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Managed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority and the Royal Botanical Garden, the Borer’s Falls/Rock Chapel area is considered to be a ‘hiker’s haven’ by many who come here to enjoy a hardy hike and some fresh air. A 15 metre high curtain style waterfall, Borer’s Falls is known for its year-round flow, making it a must-see throughout any season! 

Fun fact! Borer's Falls, also known as Rock Chapel Falls, originally powered the Rock Chapel Village sawmill; a business owned and run by the Borer family for over 100 years. Unfortunately, when the land was later cleared and subdivided for development, the natural flow of the creek was damaged to the extent that it could no longer provide enough energy to run the mill; a tragedy that forced the owners to switch to steam power.Today, the creek and adjoining falls, which have since been set aside as protected land, feed the largest single population of Red Mulberry Trees (a nationally endangered tree species) on a unique portion of the Niagara Escarpment.

Feeling tired? A day at Borer’s Falls is sure to generate energy in visitors of any age!

Please Note: While Borer's Falls is managed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority, the following map is provided by the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Please Note: While Cartwright is managed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority, the following map is provided by the Hamilton Naturalists Club.

Access to Borer's Falls is free to all users.

Parking rates may apply.


Directions from McMaster

Directions From McMaster University:

Please Note:

  • When biking, please obey all traffic signals and always remember to wear a helmet.
  • Hamilton buses are free for students with valid student IDs and bus passes.