Wednesday, 11 February 2015

WHERE WE'VE GONE SO FAR...

As I approach two hundred unique waterfall sites on the blog here, I thot I'd take a minute (or thirty) and try to organize what I've been able to present so far. As you can see, there are a lot of hole to fill in, but I'm working at including as much information as possible and will updating this page regularily...

Firstly, though, I'd just like to take a minute and thank everyone who have agreed to allow their images to be used on this site, supplementing the views of these hidden gems in our province. Thank you for the support and encouragement and for spreading the word!! I appreciate it more than I can say, can only hope that 2015 has many new waterfalls to feature. To date, we have had nearly 150,000 unique visitors to the site, from all over the globe. Im grateful I have this platform to share my passion for the waterfalls of Nova Scotia with each of you, and continue working on a book (or a series of bi-county guides) to bring this to your bookshelf as well.

Anyhow, without further ado, a link to all the falls visited and catalogued thus far:

                        Happy hiking!
                        Abvhiael Crowley

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VICTORIA COUNTY

ARM OF GOLD FALLS
BEULACH BAN FALLS
CAMP CARTER FALLS
EASACH BAN FALLS
FRENCH RIVER FALLS
GREAT FALLS OF INDIAN BROOK
GRAPPLING BROOK FALLS
GRAYS HOLLOW FALLS
GUNNS BROOK FALLS
LITTLE FALLS - INDIAN BROOK
MARY ANN FALLS
MACPHEES BROOK FALLS
MUNROES BROOK FALLS
NORTH RIVER FALLS
PILGRIMAGE FALLS
ST. COLUMBAS FALLS
SQUIRES BROOK CASCADES

INVERNESS COUNTY

ARCHWAY FALLS
AUCOIN BROOK FALLS
BOLYNE FALLS
CAMPBELL BROOK FALLS
CAMPBELL BROOK FALLS (NORTH BRANCH) 
DRYERS BROOK FALLS
DUNCANS FALLS
EGYPT FALLS
GLENDALE FALLS
GLENORA FALLS
HAMMONDS BROOK FALLS
KEWSTOKE FALLS
KINGROSS FALLS
LOGANS GLEN FALLS
MacINTOSH MOUNTAIN FALLS
MARTHA BROOK FALLS
MILES DOYLE FALLS
SALTWATER BROOK FALLS
SECOND FORK BROOK FALLS
SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN FALLS
VALLEY MILLS FALLS
WILL BROOK CASCADES

CAPE BRETON COUNTY (CBRM)

BENACADIE RIVER FALLS
BOURINOT FALLS
CAMPBELL LAKES BROOK FALLS
COXHEATH HILLS FALLS
DEVILS HILL FALLS
ENOCH FALLS
FAIRY CAVE FALLS
GESNER POINT FALLS
GILLIS LAKE FALLS
MacCUISHS BROOK FALLS
MacISAACS BROOK (MIDDLE) FALLS
MacISAACS BROOK (UPPER) FALLS
MacINTOSH BROOK FALLS
NORTHEAST FRAMBOISE RIVER FALLS
TEAPOT FALLS
TERRA NOVA FALLS
WRECK POINT FALLS

RICHMOND COUNTY

BARREN HILL FALLS
BARREN HILL SLIDE FALLS
BEAUVAIS LAKE FALLS
BISHOPS LAKE FALLS
CAMERONS MOUNTAIN FALLS
CAPTAIN ALEXANDER McDONALD FALLS
GRAND RIVER FALLS
IRISH COVE BROOK FALLS
MacKILLOPS BROOK FALLS
MacRAES POINT FALLS
McKINNONS BROOK FALLS
MORRISON ROAD FALLS
OBAN FALLS
RIVER TILLARD FALLS
SOLDIERS COVE FALLS
WHITESIDE FALLS


GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY
WELLS BROOK FALLS

ANTIGONISH COUNTY

CUTIE'S HOLLOW FALLS
HORSESHOE TURN FALLS
MONASTERY BROOK FALLS
MORAR BROOK FALLS

PICTOU COUNTY
BEZANSONS FALLS
PARKS FALLS
VAMEYS BROOK

COLCHESTER COUNTY

ARROWHEAD FALLS
BALMORAL MILLS FALLS
BUTCHERS HILL FALLS
CHRISTIE BROOK FALLS
ECONOMY FALLS
FINDLAY FALLS
HARRINGTON FALLS
JOSEPH HOWE FALLS
McCULLOUGH BROOK FALLS
NORTH RIVER FALLS
UPPER BURNSIDE FALLS
VICTORIA PARK FALLS
WADDELL FALLS

