Billy Monkley Cascade is located in the Billy Monkley Bird Sanctuary on the east side of Dartnall Road, between Stone Church Road and Rymal Road on the Hamilton Mountain. Its height is 10 feet (3 metres) and its width is 21 feet (6.4 metres).
Billy Monkley Cascade was discovered by Chris Ecklund, Dan Court, and Jeremy Shortt in April 2009. It was literally the noise of the water that piqued my interest, and that led to its discovery.
Shortly after discovering this jewel I introduced myself to the landowners adjacent to the cascade and struck up a friendship with the Monkley family. When I learned that the son Billy was the gatekeeper for the property, I thought it was only fitting that it be named after their son Billy.
Billy’s favourite colour was orange so I ordered some special filters and we lit the cascade up a couple of years ago.
I presented Billy with a City of Waterfalls t-shirt and calendar that had his waterfall in it.
A few years ago I received a phone call from a young man whom wanted to name their band after the waterfall, and wanted to know if that was okay. What an honour for us as a City to have a band consider something like this, the band is called ” Monkley Cascade”, you can learn more about them at their website located at: http://www.monkleycascade.com/
How to get there
It is easy to miss this cascade, it is located on Dartnall road beside the Hitch Factory which is between Rymal (Hwy 53) and Stonechurch Road East. The parking lot for the bird sanctuary has not been open for quite a while. There is room for parking in front of the gate for a couple of vehicles. Park at own risk.
Follow the trail on the south-east corner. Just as the trail turns east and downhill, there is a very narrow path continuing straight to the creek and the waterfall. You can hear the waterfall from the main trail.
Billy Monkley Cascade Photo Gallery