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Borer's Falls

Vintage Borer's Falls Postcard
Vintage Borer's Falls Postcard (courtesy of Joe Hollick)

Borer's Falls is a 15 metre high curtain style waterfall whose source is nearby Borer's Creek. It is located at the Borer's Falls Conservation Area in Dundas, and has a year-round flow.

History

Borer's Falls, also known as Rock Chapel Falls, powered the Rock Chapel Village sawmill, which was run by the Borer family, for more than a hundred years. When the land was cleared, the creek's flow was altered to the extent that it was no longer a strong energy source, so the Borers switched to steam power for the mill.

Borer's Falls is one of thirteen Hamilton waterfalls to be regularly featured on postcards during the last 100 years. It is also included in two popular posters: "Waterfalls of Hamilton- Seasons" and "Waterfalls of Hamilton- Autumn."

How to get there

To reach Borer's Falls by car, take the QEW west to Highway 403, which you will follow to Highway 6 and go north. Go left on Highway 5 (Dundas Street), and left on Rock Chapel Road.

To reach Borer's Falls via a walking trail, take the Dundas section of the Bruce Trail.

Most people view Borer's Falls from the top at a lookout on the east side of the ravine. However, during the summer season, the bushes and leaves surrounding this lookout sometimes make it difficult to see the entire waterfall.


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Borer's Falls
Borer's Falls.
Photo by Chris Ecklund
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Baby Webster's Falls
Borer's Falls.
Photo courtesy of Caroline Nutter. Click to enlarge
Borer's Falls
Borer's Falls in winter
Photo by Joe Hollick
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Borer's Falls
Borer's Falls from below
Photo by Joe Hollick
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Borer's Falls
Borer's Falls. Photo by David Piano. Click to enlarge.
Borer's Falls
Borer's Falls. Photo by David Piano. Click to enlarge.
Borer's Falls
Behind Borer's Falls
Photo by Joe Hollick
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Behind Borer's Falls
Behind Borer's Falls
Photo by Caroline Nutter
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Borer's Falls
Borer's Falls in Winter. Photo by Chris Ecklund. Click to enlarge.
Borer's Falls
Borer's Falls in Winter. Photo by Chris Ecklund. Click to enlarge.
Borer's Falls
Borer's Falls. Photo by David Piano. Click to enlarge.
Borer's Falls
Borer's Falls. Photo by David Piano. Click to enlarge.

Borer's Falls Video (by Ron)


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