This waterfalls is stunning and also somewhat accessible in that it is only a few metres from the parking lot so that almost all can enjoy a picnic by the falls. For those with mobility issues requiring aids however, this might be a challenge as there are steps to get down to the falls.
If you’re looking for a spot to relax after the hike, you can return to the green bridge on the 307 and stop at the beach for a picnic. The only downfall is that we didn’t see any washrooms onsite but there were picnic tables and fire grills. If you're a foodie, then definitely stop at one of the grocery stores along the 307 because the reality is that the Quebec stores have a variety and a larger selection of local artisan foods. Think exotic meat selections (bison, boar, kangaroo), large organic produce sections, and maple everything. Oh, and we even saw pre-made poutine in the frozen section – just sayin’.
The hiking trails are closed during hunting season, check with the municipality for exact dates prior to heading out.
These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people. It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distance from Ottawa: 61 kms (roughly 1hr) via the McDonald Cartier bridge and highways 5N/50E/307. The best route is to take the McDonald Cartier bridge from Ottawa over to Quebec which turns into the AUT-5N. Exit ramp for RTE 148E/ 50E and keep straight onto 50E. Take exit 141 for Boulevard de la Vérendrye and turn left onto Boulevard de la Verendrye. Turn right on RTE-307 / Rue St-Louis and stay on the 307 for approx. 37 kms. Eventually you’ll cross a green bridge and you’ll need to turn left on Ch Paugan not far afterwards but before reaching Denholm itself. Continue on Ch Paugan until you reach the four way stop and turn left. This road is paved/dirt. The parking for chutes-de-Denholm is less than a km down the road on the right. Alternatively plug in Denholm, Quebec into your GPS but remember to turn Left on Ch Paugan prior to hitting Denholm.
La parc des chutes-de-Denholm has five different trail suggestions ranging from 130m to 3.7 kms in length. To give you a better idea, we hiked the outer loop and completed 6kms. The map is located at the parking lot and again at a few different points on the trail. The trails are fairly easy with mild rolling elevation and dips. The only heart raising elevation is the 300m up to the first look out, after that it’s easy peasy. Those waterfalls! Especially in the spring, although I have to say that I’ve gone in the early fall and it’s still been rushing. There is one large waterfalls, one small river/waterfalls/bridgecrossing, two lookouts, well displayed art, and quotes along the trail. The trails are very clearly marked. There’s a picnic table at the base and if you’re brave enough there are plenty of nice flat rocks to sit on while dipping your toes in the water.