Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Ellershouse, Hants County
N 44° 55.551 W 063° 58.911
20T E 42251 5 N 49751 82

RIVER: Dawson Brook
CLASS: cascade (steep)
SIZE: 35'
RATING: excellent (****)

TRAIL: woods road
DISTANCE: >1 00m
HIKING TIME: 5 minutes

Geocache: GCMN8Q
NS Atlas Page: 58/V2
NS topo map: 011D13 (Mount Uniacke)

photo by Andrew Paul (2014)

DIRECTIONS: from Windsor, take exit 4 off of HWY 101, headed west on HWY 1 a few kilometers, turning right onto Ellershouse Road. Follow this road above the 101 again, turning left nearly immediately after the overpass onto Williams St. Travel down this road approximately 700m, turning left`onto a dirt road immediately crossing a bridge and following the curve of the road to the right.

photo by Chris Sheppherd (FundyRocks) 2014

Drive down this road 2.2km, and turn right down an old woods road. Follow this road for approx. 1km, watching for a small road on your right, with two fenceposts on either side of it. Follow this road to its conclusion, about 200m, to a small camping area.

Trail Description: you can hear the falls from the parking area, Follow a well marked footpath into the woods to the lip of the canyon, where you can view the falls. To get to the base of the falls, cross the stream above the falls (not too difficult in low water) and use the ropes on the other side of the brook to assist your way down to the base of the falls. In high water, continue downstream to a small tributary cascade (pictured above) and pick your way down the far side of this small fall, hopping over to the near side just below the bottom and out onto the main stream.

photo by Andrew Paul (2014)

These are very popular falls, with an intial 35 foot steep cascade, followed by a ten foot drop along a narrow foaming chute. The chute can prove trickiest when approaching the base of the main falls for a good photograph. Nestled further along downstream in the canyon are two further small waterfalls, one of approximately six feet in drop, the other of approximately 4 feet in height, both near around another charming waterfall dropping into Dawson Brook from a small steep tributary (mentioned above)

photo by Jerry Johnson (2014)

photo by Tammy Aucoin (2014)