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Kakabeka Falls

You can not visit Thunder Bay without seeing the beautiful Kakabeka Falls. A remarkable work of nature. More interesting is the story of the heroism of a lovely Native Princess. The peace-loving grand old leader of the Ojibway tribe, Chieftain White Bear, was interested only in the safety of his people.

Chief White Bear was greatly disturbed to learn that large numbers of the Sioux were approaching his tribe's encampment at the mouth of the Kaministiquia River, with the intention of destroying his tribe. Too old to go to battle himself and not knowing how to stop the enemy, the old Chief was worried. Seeing her father's dilema, Princess Green Mantle came up with a plan. She hurriedly left the camp and paddled up the Kaministiquia River. She had been up the river in a canoe with her brother many times and knew of the Great White Falls. She left her canoe at the bottom of the falls and ran until she was well above the waterfall. Soon she was within sight of the Sioux Camp.

She walked into the camp of her tribes biggest enemies. They pounced upon her and captured her. Pretending to have lost her way, she fooled them into thinking she was very scared. Green Mantle was taken before the Sioux Chieftains and they decided kill her. Bargaining with them she continued her plan and told them that if they would spare her life she would take them to her father's camp.

The Sioux Chiefs were happy with this and the following morning the Princess was placed in her canoe and the Sioux followed in theirs. Green Mantle had suggested the Sioux should tie their canoes together to form a chain so that they would not get separated. But, she had not told them about the falls and as they turned the bend of the river, they plunged headlong into the great gorge, killing all.

Princess Green Mantle of course lost her life but all of her tribe were saved from the hands of the most feared of all Native tribesmen. The Great Manitou looked kindly upon the brave little maiden, and if you take the trouble to walk down the viewing pods, the figure of Green Mantle can be observed in the mist, standing as a monument to the memory of the Princess who gave her life for her people.