Borer's Falls

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Borer's Falls
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Borer's Falls
LocationHamilton, Ontario
Coordinates43°17′38″N 79°56′13″W / 43.293976°N 79.936812°W / 43.293976; -79.936812
Total height15 m (49 ft)
Total width9 m (30 ft)
WatercourseBorer's Creek

Borer's Falls is a 15 metre high ribbon-style waterfall found in the Borer's Falls Conservation Area in Dundas, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[1] Its source is Borer's Creek. A very picturesque waterfall featured on many Hamilton waterfall postcards over the years. Named after the Borer family who ran a sawmill for over a century. This mill was the lifeblood of the village of Rock Chapel. Also known as Rock Chapel Falls.[2] The area is a hiker's haven and also an ice-climbing destination in the winter when the weather is cold enough to freeze the Falls.[3]

Nearby attractions include the Bruce Trail, Cootes Paradise, Borer's Falls, Borer's Falls Conservation Area, the Spencer Gorge / Webster's Falls Conservation Area, Rock Chapel Sanctuary and Royal Botanical Gardens, who own the lands around the falls. There are also many other waterfalls in the area.[4]

Lower Borer's Falls is a complex curtain/ cascade waterfall, 3 metres in height and 5 metres wide and a 10-minute walking distance south of Borer's Falls. Difficult to access. Good pair of hiking boots recommended to access by foot.[5]


Borer's Falls can be accessed from the Dundas section of the Bruce Trail and also from the Borer's Falls Conservation Area.

By car take the QEW west to Highway 403, which you will follow to Highway 6 in Flamborough and go north. Go left on Highway 5 (Dundas Street), and left on Rock Chapel Road.[1]


The Bruce Trail passes by the edge of Borer's Falls and presents a hazard to people with young children, as there is a poorly marked high vertical drop inches from what appears to be the trail; unless one reads a small sign directing you to walk on the road.


  1. ^ a b "Hamilton- Waterfall Capital of the World". ( Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  2. ^ "Waterfalls F01: Borer's, Webster's & Tews falls". ( Archived from the original on 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  3. ^ "EXPLORE: Canada's Outdoor Magazine- Borer's Falls Ontario, Canada". ( Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  4. ^ "Hamilton Conservation Authority: Parks & Attractions- Borer's Falls". Archived from the original on 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  5. ^ Hamilton Waterfalls and Cascades: Research & Inventory Report, 2nd Edition. Hamilton Conservation Authority. November 2007.

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