Burk's Falls, Ontario

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Burk's Falls
Village (single-tier)
Village of Burk's Falls
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Burk's Falls is located in Southern Ontario
Burk's Falls
Burk's Falls
Coordinates: 45°37′N 79°24′W / 45.617°N 79.400°W / 45.617; -79.400Coordinates: 45°37′N 79°24′W / 45.617°N 79.400°W / 45.617; -79.400
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Parry Sound
Settled 1860s
Incorporation 1890
 • Reeve Cathy Still
 • Federal riding Parry Sound—Muskoka
 • Prov. riding Parry Sound—Muskoka
 • Land 3.12 km2 (1.20 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 967
 • Density 309.9/km2 (803/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code P0A 1C0
Area code(s) 705
Website burksfalls.net
Heritage River Walk
Post Office, built in 1935

Burk's Falls is an incorporated village in the Almaguin Highlands region of Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada, located 265 kilometres (165 mi) north of Toronto and 90 kilometres (56 mi) south of North Bay, Ontario. The village was named after David Francis Burk of Oshawa, who named the location and the waterfall on the site after himself after he selected the land surrounding the waterfall in the Free Land Grant Act.[3] Burk's Falls is part of the Magnetawan River waterway.


Located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of Algonquin Provincial Park in picturesque cottage country, Burk's Falls is at the intersection of Ontario Highway 11 and the Magnetawan River.[4] It is an enclave within Armour Township. Surrounded in all directions by the fresh-water bodies of water Northern Ontario is famous for, the largest of which are Horn Lake to the NorthWest, Pickerel Lake to the NorthEast, Three Mile Lake to the SouthEast and the joined Doe and Little Doe Lakes to the SouthWest.


The area around Burk's Falls was first settled by loggers during the 1860s. The only route into the region at that time, was up the Magnetawan River from Georgian Bay, or through the forests of the unsurveyed townships, north of Bracebridge. After 1875, travellers came north from Muskoka, by way of the Rosseau-Nipissing Colonization Road. A steamboat service was established to the foot of the falls, from the village of Magnetawan. Railway service came to Burk's Falls in 1886, with the opening of Northern and Pacific Junction Railway, absorbed by the Grand Trunk Railway in 1888. The Village of Burk's Falls was incorporated in 1890.

Growth of the village[edit]

This growth has been limited and Burk's Falls has not amalgamated with any nearby towns such as Katrine. The population has remained steady over the last decades, standing around 1000. Expansion of Highway 11 as a dual carriageway has prompted a new interchange.

Also located in Burks Falls is the Outward Bound Canadian Base Camp.



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