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Chutes Provincial Park


Biking is available on park roads only. There are no dedicated bike trails in the park. Chutes is a few blocks north of Highway 17 and right next to the town of Massey where local town and municipal roads are available for cycling.


Many species of birds nest in the park. Walking the trails along the river is a great way to see and hear them but you’ll come across many birds right in the campground. Local species include a variety of woodpeckers (Pileated, Downy, Hairy), sapsuckers, thrushes, nuthatches, chickadees, kinglets, flycatchers, vireos and warblers.

Discovery Program

Join Discovery staff at an Exploration Station during the months of July & August. Bring along your Discovery Activity Book (or pick one up at the Exploration Station), and use the equipment and materials provided to explore the park, observe plants and animals, and discover the wonders of nature. Be sure to share your observations with park staff and to take the Discovery Ranger Pledge! For more information keep an eye out for weekly calendar of events posted throughout the park.


The river can be fished along the banks in several areas. On the Aux Sables River north of the park and on the Spanish River there is good fishing available. In the fall, salmon run up the Aux Sables River to spawn below the main waterfall.


Twin Bridges Trail - 6 km return (2 hours) moderate
Following the Aux Sables River this trail leads to lookouts at the falls and the Seven Sisters Cataracts. Interpretive panels at the Falls Lookout tell the history of the area. There is an interpretive trail guide available.

Other trails to hike in the area include the Cup and Saucer Trail on Manitoulin Island, Willisville Mountain in the La Cloche Range near Espanola, and the many trails at Mississagi Provincial Park near Elliott Lake, an hour northeast of Chutes.


The park has a fine sandy beach tucked in a bend in the river below the falls. There are no lifeguards. Swimming is not permitted in any other area of the river within the park.

Winter Activities

The park is gated, but visitors are welcome to walk in. The views of the .Aux Sables River are spectacular in winter and the many waterfalls and cataracts along the river are especially scenic. Bring your snowshoes and cross-country skis or just come for a winter hike.