Kwasitchewan Falls is Manitoba's highest waterfall, accessible only via a difficult 22-km round-trip back country hike.
Very rugged and primitive forest-trail; several steep grades, some walls to climb. It is poorly maintained and has lots of fallen trees in the path.
The scenery at the falls is astounding and well worth the hike.
Kwasitchewan Falls is primarily accessible by the 22-km round-trip hiking trail from Pisew Falls Provincial Park. Or, it can be accessed by canoe, kayak, or small boat, with a 1½-km portage. Portaging a watercraft small enough to carry allows access to Phillips Lake. Detailed maps from Manitoba Conservation available here.
The hike will take 5-6 hours to the falls, and 4 hours back, at a reasonable pace. A topographical printout is recommended as the trailhead has several branches; in addition since the trail follows the lake it is relatively easy to interpret the map.
Fees and permits
None. Backcountry site is free, parking at Pisew Falls is also free.
There are amazing campsites next to the waterfall, but it may be difficult to sleep.
The campsites upstream may be more quiet, but the scenery is rather boring.
No food is available. Make sure you bring adequate supplies.
6 primitive sites scattered above the falls; a further 6 scattered right by the falls.
Several wasp nests on trail. Bears and lynx may be in area.