Buttermilk Falls Haliburton

Haliburton Highlands Offers Buttermilk Falls Resting Area For Travelers

Buttermilk FallsButtermilk Falls is is full of nature to discover, an outstanding vacation stop over destination when traveling through the Haliburton Highlands on your way to Cottage Country.

A great spot to stop and break up your journey with a small hike or family picnic.

There are other falls with the same name (Buttermilk) in other parts of North America – Click Here


The falls is located alongside a rapidly flowing river that drains Halls Lake into Boshkung Lake

  • Not all-natural - A concrete log chute transformed the original wood chute constructed back in the early 1800s
  • Excellent area for a family picnic - sufficient vehicle parking
  • Popular spot for a little bass fishing
  • Stretch the legs on a long trip
  • Bathrooms are readily available
  • Tumbling-waterway was once a path for logging on the way to the mill
  • Riverside trails enable walkers to follow the river from Halls Lake to Boshkung Lake
  • Wheelchair accessible except for riverside trail

Buttermilk Falls Water Flow

Located Highway #35 at Halls Lake

Buttermilk Falls is can be found on highway 35 just north of Carnarvon. This tumbling-waterway was once the path for logs on the way to the saw mill. The original timber log chute was replaced in 1927. Enjoyable riverside trails make it possible for walkers to observe the waterway from Halls Lake to Boshkung Lake.

Buttermilk Falls Bridge

Plenty of parking, picnic grounds and washrooms for the general public.

Wheelchair accessible except for riverside trail.

The falls is residing alongside a short river that drains our Halls Lake in direction of Boshkung Lake. The upper portion of the channel has long been diverted into the sluice way, about 3 to 4 metres wide. The concrete foundation of the channel allows the water to extremely pick up speed.

As soon as the water leaves the sluice way, it blasts out on to the bedrock channel below, continuing its descent at about a 30 degree angle. The water finds its way downstream by bumping and sliding over the jagged gneiss bedrock.

Falls Rushing Water Flow

Not as spectacular like a naturally occurring waterfall but still exciting to view. The concrete sluice way is about 30 (100ft) long and creates a 4-5m (12-15ft) drop before driving the water out onto natural bedrock.

The water is traveling incredibly fast and has some severe force behind it. It is recommended staying back especially if visiting with small kids.

On the top of the waterfalls there is a bridge that crosses over from the parking lot to a walking trail. From the bridge you can stand over the concrete sluice way for a great view of the water flow. There's a trail for walking that runs parallel to the water flow with benches for resting along the way.

Falls River flow

The parking lot area incorporates outhouses and bear-proof garbage cans.

The falls parking area is open from May til October.

Outside of those months the gate is locked and not winter maintained.

Buttermilk Falls on the other hand flows all year round.

Buttermilk Falls Haliburton Highlands

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Country life was always a factor when we looked for a place to live, so back in 2002 Heather and I quit our city jobs and purchased a small Country Resort on Halls Lake in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. We live on the resort grounds and enjoying helping people with their all season vacation and Family Reunion planning. Our Blog supports resort guests and visitors to the area by letting them know all the things happening in the Haliburton Highlands in order to get the most out of their vacation or weekend getaway. We'll be happy to help you find what your looking for in the Haliburton Highlands. May it be things to do, places to eat, family activities, sites to see, cottages for rent or sale, almost anything to do with the Haliburton Highlands.

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