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Lower Balls Falls

 Left Image:  Lower Balls Falls (Cyndal Janzen),  Right Image: Lower Balls Falls ( Cyndal Janzen)

General Information

Located within the Twenty Valley Watershed, Lower Balls Falls  is one of the most breathtaking waterfalls within the area. Explore the many trails that this conservation area has to offer, and view the many other water features located within the vicinity.

 

Lower Balls Falls is a plunge falls,  falling 27m  to the bottom of the gorge. Beneath Lower Balls Falls are smaller casacade falls; a visit is recomended. The flow of the water changes throughout the year, so these falls should be viewed in the spring immediately after the snow has melted in order to see them in full flow.

 

WARNING: Although waterfalls are beautiful, you must remember that they can be dangerous. Be safe while viewing them. Do not climb over the guard rails and make sure to watch your steep while on pathways and trails. it could be slippery and there may be loose rocks.

 


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Hours of Operation

Open daily 8am - 8pm


Directions

From Toronto:

QEW exit 57, Vineland (Victoria Ave)

Right (East) onto South Service Road

Left (South) onto Victoria Ave.

Left (East) onto 6th Ave

Look for the Balls Falls entrance sign

 

From Fort Erie / Buffalo:

QEW exit 57, Vineland (Victoria Ave)

Left (West) onto North Service Road

Left (South) onto Victoria Ave

Left (East) onto 6th Ave

Look for the Balls Falls entrance sign


 

Historical

The land surrounding Balls Falls was purchased in 1807 by John and George Ball. George Ball constructed a Saw Mill, a Grist Mill and a Wollen Mill. This ended up becoming the first settlement along the Twenty Mile Creek. In the 1830's and 1840's this area became prosperous due to the commercial opperations from these mills.

 

Ecological

Balls Falls is located on the Niagara Escarpment which has been designated as a UNESCO world biosphere reserve. Balls Falls is a conservation area which boasts abundant amounts of plant and animal life. It is home to 53 species of mammals, and 36 species of amphibians, reptiles and fish. It is also home to 162 species of nesting birds and 471 different types of plants. While traveling through Balls Falls make note of all the unique rock formations which are a creation of the escarpment.

 

Recreational Uses

Balls Falls is best known for its hiking trails and waterfall viewing. Other uses include bird watching and visiting the Centre for Conservation, where you can learn about the area and experience interactive, hands-on exhibits.

 

Adjacent Land Uses

Vineyards, farmlands and hiking trails

 

Further Information

M.Harris, Waterfalls Of Ontario- Lower Balls Falls

Great Lakes Waterfalls and Beyond- Lower Balls Falls

Niagara Peninsuila Conservation Authority

Ownership & Management

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Facilities

Bruce Trail, the Cataract Trail, and the Twenty Valley Trail; open grounds; Church and Barn rentals.

Admission Fee

$5.50 for adults and $4.00 for students and seniors Note* admission prices are subject to change

Accessibility

Accessible in the Centre for Conservation and some pathways

Address

Vineland, Ontario

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.13421344320
Longitude -79.38308536010
UTM easting 631506
UTM northing 4776988

Trail linkages 

Balls Falls is linked to the Bruce Trail, the Cataract Trail, and the Twenty Valley Trail

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