Backroads Bill gazes upon the Thunderhouse
'Some to watch, some to watch out for. And this is both,' says explorer Bill Steer on waterfalls
Bill Steer, the founder of the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa, Ont., says the Thunderhouse Falls on the Missinaibi River is a "must see" waterfalls for anyone who likes the untouched natural world.
"There are some [waterfalls] to watch, and some to watch out for, and Thunderhouse Falls is both," Steer said.
Thunderhouse Falls sit on the Missinaibi River, which begins north of Chapleau, and empties into the Moose River.
"[The falls sit on] one of the most undeveloped rivers in northeastern Ontario," Steer said. "There's no hydro stations at all, it's a majestic place."
The Thunderhouse's bloody past
Steer said the waterfalls also holds a bloody past.
"It's a dangerous place...there were several drownings," Steer said. "The most recent in 1994, when [the falls] swept over a canoe party. At the time, topographic maps were incomplete. Now there's a portage sign."
"It's a place to respect."
Ontario Parks has more information on camping and hiking routes on the river.