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Faucet Falls

Left Image: Faucet Falls ( ©2012 David McBride – Photographer - http://www.dmphotographer.ca); Top Right Image: Bruce Trail near the falls (Rachel Marsh); Bottom Right Image: Beaverdams Creek down in the gorge (Rachel Marsh) 
 

General Information

As well as its main Upper and Lower Falls, DeCew has a lesser known falls that is worth a visit. Faucet Falls is a small plunge falls which unlike other falls in the area is artificial. Having been created for the DeCew Falls Generating Station, small holes have been constructed into the side of the gorge, with the drained water causing a waterfall.

 

Faucet Falls can be viewed over the crest of Upper DeCew Falls, by Morningstar Mill.

 

WARNING: The gorge is extremely steep and therefore great caution must be taken. When hiking in the area, be aware that there may be some steep areas. Hike in a pair rather than alone. An accidental fall may result in serious injury or death. Be weary that the area around the falls may be slippery and wet. Also be aware of falling rocks from above.

 


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Hours of Operation

Open Year-Round    8:00 am - Dusk

 

Directions

 

From Toronto: QEW exit 49 to Highway 406 and drive approximately 2.9km

 

Exit on 4th Louth Avenue/Fourth Avenue

 

Left (south) on Louth Street and drive approximately 3.1km

 

Right (west) on Pelham Road and drive about 2km

 

Left (south) on 1st Louth Street and drive about 0.9km

 

Continue onto DeCew Road and drive about 0.9km

 

Left (north) into the Mill's little parking lot beside the Beaverdams Creek mill pond

 

 

Historical

Waterfalls were formed after the creation of the Niagara Escarpment 450 millions years ago. Sediments from a tropical sea-bed compressed into the rocks limestone and shale. Through progressive glacial action, water flow and the elements, the shale began to weather causing dramatic land formations such as the gorge.

 

These particular falls are manmade however for the DeCew Hydroelectric Facility. Constructed in 1898, the plant was one of the first of its kind and draws water from Lake Eyrie through the Welland Canal into a storage reservoir in Lake Gibson. It is the oldest operating hydro-electric plant in Niagara.

 

Ecological

Hike along the Bruce Trail next to Decew Falls and you may be lucky enough to spot a white tailed deer. Follow the trail westward into Short Hills Provincial Park - a Carolinian forest where more waterfalls can be viewed including Swayze Falls.

 

Recreational

Nearby Faucet Falls is the Bruce Trail which is excellent for walking, jogging or hiking. You can also view the other main waterfalls of Upper Decew Falls, Lower DeCew Falls, or visit Morningstar Mill. 

 

Adjacent Land Uses

 

DeCew House down the road and to the east

 

Hydroelectric Plant

 

Morningstar Mill
 

Further Information

Go Waterfalling - DeCew Falls

 

Milestones Decew Falls Hydro-Electric Plant, 1898

 

Toronto Hiking DeCew Falls, Swayze Falls & Rockway Falls

 

Travel Niagara DeCew Falls and Morningstar Mill

 

Waterfalls of Ontario Faucet Falls

 

 


 

This page was prepared by Rachel Marsh in December 2009. 

 

 

Facilities

Free Parking

Public Washrooms

Accessibility

Partially accessible

Address

Faucet Falls
2710 DeCew Road
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 6P7

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.10974
Longitude -79.264383
UTM easting 641217
UTM northing 4774494

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