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Pisew Falls Provincial Park
Here the Grass River drops 13 m/42.7 ft., changes direction and jets
down through a gorge. A short boardwalk leads to observation platforms
overlooking Pisew Falls. Another 0.5 km/.3 mi. trail leads to the Rotary
Bridge over the Grass River below Pisew Falls. The bridge gives access
to a 22 km. (return) hiking trail leading down-river to Kwasitchewan Falls,
Manitoba's highest. Backcountry campsites at the far end of the loop trail
enable one to rest overnight and soak up the experience.
The short turn off to Pisew Falls is 74 km / 46 mi. south of Thompson
on PTH 6.
Pisew Falls to Kwasitchewan Falls Hiking Trail
The Upper Track Trail
This trail follows the Grass River, the key waterway in the late
1700's fur trade route known as the Upper Track. Aboriginal people,
who had travelled this route for thousands of years, showed traders
from Hudson Bay, that they could reach the Saskatchewan River and
the interior of western Canada by this route. Along the Grass, competition
between the "Bay' men and North West Company traders was intense
during 1790's and early 1800's as both companies vied for the bulk
of the furs.
The trail leads the adventurer down the river to Kwasitchewan Falls,
Manitoba's highest, and two rapids above the falls. For most of the
trail the waters of the Grass River are within sight and stands of
spruce, pine, tamarack and poplar provide shade and habitat for the
many birds and animals that live in the area.
- This is a difficult backcountry trail, recommended only for those
who are prepared for a rugged hike or with an experienced hiker.
Hikers should be in good physical condition.
- When visiting the Pisew Falls - Kwasitchewan Falls area, stay
on the designated trails, bridge and boardwalks for your own saftey.
Do not approach the waterfall. Falls from height, slippery rocks
and strong current poses real danger. Fatalities have occurred
at Pisew Falls.
- Rock surfaces are slippery when wet and there are a few wet,
boggy stretches, especially in spring and after heavy rains. Wear
proper footwear and clothing.
- Camp only at one of the designated campsites above Kwasitchewan
- Please use a portable stove or one of the firepits provided at
each campsite because open fires are prohibited.
- Open air backcountry toilets are provided near the campsite for
your use, so you may avoid contaminating the waters and spoiling
the aesthetics of this beautiful area. Carry in your own toilet
- Please carry out any garbage you produce while on the trail for
disposal back at the parking lot garbage cage.
- Pick up any other litter you find and bring it back with you
to help preserve this beautiful area.
This hike holds many rewards for those prepared to meet its challenges.
It is recommended that hikers take time to plan their trip and carry
only essential items on the trail. Pay attention to the following:
- Advise a responsible person where you are going, when to expect
you back and who to contact in an emergency.
- Do not hike alone in a wilderness area.
- Do not stray far from the marked trail.
- Carry enough food and water for overnight, even if you're not
planning on staying. Don't rely on catching fish for dinner.
- Black bears are common in the area. Take precautions to lessen
the chances of an encounter. Don't leave food scraps or litter
behind, it could lead to problems for the next group. If you do
catch fish throw the guts back into deep water, don't leave them
along the trail or in the shallows.
- If you can't use the outdoor toilets provided, dispose of human
waste in a shallow trench (10 cm. deep) at least 100 metres from
water and well away from the trail.