CUMBERLAND COUNTY
ANNANDALE FALLS
DICKS MEADOW FALLS
WARDS FALLS
WENTWORTH FALLS

HANTS COUNTY (EAST & WEST)

ARDOISE FALLS
BAILEYS FALLS
BAKER FALLS
BARR BROOK FALLS
BEAR BROOK FALLS
BEECH BROOK FALLS
BELCHER BROOK FALLS
BLOIS BROOK FALLS
BREICHERS FALLS
BRENTONS FALLS
CARROLLS FALLS
CHEVERIE FALLS
DAWSON BROOK FALLS
the DEVILS JAWS
DOUGLAS ROAD BROOK FALLS
EAST NOEL FALLS
ELDRIDGE FALLS
ETTINGER FALLS
GLEN BROOK FALLS
GRANT VALLEY FALLS
GREEN HILL FALLS
HALFWAY RIVER FALLS
HALLS LAKE COVE BROOK FALLS
HARTVILLE RAVINE FALLS
HEMLOCK VALLEY FALLS
HERBERT RIVER FALLS
HILLSVALE FALLS
HOLLOW BROOK CASCADES
HUNTERS BROOK FALLS
JAMES BROWN FALLS
KEMPT SHORE FALLS
LeBREAU BROOK FALLS
LEVY MEADOWS FALLS
LITTLE MEANDER RIVER FALLS
MacINNIS BROOK FALLS (aka Silence Falls)
McLOED BROOK FALLS
MAPLE BROOK FALLS
MILLET FALLS
MOOSE BROOK FALLS
MOOSE HOLE FALLS
MORRIS' MILLS FALLS
MURDOCHS BROOK FALLS
OLD SANDFORDS BROOK FALLS
PARSONS DAM FALLS
RAWDON GOLD MINES FALLS
ROARING BROOK FALLS
ST. CROIX DAM FALLS
SALMON HOLE DAM FALLS
SMELTZER BROOK FALLS
SMITHS CORNER FALLS
STARKS LAKE BROOK CASCADES
STONEY BROOK FALLS
SWINAMERS BROOK FALLS
THE TUBS
UPPER HALLS LAKE BROOK FALLS
UPPER RAWDON FALLS
WEIR BROOK FALLS
WHITTIER BROOK FALLS
WOOD BROOK FALLS
ZWICKER LAKE CASCADES

HALIFAX COUNTY (HRM)

DAVIDSONS BROOK
FANTUM FALLS
GOLDEN BROOK FALLS
MILLERS LAKE FALLS
NICHOLS LAKE FALLS
PENNANT RIVER FALLS
POCKWOCK FALLS
SHERLOCK BROOK FALLS
SLAUGHENWHITES CASCADES

KINGS COUNTY

ARLINGTON FALLS
BAXTERS HARBOUR FALLS
BEAR BROOK FALLS
BLACK HOLE BROOK FALLS
BORDEN BROOK FALLS
CHIPMAN BROOK FALLS
COBBY IRVING FALLS
CRYSTAL FALLS
CURRY BROOK FALLS
DELHAVEN FALLS
DUNCANSON BROOK FALLS
ELDERKIN BROOK FALLS
GIVANS BROOK FALLS
HALLS HARBOUR FALLS
HAUNTED FALLS
HARDING BROOK FALLS
HELL GATE FALLS (aka Three Pools)
HUGHES COVE FALLS
LONG BEACH BROOK FALLS
MEEKIN BROOK FALLS
MILL BRIDGE BROOK FALLS
MOORES FALLS
OGILVIE BROOK FALLS
PORCUPINE FALLS
ROCKVILLE NOTCH FALLS
RUSSIA ROAD FALLS
SHINGLEMILL FALLS
SLEEPY HOLLOW FALLS
SULLIVAN VAULT FALLS
WHITE ROCK FALLS
WOODVILLE FALLS

ANNAPOLIS COUNTY

BLUE FALLS
HEALY BROOK FALLS
NICTAUX FALLS
SHEEP SHEARER BROOK FALLS
TWIN FALLS

DIGBY COUNTY

LUNENBURG COUNTY
CALLENDER BROOK FALLS

QUEENS COUNTY

SHELBURNE COUNTY

YARMOUTH COUNTY
YARMOUTH SHOE FACTORY FALLS

Saturday, 7 February 2015

SLAUGHENWHITES CASCADES
Upper Tantallon, Halifax Regional Municipality
N 44° 41.007 W 063° 53.161 
UTM: 20T E 429785 N 4948168 


