Sunday, 26 April 2015

McKINNONS BROOK FALLS
Barra Head, Richmond County
N 45° 40.014 W 060° 48.180 
UTM:  E671136 N5059386


DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from St. Peter's, at the Canal, drive eastwards along HWY4 (towards Sydney) for approximately 5.5km, watching for a pull-off on the left hand side of the road, just as you begin going uphill again after coming into the deep valley. Pull in here and park. 



Trail Description: hike across the clear-cut along the skidder track, towards the brook. When you reach the brook, hike upstream to the falls. The trees are fairly mature and there is little deadfall in the valley, so hiking isn't terribly taxing. These falls travel down a steep rockface into a small pool that empties into another short cascade. Draining a fairly small watershed, these falls can be dry, or nearly so, by summertime.  

Located on the lands originally granted to Donald McKinnon, for whom the brook is named, who "failed to meet conditions", thus in 1818 they were then granted to Dougal Buchanan McNab, 23 years old, and resident of Cape Breton from the age of 15, who named his lands "Arn Prior" and operated a mill on these lands.