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Kwasitchewan Falls

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Kwasitchewan falls

Kwasitchewan Falls is North of 53 in Manitoba. It is located on the Grass River System between Wabowden and Thompson, Manitoba.

Understand[edit]

Kwasitchewan falls is Manitoba's highest waterfall, accessible only via a difficult 22km round trip back country hike.

Landscape[edit]

Very rugged and primitive forest-trail; several steep grades, some walls to climb. Poorly maintained with lots of fallen trees in the path. Scenery at the falls is astounding and well worth the hike.

Get in[edit]

Kwasitchewan Falls is primarily accessible by the 22km round trip hiking trail from Pisew Falls Provincial Park. Alternately, it can be accessed by canoe, kayak, or small boat, with a 1.5km portage. Portaging a watercraft small enough to carry allows access to Phillips Lake. Detailed maps from Manitoba Conservation available here. The hike will take approximately 5-6 hours to the falls, and 4 hours back, at a reasonable pace. A topographical printout [dead link] 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/Permits[edit]

None. Backcountry site is free, parking at Pisew falls is also free.

See[edit]

Amazing campsites right next to the waterfall, but it may be difficult to sleep. Campsites located upsream may be more quiet, but scenery is rather boring.

Buy[edit]

No food available. Make sure you bring adequate supplies.

Sleep[edit]

6 primitive sites scattered above the falls; a further 6 scattered right by the falls.

Campsite at the base of the falls

Stay safe[edit]

Several wasp nests on trail. Bears and Lynx may be in area.

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