Borer's Falls

Waterdown / Flamborough, Ontario, Canada

About Borer’s Falls


Hiking Distance: < 1km round trip
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2013-10-13
Date last visited: 2013-10-13

Waterfall Latitude: 43.29357
Waterfall Longitude: -79.93673

Borers Falls (or Borer’s Falls) was the last waterfall that we visited before spending our final days in Canada in Toronto during our October 2013 visit to the waterfall-laced Hamilton region.

It was a fine way to cap off the waterfalling in the area because it featured a satisfying 16m plunge with enough flow to show well in photos.

Borers_Falls_037_10132013 - Borers Falls
Borers Falls

Moreover, as you can see in the photograph above, it was further complemented by the Autumn colors accenting the scene.

Although the weather was in between showers and overcast skies, my timing was fortunate in that the lighting was perfect for taking waterfall photos.

From reading the literature prior to this visit, I had read that Borer’s Creek tended to have pretty light flow and would likely be the most reliable during the Spring and early Summer months.

It reminded me of a smaller version of the impressive Tews Falls except this place was way quieter and more obscure compared to most of the other waterfalls in Hamilton of similar stature.

Experiencing Borer’s Falls

Borers_Falls_052_10132013 - Looking towards the City of Hamilton through the rain as I walked towards Borers Falls
Looking towards the City of Hamilton through the rain as I walked towards Borers Falls

My hike to Borers Falls started from car park for the Rock Chapel Sanctuary (see directions below).

I then followed along the Escarpment Trail, which paralleled the Rock Chapel Road.

There were white hashes along this trail indicating that it also coincided with the Bruce Trail.

The narrow trail typically would be on the side of the guard rail away from the road.

However, for the short stretches where I had to cross over bridges and drainages, I had to cross the guardrails and go back onto the shoulder of the Rock Chapel Road.

Borers_Falls_010_10132013 - Context of the Escarpment Trail and the Rock Chapel Road en route to Borers Falls. The white blazes also suggested the Bruce Trail coincided with the Escarpment Trail
Context of the Escarpment Trail and the Rock Chapel Road en route to Borers Falls. The white blazes also suggested the Bruce Trail coincided with the Escarpment Trail

During those moments, that meant I was part of the road traffic before I would reach the next safe spot to hop back over the guardrails and to the relative safety of the narrow dirt trail again.

After a few minutes of following along the Escarpment Trail (probably for about 400-500m or so), after the last bridge to cross, the trail then entered an open area.

On one side were tall grass and shrubs while the thicker foliage surrounding the gorge flanked the other side.

The trail left the Rock Chapel Rd at this point and continued for a few more paces until I reached a viewing area yielding the view of Borers Falls that you see at the top of this page.

Borers_Falls_039_10132013 - Leaving the Escarpment Trail and heading into this clearing where the lookout for Borers Falls was
Leaving the Escarpment Trail and heading into this clearing where the lookout for Borers Falls was

I was pretty content with my viewing experience from this observation area.

However, my Waterfalls of Ontario book mentioned that there was a difficult access into the depths of the gorge where it would be possible to go behind the waterfall.

Given that it was rainy and I didn’t feel the need to push my luck to improve upon an already pretty good view, I didn’t do it.

Thus, I can’t say more about what that alternate approach would be like.

Overall, it took me about a half-hour away from the car though a large chunk of this time was spent on the hike.

Borers_Falls_025_10132013 - A clean look at Borers Falls from the lookout
A clean look at Borers Falls from the lookout

Thus, I reflected this slightly longer length of the hike (at least compared to most of the Hamilton Waterfalls which didn’t really require much walking) in the slightly bumped up difficulty rating.

Authorities

Borers Falls resides in the Borers Falls Conservation Area in the City of Hamilton in the province of Ontario, Canada. It is administered by the City of Hamilton. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Borers_Falls_002_10132013 - The start of the narrow Escarpment Trail from the Rock Chapel Sanctuary car park
Borers_Falls_006_10132013 - The Escarpment Trail followed along the Rock Chapel Road on the side of the guardrail away from the road
Borers_Falls_009_10132013 - Every once in a while along the 500m Escarpment Trail besides the Rock Chapel Rd, I had to cross the guardrail and walk on the shoulder of the road where bridges and drains had to be bypassed. But this meant that I was now part of the road traffic in these stretches
Borers_Falls_011_10132013 - Another section where I had to cross the guardrail and walk on the Rock Chapel Road due to the bridge crossing
Borers_Falls_012_10132013 - Looking downstream over Borer's Creek towards the brink of Borer's Falls
Borers_Falls_030_10132013 - The view of Borer's Falls from the sanctioned lookout, which was pretty satisfying, especially with the hint of Autumn colors in the background
Borers_Falls_023_10132013 - More focused look at the pleasing Borer's Falls as seen from the lookout
Borers_Falls_041_10132013 - After having my fill of Borer's Falls, I had to walk back along the Escarpment Trail, which followed along the Rock Chapel Road
Borers_Falls_049_10132013 - Looking over the beautiful Autumn colors in the rain towards the Greater Hamilton area

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To drive to Borers Falls from Hamilton, there are a couple of ways to get to the Hwy 6 north exit leading towards the town of Dundas.

The first driving route from Hamilton to Dundas

The first way would be to take the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) along the shores of Lake Ontario towards its junction with Hwy 403 west.

This would bypass the City of Hamilton on its east side.

Once on the Hwy 403 East, we’d continue for about 7km then take the Hwy 6 north exit.

The second driving route from Hamilton to Dundas

The other way would be to take the Hwy 6 north from western downtown Hamilton from one of its many onramps.

Then, we’d continue towards the Hwy 6 north exit, leaving the highway’s transition into becoming Hwy 403 east.

Continuing to the nearest parking lot for Borer’s Falls

The Hwy 6 north exit leaves the freeway, which continues north for just under 3km towards its intersection with Hwy 5.

Borers_Falls_054_10132013 - The Rock Chapel Sanctuary Parking Lot, which was pretty quiet on this rainy day despite it being the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend
The Rock Chapel Sanctuary Parking Lot, which was pretty quiet on this rainy day despite it being the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend

Turning left onto Hwy 5, we’d continue for about 1.8km towards Rock Chapel Rd on the left.

Turning left to go onto Rock Chapel Rd, we’d then continue for another 1.6km to the Rock Chapel Sanctuary car park on the left.

There was a self-help paying kiosk to park in this area.

The Escarpment Trail leading to Borers Falls started from the end of the car park backtracking along the Rock Chapel Road that we would have driven to get here.

For context, Hamilton was 70km (an hour drive) southwest of Toronto, 73km (under an hour drive) west of Niagara Falls, and 309km (over 3 hours drive) east of Detroit, Michigan.

Looking up and down at the falls before panning to the view then finishing the sweep at the open field behind the overlook

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