “local” spots on the Healy Brook that you wouldn’t find without the knowledge of people living nearby. There are many waterfalls on this brook of which three are particularly spectacular. I was lucky enough to see some a 1930 map showing waterfalls on this brook and then I used some topo maps to seek out where they might lie before heading out to seek them.
The first part of the hike is very easy and there is an established little path in the forest that will take you from the road to a first wide waterfall of about 20ft. After the water has run the down the fall, the brook enter a very narrow ravine. The path is on the top of the eastern side of the ravine and will meet up with the brook as it flows out of the picturesque ravine. The forest in and around the ravine is mostly old conifers. There are signs that people camp or hang out by the brook where it flows out of the ravine. There is a large flat spot perfect for a tent and campfire. You can enter the ravine to see two small waterfall by hugging the eastern rock wall of the ravine. There is a small 2-3ft wide ledge that has been created in the rock wall enabling you to go up by the side of the brook and into the ravine. My pictures don’t do this place justice enough. The hike there and back is at most 600m and perfect for people of all ages.
At this point you could go up Healy Brook to see some more waterfalls one of which is at least 60ft high and has a true drop. I made my way from an upstream starting point instead because it seemed that the fall would be reached quicker that way. There is an undefined path on the west side of the brook that will take you passed two significant waterfalls. The last waterfall is the best…ranks up there with some of the prettiest in the province. You come out of a mixed forest and get close to some cliffs. You will hear he fall but no see it. Carefully make you way down the side of the gorge…it’s slippery and very steep. An alternative would be to go downstream a little bit more and find an easier route to the base of the fall. I chose to follow the undefined path as it went down the steep section. Once at the base of the fall, you are rewarded by a spectacular drop and sheer rock walls on either side. You can even go behind the waterfall curtain where you will remain relatively dry.
Highway 101 to exit 18A. Victoria rd North and then on highway 362 north until you turn left on Delusion Rd. Follow it through the village of Port George and as it is renamed Shore Rd. The first part of the hike starts at 44.965842°, -65.213362° while the second part starts at ; 44.956209°, -65.206216°
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Posted By: trib21
- Mon May 27 06:23:12 EDT 2013
UpsideAwesome view of falls
DownsideTicks - beware of them
CommentWe had to bushwhack a bit - but really enjoyed the falls - the bugs were starting to come out - we were there in mid-may. We brought home a few ticks, as we never thought about that. The falls were amazing. We ate lunch on a rock in the water with the sound of the falls, it was lovely.
Posted By: Pattheguy
- Mon Apr 30 13:46:33 EDT 2012
UpsideVariable difficulty depending on conditions and weather you take trail or hike through stream.
DownsideBarbed wire! Just like most river trails in the valley, this trail is littered with unmaintained rusty barbed wire.
CommentBe careful of the barbed wire. It guards the northern entrance, there is another portion crossing half way between the entrance and the falls, which also guards the right side of the stream for a large section before the falls. Just keep your eyes open and you should be fine.
When hiking downstream, the safest/easiest hiking is going to be on the left side of the stream, until you cross after the waterfall.