Ranger Lake Road (Hwy. 556)

Aubrey Falls

I'd been eyeing Aubrey Falls for a visit for quite some time. Trouble is its not the easiest falls to get to. Its located in a remote corner of the Algoma District almost 2 hours northeast of Sault Ste. Marie. The falls themselves are among the highest in Ontario, comparable to Niagara, at over 170' high! If you can make the time to get there the falls are accessed by a short half-mile trail that leads to a beautiful overlook of the cascade. As is often the case in the Algoma District the drive up was almost as scenic as the destination itself...ENJOY!!

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  46.916895, -83.211807

Route Type:  Out-and-back         Difficulty:  EASY  (Petzoldt Rating:  1.25 )

Hike Length: 1.0 miles                   Hike Duration: 1:00

Trailhead Temp: 68'F                    Trail Traffic: None!

Min. Elevation: 1,175'                      Max. Elevation: 1,300'

Total Vertical Gain: 125'                Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  125'


  • Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

    on March 3, 2014

    Patty, I'm sorry but I couldn't give you a good answer to that question as my experience with the area around Aubrey Falls is limited to this single, short trip. I have no canoeing experience in the area.

  • Ptty

    on March 2, 2014

    If you were canoeing down the Wenebegon river could you veer off it just before you reached Rocky Island Lake and hit the Mississagi river? Would you run into the falls or the dam before it?

  • beth

    on August 14, 2012

    Hi i was wondering if there where stores around there ... gas stations?

  • Yespage

    on February 11, 2011

    Oh man. Well, made the trip out there... bypassing a few waterfalls to do so. Apparently the lakes were low and the waterfall was nothing as photographed on this site. The major disappointment of the trip! Granted, driving around there was nice, some fun and beautiful driving. I'll need to get back there.

  • Gordie

    on May 9, 2010

    If you are going there from the Sault Ste Marie area its better to go to Thessalon and go north on Hwy 129 instead of taking Ranger Lake Road. It will be quicker as the road is paved all the way and the drive is better as Hwy follows the Mississaga river.

  • Gordie

    on May 9, 2010

    hi there thank you for the memories!!! I use to live 500 feet up the road from the turn off for these falls. my parents built JOHNY'S TRUCKSTOP RESORT where i spent from 1989-1998 of my life. The resort was sold then burt down a few years after. as i went to school in Thessalon I was up and down that road almost every day. On weekends i would go for walks to the falls and even take travelers there as a guild. I sure do miss the area and would sugest anyone to take the time to drive the Hwy and go see the falls. And if possible to do it in October, its a little cold but you will be amazed of the colors. All the cliffs you see in these pics turn to all colors and makes the view that much more amazing.
    Thanks again

  • dwhike

    on April 3, 2010

    Thanks for the comment! The falls are great and their remoteness makes them even better! Ranger Lake Road is rough (aka. the moose pic), particularly between the turnoff south of Searchmont and Ranger Lake itself. You could do it in a car but I'd recommend a sturdy truck or SUV for your struts' sake! Again, thanks for stopping by!

  • Yespage

    on April 1, 2010

    Thanks a bunch for this. As far out of the way these falls are, they will be somewhat on the way for the trip I'll be doing this summer. This site seems to be an absolute must for any Waterfall lover. One question, Ranger Lake Road... is it paved or is it just the dirt road in the Moose picture?