RIVER: East River
CLASS: multiple cascades
SIZE: 3-5 feet
PITCH: 80 deg

RATING: average (***)

PK: 44N41.050 / 63W53.155
TRAIL: bushwhack
DISTANCE: 250m

HIKING TIME:10 minutes
CONDITIONS: moderate

Geocache: 
GC2GBCD (180m West)

NS Atlas Page: 67/W2
NS topo map: 011D12 (Halifax)


DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from HALIFAX, take EXIT1A off HWY102, westwards onto HWY103. Follow this twinned highway 19km to Exit5. After exiting, turn left onto Hammonds Plains Rd (HWY213) and continue a further 2.4km, merging right onto St.Margarets Bay Rd (HWY3). Follow this road a short distance of 300m, turning left at the lights onto HWY333 (Peggys Cove Rd). Drive down Peggys Cove Rd for 850m and then turn left onto Old School Rd. Park alongside the side of this dirt road approximately 150m in.


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: a short hike thru the woods will bring you down to the side of the East River. Here you will find a series of four separate cascades, each varying between 3 to 5 feet in total height. Locally used trails make walking alongside this brook fairly easy, but a lack of overstorey brings in a great deal of light, making this site best visited on a cloudy day for the best photographs.



Friday, 6 February 2015

CAMP CARTER FALLS
New Harris Settlement, Victoria County
N 46° 13.645 W 060° 30.922 
UTM: 20T E 691598 N 5122316


 photo by Don Gillis (2011)
RIVER: Gunns Brook
CLASS: steep cascade
SIZE: 30 ft
PITCH: 60deg

RATING: excellent (****)

PK: 46N13.602 /  60W30.893
TRAIL: woods trail/brookslogging
DISTANCE: 115m

HIKING TIME:10 minutes
CONDITIONS: moderate, some steep sections

Geocache: 
GCJPB8

NS Atlas Page: 13/Z1
NS topo map: 011K02 (Baddeck)

photo by Adam Kirk (2012)

DRIVING DIRECTINS: from BADDECK, at EXIT9, travel northeast (towards Sydney) along HWY105, the TransCanada Highway for 32km and turn right onto New Harris Rd, just before the Seal Island Bridge. (at the KOA Campgrounds). Follow this road for 2.1km and park off the right hand side of the road at the pull-off, just before the metal bridge over the brook. 

photo by Don Merritt (2010)


photo by Gwen Rudderham (2014)

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: either follow the brook upstream to the falls, which will require some rock scrambling and stream crossings, which in the summer is quite pleasant, or follow the trail along the higher ridge above the brook on the left hand side of the brook. 

These falls are very popular, and in the summer you may find groups of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and the like frolicking nearby, as the namesake for these falls, Camp Carter, is a popular Boy Scout camp in Cape Breton. 

photo by Debbie Moffatt (2011)


LOWER GUNNS BROOK FALLS
New Harris Settlement, Victoria County
N 46° 13.585 W 060° 30.900 
UTM: 20T E 691630 N 5122206


RIVER: Gunns Brook
CLASS: steep cascade
SIZE: 30 ft
PITCH: 60deg

RATING: excellent (****)

PK: 46N13.602 /  60W30.893
TRAIL: near roadside 
DISTANCE: less than 100m

HIKING TIME: 2minutes
CONDITIONS: roadside view

Geocache: none

NS Atlas Page: 13/Z1


NS topo map: 011K02 (Baddeck)


DRIVING DIRECTINS: from BADDECK, at EXIT9, travel northeast (towards Sydney) along HWY105, the TransCanada Highway for 32km and turn right onto New Harris Rd, just before the Seal Island Bridge. (at the KOA Campgrounds). Follow this road for 2.1km and park off the right hand side of the road at the pull-off, just before the metal bridge over the brook. 


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: these falls run directly beneath the bridge, and feature a small canyon downstream with a further smaller cascade. Located next to Camp Carter Boy Scout camp, this is a lesser remarked upon waterfall than the more popular "Camp Carter Falls" which lie about 110 meters upstream. Approach can be tricky, a steep sided ravine wall with few trees for handholds can make these a fairly tricky set of falls to get to the base of. Even approaching from downstream, with any significant water in the brook, can be hazardous as the falls reach a choke point between the lowest cascade and the main fall. 


