Trying to outsmart the rain, we left Sudbury, where we’ve had our base for four nights, quite late in the morning. Getting to French River park was an easy one-hour drive South from Sudbury (or 3.5 hrs North from Toronto).
The Visitor centre is near the highway and was closed due to covid situation, but the bridge we’ve seen from Hwy was right there, a two-minute walk, never mind the light drizzle that has just started. The lonely bridge was waiting for us: it is the best outlook point where one can admire the canyon that French river forms here.
It became known as “French River” because of some of the first explorers, and missionaries in this area. Driving quite a bit in this area, we found that there is also a Spanish River, and cities like Espanola, and Spanish, to name a few.
But more impressive were the 2 littles canoes that seem lost in the grandeur of the canyon. Though a relatively small river, it is famous in Canada’s history, serving as major canoe route of the fur trade, reason the French River was designated as a Canadian Heritage River in 1986.
Intense interest in fishing and logging led to the reason it is a protected area now, most of the park has undeveloped back-country campsites, and some remote cottages. And maybe this is the main reason the park attracts hikers, canoers, and boaters, nature lovers who enjoy clear waters, rocky shores, and mature forests.
The spectacular rock formations looked even more impressive under the overcast sky, and we decided to go hiking to Recollet Falls, even tough small drops were coming down from the swollen clouds.
Recollet Falls trail begins at the Visitor Centre, and follows the forest along the French River Gorge for 4 kilometers. The nature was all refreshed by the light drizzle and perhaps not only. We had to walk carefully over the slippery rocks, and enjoyed a lot the design and intricacies of the tree roots for most part of the trail.
After about an hour on the trail, we saw the waterfalls, which resembles more like some rapids.
That is a great spot to take a rest, and even tough we didn’t really meet people on the trail, we were suddenly surrounded by few small groups. But plenty of space for all of us, as the shore is wide, allowing all of us to keep the distance.
We stayed around for awhile, as the two little canoes we saw earlier at the bridge, were just portaging around the falls.
We watched until they were off on the other side of the falls: father, son and grandson. I guess some boys time😊 isn’t that amazing? We wished them great time!
Tip(s) of the day:
* sturdy footwear is recommended, as quite rugged parts of the trails;
* insect repellent is needed for merciless mosquitoes;
* attention to wet surfaces, and the tree roots.
~ visited in August 2020