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map of Ontario showing location of Aguasabon River

The two RV Gypsies
at Aguasabon River Gorge
Terrace Bay, Ontario, Canada
June 24, 2013

The Aguasabon River is a river in Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada. The river originates at Chorus Lake and empties into Lake Superior near the community of Terrace Bay.

The Aguasabon is 43 miles in length, and plunges down 100 feet at the Aguasabon Falls. The river follows fractures in the 2.6 billion-year-old bedrock, and the exposed rock is granodiorite.

sign: Aguasabon River Gorge

The turnoff to the Aguasabon River Gorge is located just west of the Aguasabon River Highway at the west end of the town of Terrace Bay. Parking and viewing areas are found at the end of the road, a few hundred metres south of the highway. There is a wheel-chair-accessible boardwalk that leads to the observation deck.

sign: Aguasabon River Gorge
 
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map showing the location of the two RV Gypsies on June 24, 2013 in Ontario

Below: From the observation deck, the two RV Gypsies watched the Aguasabon River plummet 30 metres over a narrow waterfall and make a sharp turn to flow through a deep rock gorge towards Lake Superior. In the spring, a dam located upstream along the river is opened, swelling the river and enhancing the spectacular waterfall.

The rock at the waterfall is granodiorite. An igneous rock similar to granite in appearance and composition. It is approximately 2.60 billion years old. The river has eroded its channel along regular fractures or joints in the bedrock, resulting in the sharp turn in the gorge.

the Boardwalk to the viewing platform
sign: Aguasabon River Gorge and the strong flowing water

The photo below on the right is a zoomed-in view of the upper part of the photo on the left. The water was so strong, that it was flowing actually Upwards!

sign: Aguasabon River Gorge and the strong flowing water
water is flowing uphill due to the force of Aguasbon Dam

The water was flowing down the dam so strongly, that the viewing deck got wet from the mist.

the viewing platfom is wet from the mist
sign about the vertical walls of the gorge

A beautiful rainbow at Aguasabon River Gorge and very powerful water flowing downward.

A beautiful rainbow at Aguasabon River Gorge
very powerful water downflowing.
Aguasabon River Gorge
Aguasabon River Gorge

Aguasabon Station is a dam with two unit hydroelectric power plants run by Ontario Power Generation. It generates power to support a Kimberly-Clark pulp and paper plant at Terrace Bay.

In 1945, the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario began preliminary survey work for a planned hydroelectric facility in the Terrace Bay area. Construction commenced in 1946 and the facility began operating in 1948. The development required five million hours of labor, a network of access roads, and the erection of 25 buildings including staff housing, a hospital, administration office, pump house, machine shops and laundry. The dam enlarged Hays Lake to five hundred times its original size, and forced the relocation of Ontario Highway 17, requiring a new bridge be constructed. As part of the project, the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario diverted the headwaters of the Kenogami River to flow south into Long Lake and into the Aguasabon River system to Lake Superior, rather than flowing north towards Hudson Bay via the Albany River.

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in Ontario, Canada
June 24, 2013

You may visit these six sites in any order you choose.
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Rainbow Falls

Aguasabon River Gorge

Hays Lake Dam

Terrace Bay Beach

Terrace Bay Lighthouse

Schreiber Beach

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go to the next adventure of the Two RV Gypsies in Ontario, CanadaAFTER you have seen all six sections above, please continue on to Nipigon, Ontario, Canada - suspension bridges, canyons, dams, hiking, and more-