Thursday, 5 February 2015

SQUIRES BROOK FALLS
South Haven, Victoria County
N 46° 13.545 W 060° 37.790 
UTM: 20T E 686633 N 5121977


RIVER: Squires Brook
CLASS: boulder cascade
SIZE: 25 ft
PITCH: varying

RATING:average (***)

PK: 46N13.545 60W34.790
TRAIL: roadside 
DISTANCE:  less than 100m

HIKING TIME: 2minutes
CONDITIONS: roadside view

Geocache: GC1GTDB (110m north)

NS Atlas Page: 13/Z1

NS topo map: 011K02 (Baddeck)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from BADDECK, at Exit9, follow HWY105, the TransCanada Highway, travel Northeast 20.4 km and watch for the falls on your right hand side, with a roadside pullout  just beyond.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: walk back the few meters towards the falls. A game trail will lead you down to the base of the falls, but you can view the full length of them from atop the ridge. Not the most outstanding falls in the province by any means, but a nice diversion before the climb up and over Kelly's Mountain. 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

MUNROES BROOK FALLS
Englishtown, Victoria County
N 46° 15.413 W 060° 32.902 
UTM: 20T E 688953 N 5125511


RIVER: Munroes Brook
CLASS: manmande plunge into steep cascade
SIZE: 40 ft
PITCH: 60deg

RATING: interesting (****)

PK: 46N15.430 /  60W33.119
TRAIL: near roadside 
DISTANCE: <100m br="" style="line-height: 20.7900009155273px;">HIKING TIME: 2minutes
CONDITIONS: roadside view

Geocache: none

NS Atlas Page: 13/Z1

NS topo map: 011K02 (Baddeck)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from BADDECK, at Exit9, follow HWY105, the TransCanada Highway, travel Northeast 21.5km and turn left onto HWY312 (signed for the Englishtown Ferry/Ingonish). Drive approximately 850m, watching for the falls high on the hill to your right. Park in the pulloff area there but do not block the private driveway. 

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: viewable from the roadside, these falls exit a manmade tunnel that flows from underneath the highway coming down from Kellys Mountain above. They drop about eight feet in a plunge and then continue in a lively cascade to disappear beneath HWY312. Another set of falls, Eagle Falls, is rumoured in the area, on the bay-side of the highway, although access is only thru private property and I have not ascertained their exact location yet. These falls, likewise, would only be accessible by crossing over private property, thus permission should be sought by the landowner before approaching closer for photographing. 


Monday, 2 February 2015

SALTWATER BROOK FALLS
Whycococmagh, Inverness County
N 45° 58.631 W 061° 05.679 
UTM: 20T E 647595 N 5093277




RIVER: Saltwater Brook
CLASS: multiple cascades
SIZE: main falls 12ft.
PITCH: 70deg

RATING: excellent (****)

PK: 45N58.008 /  61W06.274
TRAIL: improved trails, bushwhacking
DISTANCE: 1.2km
HIKING TIME: 45min

CONDITIONS: moderate (steep sections along trail)

Geocache: 
GC4CXYN
NS Atlas Page: 22/Z1

NS topo map: 011F14 (Whycocomagh)


DRIVING DIRECTIONS, from PORT HASTINGS, at the Canso Causeway, follow the signs at the roundabout for HWY105 (signed for the Trans Canada HIghway/Cheticamp/Baddeck/Sydney) and travel along this highway for 49.1km to the village of Whycocomagh. Watch for the signs for Provincial Park Rd on the far side of the horseshoe shaped harbour, and turn left. Follow this for 450m to the Whycocomagh Provincial Park. There is plenty of parking in the near lot during the winter, during open season you can continue further into the park, parking somewhat closer to the trailhead. 


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: follow the paved road uphill to its conclusion, past the first "Trail" sign. A second trail leads beyond the pavement. Follow this until it begins to climb up onto Salt Mountain, continuing straight ahead along indistinct trails along a fairly level bench above the brook below, thru a fairly easy and open woodland. There is a bit of a scramble down a steep slope to the base of the falls. There are several smaller cascades, ranging from 5 to 8 feet along the brok before you reach the falls that are picturesque. 


The Provincial Park itself features a 40-site campground, with yurt-camping rentals available at three of the sites. There is Wi-Fi available at the administration building. Another feature that should not be missed is the Tsimshian totem pole, which used to stand at the Port Hastings Visitor Center, but after weathering Cape Breton weather for many many years, became unstable. In keeping with tradition, the totem pole was "returned to the earth" and now rests here, not far from the Park entrance.