Who doesn't love a good canoe ride? I am a bit of a canoe rookie, so when I got the opportunity to canoe to a beautiful waterfall just outside Algonquin Park I didn't hesitate! This was my second weekend up there this fall: the first time at the beginning of the leaf changing season, and this time, at the end. A lot of the leaves had already changed and fallen down, others were about to fall, but it made for a lot of beautiful photos, regardless.
We started our adventure at Algonquin Outfitters at Oxtongue River, where we got fitted for life jackets- because lets be serious, I've never done this before, and my canoeing partner a.k.a boyfriend a.k.a volunteer photographer likes to move around in the canoe, and my balance is NOT amazing. Believe it or not i picked up the basic skills of canoeing pretty fast, and before I knew it I was pretty much a professional. < I believe one of our conversations was even about how we could DEFINITELY win races if we competed.>
Since we were canoeing so late in the season, the lake was pretty clear, and it made for some great photography. I am pretty sure it snowed that day, I like to call last weekend "fall vs. winter" with a few trees still multi-coloured, and the white flurries swarming around them. It was actually gorgeous.
It was definitely a beautiful ride through the waterways that led to the waterfall, and great for a newbie like me. I was dreaming of the future canoe I now need to buy since I was a professional and how I was going to paint it pink. I wanted to hike to the waterfall, so we headed back to where we began, and drove to the Ragged Falls hiking path.
You can hike towards the bottom of the waterfall OR the top, we obviously did both. I was told the water levels are a lot higher in the summer, but I thought it was really cool because we got really close to the water rapids and even hiked onto a few of the rocks in the middle. <We like to live on the edge!!!> The hike to the falls isn't too long, so if you are a little more into taking selfies then physical activity, you found your spot! There is another hike in the area called Beetle Lake Trail, if you are looking for some more fresh air and scenery!
I will definitely be back next summer, to see the falls in a different season!