SECTION 5 FORTY-FOUR MILE BROOK TO INDIAN FALLS DEPOT

Below Indian Falls Photo: Below Indian Falls

Description: Hikers arriving below Indian Falls. Below the last falls, the river becomes a calm, wide pool. There is a short (250m) hiking trail from the Nepisiguit River Road to the lower falls. This trail is well used by sightseers. About a kilometre down river, a set of camps on the north bank has a great view on the river. These privately owned camps were once part of a chain of fishing camps along the Nepisiguit River that belonged to the Nepisiguit Real Estate & Fishing Co. Ltd.

Photo provided by Rod O’Connell October, 2005

End of Portage Indian Falls Photo: End of Portage Indian Falls

Description: Looking back upriver at the last of four pitches of Indian Falls. If travelling by canoe, scouting of this section of the river is recommended because there is a 4 km stretch of river consisting of rapids and falls. The lower falls drops about two meters, classified as CL III-IV (generally not possible for open canoes). There are many tales about “expert” canoeists trying these falls in high water and wrapping the canoe around a rock.

Photo provided by Karl Branch May, 2000

Indian Falls Photo: The Indian Falls

Description: Camera on self timer for a photo “op” while hiking the beautiful section along Indian Falls. Although many canoeist are less than happy to make the long portage, the hiker enjoys every step of the way because of the great scenery along the rapids and falls. In 1886, Arthur P. Silver writes in “A Birch-Bark Canoe Trip”: Indian Falls gave us a rather severe portage of nearly a mile (1.6 km), but somewhat repaid this inconvenience by the charming and romatic scenery it presented.

Photo provided by Rod O’Connell October, 2005

Portaging Indian Falls Photo: Portaging Indian Falls

Description:The Indian Falls portage has been used for centuries. In 1899, G.U. Hay writes in “A Wilderness Journey in New Brunswick” On Monday morning we made a portage of about half a mile to get round these rapids, of which Indian Falls forms the eastern end. These portages area among the delightful troubles of a journey in the wilderness…We take it as a pleasure,and in two or three hours it is accomplished, over a pretty woodland pathway, well tramped for centuries by voyageurs through the wilderness.

Photo provided by Nathalie Theriault May, 2000

Scenery along The Indians Falls Photo: Scenery along The Indians Falls

Description: Although the present location of the Mi’gmaq Trail is on the south side of the river, the scenery along the north side is stunning. There is presently a portage trail for canoes on the north side. A trail was also located (circa 1973) to Indian Falls Depot. The blue blazes are still visible but the trail to the Depot has not been maintained. The aim of the “Friends of the Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail” is keep this trail maintained as part of the Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail.

Photo provided by Marc Lejeune October, 2005

 Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail Section #5

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