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6 Secret Waterfalls Less Than 3 Hours From Ottawa That Only Locals Know About

Because everyone needs a break from the city sometimes. 🚗

Have you been going to Rideau and Prince of Wales Falls on repeat? Then it is time to plan a road trip to these secret waterfalls near Ottawa, as they are all less than three hours away from the city.

There is something for everyone, from longer treks for outdoor enthusiasts to short paths that will lead you to a breathtaking cascade in minutes.

Here are the six sights you'll want to see for yourself.

Chute de Plaisance

Price: $7 per person

Address: 200 Chemin Malo # 168, Plaisance, QC

Why You Need To Go: There is a short 1-kilometre trail that takes you to a waterfall that plunges down 63-metres.


Chutes Coulonge

Price: $8.70+ per person

Address: 100 Promenade Du-Parc-des-Chutes, Mansfield-et-Pontefract, QC

Why You Need To Go: You can go for a walk along the Coulonge River and enjoy a spectacular lookout over the water.


Denholm Falls

Price: Free

Address: 830 Chemin Paugan, Denholm, QC

Why You Need To Go: Following the 0.6-kilometre path from the parking lot, you'll reach a photo-worthy lookout over the falls.


Carbide Willson Falls

Price: Free admission (paid parking)

Address: Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: It is an easy forest hike to the falls and impressive Carbide Willson Ruins.


Luskville Falls

Price: Free

Address: 276 Chemin de l'Hôtel de Ville, Luskville, QC

Why You Need To Go: If you don't mind the challenge of climbing the steep 4.2-kilometre trail, you'll get to behold two impressive lookout points and a waterfall.


Grand Falls

Price: Free

Address: 7 Mill St., Almonte, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can view the falls by following the Riverwalk in the heart of Almonte.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.