CA, Ontario: Felker’s Falls in a rainy day

If life gives you lemons, you can make a lemonade, but if the sky gives you rain, then go to waterfalls!

After few rainy days at the beginning of July, we decided it is a great time to visit what else than Felker’s Falls.

Felker's Falls

Niagara Escarpment is very famous for its waterfalls, culminating with the most famous Niagara Falls and its gorge. But the escarpment belt, which runs east-west on the southern part of Ontario offers several impressive features along the way, and the multitude of waterfalls is something not to be missed.

Today’s hidden gem is nestled in the Felker’s Falls Conservation Area on the eastern side of Stoney Creek, right in the middle of a residential neighbourhood. As the tip of a trail was visible right in front of us, we parked quickly in front of the existing playground, and went straight ahead, hearing the waterfalls already. A long trail was ahead of us, but the waterfall was barely visible, obscured by the tree branches.

Felker's Falls

Asking some other people if there is another good spot to see the waterfalls didn’t help, as they were first time visitors, like us. A more daring young man showed me some “decent” pictures, providing the exact details where we can climb up and down, and cross the river through the ankle level water to get to the other side. Hmm.. Crossing the rapids on foot was not my thing, but I thought to take a look anyway.

Davis Creek at Felker's Falls

The Felker’s Falls Conservation Area includes a 4 km section of the 725 km long Niagara Escarpment through the forest, but we were turned back due to some heavy rain, leaving us no option than retreating to our car, obviously quite disappointed.

We were almost back to the parking lot when we noticed the main paved path going towards the other side of the river, and we thought to give a try. After crossing a foot bridge over the creek to the west side of the river, we got to some muddy trail. Of course, the muddy and slippery path didn’t stop us, luckily the heavy rain has just stopped, letting us explore the forest, and try the most delicious black raspberries I’ve ever tried.

After 10 minutes or so we got to the right spot! Felker’s Falls is classified as a terraced ribbon falls, characterized by two drop sections which are divided by a narrow rock shelf. Davis Creek drops 22 metres from the brow of the Niagara Escarpment into a plunge pool and sits 6 meters wide at its crest. This 22-metres waterfall could be seen in its whole splendor, at full speed after the new, refreshing rain.

Felker's Falls
Felker's Falls

Nothing beats a waterfall after a fresh rain, and our little trip reminded me nothing but the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone when we visited them at the beginning of July, but a different year: 2016. Aren’t they all, the lemons, the sun and the rain, making the life so exciting?

Tip(s) of the day:

  • Wear proper footwear, and watch your steps, as some trails can be muddy, especially after a rainfall;
  • Plenty of parking spots on Auckland Street, in front of the playground;
  • Beware, use extreme caution when venturing to the edge of the lookout, as no railing on the west side of the creek, and extreme slippery after rain.

~ visited in July 2021

24 thoughts on “CA, Ontario: Felker’s Falls in a rainy day

    1. I know.. I would definitely send some rain over, if I could. To my friends in West, and to the northwest forest fires, here in Ontario, to everyone in need of a bit of rain, if that would be possible🙂

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  1. What a lush waterfall! Definitely more abundant than the dried-out trickles we get here in southern California…those berries look plump and delicious and even though I caution trying wild-grown crops due to safety reasons, those look too tempting to resist!

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    1. These type of waterfalls are sometimes dried out here also (as the creeks are small), especially after an arid, dry season. But this month we are having quite some rain, great time to take advantage of it. More to come🙂

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  2. I love waterfalls – and there should be plenty now in our mountains here in South Africa after receiving hard winter rainfall.
    “Your” waterfall is really beautiful – draped over that rocks almost like a curtain. Glad you could witness it (without walking through the rapids!)

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  3. Great post and so many wonderful photos. The terraced ribbon waterfall looks amazing, Christie! I’d say it must be beautiful to see in the fall when the leaves change colour. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Hi Nilla, how are you? Hope all is well on your side of the world🙂 I’ve certainly had some fun last year with the photo challenge, but this year is quite busy for some reason, although not much traveling LOL Thank you for nominating me, I would love to take part, since only for August🙂
      have a lovely day! Christie, xx

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