Nestled between Hamilton and Niagara is the treasure of a conservation area “Ball’s Falls” which offers not only the wonder of nature but a slice of Canadian History as well. The titular water fall can be viewed from two different vantage points (depending on how far you’d like to walk) and it is truly a marvel to behold. The high water levels make for a powerful display this time of year.
Another fantastic feature of Ball’s Falls is a wonderfully preserved 1800′s hamlet that includes a Church, Flour Mill, Black Smith, family dwelling and more. it’s presence encourages patrons young and old to learn about Canada’s history through exploration.
For the hiker, Ball’s Falls intersects with the Bruce Trail and gives a wonderful opportunity to walk the shore of the falls and get a close look at it’s beauty as well as some terrific exercise, I’ll warn you, there are some stairs. Find more about it here.
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Rock Glen conservation area (located on page 16 5-B of the Ontario Road Atlas) truly offers something for the whole family.The beautiful ten meter waterfall is just one of it’s attractions. Known for it’s devonian era fossil deposits, you’re encouraged to hunt for and keep treasures containing creatures such as crinoids, brachiopods and trilobites.
A modest museum is packed with fossils and an indigenous artifact collection.The area also has a wonderful trail for a scenic walk but be prepared to climb a few stairs, it’s definitely a good work out.
Rock Glen was a big hit with us, above is our haul of Fossils, for a family of four the experience cost us $10. Got a great day trip suggestion for us? Send us an email with the subject line “Day Trip” to this email address.