McGillivray Falls Self-guiding Trail

McGillivray Falls Self-guiding Trail

McGillivray Falls Self-guiding Trail
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buttercup1211
Winnipeg, Canada1,758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Although the falls itself was non-existent, the fall colours more than makes up for it in my opinion. We were able to do the full loop fairly quick (2.5 hours) with time to take photos, admire the scenery and have a quick snack at the lake. I’m glad I read reviews on All Trails before going because there was a confusing fork where you are meant to turn left instead of go straight. There were hardly any bugs which was a bonus. We got here at 10am on a Sunday morning and the parking lot was starting to get full, and by the time we finished, people were pretty much parked by hwy 44. If you’re driving from Winnipeg, I highly recommend taking hwy15 then 11 then 44 instead of taking hwy 1 because the drive was so scenic. We even saw some wildlife along the road (deer and an eagle!). I’m glad I didn’t go in the spring in the height of tick and mosquito season. We had a lovely time today!
Written October 4, 2020
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TnJAdvents
Winnipeg722 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
One of many nice hiking trails in the Whiteshell. Some elevation changes and a variety of changes from climbing rock to bush to lakefront trails. Perfect trail for its moderate difficulty and distance. Later in the season so the ‘falls’ were a little underwhelming but still a great time. We did the hike backwards so to get a lead-up to the falls. Recommend you do it that way. Take the trail to the left of the sign board to do in reverse.
Written August 23, 2020
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patlv23
Winnipeg, Canada962 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
July 2019:
Negative first. The problem is that we got to a fork on the trail (left/uphill vs straight), and there were no markings, so we decided to go straight. Wasted several minutes. It turns out there is a trail marker that you would see only if you had turned left. We decided to turn back since we didn't have enough time. It's a shame since the scenery was quite nice, crossing water at the falls and at a rocky overlook with the river and lake in the distance. I also read that the trail back would have been scenic too. We'll just have to come back.

August 2020:
There wasn't much rainfall so the falls were quite dry. The confusing fork we encountered previously is unfortunately still unmarked. Many have tied markers on branches at this point to help others but it would be extremely helpful to get a proper marker. After this, there weren't any confusing spots, the trail and markers were more or less obvious. The trail is quite overgrown in parts but nothing too bad. There is a small picnic shack you can optionally go to at the lake but you have to leave the loop for a bit. Bugs were still an issue, but less so this time.

I think the best time to visit would be spring or after some rainfall so that the falls are flowing. There's a nice variety with the falls, the lake, overhead view and the canadian shield/forest landscape.
Written August 5, 2020
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Gabriel P
Winnipeg, Canada17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is a nice trail. It's a good work out and a must see. I would be sure to wear proper foot wear. If it's rained bug spray is a must. If you are in the Whiteshell I would highly recommend this trail.
Written July 28, 2020
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Brittany
Winnipeg, Canada3,237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I hiked the 4.6 km long loop at McGillivray Falls on the morning of July 3, 2020. I love this hike for its scenic views, and beautiful peaceful lake at the end.

I hiked the trail backwards, ending with the falls, and found it was easier to follow the path this direction. There are some side trails off the main path along the way to watch out for, which are not marked. I used the AllTrails app and downloaded the map to follow which was helpful to stay on track.

It started off with a steep climb to get the heart pumping before traveling over rocky and forested areas. There were some muddy sections but they were easy to navigate. The trail led to McGillivray Lake where there was a wooden shelter and beautiful views of the calm lake with large rocks for sitting on. If you keep following the trail past the shelter, it ends down to the shoreline.

On the loop back, there were some really overgrown sections to walk through. The trail continued through mostly forest and also along the shoreline of the lake for a bit. Closer to the falls, there was a steep but short climb up a large rock. On top, there were gorgeous expansive views of the lake and river and surrounding rocky landscape! From there, the trail continued through forest before descending alongside the falls. The falls were non existent and completely dried up from the heat. A newly built bridge crossed at the bottom of the falls and led to the trailhead and parking area.

The horseflies were terrible along the way and they constantly swarmed around my head, though they weren’t biting. There weren’t any mosquitoes that I noticed. There is an outhouse at the parking area.

