Wild Northerner Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 30

The French River Gorge, including the French River Visitor Centre and Recollet Falls Trail, was selected as one of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve’s “Amazing Places.”

Eastern Georgian Bay and the Thirty Thousand Islands were designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2004. The Biosphere Reserve, one of just 16 in Canada, is home to over 200 species of animals and the world’s largest freshwater archipelago (the Thirty Thousand Islands), as well as Indigenous nations and communities.

Amazing Places promotes locations in the biosphere that are accessible to the public, and tell a story about the physical, biological, and historical features of the Reserve. They are opportunities to explore, connect and be inspired.

Collect Falls Trail

For the more adventurous, the 1.5 km Recollet Falls Trail skirts the edge of the gorge, ending at Recollet Falls.

Around the falls is a short portage that has been walked by a who’s-who of historic names, from 17th-century Algonquin Chief Iroquet, to French explorer Samuel de Champlain, to Radisson and Groseilliers who were instrumental in the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Ready to experience the majestic French River for yourself? Plan your trip today!

French River Gorge

For the more adventurous, the 1.5 km Recollet Falls Trail skirts the edge of the gorge, ending at Recollet Falls.

Around the falls is a short portage that has been walked by a who’s-who of historic names, from 17th-century Algonquin Chief Iroquet, to French explorer Samuel de Champlain, to Radisson and Groseilliers who were instrumental in the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Recollet Falls Trail

Ready to experience the majestic French River for yourself? Plan your trip today!