Hamilton Conservation Authority City of Hamilton Bruce Trail Conservancy


Borer's Falls / Rock Chapel Walk


Access Point:
Borer’s Falls Conservation Area, York Road
2.3 km (4.6 km return)
Ease of Access:
Trail Surface:
Hard packed earth, grass, wooden stairways, bridges, gravel, pavement
Parking Fee:
City Bus Route:
52 A - Dundas Local
Road Directions:
From Hwy 403 take Main Street West exit. Turn left on Main Street, past McMaster University and then right onto Cootes Drive. Follow to the first light, and turn right on Olympic Drive. Proceed on Olympic, then York Road to the Borer’s Falls parking lot on the north side, just past the rail overpass.
Map of the Walk:

Other Trail Information & Directions:

Begin on the Ray Lowes Side Trail at the south end of the parking lot and head north as it ascends the escarpment through the Conservation Area to the Main Bruce Trail. Once you’ve reached the top, follow the signs to Borer’s Falls and Rock Chapel Sanctuary. You will find picnic tables here for rest before heading back.

With more than 100 years of history, Borer’s Falls was originally used to provide water power for the Rock Chapel Village Sawmill. Borer’s Falls is 15 metres high and can be seen year round. This mill was run by the Borer family. After years of land clearing throughout the area, the creek’s flow was altered to the point where it could no longer power the mill. Borer family descendants still live in the area today.

Along the Way:

Borer’s Falls
Ray Lowes Side Trail
Rock Chapel Sanctuary
Lower Borer’s Falls
Rock Chapel Falls

Did You Know?
Ray Lowes of Hamilton was the founder or “father” of the Bruce Trail, an 850 kilometer footpath stretching from Niagara Falls to Tobermory, North America’s longest, volunteer-maintained trail. Ray passed away in 2007.

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