Decew Falls
Photo courtesy Frances Maas


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About this Waterfall

This is widely-regarded as one of the prettiest waterfalls in southern Ontario. The restored mill buildings beside the crest add to the scene. Unfortunately, getting the best pictures means getting into the gorge. This is not impossible, but there is no "officially safe" way to access, and thus this is only for fit adults. You need to walk past the historic buildings, go through the fence, and then turn left along the path. Eventually there will be an access point along the gorge wall. Use caution, but watch for signs of how others might have descended... there may still be an old yellow rope. You'll have to hike back upstream for a few hundred metres, but the view is worth it!

What makes this waterfall even more special is the restored Morningstar Mill, which sits right at the edge of the waterfall. On summer weekends the mill is open to the public. It is full of milling artifacts and you can look way down the turbine shaft to understand how the mill tapped the significant power available at the falls. Unlike most of the creeks tumbling over the escarpment, the flow rarely dries up. This is because the falls is fed by a much more stable source of water - drainage from the Welland Canal. While I still need to confirm this, it looks like the source is an overflow of excess water from the Canal at Allanburg.

Some Quick Facts

Region: Greater Toronto
County: Niagara
Near: Power Glen
River: Beaver Dam Creek
Size: Large
Type: Plunge
Access: Easy
Coordinates: 43.1105, -79.2645
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