Closest Access Point: Kawayamog (Access Point #1)
Distance To Access Point: 17ish KM (4 – 4.5 hours)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy.
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date of Visit: July, 2020
This is a pretty bare bones site off the 585m portage between North Tea and Manitou with one of the greatest features in the Park: an extremely close, extremely awesome, waterfall.
Terrain: The site itself is pretty small, just enough room for a fire pit, some benches and a tent spot or two. It’s relatively flat though, and easy enough to get around. The ground cover is a mix of tall grass and dirt, with a few random rocks poking out for fun.
Canoe Landing: The canoe landing is the start of the portage between North Tea and Manitou. It’s a nice, wide beach which is ideal for getting in and out. It is also, however, about 100 metres away from the actual site, so you’re going to have to portage your gear to get set up.
Fire Pit: You’re not staying here for the fires, but I’d say it’s a decent enough pit. There are a couple of raggedy log benches for sitting on.
Swimability: You can swim from the portage landing in North Tea, or you can just sit under one of the extremely nearby waterfalls. Guess which one is better?
Tent Sites: This isn’t a huge site. I saw one dedicated tent site, however I’m sure you could find space for a couple more if you tried hard enough.
Thunderbox: Didn’t find it, wasn’t looking.
Accessories: The waterfalls, obvs.
Views: The site is right on the Amable Du Fond which runs between North Tea and Manitou. It’s a really picturesque setting. You don’t have the kind of sweeping lakefront views you get elsewhere in the park, but it’s pretty damn nice regardless.
Notes: I would happily stay on this site if only to be able to repeatedly dunk myself under the waterfall on a hot day.
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