Accessible from Balsam St., this 162 ha Conservation Area in the north part of the city is linked to Centennial Park by a series of trails. It is a fine place for a quiet walk on a summer's evening. The landscape features a series of cascades in the river set against numerous rock outcrops and a primarily birch and poplar forest.
Cascades Conservation Area is a great choice for a quiet hike in the beautiful poplar and birch forest. The highlight for many people is the spectacular rapids along the Current River.
Visitors have a choice of several walking trails, each offering a different experience. A 750 metre trail loop (Forest Trail) was paved in 2002 and allows people with special needs to discover Cascades' beautiful forest.
You may also wish to enjoy a barbecue or picnic near the pavilion. The pavilion features interpretive displays highlighting the geological, hydrological and botanical features of the area.
While enjoying the Cascades, take the opportunity to view the wide variety of geological formations on the Current River.
Located north on Balsam Street in the City of Thunder Bay. Travel east on Highway 11/17 to the traffic lights at Balsam St. Turn left (north) onto Balsam Street and follow 3 km to its end at the Conservation Area parking lot.
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