(The Barron River Canyon)
The Barron River runs through the eastern side of Algonquin Provincial Park and was the drainage route of ancient glacial lakes. The Barron Canyon formed 10,000 years ago when the runoff of a “1000 Niagara Falls”, along with faults in the Canadian Shield rocks, created an area of impressive 100m high cliffs with boulder covered slopes.
The Barron Canyon Trail takes you to cliff lookouts along the north side of the Barron River. Breathtaking views of the river below from rocky, tree lined outcroppings are possible along this easy 1.5 km loop trail. Picture taking opportunities abound, but care must be taken, there is nothing to stop you from falling into the water far below. Be sure to pick up the trail guide which explains the geology and history of the canyon.
There is also the option of a spectacular journey by canoe through the steep walled river canyon. Accessible from the Brigham Lake access point, there are two short portages to get you into the canyon section. It’s possible to begin and end at the Brigham Lake access point, or to travel downstream through the canyon and exit at Squirrel Rapids.