Waterfalls in the Maritimes
Like the song says, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls,” especially when we have so many for you to visit right here in the Maritimes!
The Maritimes are home to so many natural wonders. There’s the tranquility of the Annapolis Valley, the highest tides in the world on the Bay of Fundy, the epic Cape Breton Highlands, and more. But of all the beauty there is to behold here, we’ve always had a special spot in our hearts for Maritime waterfalls. Take a look at a few of our favourites, and learn how you can see them for yourself!
Joseph Howe Falls – Truro, Nova Scotia
The Joseph Howe Falls could be Nova Scotia’s most well-known waterfalls. Located in the heart of Truro’s Victoria Park, the Joseph Howe Falls are easy to find, and are a great spot to snap a photo. As a matter of fact, they’re a popular backdrop for engagement, wedding, and anniversary pictures. Venture a little deeper into the park, and you’ll come across Waddell Falls, which feed into Joseph Howe Falls. It’s rare to find two unique waterfalls in such close proximity in the Maritimes, so be sure to check them both out. The falls are accessible any time of the year, but they’re much more impressive in the spring when there’s still some snow on the ground.
When you visit, you’ll want to set some time aside for exploring Victoria Park as well. At over 3,000 acres, the park is home to an extensive system of walking and bike trails. You can snowshoe and cross-country ski in the winter, climb Jacob’s Ladder in the summer, and take in the natural beauty any time of the year.
North River Falls – Cabot Trail, Cape Breton
Hiking to the North River Falls is a challenge, but like most challenges, the rewards are worth the effort. These towering falls are over 100 feet tall—the largest in all the Maritimes. To see them, you’ll need to make your way along a 9km trail, passing the remnants of farms worked by Highland Scots many years ago. The trail is long and rugged, and even if you’re a fast walker, you can expect to spend at least six hours making your way in and out. Because of this, we recommend only experienced hikers pay a visit to the North River Falls.
To start your hike, follow the directions toward North River along the Cabot Trail until you come to Oregon Road. Make your way down the road until you arrive at the Provincial Picnic Park where you’ll find a map of the trail. Be prepared, and get ready for an incredible sight.
Baxters Harbour Falls – Baxters Harbour, Nova Scotia
Not in the mood for a challenging hike, but still want to see a beautiful waterfall? Then the Baxters Harbour Falls are calling your name! This waterfall is over 50 feet high and a beautiful sight any time of year. In the summer months, visit at high tide and you can wade in the pool at the base of the Baxters Harbour Falls. It’s the perfect spot to swim on a warm day! Visiting at low tide offers an amazing opportunity to walk along the ocean floor. When the weather gets a little chillier, the falls begin to freeze—forming an impressive sheet of ice. Photographers will love this cool (literally) winter photo-op.
Not only are the Baxters Harbour Falls beautiful, they’re also easy to find. Located outside Kentville on the Bay of Fundy, make your way to the end of Baxters Harbour Road and turn onto Paddy Beach Road. This will take you down to the shore. From here, it’s a quick walk to the falls. Remember to bring your camera and check the tide times, especially if you want to get an up-close view!
Knox’s Dam – Victoria Cross, Prince Edward Island
Not all waterfalls are natural, but that doesn’t make them any less wonderful. Knox’s Dam is a perfect example of this. Located along the Keith Mill Nature Trail in Victoria Cross on Prince Edward Island, Knox’s Dam was the site of a hydroelectric power plant that provided power to the entire town of Montague. While the plant is long gone, the dam remains, filling this peaceful green space with the sounds of rushing water. While you’re visiting, keep your eyes peeled for salmon attempting to jump the falls. These deteminded fish might not realize there’s a fish ladder located a short swim (and walk, if you’re interested) away, where they can easily make their way upstream!
Dickson Falls – Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
About an hour northeast of Saint John you’ll find one of New Brunswick’s top tourist destinations, Fundy National Park. And within this stunning slice of nature, you’ll find dozens of waterfalls, including the famous Dickson Falls. One of New Brunswick’s most photographed sights, Dickson Falls is located along the Dickson Falls Trail, which takes you through a lush valley filled with Acadian Forest trees. Along the way, you can find interpretive panels that explain the history and diversity of life in the valley.
You’ll hear Dickson Falls before you see it on this half-hour hike, but it’s certainly worth the wait. You can’t help but feel a sense of calm as you watch the water rush down moss-covered rocks into a small scenic pool. A boardwalk located nearby gets you close to the falls. So close, in fact, that you’ll be able to feel mist dampening your face!
Experience the Rush of a Maritime Waterfall for Yourself
Whether you’re traveling to New Brunswick on the mv Fundy Rose, to PEI aboard the mv Confederation or mv Holiday Island, or to Nova Scotia with The CAT, there are dozens of waterfalls right here in the Maritimes waiting for you to discover. Start planning your waterfall wanderlust getaway with us today!