This trail is moderately challenging and there are some ups and downs, with a few short but steep climbs up rocks. It took me around 1 and a half hours to complete including a short stop at the lake. Love this trail and can’t wait to hike it in the fall!
Written July 6, 2020
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Lee F
Winnipeg, Canada146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
You can read my review below for an overall opinion, but I just wanted to check back in three years later to state that the trail has been repaired at the falls. They have taken out the wood portions that washed away in heavy rains and replaced it with a heavy bridge. This means an easy and resilient access to the trail for many years ahead.

There are still parts of the trail that are overgrown, but this is just a fact of the aspen part of the trail, do not worry, there is no poison ivy in these trees. There are still some lovely sections of this trail that are worth the reward. Sometimes (especially with kids) a short stop at the falls is all you need and you can head back to the car. Hope you are able to enjoy this now renovated trail
Written June 29, 2020
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ErinTurnbull
Winkler, Canada3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
A delightful trail, well marked until the lake, then it is a heavy bush walk back to the start. Awesome time though!
Written September 1, 2019
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patlv23
Winnipeg, Canada962 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Negative first. The problem is that we got to a fork on the trail (left/uphill vs straight), and there were no markings, so we decided to go straight. Wasted several minutes. It turns out there is a trail marker that you would see only if you had turned left. We decided to turn back since we didn't have enough time. It's a shame since the scenery was quite nice, crossing water at the falls and at a rocky overlook with the river and lake in the distance. I also read that the trail back would have been scenic too. We'll just have to come back.
Written August 8, 2019
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Brittany
Winnipeg, Canada3,237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I hiked the 4.6 km long loop at McGillivray Falls. The trail started off by passing over a temporary bridge over the rocky waterfalls (there was no water flowing in June) and climbing up a hill next to where the waterfalls would be. Upon arriving at the top, there were beautiful views of the river flowing to McGillivray Lake and surrounding landscape.

The trail continued through forest before arriving to a viewpoint on the rocky Canadian Shield with even better views overlooking the river and lake in the distance and lush greenery. From there, the trail climbed down a steep rock (which I had to slide down on my butt to avoid falling) and entered the thick forest up until it arrived at McGillivray Lake. The path was very narrow in this section and was overgrown on both sides with thick bush. A lot of bushwhacking was involved and it felt like I was blazing the trail for the first time. There were no views along this part of the hike. It would have been nice if the trail had been better maintained in this section. There was also a lack of signage which caused me some confusion along the way when trees were downed across the path and I wasn't sure which way to go (thankfully, I had the AllTrails app which reassured me that I was on the correct path). The trail was muddy and wet in some areas as well and I was glad I had worn waterproof hiking boots. Eventually, the trail leads up to McGillivray Lake.

McGillivray Lake was gorgeous. There were a covered shelter and a firepit on the rocks overlooking the lake which was a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch. It was so peaceful!

From McGillivray Lake, the trail followed along the same path as the one that led there. There was a junction in the trail with a number 10 on a post which is where I turned right to take the loop back to the parking lot. I really enjoyed this section of the hike as it followed through a mixture of forest on a wider path and across the rocky Canadian Shield with great views of the landscape. Right before arriving at the parking lot, there was a steep climb down the rocky trail. The signage was really good on this half of the trail and there were lots of signposts with arrows.

Overall, I really enjoyed hiking this trail. Aside from the overgrown and muddy sections on the first half of the trail, which could use some more maintenance, it was a fantastic hike. There were some ups and downs on the rocky sections which added a fun challenge to the hike. The views were scenic and the lake was gorgeous. The hike took me around 1.5 hours to complete. Would highly recommend!

I would recommend wearing sturdy hiking boots and downloading the AllTrails map to make sure you are on the correct path, as it can be confusing in some areas.
Written June 25, 2019
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martin s
Stonewall, Canada103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
It was a very enjoyable hike with our dog. Lots to see and climb the rocks.
Our dog was having such a good time out there. If you like hiking, this is
definitely for you.
Written September 19, 2018
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