There is a nice series of waterfall hidden near Lochaber Lake south of Antigonish. I’ve driven this road often to get back and from Sherbrooke and the eastern shore and crossed a bridge over Hurlbert Brook many times without thinking there could be something to explore upstream of the bridge. The main waterfall on this brook is over 30ft high with smaller falls above and below the main one.
From the dirt road, you immediately enter the mixed forest and start to hear the roar of the falls. There is a bit of deadfall to go over but its mainly easy walking until you get close to the brook’s edge. Above the main waterfall, there are at least two more 10ft falls and you can easily get close to them since the river banks are not too steep.
However to get to the bottom of the large fall, you will need to carefully descend some very steep terrain. The steep terrain is anchored by a few large evergreen and some roots that stick out from the ground. Use those to help yourself descend to the bottom gf the major fall. Once there you will notice that the main waterfall drops into a small basin about 15ft long and 20ft wide and then there is a secondary drop of about 8ft of the water from the basin to the stream. It’s quite a unique little feature of this waterfall. It almost looks like a large pool sitting between two waterfalls…it’s a very nice place to spend some time.
UPDATE 2016; Unbeknownst to me there is a larger falls about 200m upstream from the bridge at highway 7. there used to be a mill of some kind too
Highway 7 from Antigonish towards Sherbrooke. Once in view of Lochaber Lake, look for and turn on the Middleton Rd. Go up the hill and when the road starts to level off, park your car. The waterfalls are on the south side of Middleton Rd.
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