The Borer’s Falls/Rock Chapel area includes a forested section of the Niagara Escarpment.  The escarpment area provides habitat for many significant species, including the largest single population in Canada of Red Mulberry (a nationally endangered tree species).  The area is managed by HCA and the Royal Botanical Gardens as a nature reserve.  It also provides a link between Cootes Paradise and the Niagara Escarpment.There are several significant bedrock exposures, including the vertical exposure at Borer’s Falls.  There are also Eastern White Cedar that grow along the cliff-edge as well as a small area of old-growth cliff-edge forest, unique in Hamilton and rare in Ontario.

Borer’s Falls Conservation Area features informal trails and a wide variety of plants and animals, including large stands of lilacs.  The Borer’s Creek bridge offers a stunning view of the gorge.  Borer’s Falls is a classical, 17.7-metre waterfall, also known as Rock Chapel Falls.  The waterfalls once powered the Rock Chapel village sawmill, run by the Borer family for more than 100 years.  Land clearing in the area eventually altered the creek’s flow to such a extent that it could no longer provide sufficient energy, so the family switched to steam to power the mill.This conservation area contains forested land and informal trails.  The main features of the area are the waterfall and the escarpment valley that has been carved out by Borer’s Creek as it descends the escarpment face.  The layers of bedrock that make up the escarpment can be viewed at the waterfall area.

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BORER’S FALLS characteristics

Length: Unknown
Difficulty: Difficult (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not accessible
Fees: None Reported

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported

Amenities: None reported

Attractions: waterfalls

Hamilton Conservation Authority 838 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, Ontario 905-525-2181

Find it: 331 Rock Chapel Rd, Dundas, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 43.2906840
Longitude: -79.9374370