The most spectacular scenic feature is the Gorge itself, where the Amable du Fond flows between steep rock walls in a dramatic series of rapids and waterfalls. Below the Gorge, the river widens and winds its way through a cluster of islands before flowing into Smith Lake. A self-guided 1.9 km interpretive trail details the natural and human history of the area, including a log slide and dam built on the property in the 1870s for the Mackey Lumber Company. A logger's cabin, found along the trail, was reconstructed in 1989. Please note the cabin is for day use only - overnight stays and campfires are not permitted.

Trails identified on the map link below.

Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area Trail Map

Directions:  From Highway 17, travel east towards Mattawa. Turn on Highway 630 and follow the signs. Entrance to Eau Claire Gorge is on the right (Graham Rd).

Guide unearths the geological history of the Eau Claire Gorge during NBMCA hike July 26, 2019

Explore a natural adventure that began millions of years ago here in our own back yard during the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority’s annual hike at the Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area Friday, July 26, 2019

“The Eau Claire Gorge and the Amable du Fond River were shaped by two geologic events – faults and glaciers.  Geologist Larry Dyke, whose passion for geology fostered a long career with the Geological Survey of Canada, will be our guest guide on this walk through the earth’s history,” said Sue Buckle, NBMCA Manager Communications and Outreach.

People can register for the hike, and reserve a seat on a bus which departs North Bay at 8:15 am by calling NBMCA at 705-474-5420. The bus departs from the New Ontario Brewery, 1881 Cassells St. but you must call to reserve a seat.  Fee for the hike and bus are by donation; pay what you can.  The hike, which begins at 9:30 am, is sponsored by Eagle Tree and Landscaping Services.

Please note that portions of the trail are rugged and steep.  You need to be reasonably fit, physically well and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the 1.5-hour hike.  For more details, see our News Section.