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Rockway Falls

Rockway Falls in winter 
( ©2012 David McBride – Photographer - http://www.dmphotographer.ca )
 

Left: Basin at Rockway Falls (Cyndal Janzen), Right: Rockway Falls from above (Cyndal Janzen)

 

General Information


Located near Balls Falls, this gem is one of the Niagara Greenbelt's best-kept secrets. Formed through glacial erosion, and with a height of 18.3 meters, these falls are a must see attraction for waterfall lovers. Rockway Falls is a great example of a ramp formation where the water flows over sloping rock into a three meter deep basin. A basin is a rock formation which has been scooped out by water erosion.
 
Downstream from these falls are other smaller falls which are smaller in stature, but are still worth seeing. Besides the waterfalls, this conservation area  boasts hiking trails such as the Bruce Trail.
 
Warning:  There is no protective fencing separating you from the steep drop of the gorge. When viewing the falls use caution. The falls are located just off a main road, so also be careful of traffic. 

 

TripClip Audio File - Rockway Falls

 

 


Directions

 

From Toronto: 

QEW exit at Victoria Ave. 

Left at  (South) Victoria Ave .

Turn left (East) onto 8th Ave.669

The Falls are located on the left of this road just past the bridge.  Park in the Community Centre parking lot and the falls will be to the left of it.

 

From Buffalo:

QEW Toronto  exit at  57, Victoria Ave. (R.R.24), 

Left (West) onto the North service Rd

Left (South)onto Victoria Ave.

Left (East) onto 8th Ave. 669. 

The falls are located just past the bridge on the left hand side. Park in the Community centre.

 

 

Historical

The escarpment was created over 450 million years ago in the bed of a tropical sea. During this time the sediments of the area were compressed into rock which is mainly made of limestone and shale. With the retreating of glaciers in this area as well as the flow of water the stone was carved into the landscape that we see today. The escarpment is a UNESCO world biosphere reserve.

 

Ecological

Rockway Falls is located on the 15 Mile Creek on the Niagara Escarpment. This area is filled with many local species of trees and wildlife.

In some areas, the escarpment hosts old growth cedar trees that can be from 400-1000 years old. These trees can grow despite the cold and inhospitable Canadian winters, clinging to tiny cracks in the rocks.

 

Recreational Uses

Rockway Falls trails are mostly used for hiking, as well as viewing the natural wooded and rocky scenery which is common to the Niagara Escarpment.

 

Adjacent Land Uses

Vineyards, Farmlands and hiking trails

 

Further Information

 

Great Lakes Waterfalls and Beyond: - Rockway Falls

Harris, M. Waterfalls of Ontario - Rockway Falls

The Niagara Bruce Trail Club   

Ontario's Niagara Escarpment 

Address

Near Rockway Community Centre
2021 Pelham Road (Regional Rd 69)
Lincoln, Ontario

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.11085
Longitude -79.32285

Trail linkages 

The Bruce Trail

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