UISGE BAHN FALLS
Uisge Bahn Falls Provincial Park (alternative spellings ‘Easach’ or ‘Uisge’; ‘Bàn’ or ‘Bahn’) is a provincial park near New Glen, in Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island, 14.5 kilometres (9 miles) north of Baddeck. The civic address of the park entrance is 715 North Branch Road, Baddeck Forks, Nova Scotia, Canada B0E 1B0
The name Uisge Bahn comes from the Gaelic meaning “white water”.
This picnic and hiking park is managed by the provincial Department of Natural Resources and contains Easach Ban Falls. The 16 m (50 ft.) high waterfall is accessible by trail.
The Falls Trail is approximately 3.0 kilometres (1.8 miles) in length and requires about one hour to complete. The trail passes through a field then follows Falls Brook upstream through a mixed forest and then a climax hardwood forest composed largely of maple, birch, and beech. The deep stream valley narrows dramatically in the vicinity of Easach Ban Waterfall. At the falls, the sheer walls of the gorge tower 150 metres (500 feet) on either side.
Another trail in the park, The River Trail proceeds north from Falls Brook. It is about 3.0 kilometres (1.8 miles) in length (return) and requires about one hour to travel. Following along the banks of the North Branch Baddeck River, the trail winds through a climax sugar maple, yellow birch, beech forest at the foot of the river valley’s steep slope.
The original trail was developed with assistance from the Nova Scotia Forest Technicians Association. Recent improvements were undertaken by Stora Enso and the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.
This provincial park trail is well maintained and has interpretive signs and a map at the trail head. There are pit toilets and picnic tables in the parking area for day-use. The park is closed at dusk.